Britany Riley  //  11/26/17  //  Topic Update


About a dozen State Department officials have formally accused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating rules regarding child soldiers (Reuters).

A study group at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies has outlined a proposal for constraining President Trump’s authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons (Lawfare).

The military disclosed that partial remains of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson were found over a month after he was killed in Niger, raising further questions about the incident (WaPo).

The actual death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria may be more than nine times greater than the initial count (CNN).

  • The Pentagon is winding down its relief effort in Puerto Rico(WaPo).

 


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump's Guantánamo "policy" is best understood as an extension of his anti-Muslim bigotry, wrote Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya at Take Care. The terrorist watchlist statistics from last week's DOJ and DHS exaggerate the threat of terrorism, argued Harsha Panduranga at Just Security. The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy contains notable omissions related to climate change and the use of special operations forces.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

In a series of tweets, President Trump wavers between opposition and support of FISA reauthorization. On the 16th anniversary of the prison’s founding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners file mass habeas petition.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration unveiled its new National Security Strategy. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly voted to rebuke America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy.