Foreign Relations & International Law

Announcing 'The United States and the Use of Force Against Iran,' a New Lawfare E-book

David Priess
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 5:10 PM

A new Lawfare Institute e-book, "The United States and the Use of Force Against Iran,” is now available on Kindle.

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A new Lawfare Institute e-book, "The United States and the Use of Force Against Iran,” is now available on Kindle.

This compilation gathers in one place recent insight and analysis from our contributors on legal and policy issues related to potential U.S. military action against Iran. As tensions between Washington and Tehran escalate, these chapters—originally published as articles here on Lawfare—provide important context.

The e-book allows full-text searching across the articles and is available here.


  • Chapter One: "If the U.S. Rejoins the JCPOA, Iran’s Power Will Not Be Unshackled," Thomas Juneau
  • Chapter Two: "Does the U.S. Currently Have a Right of Self-Defense Against Iran?" Ashley Deeks
  • Chapter Three: "Iran Shoots Down a U.S. Drone: Domestic and International Legal Implications," Ashley Deeks and Scott R. Anderson
  • Chapter Four: "In Praise of the President's Iran Tweets," Benjamin Wittes
  • Chapter Five: "When Does the President Think He Can Go to War With Iran?" Scott R. Anderson
  • Chapter Six: "The Legal Context for CYBERCOM’s Reported Operations Against Iran," Bobby Chesney
  • Chapter Seven: "Parsing the State Department’s Letter on the Use of Force Against Iran," Scott R. Anderson
  • Chapter Eight: "What Really Happened in the Cyber Command Action Against Iran?" Vishnu Kannan
  • Chapter Nine: "A Cyber Command Operational Update: Clarifying the June 2019 Iran Operation," Bobby Chesney

David Priess is Director of Intelligence at Bedrock Learning, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security. He served during the Clinton and Bush 43 administrations as a CIA officer and has written two books: “The President’s Book of Secrets,” about the top-secret President’s Daily Brief, and "How To Get Rid of a President," describing the ways American presidents have left office.

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