Here is another student guest post from the international law class. As stated in a previous prompt, they were asked to find a recent news story and tie it to something that they have learned this semester. This student chose to write on international humanitarian law (IHL) and US drone strikes.
Rod Nordland’s New York Times Article: “U.S. General Apologizes After Afghan Drone Strike”
A Discussion of the Article and Relevant U.S. International Law Violations
In the New York Times article “U.S. General Apologizes After Afghan Drone Strike” by Rod Nordland, a recent drone strike gone-wrong and the ensuing political developments between the United States and Afghanistan regarding a newly drafted, long-term security deal are discussed. Although Nordland’s article is well written, at times he assumes the audience already has a grasp on the important details behind the news story, and these details happen to pertain to areas of international law that were covered in class. Therefore, in order to build a solid understanding of the material presented in this article, it is vital for these details to be described properly and placed into the correct context. In this paper, I will address the following: the specific failed drone strike about which the article is based; how this drone strike and countless others just like it violate well-established international laws that were not discussed in the story; and how interpreting the U.S.’s violations of these international laws might help the reader to more deeply appreciate the complex relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan, a relationship that Mr. Nordland assumes the reader already understands. Continue Reading