The Rohingya Crisis: Ethnic Cleansing or Genocide?

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explicitly and officially labeled the Myanmar government’s actions against the Rohingya, a minority Muslim population, as ethnic cleansing this month. In accompaniment, U.S. lawmakers are proposing targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on individual military officials involved in the infractions committed against the Rohingya.…

Senate Bill 54: The Future of California’s Sanctuary Jurisdictions

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) Earlier this October, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 54 and effectively turned California into a “sanctuary state.” A reaction to President Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric and policies, the bill limits state and local law enforcement communication with federal immigration authorities and would prevent officers from questioning and holding people…

U.S. Counter-terrorism Practices and International Law

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) Following President Trump’s vow in August to loosen restrictions on counter-terrorism measures, the White House has been preparing to dismantle Obama-era limits on drone strikes and commando raids outside conventional battlefields. Specifically, national security advisers have proposed to expand kill missions by the military and the CIA from what is…