Sept. 26, 2014 -- “What’s in a name?” A seemingly simple question of semantics arose recently over whether U.S. airstrikes against ISIS forces amount to “war” or something less. The question would appear rhetorical, the answer obvious, but the distinction is important and the ramifications are many. Jordan J. Paust, Mike & Teresa Baker Law Center Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, is a recognized and oft-cited authority on international law, terrorism, and the rules of war. He answers with an emphatic “yes” in an article published in the Jurist online magazine.
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