Hilary Hurd

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Hilary Hurd is a J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School. She previously worked for Transparency International as their U.S.-defense lead and global advocacy manager. She has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, an M.A. in Conflict, Security, and Development from King’s College London, and a B.A. in Politics and Russian Studies from the University of Virginia. She was a 2013 Marshall Scholar.

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Iran

U.S. Reimposes the Second Round of Iran Sanctions

The U.S. has officially pulled its second foot out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called the Iran deal, a multilateral treaty concluded in 2015 by the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, China, EU, and Russia to halt Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. On Monday, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Iran’s energy, shipping, shipbuilding, and financial sectors—thus fulfilling Trump’s May 8 announcement that the U.S. would reimpose the sanctions that had been in place prior to the Iran deal.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

U.S. Withdrawal From the INF Treaty: The Facts and the Law

President Trump announced on Oct. 20 that the United States would pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a 1987 bilateral agreement prohibiting the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers and their launchers.

U.S. Supreme Court

Judge Brett Kavanaugh on National Security: A Reader’s Guide

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin hearings Sept. 4 on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace the high court’s most frequent swing vote, retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a change that many expect would shift the court significantly to the right.

Travel Ban

The Supreme Court Travel Ban Ruling: A Summary

The Supreme Court's decision Tuesday in Trump v. Hawaii decisively puts to bed the “preliminary injunction” round of litigation over President Trump’s travel ban. In a 5-4 decision, with the majority opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court issued two core holdings: (a) that the latest ban does not exceed the president’s authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA); and (b) that ban does not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.