Middle East and North Africa

Berthold Werner

For more than a generation, no region has drawn as much national security attention and angst than has the Middle East. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, and operations throughout the region raise thorny questions of domestic and international law. Numerous regional conflicts inevitably raise concerns about compliance with the law of armed conflict, and debates over policy have become inextricably linked with debates over the law.

 

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Podcasts

Lawfare Podcast Special Edition: The Soleimani Strike and Its Fallout

The American drone strike last night that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, is a seismic event in U.S.-Iranian relations—and for the broader Middle East. We put together an emergency podcast, drawing on the resources of both Lawfare and the Brookings Institution and reflecting the depth of the remarkable collaboration between the two.

Middle East and North Africa

The Deportation of Omar Shakir: The Israeli Supreme Court and the BDS Movement

Two judgments handed down just days apart—one by the Israeli Supreme Court and the other by the European Court of Justice—serve to highlight a growing jurisprudential divide between Israeli and international courts on the status of Israeli settlements in the West Bank

Syria

Livestream: House Foreign Affairs Hearing on Middle East Policy

On Oct. 29, the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Administration’s Policy Objectives for a Turbulent Middle East.” The hearing will feature testimony from David Schenker, the assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, and Michael Harvey, the assistant administrator for the Middle East at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Turkey

Erdoğan’s Tactical Gamble in Istanbul Proves a Strategic Mistake

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.

Following a repeat mayoral election in Istanbul on June 23, Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is not quite so strong anymore. If there is one thing worse than losing a close election, it must be losing the same election twice—and the second time with a much wider margin.

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