USA Today – Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan – 8 August 2017

Erik Prince is a former Navy SEAL officer and founder of Blackwater USA. He is chairman of the Frontier Services Group, a logistics company focused on Africa and South Asia. (Photo: Oxford Union, REX, Shutterstock, via AP) https://usat.ly/2ulHHJr https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/08/08/war-afghanistan-trump-white-house-weighs-bold-plan-privatize/548004001/ “The White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over…




NY Times – Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences in Blackwater Case – 4 August 2017

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/world/middleeast/blackwater-contractors-iraq-sentences.html?emc=edit_na_20170804&nl=breaking-news&nlid=44923803&ref=cta&referer= And for background, see: Govern, Kevin H. and Bales, Eric C., Taking Shots at Private Military Firms: International Law Misses its Mark (Again) (May 29, 2008). Fordham International Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2070437  



Current Events and Policy Involving North Korea – 1 August 2017

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/31/politics/north-korea-ejection-test-submarine-activity/index.html https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/amp/sen-lindsey-graham-trump-says-war-north-korea-option-n788396 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/31/trump-vows-all-necessary-measures-to-protect-allies-from-n-korea-says-abe https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1AG04F And for some perspective from the Congressuonal Research Service (CRS): https://fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/R41259.pdf and CRS reports And https://www.rand.org/blog/2017/07/a-surgical-strike-against-north-korea-not-a-viable.html?adbsc=social_20170809_1721471&adbid=895299134793502724&adbpl=tw&adbpr=22545453


Washington Post – Japan defense minister quits over peacekeepers’ cover-up – 28 July 2017

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/africa/japans-defense-chief-quits-over-alleged-document-cover-up/2017/07/27/de09516c-733a-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html Japan’s Defense Minister Tomomi Inada speaks during a press conference on her resignation of minister at Defense Ministry in Tokyo Friday, July 28, 2017. Inada has resigned over an alleged cover-up of military documents from U.N. peacekeeping operations.(Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)