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Future Challenges: Targeted Killing and Drone Warfare: How We Came to Debate Whether There Is a “Legal Geography of War”

by Kenneth Andersonvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

Targeted killing and drone warfare across wide geographic ranges and sovereign borders have produced much anxiety in the international law and advocacy communities and among scholars, human rights activists, and government and UN officials. 

Future Challenges: Cybersecurity Treaties: A Skeptical View

by Jack Goldsmithvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

This essay sounds a skeptical note in the recent enthusiasm for treaties to regulate the problem of offensive cyber operations. 

Future Challenges: Obfuscation and Candor Self-Defense & Limits of WMD Intelligence

by Matthew Waxmanvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

Then-candidate Obama stated during the 2008 campaign that "the experience of Iraq underscores that often perceived threats are not as real [as] they may seem, and our intelligence may be imperfect. 

Future Challenges: The Power to Make War in an Age of Global Terror

by Philip Bobbittvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

This essay discusses the constitutional aspects of the debate over the power to make war: 

Future Challenges: Deradicalization or Disengagement of Terrorists

by Jessica Sternvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

When terrorists are "homegrown," non-military approaches to counter-terrorism become essential tool. 

Future Challenges: A Way Forward with the International Criminal Court

by Tod Lindbergvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

Despite the concerns that critics have raised about the International Criminal Court (ICC), the long-term interest of the United States involves cooperating with it. 

Future Challenges: Obfuscation and Candor

by Benjamin Wittesvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

We have been determinedly disguising—especially from ourselves—the challenge posed by our continuing need to detain transnational terrorists. 

Future Challenges: Introduction

by Peter Berkowitzvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

Introduction to the Future Challenges essay series.

In the News

Future Challenges E-Book

by Peter Berkowitz, Philip Bobbitt, Tod Lindberg, Jessica Stern, Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Future Challenges in National Security and Law
Thursday, June 10, 2010

In the new online volume, Future Challenges in National Security and Law, members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law and guest contributors offer incisive commentary on the controversies that have erupted over national security law in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, laying the foundations for understanding such future issues...

Skating on Stilts

Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism

by Stewart Bakervia Hoover Institution Press
Friday, June 4, 2010

Stewart Baker examines the technologies we love—jet travel, computer networks, and biotech—and finds that they are likely to empower new forms of terrorism unless we change our current course a few degrees and overcome resistance to change from business, foreign governments, and privacy advocates. 


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Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow
Senior Fellow

The National Security and Law Task Force examines the rule of law, the laws of war, and American constitutional law with a view to making proposals that strike an optimal balance between individual freedom and the vigorous defense of the nation against terrorists both abroad and at home.

The task force’s focus is the rule of law and its role in Western civilization, as well as the roles of international law and organizations, the laws of war, and U.S. criminal law. Those goals will be accomplished by systematically studying the constellation of issues—social, economic, and political—on which striking a balance depends.

Peter Berkowitz serves as chair of the National Security and Law Task Force.