Month: June 2008

Constitutional Cartography & the Parsing of Terrorist Space

I’ve been reporting on the Opinio Juris Insta-Symposium (OPJIS) on the Boumediene Case in dribs and drabs as I stumble through the wealth of offerings from various contributors. My cherry-picking certainly doesn’t do justice to the whole of it, and I’m not certain I’ll have the time to review the proceedings in toto for CTLab. Suffice it that anyone looking for first-round responses on the case from the law-bloggigentsia should go it to and start digging in. Meanwhile, I cite the bits that catch my eye, the parts that I can relate back to my own research on sanctuary concepts and practices.

Dissecting Baghdad’s Insurgent Airspace

Bryan Finoki, on Baghdad’s Subtopic Rotor Space: in A Perpetual Motion War on Terror, he’s written a wonderful piece at Subtopia describing the silhouette of a Blackhawk’s rotors cast down upon Tahriat Square in Baghdad. The image, as Bryan notes, is unremarkable; its implications, on the other hand, are something else altogether, especially given his recent coverage of Blackwater operations within the US. Flavor:

COIN is POPular

Marc Lynch at Abu Ardvaark points out the current issue of Perspectives on Politics (the POP in question), which features a roundtable discussion of the not-so-new-anymore U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual 3-24, or COIN FM. The Review Symposium, entitled "The New U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual as Political Science and Political Praxis",  features comments from Jeffrey C. Isaac, Stephen Biddle, Stathis N. Kalyvas, Wendy Brown, and Douglas A. Ollivant. Must go read.