Lawfare is a blog dedicated to national security issues, published by the Lawfare Institute in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. It was started in 2010 by Benjamin Wittes (author and former editorial writer for the Washington Post), Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith, and University of Texas at Austin law professor Robert Chesney. Goldsmith was the head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the George W. Bush administration's Justice Department, and Chesney served on a detention-policy task force in the Obama administration. Its writers include a large number of law professors, law students, and former Bush and Obama officials.

“Military power divorced from diplomacy cannot win conventional wars. In “small wars,” killing is even less decisive.”

The Islamic State has lost ground in Iraq and Syria and its financial future is in flux. Here are several scenarios for the IS’ future operations, finances, and overall sustainability.

“If legitimacy is indispensable, how do we explain the apparent ability of authoritarian states to defeat insurgents with little to no concern for popular support or root causes?”

“Ultimate success will depend on who fights the battle, who rules after the peace, and how Mosul is integrated into overall U.S. planning.”