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Military Detention in Iraq: Understanding the Detention Policy Cycle for Expeditionary Deployments, and Exploring the Relationship Between Law and Practice in the Field

Robert Chesney writes today, 10/13/2010, on Lawfare Blog, in an article entitled "Military Detention in Iraq: Understanding the Detention Policy Cycle for Expeditionary Deployments, and Exploring the Relationship Between Law and Policy in the Field, of his forthcoming article in the Virginia Journal of International Law which analyses the American experience in Iraq over the past seven years and the lessons learned there. 

The article, entitled "Iraq and the Military Detention Debate: Firsthand Perspectives from the Other War, 2003-2010," explores what Chesney refers to as a "cycle of detention policy" that begins with conventional military detention but has shifted over time in the direction of heightened screening procedures and a primary emphasis on the host nation's own criminal justice system. Ultimately, the cycle indicates a loss of control over the physical facilities on which U.S. operated military detention depends. This in turn affects the Obama Administration's long terms hopes at closing Gitmo. 

For the full abstract, as well as more detail included in Chesney's forthcoming article, click here

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