The War on Terror: Twenty More Years?

Online Event

20 October 2021

Wednesday 20 October 11am EDT / 5pm CEST

In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last month, President Joe Biden declared that this was “the first time in 20 years that the United States is not at war.” Yet the previous day the United States had launched an airstrike in Syria reportedly killing a member of al-Qaeda. This contradiction highlights the ongoing and expansive nature of the so-called War on Terror.

In an effort to assess this current moment in the United States’s 20 years military fight, the International Crisis Group recently released a report, Overkill: Reforming the Legal Basis for the U.S. War on Terror, which charts how the executive branch expanded the use of military force over the last two decades. This panel, jointly organised with Just Security and the Reiss Center on Law and Security, is composed of experts in national security policy and law who will discuss the principal findings of the report and whether the legal underpinnings of the war on terror need an overhaul.

Confirmed speakers:

Tess Bridgeman, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security and Senior Fellow/Visiting Scholar at the Reiss Center on Law and Security (RCLS).
LtCol John Cherry (USMC, Ret.), ICB Attorney, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies
Loren DeJonge Schulman, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security
Brian Finucane, Senior Adviser, U.S. Program, Crisis Group
Michael Hanna, Director, U.S. Program, Crisis Group and RCLS Non-Resident Senior Fellow (moderator)

This event has been approved for one New York State CLE credit in the category of Areas of Professional Practice. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional; it is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. You may also want to note that the course readings are available on the Reiss Center’s website.

To join, please register here.

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