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Analysis & Commentary - Orde Kittrie

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17th January 2018 – Document

Norsk hykleri fanger USAs oppmerksomhet

Orde Kittrie

Vi har lenge ment at oppblussingen av antiamerikanismen etter Trumps valgseier før eller siden vil fange amerikanernes oppmerksomhet og koste Norge goodwill i USA. more...

17th January 2018 – Salon

Trump’s merit-based immigration scheme based on lies

Orde Kittrie

Donald Trump’s recently confirmed secretary of homeland security may have just lied under oath. more...

16th January 2018 – City AM

World’s largest sovereign fund sells out of BAE Systems in ethics push

Orde Kittrie

Norway's massive $1.1 trillion (£777bn) sovereign wealth fund has pulled its investment in UK defence company BAE Systems, as it continues an ethical push. The fund – which has traditionally focused on oil, but decided to ditch oil and gas investments last year – has also sold off its stake in another eight companies as part of its principles drive. more...

16th January 2018 – Financial Times

Norway oil fund sells out of BAE Systems in latest ethical investment move

Orde Kittrie

Norway’s $1.1tn oil fund has sold out of UK defence group BAE Systems and eight other companies as well as banning them from its portfolios in the latest in a series of high-profile ethical investment decisions. more...

16th January 2018 – Finance

Massive Sovereign Wealth Fund of Norway Sells Out of BAE Systems

Orde Kittrie

The massive $1.1 trillion (£777bn) sovereign wealth fund of Norway has pulled its investment in BAE Systems, a UK defence company, as it proceeds with an ethical push. more...

12th December 2017 – Quoted by Yonah Jeremy Bob - The Jerusalem Post

The Jerusalem Post

Orde Kittrie

Despite some recent wins, very few victims of terrorism or their families ever see most of the money from high-profile, big-payout victories awarded in US and Israeli courts from cases against the Palestinians, Iran and others. more...

15th October 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Ayres - National Defense University Press

The Use Of Explosives In Cities: A Grim But Lawful Reality Of War – Analysis

Orde Kittrie

Refugees flowing out of the Middle East pose a serious humanitarian crisis for Europe and the world at large. The indiscriminate use of violence by the so-called Islamic State (IS), the unlawful actions of the Syrian regime, and the conduct of some of the warring factions precipitated and continue to fuel this crisis. Consequent to the indiscriminate use of force and explosives in cities, the flow of Syrian refugees has caused some to call for a complete ban on the use of explosive weapons in cities or urban areas. But to what end? Let’s not learn the wrong lessons from this calamity. more...

1st October 2017 – Quoted by Thomas Ayres - Joint Force Quarterly

The Use of Explosives in Cities: A Grim but Lawful Reality of War

Orde Kittrie

Refugees flowing out of the Middle East pose a serious humanitarian crisis for Europe and the world at large. The indiscriminate use of violence by the so-called Islamic State (IS), the unlawful actions of the Syrian regime, and the conduct of some of the warring factions precipitated and continue to fuel this crisis. more...

8th September 2017 – Mentioned by Claire Finkelstein - Ethics and International Affairs

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War by Orde Kittrie

Orde Kittrie

With the growing awareness of Russia’s attempts to weaken democratic institutions worldwide, the security practices of democratic nations are facing unprecedented challenges. Arguably, the most significant threat to Western-style democracy at the present moment comes not from kinetic action, but from the use of subterfuge and manipulation to influence public opinion. more...

31st May 2017 – Mentioned by Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap Jr. - Military Review

Lawfare 101 A Primer

Orde Kittrie

For many commanders and other military leaders, the role of law in twenty-first century conflicts is a source of frustration. Some think it is “handcuffing” them in a way that is inhibiting combat success. For others, law is another “tool that is used by the enemies of the West." more...

29th March 2017 – British Yearbook of International Law

Review of Books

Orde Kittrie

William Schabas has described ‘lawfare’ as a term that ‘appears to have no useful or practical purpose’. In Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War, Orde F Kittrie, a law professor at Arizona State University, sets out to prove otherwise. This wide-ranging book provides a realpolitik account of how governments and non-state actors use law to achieve goals that might otherwise require ‘kinetic warfare’—that is, the use of force. more...

5th February 2017 – Reviewed by Matthew Welch - Queens Law Journal

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Orde Kittrie

Only rarely does a legal tome serve as a reminder that our conception of the law updates itself along with changing times. Orde E Kittrie's Lanfare: Law as a Weapon of War does just that. Though imperfect, this book provides a coherent cascade of examples of twenty-first century political forces using law as a policy tool to achieve warlike objectives. Legal warfare, represented by the portmanteau "lawfare", goes further than merely supplementing battlefield tactics. Lawfare is a set of tactics that could be applied to all wars: hot or cold, large or small, declared or undeclared, just or unjust. more...

24th January 2017 – Quoted by Steve Harman - Voice of America

‘Lawfare’ Could Become Trump Tool Against Adversaries

Orde Kittrie

Use of the law as a weapon of war may find favor with the Trump administration, according to some scholars and attorneys. more...

1st January 2017 – Quoted by Kevin Rousseau - The Journal of National Security Law and Policy

International Law and Military Strategy: Changes in the Strategic Operating Environment

Orde Kittrie

Strategy, the British military historian Hew Strachan reminds us, “is a profoundly pragmatic business: it is about doing things, about applying means to ends.”1 Before doing things – before getting to effective action – strategists must first understand the operating environment in which they are acting. International law is part of that strategic operating environment. International law is undergoing a period of transition marked in part by greater emphasis on humanitarian principles. Strategists must consider how the evolving nature of international law is changing the strategic operating environment. more...

23rd December 2016 – Harvard Law Review

Recent Resolution

Orde Kittrie

“[I]n suits and ties we will take the Israelis to The Hague, we will handcuff them. . . . This is a war without bullets.”1 This assertion — from a confidant of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, in the wake of United Nations Security Council Resolution 23342 — reflects the modern rise of Palestinian lawfare: its strategy of using law “to achieve . . . warfighting objective[s]” against Israel. more...

18th November 2016 – Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Iran Nuclear Deal Opponents to Trump: Don’t ‘Rip it Up’

Orde Kittrie

Republicans and other long-time opponents of an international nuclear agreement with Iran have walked back calls to scrap the deal and are now urging the incoming Trump administration to stiffen it rather than unravel what President-elect Donald Trump once termed as "the worst deal ever negotiated." more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Beating Swords into Law Books: A Review of “Lawfare”

Orde Kittrie

Orde Kittrie’s Lawfare is a primer on how nations and non-state actors can supplement their hard power by using the court system to achieve their strategic objectives. more...

5th November 2015 – Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Congress Wants to Make Iran, Palestinians Pay Terror Verdicts

Orde Kittrie

Congress is weighing several legislative actions to compensate US victims of Iranian and Palestinian terrorism amid bipartisan frustration with the Obama administration. more...

1st September 2015 – Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

Even if Congress Fails to Block Iran Deal, it Can Still Affect Implementation

Orde Kittrie

The Obama administration’s fight to prevent Congress from blocking the Iran nuclear deal may be won, since there appear to be enough Democratic votes in the House and the Senate to sustain a presidential veto of any resolution of disapproval. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Legal Scholar: Over 200 Previous Treaties Have Been Renegotiated; The Iran Deal Should Be Too

Orde Kittrie

There is significant legal precedent for Congress voting against the nuclear deal with Iran and initiating a renegotiation of the agreement, Orde Kittrie, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the State Department’s former lead attorney for nuclear affairs, wrote in an op-ed today in The Wall Street Journal. more...