Donald Trump visited Saudi Arabia over the weekend on his first foreign trip as president, while U.S. coalition forces in Syria bombed pro-Assad forces.
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In light of press reports that President Trump may have revealed sensitive counterterrorism information originating from the Israeli government to Russian officials, it’s useful to take a step back and run through what foreign liaison relationships do and why they are important to U.S. counterterrorism.
Emory University's Laurie Blank discusses the meaning of the right of a state to use force against terrorist groups and violent extremists, in a forthcoming article in the Israel Yearbook of Human Rights, now posted to SSRN, and in a short column in the Jurist
A Critical Analysis of the Report of the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the 2014 Gaza Conflict
Pnina Sharvit Baruch analyzes the Report issued in 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry into the conduct of the 2014 Gaza conflict and finds its investigative methodologies, legal analyses of international humanitarian law, and specific conclusions underwhelming at best.
Israeli Strike in Syria Meets Unusual Opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Meets with Trump, and Morocco Reshuffles Its Prime Minister
The Syrian military actually shot back at Israeli jets, the Iraqi prime minister thinks U.S. support will increase, and Morocco tries to form a government five months after elections.
The Israeli Knesset has passed an amendment to ban entry of foreign nationals who have publically called to boycott Israel, or act on behalf of organizations that have done so. This is not the first time Israeli law has imposed sanctions on the basis of speech in the framework of Israel’s anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign. Previous legislation in this vein—part of Israel’s anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign—has largely survived judicial review and it is likely this new amendment will as well.
Iraqi Forces Advance on Western Mosul, U.S. Weighs Deploying Troops to Syria, Netanyahu Meets with Trump
Iraqi forces are moving again against the Islamic State with closer U.S. support, the United States is considering sending ground troops to Syria, and Netanyahu’s wild ride in joint press conference with Donald Trump.
Turkish-backed Rebels Enter al-Bab, Trump and Netanyahu Ready for Meeting, Trump and Congress Mull Designating Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization
Turkey and the Assad regime reach agreement on offensive against Islamic State in al-Bab, what will happen in Trump and Netanyahu’s White House meeting, and what happens if the United States declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group?
Amona and the Settlement Regularization Bill: The Politicization of Suffering and the Threat to the High Court
Even if Israel's new settlement law is eventually overturned, it will succeed in another of the settler movement's goals: weakening the Israeli judiciary.
New Syrian Peace Talks Conclude, Iraqi Forces Reach Tigris River, Israel Lifts Settlement Restrictions
Russia is trying to lock down its gains in Syria, Iraqi forces are consolidating control of eastern Mosul, and Netanyahu faces legal trouble just as his political stars align.