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Sudan and JEM Sign Preliminary Accord

Sudan and the largest rebel group in Darfur, the Justice and Equality Movement, signed a preliminary deal today. As the New York Times notes, the agreement commits the parties only to continue peace talks in Doha, Qatar, with the goal of developing a final status agreement.
Because the current …

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The Al-Bashir Indictment

As you’ve probably read elsewhere, it wasn’t handed down today – in fact, the ICC’s only announcement was that no decision has been made. Michelle at Stop Genocide has some analysis of what may be going on here.
Assuming the indictment and concomitant arrest warrant are eventually …

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ICC Issues Warrant for Al-Bashir

The International Criminal Court approved the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir today. The indictment is the first against a sitting head of state.
There’s been a great deal of commentary on the case recently – Wes Rist criticized the African Union for rallying around al-Bashir, and …

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India: ISI aided Mumbai Attack

In a recent post on terrorism and extremism in Pakistan, I noted a Pakistani diplomat had claimed India's evidence of Pakistani involvement in the Mumbai attack was fabricated, and the Pakistani government had issued a report concluding the government was not involved in planning …

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CSIS: Israel Obeyed The Law of War in Gaza

The Jerusalem Post describes the Center for Security & International Studies’ report, drafted by Anthony Cordesman, here. The report concludes Israel used lawful force in pursuit of legitimate military ends, but expresses skepticism that Israel will achieve any lasting strategic benefit.

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A Good List

Laura Milligan posts this list of top foreign policy blogs. Though there are a couple very good ones she leaves out (Long War Journal, Jeffrey Goldberg, ThreatsWatch, and the Georgetown Security Law Brief spring to mind), it's an excellent list – not a bad choice among them. See …

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Saudi Suspect List Includes Eleven Released From Guantanamo and "Rehabilitated"

The New York Times reports that a list of terrorism suspects released today by the Saudi government includes eleven former Guantanamo detainees who passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program after their release. There’ve been a number of similar articles throughout the last …

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Al Qaeda and the Taliban – in Pakistan

It's no secret that various terrorist groups have gotten significant support from Pakistan – either from elements of InterServices Intelligence or from private actors in the country. In the last year, ISI has been implicated in aiding an attack on the Indian consulate in Kabul, and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, the …

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CRS on Closing Gitmo

Congressional Research Services – Congress’ think tank – has a significant report out discussing the legal issues associated with President Obama's executive order closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay (link available here). The report constitutes the most comprehensive publicly available treatment of the issues surrounding Gitmo closure …

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In Memoriam

Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 64th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the most notorious of the Nazi extermination camps. We hope you’ll join us in taking a moment to memorialize the more than 1 million people – mostly Jews, but also Gypsies and …

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International Criminal Court's First Trial to Start Monday

On Monday, the ICC will begin proceedings in its first trial ever – Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo will stand trial for using child soldiers during the Congo's civil war. (As TRIAL notes, Lubanga's group, the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC), is also accused of massacring civilians). The …

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The IDF's Legal Analysis

For the moment (and not to speak for Dan), I don't have any more analysis on the Gaza incursion – my take on the purely legal aspects of the issue is here. However, for those interested in the questions about the law of armed conflict posed by the …

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Gaza

Dan has two good posts addressing some of the legal criticism of the Israeli incursion into Gaza.
There's been a vigorous debate on the incursion across the wonderful new array of Foreign Policy blogs; David Rothkopf summarizes his dispute with Steven Walt here. …

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More Concern About Bosnia

I’ve written before about concerns surrounding Bosnian political stability. Within the international community, the chorus of worried voices is getting louder. Thomas Barnett argues the risk of further dissolution is endemic to the creation of a new nation. Stop Genocide blog, however, notes

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Darfur Update

It's hardly news now – but the biggest Darfur story over the holidays was definitely this piece by the always-excellent Nicholas Kristof. Kristof lays out a set of serious actions the United States emissary to Sudan has been proposing to President Bush, and argues President-elect Obama should consider …

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