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The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones---Confronting a New Age of Threat

We're thrilled to announce the publication today of our new book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones—---Confronting A New Age of Threat.

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On the Transfer of Syria's Chemical Weapons

In an excellent Lawfare post last month, Does the U.N.’s Syria Resolution Violate the Chemical Weapons Convention?  Faiza Patel asserts that if Syria sent chemical weapons to another country, Syria would violate the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  The conclusion stems from her reasonable, though (to my eye) exceedingly literal reading of the CWC—which bans the “transfer” of chemical weapons to “anyone.”

The UN Security Council (UNSC)

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Text of Draft Syrian Resolution

The NYT has the text of the draft UN Security Council Resolution on Syria.  The most important paragraph is the penultimate one, which states that the Security Council “[d]ecides, in the event of non-compliance with this resolution, including unauthorized transfer of chemical weapons, or any use of chemical weapons by anyone in the Syrian Arab Republic, to impose measures under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter.”  I think this means that non-compliance will re


White House Counsel’s Legal Justification for Syria Intervention

Julian Ku is right to poke fun at the administration for conveying its vague and conclusory legal rationale for intervening in Syria through the reporting of the NYT’s Charlie Savage.  But vague and conclusory guidance via the NYT is better than no guidance at all.

On the international law rationale for interventio

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