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International Regulation of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Negotiations on a New Legal Structure for the High Seas
After more than seven and a half years of death and destruction, there is a sense that the Syrian war is coming to an end.
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.
Trump Waives Iran Nuclear Sanctions but Deal Remains at Risk
To many Libyan households, the top security threat plaguing their daily lives isn’t the risk of being caught in the crossfire between contending militias, falling victim to a jihadi group, or being kidnapped for ransom. A more unrelenting consequence of Libya’s dysfunctional politics is its monetary crisis. The principal manifestations—chronic shortage of dinar banknotes, along with a weak valuation of the Libyan currency in the black market—first emerged in 2014. Unlike the ongoing civil war, which also began in 2014, the monetary crisis has consistently intensified through the months.
Around this time last year, we rang in 2017 with a review of the year that was in the Middle East and a series of questions:
The National Security Strategy and the Middle East, Trump's Jerusalem Mess, and Riyadh's Nuclear Plans
What the National Security Strategy Means for U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Editor’s Note: One of the most successful NGO anti-war efforts was the campaign to ban landmines, which led to a treaty banning their use and production in 1997. Activists, not surprisingly, are using this model as they focus on other technologies, including autonomous weapons systems—and yes, here is a Terminator link.
Editor’s Note: The Trump administration is suspicious of multilateralism in general, so it is not surprising that it is skeptical of the United Nations. The administration's decision to withdraw from UNESCO reflects this skepticism, but it has also drawn criticism at home and abroad. However, Indiana University's David Bosco, while opposing the decision, finds a silver lining. Because UNESCO is not terribly effective, allowing Trump and others to vent their anger at UNESCO while preserving other ties to the United Nations will help preserve U.N.