Ryan Goodman

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AUMF: Scope and Reach

Six Questions Congress Should Ask the Administration about its ISIL AUMF

[Cross-posted at Just Security]

With congressional hearings on the Obama Administration’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the Islamic State on the horizon, we propose six questions that Members of Congress should ask Administration witnesses:

1. What, exactly, is our strategic military objective?

AUMF: Syria

Seeking Consensus on AUMFs

[Cross-posted at Just Security]

The three of us have coauthored an Op-Ed in Sunday’s Washington Post on the topic of congressional authorization for the use of force against ISIL and the 2001 AUMF.  We outline the broad underlying agreement we personally share and that

Jus ad Bellum/UN Charter/Sovereignty

Strikes in Syria: The International Law Framework

[Cross-posted at Just Security]

As is now well-known, the United States last night hit approximately 25 targets inside Syria, some of which were directed at ISIL, and some at a group that has only recently been brought to the public’s attention – the Khorasan Group, which is