Ryan Vogel

Ryan Vogel is an assistant professor and director of national security studies at Utah Valley University. Previously, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and taught international law at American University and the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Detention & Guantanamo

Trump's Opportunity to Get GTMO Right

Wednesday’s news that the Trump Administration was preparing an executive order addressing the detention and interrogation of enemy combatants, coupled with President Trump’s interview comments that “torture works,” has resulted in understandable but premature panic over a potential policy allowing for detainee abuse.

International Criminal Court (ICC)

Potential Implications of CENTCOM’s MSF Investigation on the ICC’s Preliminary Examination of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan

This morning, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) released its formal report of investigation into the airstrike on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Of note in the report is a finding that the “aircrew’s failure to exercise judgement . . .

Interrogation

ICC Prosecutor Advances Examination of U.S. Detention Policies in Afghanistan

As Professors Ryan Goodman and David Bosco have both noted in excellent posts at Just Security and Foreign Policy, respectively, over the past seven years, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor has quietly but persistently advanced a “preliminary examination” of the conflict in Afghanistan.  Although it has been cl