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Early Edition: May 3, 2021

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here. A curated guide to major national security news and developments over the weeked. Here’s today’s news MYANMAR Eight people killed Sunday after Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against the military coup. Reuters reporting. A military helicopter was shot down by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), one of Myanmar’s leading rebel groups, in...

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Recap of Recent Articles on Just Security (April 24-30)

Attack on U.S. Capitol A Jan. 6 Commission is Crucial to Understand the Reality of the Attack, and the Alternate Reality of the Attackers by Fadi Quran (@fadiquran) and Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) 100 Days: Immigration Biden’s First 100 Days on Immigration: A Test of Leadership by Gregory Chen (@GregChenAILA) 100 Days: Arms Trade At 100 Days, Grading Biden’s Progress Toward a More Responsible US Arms Trade Policy by Jeff...

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A Letter to President Biden from a Former Intelligence Officer: Close Guantanamo Bay

Dear President Biden: I was relieved to hear that you intend to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. I spent two years providing support to President Obama’s effort to transfer detainees from that awful place, and seeing this blight on America’s reputation close once and for all is something that is near and dear to my heart. I volunteered for that assignment because I believed the America I was born in would never torture — and...

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Do Economic Sanctions in Response to Gross Human Rights Abuses Do Any Good?

Economic sanctions imposed for national security reasons, such as those invoked against Iran, Cuba, North Korea, and Russia, have a mixed record. In the case of Iran, sanctions have forced the Islamic regime to limit its nuclear ambitions. In the case of Cuba, on the other hand, sanctions fostered the isolation that has prevented the country from escaping the communist orthodoxy into which it settled soon after its 1959...

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Key Takeaways From Latest FISA Court Opinion on Section 702 and FBI Warrantless Queries

This Monday the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) declassified a set of documents related to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the law’s warrantless surveillance provision. Section 702 authorizes the government to engage in surveillance absent any court approval or suspicion of wrongdoing, but only to target non-U.S. persons located outside the United States, and only for foreign...

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Climate Change Solutions Must Include People with Disabilities

When natural disasters and other emergencies hit, resources become scarce, and, too often, people with disabilities cannot access them. As global warming continues to drive up temperatures and sea levels around the world, discussions of climate resilience and adaptation must do better to include these communities. The United Nations estimates that people with disabilities constitute about 15 percent of the world’s population, or...

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Indian Supreme Court’s Stance on the Deportation of Rohingya Refugees Violates International Law

In a recent order, the Supreme Court of India refused to stay the deportation of Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar and directed the Indian government to follow the prescribed procedure for their deportation. According to media reports, there are close to 150 to 170 refugees detained by the Indian police and set to be deported. This is not the first time the court has refused to stay such a deportation. The case was first filed in the...

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Early Edition: April 27, 2021

Signup to receive the Early Edition in your inbox here. A curated guide to major national security news and developments over the past 24 hours. Here’s today’s news U.S. RELATIONS Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) harassed two U.S. Coast Guard ships on April 2 in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Navy officials said, the first such incident in a year. “After approximately three hours of the U.S. issuing...

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Biden’s Decision to Pull Troops From Afghanistan Risks a Major Refugee Crisis

President Joe Biden’s decision to bring the remaining U.S. troops home from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of al-Qaeda’s attacks on the United States that launched America’s longest war, has prompted an array of criticism. Mainly, commentators argue that the Taliban now has the upper hand, with no incentive to negotiate with the Afghan government, and that it is unlikely to respect the fragile gains made on...