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In October 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan to avenge the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and remove the Taliban government that had harbored the attacks’ mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Since then, the Taliban have been fighting the U.S. to free their homeland from occupation. For nearly 20 years, the U.S. narrative of “national [...]

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“Everything is very simple in war, but even the simplest thing is difficult.” – Karl von Clausewitz, On War There is palpable wisdom in Clausewitz’s classic observation about war. Where this wisdom is understood in terms of current United States national security challenges, one overarching extrapolation comes immediately to the fore: It would be trouble enough [...]

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The death of Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani, on January 3, 2020, revived the discussions and interpretations regarding national security on the international scene, the “right to protect”, the legitimate defense and the legality of the attack that caused his death through the United States’ unilateral intervention. This is an old worldwide discussion, with countless [...]

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“The masses have followed the magicians again and again…Socrates and Plato were the first to take up the struggle against them in clear awareness of what was at stake.” – Karl Jaspers, Reason and Anti-Reason in our Time (1952) On absolutely all matters of existential survival, individual or collective, candor is indispensable. In connection with [...]

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The UN Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Thursday added Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud to its Sanctions List. Mehsud assumed the leadership of the TTP following the death of the Mullah Fazlullah in June 2018. The group has since claimed responsibility for multiple deadly terror attacks across Pakistan, [...]

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After bombshell reports by The New York Times and Washington Post revealed President Trump spent weeks ignoring the National Security Council’s warnings of COVID-19’s impending spread to the U.S., Jules Zacher and I proposed in The Rule of Law Post that Congress amend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and designate the National Security Council [...]

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Six former US officials with esteemed careers in diplomacy and prosecuting war crimes issued a brief but forceful statement Wednesday criticizing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s response to recent actions at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Earlier this month, ICC prosecutors won an appeal allowing them to continue an investigation into war crimes during the [...]

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The Afghan government delayed the release of Taliban prisoners on Saturday after disagreements occurred over the number of detainees to be released and uncertainty about whether the prisoners would return to fighting. The Taliban agreed to talks with the Afghan government after signing an accord with the US. The accord ended 18 years of US [...]

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