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8 Indon. J. Int'l & Comp. L. 55 (2021)
Direct Action and Expediency: The Killing of Qassem Soleimani

handle is hein.journals/indjicl8 and id is 67 raw text is: DIRECT ACTION AND EXPEDIENCY
Kevin Govern
Ave Maria School of Law
E-mail: khgovern@avemarialaw.edu
This article examines the notion of national security decisions by the U.S. and
its allies over the with a notion of expediency complicating intelligence, legal,
and operational decision-making: was killing General Soleimani a legitimate
military objective? In conclusion, the author offers a past-is-prologue commen-
tary on how and why expediency can and should be avoided in future national
security decision-making.
Keywords: International Law, Targetted Killing, Terrorism, National Security, Inter-
national Humanitarian Law.

The Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law
ISSN: 2338-7602; E-ISSN: 2338-770X
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