Lawfare

Lawfare is a blog devoted to the nebulous zone in which actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation interact with the nation’s laws and legal institutions. The name Lawfare refers both to the use of law as a weapon of conflict and, perhaps more importantly, to the depressing reality that America remains at war with itself over the law governing its warfare with others. This latter sense of the word—which is admittedly not its normal usage—binds together a great deal of our work over the years.

“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.”