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The U.S. Must Reject The International Criminal Court’s Attack On Its National Sovereignty

by John Yoo, Ivana Stradnervia National Review
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) authorized an investigation of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity by U.S., Afghan, and Taliban troops in Afghanistan, as well as by CIA black sites operated in Poland, Lithuania, and Romania. While the prosecution will likely fail, it represents another effort by a global elite — consisting of European governments, international organizations, and their supporting interest groups, academics, and activists — to threaten American sovereignty.

Analysis and Commentary

International Criminal Court Prepares Legal War On The US

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Since its creation in 1998, many have understood the International Criminal Court to be a way for those in the world who oppose but cannot match America’s military power to attack it legally instead. At last, that has now happened with the court’s recent decision to investigate the U.S. military for potential war crimes in Afghanistan. If successful, the ICC prosecutor may then charge individual Americans for war crimes.

InterviewsNational Security

Kiron Skinner: US Fight With Iran Reignites

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Yahoo! Finance
Friday, March 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses US-Iran tensions and how Iran is reacting to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Area 45: Cochrane: Is An Economic Stimulus The Right Cure For The Coronavirus?

interview with John H. Cochranevia Area 45
Thursday, March 12, 2020

The do’s and don’ts of Washington’s economic response to the pandemic.

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The Evolution Of Arab Popular Opinion Toward Iran, And Iranian Self-Perceptions

by Karim Sadjadpourvia The Caravan
Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Middle East’s conflicts and autocracies—hostile to independent researchers and pollsters—make it one of the most challenging regions of the world to accurately assess public opinion. The competing popular demonstrations in the region both before and after the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani illustrates the confusion.

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Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo & Senik #131: Quarantined!

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Law Talk With Epstein, Senik & Yoo
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus, Supreme Court roundup, Trump’s libel lawsuit, and baseball.

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The Grumpy Economist: The Economics Of A Pandemic

interview with John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist | A Podcast with John H. Cochrane
Thursday, March 12, 2020

What can we do about the economic challenges posed by the coronavirus?

In the News

The Soleimani Strike And The Case For War Powers Reform

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Just Security
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

As Congress prepares to send the president a resolution directing him to terminate the use of U.S. forces for hostilities against Iran—the second joint resolution on war powers it has passed in a year (the first related to Yemen)—it is starting to seem like legislators are finally getting serious about their responsibilities for matters of war and peace. 

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The Drop In Oil Prices: Good Or Bad?

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

OPEC, the United States, and the rules of economics. 

Observations From The Roundtable

The Middle East in an Emerging World: Observations from the Roundtable

via Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 22, 2019

When experts discuss the Middle East and North Africa, they often begin with the Shi’a–Sunni divide, the Israeli-Palestine conflict, or the prevalence of Islamic terrorism. We’d like to add another dimension. We know these conflicts have and will persist. But as the papers presented in this volume attest—and as the roundtable discussion confirmed—the individual countries in this region are also affected by the broader forces we have been studying throughout this project: demographic change, emerging technologies, and weakening governance.