On Monday June 29, 2015, JINSA Gaza Conflict Task Force member Major General Mike Jones, USA (ret.) and legal advisor Professor Geoffrey Corn, USA (ret.) spoke directly to the UNHRC and at a panel co-sponsored by UN Watch and NGO Monitor.
The U.N. Human Rights Commission Report on the 2014 Gaza Conflict (what the Israeli Defense Forces designated as Operation Protective Edge) includes findings that both Hamas and the IDF violated the law of armed conflict (LOAC); that the IDF violated human rights obligations; and that many of these violations appear to qualify as war crimes. Analysis of the Report indicates the findings related to Hamas LOAC violations are unjustifiably qualified, while the findings of IDF LOAC violations are not sufficiently supported by facts, expertise, or law.
General Charles Wald, USAF (ret.), former Deputy Commander of United States European Command (EUCOM) and Chair of the JINSA-commissioned Gaza Conflict Task Force issued the following statement about the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report released on June 22, 2015.
The following chart summarizes the Iran Task Force report, released on June 18, on the necessary elements of a verification and monitoring regime that would ensure a final deal closes off Iran's pathways to nuclear weapons capability.
As the deadline approaches for a comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program, JINSA's Gemunder Center Iran Task Force issues a new brief describing the necessary elements of a verification and monitoring regime that would ensure a final deal would close off Iran's pathways to nuclear weapons capability.
On May 13 and 14, the JINSA-commissioned Gaza Conflict Task Force held briefings on Capitol Hill to discuss the findings of the recently released report 2014 Gaza Conflict Assessment: The New Face of Conflict with staff members and the media. The Task Force also met individually with 15 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle over the two days.
On April 29, JINSA announced that Professor Geoffrey Corn, USA (ret.) will join the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy as a Senior Advisor. Professor Corn was formerly the Army's senior law of war expert in the Office of the Judge Advocate General and Chief of the Law of War Branch in the International Law Division.
Last month JINSA’s Gemunder Center Iran Task Force released a report detailing concerns about Iran’s nuclear program that need to be resolved to ensure an acceptable final deal. With the April 2 announcement of a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), it is now important to assess whether these concerns have been addressed. This is necessary to determine which issues remain to be settled if the United States hopes to secure a deal that prevents a nuclear weapons-capable Iran.