Five Legal Takeaways from the Syrian War
Harvard Nat'l Security J. Features (Sept. 30, 2019)
10 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2019
Date Written: September 30, 2019
The U.S. Army regularly uses after action reports (AAR) to record observations and capture lessons learned from military operations. While not strictly an AAR, the following list of five takeaways is intended to memorialize some of the legal trends that arose during the military campaigns in Syria and Iraq. Our hope is that this admittedly non-exhaustive list will stimulate a broader conversation about the legal consequences of the Syrian War.
Keywords: law of armed conflict, international humanitarian law, targeting, 'war sustaining,' 'war supporting,' private military contractors, non-state actors, drones, ISIS, emerging technologies, jus ad bellum, jus in bello
JEL Classification: K10, K33
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