The Islamic State and ISIS Crisis: An Examination


Liam Freeman (Editor)

Series: The Middle East in Turmoil
BISAC: POL059000

The Islamic State is a transnational Sunni Islamist insurgent and terrorist group that has expanded its control over areas of northwestern Iraq and northeastern Syria since 2013, threatening the security of both countries and drawing increased attention from the international community. There is debate over the degree to which the Islamic State organization might represent a direct terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland or to U.S. facilities and personnel in the region.

This book addresses select legal questions raised by the use of military force against IS. Questions addressed in this book include potential sources (and limitations) of presidential authority to use military force against the Islamic State without congressional authorization; the potential relevance of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq and the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force; the applicability of the United Nations Charter to ongoing U.S. military strikes in Iraq and any prospective strikes against IS forces in Syria; and the constraints imposed by the War Powers Resolution upon U.S. military action that has not been authorized by Congress.

(Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – The ―Islamic State‖ Crisis and U.S. Policy (pp. 1-28)
Kenneth Katzman, Christopher M. Blanchard, Carla E. Humud, Matthew C. Weed, Rhoda Margesson and Alex Tiersky

Chapter 2 – U.S. Military Action Against the Islamic State: Answers to Frequently Asked Legal Questions (pp. 29-58)
Michael John Garcia and Jennifer K. Elsea

Chapter 3 – Statement of John F. Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State. Hearing on ”United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (pp. 59-64)

Chapter 4 – Testimony of Ben Connable, Senior International Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation. Hearing on ”United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (pp. 65-76)

Chapter 5 – Testimony of Robert S. Ford, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute. Hearing on ”United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (pp. 77-82)


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