Jennifer R. Williams

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Jennifer R. Williams is the Deputy Foreign Editor at Vox and the former Deputy Foreign Policy Editor for Lawfare. Her work on jihadist groups, terrorism, and the Middle East has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and of course, Lawfare.

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Foreign Policy Essay

We Were Wrong About ISIS

Editor’s Note: For over a decade, the Islamic State and its predecessors focused almost exclusively on Iraq, Syria, and their neighbors. The downing of the Russian airplane over the Sinai Peninsula and especially the recent killing spree in Paris suggest that the Islamic State is now going global. Jennifer Williams, long my Lawfare colleague and now at Vox, explains why I and other terrorism experts may have missed this change.

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Five year-old Mavi Marmara case tests independence of ICC prosecutor: In May 2010, a flotilla of activists sailed from Turkey in an attempt to break through the Israeli naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip. Although most vessels in the convoy were stopped without incident, Israeli commandos boarding the Mavi Marmara were attacked with knives and iron bars, and some were briefly captured and taken below. In the melee that followed, soldiers used live fire and nine of the Turkish combatants were killed.

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UN Human Rights Council votes to adopt Gaza report: The report of the HRC’s “Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict,” which Ben and Yishai discussed here, is highly focused on and critical of Israel’s conduct during last summer’s operations in Gaza.

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International Criminal Court preparing to send an investigative team to Israel: The Israeli daily Haaretz reports that the ICC’s Prosecutor’s office is preparing to send a team to Israel as parts of its preliminary inquiry into possible war crimes during this past summer’s Gaza war. The report, which is based on high level Palestinian sources, claims the envoys are due to arrive on June 27th.

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New Israeli justice minister expected to clash with High Court: After an election that seemed to end extremely satisfyingly for Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister was only able to cobble together a bare majority coalition minutes before the deadline. In the process, he has been forced to hand significant cabinet posts and political power to much smaller coalition partners.