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Analysis & Commentary - Orde Kittrie

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16th January 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

What’s the Matter With Norway?

Orde Kittrie

President Trump reportedly touted Norway last week, comparing it favorably with Haiti and other countries he described in scatological terms. Though there are surely wonderful Norwegians, the government in Oslo calls to mind the Barry Switzer line: “Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” more...

29th September 2017 – Foreign Affairs

How Washington Can Counter the Rise of Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer, Orde Kittrie, Alex Entz

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, is now the most powerful actor in Lebanon. Since 2006, Hezbollah’s last declared conflict with Israel, the group has amassed military hardware to rival that of a formal standing army and evolved into Lebanon’s most important political power broker. For those who view Hezbollah as a destabilizing force, with links both to terrorism and to Iran, the question is how best to counter this rise. more...

31st July 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How U.S. Allies Undermine NATO

Orde Kittrie

European countries divest from American defense firms that help protect them. more...

19th May 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s steps on Iran show cooperation with Congress is possible

Orde Kittrie

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made clear that its Iran policy review is headed toward the position shared by the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate foreign relations committees that the United States should take a firmer stance against Iran’s non-nuclear malign activities. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Obama Administration Dropped Charges against Iranian Procurement Agents

Orde Kittrie

A bombshell article published Monday in Politico describes how the Obama administration dropped charges against key members of Iran’s proliferation procurement network, infuriating Justice Department officials and undermining the U.S.’s ability to detect and deter Iranian cheating – all in service of reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. more...

27th December 2016 – Lawfare

What UNSCR 2334 Could Mean Beyond the United Nations, and How the Trump Administration Can Respond

Orde Kittrie

Notwithstanding the distractions of the holiday season, a considerable debate has erupted over the significance of U.N. Security Council resolution 2334, which the Security Council adopted last Friday with the United States abstaining. more...

9th May 2016 – FDD Research Memo

Iran Still Owes $53 Billion in Unpaid U.S. Court Judgments to American Victims of Iranian Terrorism

Orde Kittrie

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 20 that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian government funds must be turned over to injured survivors and families of Americans killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks for which Iran was found liable by U.S. courts. more...

1st January 2016 – Oxford University Press

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Orde Kittrie

In Lawfare, author Orde Kittrie draws on his experiences as a lawfare practitioner, US State Department attorney, and international law scholar in analyzing the theory and practice of lawfare. more...

12th August 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Congress Can Rewrite the Iran Deal

Orde Kittrie

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry claim that Congress has only two options for the Iran nuclear agreement: Approve it as is, or block it, and war results. Last week Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) recommended a third option, to renegotiate the agreement. more...

13th July 2015 – Foreign Affairs

The China-Iran Nuclear Pipeline

Orde Kittrie

On the afternoon of April 2, U.S. President Barack Obama appeared in the Rose Garden to announce that an historic agreement had been reached with Iran over a framework for a nuclear deal. more...

19th December 2013 – Arms Control and Regional Security for the Middle East

Iran Plays Games with the Geneva Deal

Orde Kittrie

Nearly a month since the six-month Joint Plan of Action with Iran was announced in Geneva on November 24, the deal has yet to go into effect. The two sides... more...

24th November 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Weak Agreement Likely to Get Worse

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

The Geneva deal agreed to Sunday by six major powers with Iran is a gamble on Western optimism. While slightly rolling back Iranian nuclear capability... more...

19th November 2013 – Arms Control and Regional Security for the Middle East

How to Strengthen the Interim Iran Deal

Orde Kittrie

Press reports make it clear that the interim deal will bring Iran into compliance with none of its key international legal obligations as spelled out in applicable... more...

6th September 2013 – The National Interest

Holding Assad Accountable

Orde Kittrie

The United States and possibly allies are preparing to launch military strikes against Syria in response to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical... more...

22nd May 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

New Ideas for Cooperatively Preventing WMD Attacks from the Middle East

Orde Kittrie

The danger that weapons of mass destruction (WMD) from the Middle East will be used against the United States or its allies has been heightened by several recent developments. more...

26th March 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Stopping an Undetectable Iranian Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

Iran's nuclear program dominated last week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A key challenge for both leaders: how to stop Iran's... more...

1st December 2009 – Arms Control Association

Using Stronger Sanctions to Increase Negotiating Leverage With Iran

Orde Kittrie

Six days after his inauguration, President Barack Obama declared that “if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us.” Over the 10 months since then, the Obama administration has followed up on the January 26 declaration with numerous friendly gestures to the Iranian regime. more...

5th August 2006 – Wall Street Journal

A War Crime at Qana?

Orde Kittrie

The Qana tragedy has intensified accusations that Israel's actions in Lebanon violate international law. Every death of an innocent person is extremely regrettable; but there is no evidence Israel has committed any war crimes. In contrast, Hezbollah, Iran and Syria have clearly violated international law in this conflict. more...

23rd July 2006 – The Arizona Republic

Hezbollah Lets Iran Buy Time for Nukes

Orde Kittrie

The big winner thus far in the clash between Hezbollah and Israel is Iran. Through attacks by its proxy, Hezbollah, Iran is deftly succeeding in distracting the world from the rapidly progressing Iranian nuclear weapons program. more...

5th December 2004 – Arizona Republic

Iran and the Bomb

Orde Kittrie

Armed only with boxcutters, the 19 al-Qaida hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001 killed 3,000 people and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage to New York City, the Pentagon and the global economy. more...