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  • Commentary posted December 7, 2011 by David B. Rivkin, Charles "Cully" Stimson Obama and the Hezbollah Terrorist

    Call it the triumph of ideology over national interest and honor. Having dithered for nearly three years, the Obama administration has only a few weeks to bring to justice a Hezbollah terrorist who slaughtered five U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007. Unfortunately, it appears more likely that Ali Musa Daqduq will instead be transferred to Iran, to a hero's welcome. In…

  • Commentary posted July 8, 2009 by Charles "Cully" Stimson, David B. Rivkin No Easy Answers

    The Obama administration waited until 5:45 p.m. on a Friday in late June to float the idea that it is considering an executive order authorizing prolonged detention of captured enemy combatants. The announcement was timed to run when most Washingtonians were tippling cocktails or en route to the beach to avoid expending much political capital on the issue. This…

  • WebMemo posted February 19, 2009 by David B. Rivkin, Lee A. Casey, Charles "Cully" Stimson Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions and U.S. Detainee Policy

    The Geneva Conventions loom large over U.S. terrorist detainee policy-even when the conventions may not strictly, as a matter of law, apply. In addition to their legal force, the conventions carry the weight of moral authority. It is no small matter, then, to question whether U.S. detention efforts fall short of the standards of Article 3-an article that is common to all…

  • Backgrounder posted September 16, 2005 by David B. Rivkin, Lee A. Casey The New Iraqi Constitution

    Benjamin Franklin spoke very little during the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Like a similarly silent George Washington, his major contribution was in lending his name and prestige to the effort. On the last day, however, Dr. Franklin rose and delivered what may have been the most impor­tant speech of his life. I confess that there are several…

  • Backgrounder posted April 21, 2003 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., David B. Rivkin Blueprint for Freedom: Limiting the Role of the United Nations in Post-War Iraq

    According to media reports, the United Nations Secretary General's office has already drawn up detailed plans for the U.N. to step in and govern Iraq three months after the war is over. The confidential blueprint calls for establishing a U.N. Assistance Mission in Baghdad to oversee all aspects of a post-Saddam Iraqi government.1 Numerous countries, including most…

  • Executive Summary posted April 21, 2003 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., David B. Rivkin Executive Summary: Blueprint for Freedom: Limiting the Role of the United Nations in Post-War Iraq

    According to media reports, the United Nations Secretary General's office has already drawn up detailed plans for the U.N. to step in and govern Iraq three months after the war is over. Numerous countries, including most members of the European Union, Russia, China, and virtually all of the G-77 states, have also been clamoring for the U.N. to play a leading role in…

  • Backgrounder posted June 7, 2000 by David B. Rivkin, Lee A. Casey Six Reasons Why Arms Control Advocates Are Wrong: The ABM Treaty Is Not In Force

    Although the recent summit in Moscow between President Bill Clinton and Russian President Vladimir Putin yielded little agreement on missile defense, both presidents made clear that they believe the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty between the United States and the former Soviet Union remains in force. This has long been Russia's position, but it was…

  • Backgrounder posted February 5, 1999 by Lee A. Casey, David B. Rivkin The International Criminal Court vs. the American People

    On July 17, 1998, a treaty creating a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate, try, and punish individuals who violate certain international human rights norms1 was adopted at a United Nations-sponsored conference in Rome. The treaty was adopted over the objections of the U.S. delegation.2 The Clinton Administration rightly voted against the…

  • Executive Summary posted February 5, 1999 by Lee A. Casey, David B. Rivkin Executive Summary: The International Criminal Court vs. the American People

    On July 17, 1998, in Rome, a treaty was adopted creating a permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) under the auspices of the United Nations. If 60 countries ratify this treaty, a court in the Netherlands will have the power to try and punish individuals for violations of certain international humanitarian norms. Some of these offenses are so broadly defined…

  • Lecture posted September 1, 1989 by David B. Rivkin Changes in Soviet Military Thinking: How Do They Add Up?

    This report is available currently only in PDF format.…

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