human rights



Qatar’s leader suggests sending troops to Syria

The Financial Times reported today, Arab troops should be sent to end the bloodshed in the uprising against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Qatar’s ruler has…


Obama’s New Year’s Resolutions for Foreign Policy in 2012

The Observer has been trying to get inside President Obama’s head for over two years. Recently, he may have succeeded, or had a very strange…


Government Terror in Syria—Putin, Al Assad, and Security Council Referral to the ICC

The Arab League “deal” with Syria looks increasingly like the African Union peace efforts aimed at blocking Security Council action in Libya. Fortunately, NATO and…




REPRISE: Syria and the Shame of the World

Originally published August 20, 2011 Bashar Al-Assad is pursuing the Libyan solution to civilian demonstrations–turn your tanks and your weapons on the demonstrators, and kill…


Drone Attacks and Other “Targeted Killings” — State Department Legal Adviser Invokes International Law Limits

On September 19, 2011, Charlie Savage reported in the New York Times that, The Defense Department’s general counsel, Jeh C. Johnson, has argued that the…


Syria — And the Shame of the World

(Developing) Bashar Al-Assad is pursuing the Libyan solution to civilian demonstrations–turn your tanks and your weapons on the demonstrators, and kill as many of them…




International Law and the Use of Force: Drones and Real Anarchy Unleashed Upon the World

Recently a number of articles have been published that are of particular interest with respect to the development and use of drones. See William Wan…




Update: Torture, The STL in Lebanon, and Obama’s “Way Forward” in Afghanistan

Today we introduce a new feature in The Trenchant Observer, an occasional column commenting on some of the more important events of the previous weeks…




Bin Laden and the Debate Over Torture–Revived

Some former U.S. officials responsible for torture under the Bush administration have claimed that the trail to Bin Laden was uncovered by the use of…