The US recently shot down an Iranian drone and a Syrian warplane, justifying the strikes based on unit self-defense. This little-known legal doctrine is traditionally a narrow exception to protect soldiers facing an immediate threat. But the way the US is using it is much more expansive, and potentially a huge loophole for national and international restrictions on force in places like Syria.
At the World Humanitarian Summit last year, major government donors and aid organizations agreed on the Grand Bargain, a set of commitments designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of aid. One year on, Grand Bargain signatories report notable progress, but it is uneven, and there is impatience in the field about realizing the Grand Bargain’s benefits.
Emmanuel Macron’s presidential victory brings an opportunity for restarting German-French cooperation to strengthen European security and diplomacy. But only if Germany compromises – by supporting more joint public investment and greater risk-sharing among eurozone countries – will Europe be able to seize the fleeting Macron moment.
by Mirko Hohmann, Alexander Pirang
Council on Foreign Relations
by Transnational Terrorism Working Group