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.
On October 18, 2012, JINSA, in conjunction with The Reserve Officers Association (ROA), and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) held a symposium on "New Technologies for the U.S. Army: Future Prospects and Policy Implications."
In the latest JINSA Analyis, JINSA Advisory Board Member Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor, USMCR (Ret.), discusses the coming cuts in defense spending and how making these cuts in uncertain times could be could be a repeat of past mistakes.
Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Wood, USAF (ret.), former Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces Korea, briefed JINSA members via conference call on the current, volatile situation on the Korean Peninsula on December 10, 2010.
Recent test successes for Israel's Iron Dome defense system may have helped eliminate concerns about system’s ability to respond to short-range rocket threats, IDF leadership has indicated that ground operations would be still be necessary in the face of a large barrage of rockets. At the same time, an article by JINSA Research Associate Jacob Levkowicz reports, analysts continue to claim that the system's high cost may well prevent it from ever entering serial production.
The full proceedings from JINSA's March 26th Conference on Emerging Security Issues are now available. The conference grappled with issues concerning Turkey's future role as an ally of the West, worrisome developments in Mexico and the continued utility of an independent Palestinian state.