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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Militants in Afghanistan released an American woman and her Canadian husband, who had been held hostage for five years, according to the New York Times. The hostage-takers captured Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle while the couple was hiking in a military stronghold near Kabul, Afghanistan. Coleman, who was pregnant at the time, gave birth to three children while in captivity.

Donald Trump

A President’s Words Matter, Part II: Impeachment Standards and the Case of the Demagogue

A president’s words, including his lies, are fully relevant to an assessment of his fitness for office. And, as the Framers appreciated and our history has shown, the leader who is a classic demagogue, pursuing political self-interest with a rhetoric characterized by falsehoods and disparagement, is a grave threat to democracy.

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The Cyberlaw Podcast: North Korea’s Chances of Winning a 2040 Gold Medal in Basketball May Be Better than You Think

Richard Danzig, former Navy Secretary and a serious defense and technology thinker, speaks to us about the technology tsunami and what it means for the Pentagon.  Among the risks:  lots more accidents, some of them catastrophic, and “emergent” interactions among systems that no one predicts or prepares for.  He calls for the Department of Defense to spend more time thinking about ways in which our weapons might kill us without any enemy action.

transatlantic dialogue

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict: Wounded and Sick, Proportionality, and Armaments

[Editor's note: This piece is the latest installment in a mutli-blog series building on the Fifth Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict, as explained in detail here.]

Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict

Wounded and Sick, Proportionality, and Armaments

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley said the U.S. has “no risk-free options” regarding North Korea’s nuclear program and called the prospect of war on the Korean peninsula “horrific,” CNN reported. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the U.S. effort against Pyongyang is “diplomatically led” but the U.S. will use military options if diplomacy fails. The U.N.

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