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    Abel, Richard L. 2018. Law's Wars.

  • Antonia Chayes, Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

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In 2011, Nasser Al-Awlaki, a terrorist on the US 'kill list' in Yemen, was targeted by the CIA. A week later, a military strike killed his son. The following year, the US Ambassador to Pakistan resigned, undermined by CIA-conducted drone strikes of which he had no knowledge or control. The demands of the new, borderless 'gray area' conflict have cast civilians and military into unaccustomed roles with inadequate legal underpinning. As the Department of Homeland Security defends against cyber threats and civilian contractors work in paramilitary roles abroad, the legal boundaries of war demand to be outlined. In this book, former Under Secretary of the Air Force Antonia Chayes examines these new 'gray areas' in counterinsurgency, counter-terrorism and cyber warfare. Her innovative solutions for role definition and transparency will establish new guidelines in a rapidly evolving military-legal environment.


‘Finally, someone has provided the framework that eluded President Bush and Congress after 9/11. Looking back, we could have done much better had this book existed. As some flawed policies are being reshaped, Antonia Chayes’ extraordinary book should be required reading.’

Jane Harman - former Congresswoman, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (2002–2006), and Director, President and CEO, The Wilson Center

‘War and security issues cross borders of nations and also borders between civilian and military lives and actions, yet neither law nor politics supply guideposts or criteria. Professor Chayes tracks this crucial feature of our age across the challenges and practices of counterinsurgency, counterterrorism and cyber security. This important book exposes missed opportunities for effective collaboration as well as confusion about the competencies and limits of military and nonmilitary resources of government, industry, nongovernmental organizations, and individuals. It also offers a framework for a better future. The result is a work that should be read by leaders and citizens - indeed, by anyone who [cares] about security or democracy.’

Martha Minow - Dean, Harvard Law School, and author of Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence

'This is a book that deserves the widest distribution and attention in the hands of global leaders. It will make an enormous positive difference in our approach.’

James Stavridis - former Admiral, US Navy, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO (2009–2013) and Dean, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

‘Drawing on a lifetime of academic erudition and Beltway savvy, Toni Chayes explores the blurring of traditional lines in [the] twenty-first-century war between the civilian and military, real and virtual, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, and law and politics. Those in the national security arena should heed her call for stronger transparency, role definition, and legal standards.’

Harold Hongju Koh - Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale University, and Legal Adviser, US Department of State (2009–13)

‘Toni Chayes pulls no punches in her hard-hitting assessment of how the United States grapples with the complex security environment of today. Borderless Wars is a ‘must-read’ for serious practitioners, students and critics of national security matters.’

Carter F. Ham - General and former Commander, US Africa Command

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