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    Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

    Former Defense Department and FBI officials talked about the international community’s concern over the expansion of ISIS.* They also discussed the group’s evolution and why the…

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    Russian Intervention in Ukraine

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Andranik Migranyan, and others talked about Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, and its policy options and goals as the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continued. Topics included…

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    Situation in Syria

    Professor Ruth Wedgwood talked about the International Criminal Court and the chance Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be charged with war crimes. She spoke about the history and…

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    Iran's Nuclear and Terrorist Threats

    Former officials from the George W. Bush administration talked about the nuclear and terrorist threat posed by Iran. Topics included U.S. policy toward Iran and the terrorist designation for the…

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    Diplomatic Immunity

    Ruth Wedgwood, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies International Law and Diplomacy Professor, talked about the history of diplomatic immunity and how it works, including…

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    U.S. Policy Toward Iraq

    Witnesses testified about the implications of the November 26 Declaration of Principles. Topics included whether such an agreement was a status of forces agreement or a defense treaty that…

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    Human Rights and Prisoner Treatment

    A law professor and a representative of the International Red Cross discussed humanitarian and legal issues concerning detainees in Guantanamo Bay. Topics included counterterrorism and al…

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    Saddam Hussein Execution

    Professor Wedgwood talked about the legal elements of the closing hours before Saddam Hussein’s December 30 execution, the televised videotape of the execution, and the effects in Iraq. She…

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    Presidential Power in Combating Terrorism

    Ruth Wedgwood moderated a discussion on the implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Military Commissions Act of 2006. This court ruling said that war crimes…

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    Middle East Conflict

    Mr. Roed-Larsen spoke about tensions in the Middle East and United Nations efforts to bring a resolution to the conflict in Lebanon between Israeli and Hezbollah forces. He also talked…

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    Law and National Security

    Panelists talked about the role of the federal judiciary in maintaining national security. Topics included the operation of military tribunals for prosecuting terrorists, differences…

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    U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges

    Scholars discussed “functional issues” relating to U.S. foreign policy. They discussed military policy, human rights and international law, the connections between foreign policy and…

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    United Nations and Israel Policy

    Mr. Muravchik moderated a panel discussion about United Nations-Israel relations. They discussed the U.N.'s recent referral of Israel to the International Court of Justice in response to…

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    Detention of Enemy Combatants

    Guests talked about the detention of enemy combatants. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments in two related cases the following Wednesday. In Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the…

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    Civil Liberties and the War on Terrorism

    Legal scholars talked about civil liberties and the war on terrorism. Among the topics they addressed were detentions of suspected terrorists, providing access to counsel, secrecy by the…

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    U.S. Foreign Policy Interests

    Panelists discussed U.S. foreign policy, including unilateralism, multilateralism, and American sovereign interests. Mr. Rostow moderated the panel. After making brief opening statements,…

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    International Law

    Guests talked about the role of international law in Supreme Court cases. Some of the justices had cited international law in their decisions, and had indicated that they believed…

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    National Security Law: Constitutional and International Law

    Panelists talked about domestic and international law governing the use of force. Among the topics they addressed were preemptive military action against rogue states, war powers issues,…

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    Mock Court Argument on Military Tribunals

    At the ABA’s annual convention, attorneys held a mock court session. Attorneys representing terrorism suspects and attorneys representing the government argued their cases before a panel of…

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