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


Justice Department officials are preparing to announce several cases against Iranian suspects, including charges arising out of a hack of HBO, reports Devlin Barett in the Washington Post.

The Trump administration returned North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism (NYTimesWaPo).

  • The current list of state sponsors of terrorism suffers from the perception that it is being an enemy of the United States that matters, not whether a government truly sponsors terrorism, writes Daniel Byman for Lawfare

The United States, along with Afghan allies, have begun a series of strikes on narcotics labs in southern Afghanistan, marking the beginning of an expanded air war under the Trump administration (WaPo). 

The US Government’s drive to cut foreign aid—particularly anticorruption aid—in favor of military spending is shortsighted, even on national security grounds, writes Nick Gersh at the Global Anticorruption Blog.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions on a “large-scale” counterfeiting ring run out of Iran (WSJ).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump threatened to take aid away from Palestine if Palestinian leadership remained unwilling to negotiate with Israel. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the new embassy in Jerusalem would open in 2019.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump refuses to certify that the Iranian nuclear disarmament deal is in America’s best interests, but is expected to allow the accord to continue. The Trump administration announces it will suspend most security assistance to Pakistan.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

President Trump said in a speech on national security that Russia and China “seek to challenge American influence, values and wealth,” but did not directly address Russian interference in the 2016 election. A majority of nations in the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution rebuking America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy to the city.