‘Did the President have the Domestic Legal Authority to Kill Qassem Soleimani?’

This article on the Lawfare website last week focuses on the legality of President Donald Trump’s recent order to kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in a targeted drone strike. The author focuses specifically on US domestic law (rather than international law), and notes the gradual erosion of checks and balances on the President’s ability to deploy military force overseas. See also this commentary from Crisis Group and Chatham House. Foreign Policy considers whether Iran’s revenge might extend beyond direct military action.

Subsequent commentary tracking Iranian retaliation against US forces in Iraq has been published on EJIL: Talk!, and Lawfare has published a new e-book compiling analytical commentary materials previously published on its website. The ASPI considers what the US must do next to avoid war with Iran, and Chatham House’s regional experts consider how the new dynamics of the US-Iran standoff will reverberate throughout the Middle East.