Robert Chesney

Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at the University of Texas School of Law, as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution. His scholarship encompasses a wide range of issues relating to national security and the law, including detention, targeting, prosecution, covert action, and the state secrets privilege; most of it is posted here.

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Beyond the Border

Introducing "Beyond the Border": Stephanie Leutert on Cartel and Gang Violence in Mexico and Central America

On behalf of both Lawfare and the Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin, I’m very happy to announce the launch of a new series—“Beyond the Border”—that will focus on the complex array of security challenges that have wracked Mexico in recent years (with occasional coverage of similar challenges in Central America as well).

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Has the U.S. Quietly Ramped Up the Air Campaign Against AQAP in Yemen?

CENTCOM has just released a summary of publicly-acknowledged airstrikes conducted against AQAP targets in Yemen over the first five months of 2016.  The list includes three strikes from February and March that were not previously acknowledged, interestingly, and there is no guarantee that there are not others of that kind still awaiting public disclosure.


Integrated Cybersecurity Studies at UT-Austin: Announcing a New Fellowship for 2016-17

One of my favorite parts of life here at the University of Texas at Austin is the center I direct:  The Strauss Center for International Security & Law.  The key thing to understand about the Strauss Center is that we’re not rooted in the law school alone.  Instead, we’re a university-wide, interdisciplinary enterprise, created about a decade ago in order to link together all parts of UT that might share an interest in policy challenges relating to foreign affairs and national security.  We have especially stron