Jennifer R. Williams

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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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 over US objections... State Department narrows legislative mandate to fight boycotts of Israel... Egyptian political parties join journalist syndicate in opposition to Sisi-backed draft counterterrorism law... Tunisian president declares nationwide “state of emergency” from July 4 to August 2, 2015...

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Nasir al-Wuhayshi, commander of AQAP confirmed dead in a US drone strike... Libyan jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar reportedly killed in another... Bahrain’s military forces to undergo counterterrorism training at top UK military academies... Six longtime Yemeni Guantanamo detainess arrive in Oman...and more...

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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.

Libya

UN Draft Political Agreement for Libya

On Monday, the Special Representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino León, presented a new draft political agreement for Libya at a meeting of the Libyan Political Dialogue Process in Skhirat, Morocco. The document represents the product of five months of intense UN-sponsored negotiations, aimed at creating a national unity government for the battered country. 

Middle East and North Africa

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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.