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Gates creates new Cyber Security Command

The Wall Street Journal reports:
Defense Secretary Robert Gates created a new military command dedicated to cyber security on Tuesday, reflecting the Obama administration’s plans to centralize and elevate computer security as a major national-security issue.
In a memo to senior Pentagon officials, Mr. Gates said he intends to recommend that Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, take …

European Union willing to help resettle detainees from Guantanamo, wants new legal collaboration

Reuters is reporting:
European Union member states are ready to help resettle detainees freed from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the EU said on Monday.
A joint statement by Brussels and Washington said the EU backed the decision by the United States to close the detention center and set out a framework for cooperation under …

Yemen claims to have arrested major financier of al Qaeda

Reuters is reporting:
Yemen has arrested a man described as al Qaeda’s top financer in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, a security source told Reuters on Sunday.
Separately, a government source said nine foreigners, including seven Germans, were kidnapped in the Saada area of north Yemen.
Militant activity in Yemen, a revolt in the north and a secessionist movement in the south has unsettled …

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State Department issues Treaty Priority List

Last month, the State Department issued the Administration’s treaty priority list. This list is divided into two categories: treaties whose ratification is being sought, and those whose ratification is not being sought.
In the first category, are 14 treaties, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Inter-American Convention Against …

Thomas M. Franck: In Memoriam

It with great sadness that we learned that Thomas M. Franck, one of the world’s leading scholars of international and national security law, passed away earlier this week. Lucy Reed, the President of the American Society of International Law sent out this note on Thursday:
Dear ASIL Colleagues,
I am very sorry to share with you the news that ASIL Honorary President …

Nuclear Proliferation, Michael Douglas, and the Embassy of Italy– not to mention Bob Gallucci, Chuck Hagel, and Joe Cirincione

In case you missed the press accounts of this event last week, the Washingtonian reports:
The Ploughshares Fund and the Italian Embassy hosted a panel discussion last night [Wednesday, May 20] to talk about the current state of nuclear policy and the continuing efforts against global proliferation. The discussion was moderated by actor Michael Douglas, an 11-year United Nations ambassador and …

Breaking News: North Korea claims to have conducted second nuclear test

Reuters is reporting:
North Korea said it had successfully conducted a nuclear test on Monday, raising the explosive power and level of control of its nuclear device to a new level, its state media said.
“We have successfully conducted another nuclear test on May 25 as part of the republic’s measures to strengthen its nuclear deterrent,” the North’s official KCNA news agency …


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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.