Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 9, 2020

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Iranian General Qassem Soleimani

Anthony Dworkin, Just Security: Soleimani Strike Marks a Novel Shift in Targeted Killing, Dangerous to the Global Order

The drone strike against Qassem Soleimani marks a significant escalation in the United States’ use of force against external security threats as it has evolved in the years since September 11, 2001. President Donald Trump’s decision to target Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, brings the signature technique of the so-called “war on terror” – the targeted killing of individuals outside any wider conventional military engagement – into the context of inter-state relations. After a period when the United States used the analogy of inter-state war to expand its use of force against terrorist groups, this new development shows how the influence of the open-ended military campaign against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State is washing back into the inter-state realm, imperiling the line between war and peace.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials — January 9, 2020

Risky Gulf Arab strategy tested by killing of Iran general — Aya Batrawy, AP

Why the US and Iran are not at war — Wesley Rahn, DW

US says Iran shot down the Ukrainian jetliner. Was it intentional? — Kaylee McGhee, Washington Examiner

On streets of Tehran, relief for now at no wider conflict — Mehdi Fattahi and Aya Batrawy, AP

Iran attack: Who are the winners and losers in the crisis? — Dr Sanam Vakil, BBC

Iraq is caught in the middle as Iran and U.S. trade blows — Samya Kullab and Qassem Abdul-Zahra, AP

Iran’s power over Iraq includes electricity — Robert Bryce, The Hill

President Trump draws his red line — Admiral James “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., The Hill

Did Fox’s Tucker Carlson play role in calming Iran pressure? — By David Bauder, AP

As US and Iran step back from the brink, China faces energy security risk — Wendy Wu, SCMP

China, US face off in Middle East and Africa — Christian Le Miere, Asia Times

Erdogan Is Taking a Big Gamble In Libya — Bloomberg

Can Britain really do the trade deal it wants with the EU? — Arthur Sullivan, ABC News Online

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from Royal duties dominates UK front pages — ABC News Online

Which countries love Trump the most and least? — BBC