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Iran Shot Down A $176 Million U.S. Drone. Here's What To Know About The RQ-4 Global Hawk

quoting Amy Zegartvia Time
Friday, June 21, 2019
Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone in the politically sensitive Strait of Hormuz has created a dangerous new level of tension between the two countries
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Iran Shoots Down A U.S. Drone: Domestic And International Legal Implications

with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 20, 2019

On June 20, U.S. military officials confirmed media reports that Iranian military forces successfully shot down a U.S. drone in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf. Though several relevant details regarding the incident remain unclear or in dispute—including whether the drone had ventured into Iranian airspace before it was shot down—this is the most significant encounter between the two sides in the current period of high tensions and may prove to be a major step toward a broader armed conflict.

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Media, War Boosters Slam Trump For ‘Chicken’ Response To Iran

quoting Victor Davis Hanson, Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The American Conservative
Thursday, June 20, 2019
While President Donald Trump indicated Thursday that Iran may have shot down an American drone accidentally, Iran war boosters throughout the media bellowed that any note of caution by the president would be interpreted as weakness inside the Islamic Republic.

We Hold All The Cards In The Showdown With Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In May 2018, the Donald Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

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Trump’s Top Russia Aide To Depart

quoting Michael McFaulvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

With Hill’s departure, the administration loses an experienced Russia hand widely respected by regional experts and policymakers on both sides of the aisle, a rarity in Trump’s hyperpoliticized Washington. Her appointment as the senior director for European and Russian affairs two months into the Trump administration was welcomed by longtime Russia watchers at a time when the president’s relationship with Moscow was under investigation and U.S.-Russia relations were at their lowest ebb since the Cold War.

Analysis and Commentary

Spring 2019 Issue Of Harvard National Security Journal

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Elad Gil argues that judges too frequently rely on the executive’s special competence in foreign affairs to apply a de facto presumption of near-total deference, which he terms “totemic functionalism.” He traces the conceptual underpinnings of totemic functionalism and, using three case studies, shows how it undermines the American system of checks and balances, first between the organs of government and then, indirectly, inside the executive branch.
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Hometown Hero

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Leroy Pond Drive on the campus of the University of Arkansas is named after a hero from World War II who first saw combat on his 27th birthday on June 6, 1944.

Amy Zegart on American attitudes toward torture
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Obama And Russian Collusion

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul provided new clues recently about a controversial open-mic comment in 2012 by President Obama, widely viewed as secret collusion to limit U.S. missile defenses.


Greece Finds New Footing As A Player On The World Stage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

After Greece temporarily hosted a pair of U.S. military drones, Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos said last fall that, “It’s very important for Greece that the United States deploy military assets in Greece on a more permanent base.”

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Area 45: What’s Next For North Korea With Thomas Henriksen

interview with Thomas H. Henriksenvia Area 45
Friday, May 31, 2019

Will Kim Jong-un ever give up his nuclear ambitions or allow economic reforms into North Korea?


National Security & Law Task Force

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