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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Top Issues with the Declassified Drone Memo

Department of Justice declassified drone memo. [6/23/14]Earlier in the week, a classified Department of Justice memo was released by court order that laid out the legal reasoning for the targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen and accused member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who was killed in 2011 by a drone strike in Yemen. Despite its heavily-redacted format, the release of the memo is an important step forward toward greater transparency and ensuring rule of law in U.S. counterterrorism operations, especially with respect to the targeted killing of American citizens. Nonetheless, the redacted memo leaves a number of crucial questions unanswered that require closer inspection by the public and greater transparency on behalf of the government. Until these issues are addressed, a… Read More ›

IranWednesday, June 25, 2014

Paul Eaton Quoted in The Bellingham Herald on U.S.-Iran Relations

Is the enemy of our enemy our friend? By William Douglas June 25, 2014 | The Bellingham Herald The United States considers Iran a top state sponsor of terrorism, a budding nuclear threat and a meddlesome supporter of President Bashar Assad’s regime in civil war-torn Syria. But those negatives apparently aren’t enough to prevent Washington from considering calling Iran a potential partner in the battle against a group of al-Qaida-inspired militants who are trying to overtake Iraq. With options limited, the combination of crisis and mutual interest might make possible what many foreign policy experts once thought unthinkable: that the U.S. and Iran, archenemies since the taking of 50 hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, become partners, frenemies for the sake of Iraq. “It… Read More ›

IranIraqWednesday, June 25, 2014

Press Call: Iran and Iraq, What Next?

Iran, Iraq and Regional Security Threats Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:00 AM Eastern Time As the violence in Iraq continues to swell and ISIS expands its controlled territory,  the Obama administration plans to send 300 military advisers to Iraq to assist the Iraqi military against the Sunni insurgents. At the same time the White House is attempting to manage the situation in Iraq, they are considering what role neighboring Iran could and should play in quelling the sectarian uprising. With increased diplomatic ties between Iran, the U.S., and its allies and the impending July 20th deadline to reach a final nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic, the idea of partnering with Iran holds promise for some and peril for others. EXPERTS Dr. Colin H. Kahl, Senior Fellow… Read More ›

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