Humanitarian Intervention

Defense One – The US Is Drifting Toward War With a NATO Ally – 14 February 2018 Putin’s unchecked courtship of Erdoğan increases the risks associated with any military response to Assad’s war crimes, continued Turkish aggression, or Iranian entrenchment in Syria. The U.S. and NATO should take Turkey to task for any actions that are detrimental to NATO’s mutual defense goals.  Concurrently, Turkey must be…

SEALS – WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW – 05 August 2017- Crises of Nonintervention: The Gordian Knot of PRK and the Gushing Wound of Syria Crises of Nonintervention: The Gordian Knot of PRK and the Gushing Wound of Syria, 1:00-2:45 pm Moderator: Professor Hannibal Travis, Florida International University College of Law Speakers: Professor Margaret deGuzman, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law; Professor Kevin Govern, Ave Maria School of Law; Professor Mark David Maxwell, University of North Carolina…

MWI’s Andrew Bacevich Criticizes U.S. Military Forays in Middle East – 29 September 2016

“MWI’s Andrew Bacevich Criticizes U.S. Military Forays in Middle East. Speaking to cadets and faculty, MWI Adjunct Scholar Andrew Bacevich gives a blistering critique of U.S. military interventionism in the greater Middle East.” For Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2015, please see: and see Military…

Joint Force Quarterly – What It Means to Be Expeditionary: A Look at the French Army in Africa – 3rd Quarter, July 2016

“A recently published RAND study of French army operations in Mali in 2013 noted that in many ways, France’s army epitomizes the characteristics General Odierno and General Milley have highlighted.” Cited with authority in:

MWI – Who Should We Save?: On Perilous Judgments and Military Moral Thought – 5 September 2016 and see: Govern, Kevin H., The Legal Way Ahead Between War And Peace (Chapter 16) (2008). Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: A Guide to the Issues, Edited by David K. Linnan (Praeger 2008). Available at SSRN:

NYT – Air Force, Running Low on Drone Pilots, Turns to Contractors in Terror Fight – 5 September 2016

I “The Pentagon is increasingly relying on private contractors to operate drones for reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.” See also: Govern, Kevin H. and Schlager, Scott A, ‘Guns for Hire, Death on Demand’: The Permissibility of U.S. Outsourcing of Drone Attacks to Civilian Surrogates of the Armed Forces and…

MWI – Cyberwarfare a Double-edged Sword for Authoritarian States – 1 August 2016

MWI Contributor Robert Potter argues that authoritarian states are more vulnerable to the impacts of cyberwarfare than democracies in today’s War Council Blog. For more on cyberwar, see:  

Modern War Institute (MWI) – War on the Rocks: A Military Guide to Accessing Research on Fragile States – 22 June 2016

A Military Guide to Accessing Research on Fragile States see also: The Fund for Peace is an independent, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit research and educational organization that works to prevent violent conflict and promote sustainable security. The twelfth annual Fragile States Index (FSI) focuses on the indicators of risk and…

The Report of the Iraq Inquiry (Chilcot Report) – 6 July 2016. and see: and see: Govern, Kevin H., Rethinking Rule of Law Efforts in Iraq (2007). JURIST Forum (, February 26, 2007. Available at SSRN:  

NYTimes: Drone Strike Statistics Answer Few Questions, and Raise Many – 4 July 2016

see also: FACT SHEET: Executive Order on the US Policy on Pre & Post-Strike Measures to Address Civilian Casualties in the US Operations Involving the Use of Force & the DNI Release of Aggregate Data on Strike Outside Area of Active Hostilities