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Second Term Challenges

Contracting Out: Sovereignty and Security

by Stephen D. Krasnervia The Briefing
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Threats to American national security come from three sources: major powers, malevolent states, and weak or failed states.   There is, obviously, nothing new about tension with another major power, with the most obvious current challenge coming from China.

Second Term Challenges

Gaza, the ICC and the Difficulties of American Cohabitation

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia The Briefing
Monday, February 4, 2013

One of the key principles of criminal law is that its substance and reach should be public and transparent.   But that’s not always the case with international criminal law—at least, not when the law is made on the hoof in a diplomatic rush.

Second Term Challenges

The Costs of the Moral Injury to Our Troops Fighting the Wars on Terrorism

by Jessica Sternvia The Briefing
Friday, February 1, 2013

Those who volunteer to defend their country know they are putting their lives at risk.  But the troops and their families are only just beginning to understand the extent to which they are putting their mental health at risk.  As we get better at keeping wounded warriors alive

Second Term Challenges

The Three Most Dangerous Things About Threat Lists

by Amy Zegartvia The Briefing
Thursday, January 31, 2013

The New Year is always a time for making lists, and presidential inaugurations crank the Beltway list-making machine into overdrive.

Second Term Challenges

How to Succeed in Foreign Policy Despite Really Trying

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In four important areas, the White House set new foreign policy priorities: nuclear non-proliferation with the objective of ridding the world of nuclear weapons; a shift in emphasis from the traditional, Atlanticist orientation of the United States to a recognition of the grow

Second Term Challenges

Libya, Syria and, the “Responsibility to Protect”

by Tod Lindbergvia The Briefing
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

At the 2005 United Nations World Summit, member states formally embraced the “responsibility to protect,” a principle of humanitarian intervention aimed at stopping atrocities.

Second Term Challenges

Executive-Congressional Relations and National Security

by Matthew Waxmanvia The Briefing
Monday, January 28, 2013

The last four years should have been a good period for executive-congressional relations in the areas of national security and foreign affairs.  The president, vice president, and secretary of state were former Senators.  They all viewed President George W.

Second Term Challenges

Denial of Territory to Terrorist Groups in US Counterterrorism Strategy

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Briefing
Friday, January 25, 2013

Over the last four years, nearly all the attention of commentators—supportive and critical alike—regarding US counterterrorism operations abroad has been focused on drone strikes.

Second Term Challenges

Governing a World of Many-to-Many Threats and Defenses

by Benjamin Wittesvia The Briefing
Thursday, January 24, 2013

Imagine a world in which you can attack anyone—anywhere—and in which anyone, anywhere, can attack you.

Second Term Challenges

What to Do About Growing Extra-AUMF Threats?

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The legal foundation for the post-9/11 “war on terrorism”—the September 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)—is quickly becoming obsolete.


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This recurring series of brief essays is the work of the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law.   While the members do not necessarily agree on a solution or set of solutions, they do share a sensibility that questions of security and questions of law are increasingly intertwined and that the Constitution provides a sturdy and flexible framework that enables the nation to provide for its defense while securing citizens’ rights and respecting international law.