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Robert C. O'Brien is an attorney and commentator on foreign affairs and international law issues. His opinion and editorial pieces regularly appear in major publications such as CBSNews.com, The Huffington Post and Newsmax. Mr. O'Brien's law review articles have been published in the American Journal of International Law, The Cornell International Law Journal, The UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, The Los Angeles Lawyer and other journals. He is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of a national law firm.

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Thursday
Oct302014

Ukraine Votes for a Future in Europe

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

On Sunday night, I sat in a chilly school gym while election officials in the city of Lviv went through the tedious process of counting and reconciling paper ballots for Ukraine’s parliamentary election. Millions of Ukrainians went to the polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament, less than a year after former president and Putin puppet Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in the Maidan protests. There was no heat, because most of the gas that powers Ukraine comes from Russia and is too expensive to use this early in the season. Despite the conditions, however, I will not forget the Ukrainian people I met while observing their election.

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Friday
Sep122014

Third Time's the Charm. Mitt Romney should run in 2016. He could win.

Politico.com

By: Robert C. O'Brien and Hugh Hewitt

In early June 1964, a group of Republican governors sought to wrestle control of their party from Barry Goldwater, the Arizona conservative who was about to lead the GOP to one of the most crushing defeats in its history. The governors saw a disaster in the making, and sought a moderate candidate who could capture the imaginations of grassroots Republicans—but also beat President Lyndon Johnson in the general election. Led by Ohio’s James Rhodes—the Republican Governors Association was meeting in Cleveland, and Rhodes was a legendary vote counter—the group included Pennsylvania’s William Scranton and later New York’s Nelson Rockefeller

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Friday
Aug152014

End sequestration now: National Defense panel is right (and so was Romney)

FoxNews.com

By: Robert C. O'Brien

As American warplanes return to Iraq to bomb ISIS targets today, it is clear that it has not been a good year for freedom. Islamist, bent on genocide against religious minorities, established a Caliphate in Iraq and Syria. They now menace Lebanon and Kurdistan.

Vladimir Putin invaded and annexed Crimea; the first territorial conquest by force in Europe since World War II. Ukraine remains in peril. The Baltics, Georgia and Moldova wonder if their turn is next. China claims almost the entire South China Sea and plans to dot the Paracels and Spratlys with airstrips, lighthouses and oil rigs. In the East China Sea, Beijing is in a dangerous standoff with Japan as it seeks to wrest the Senkakus away from Tokyo.

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Monday
Jul212014

After MH17, France Must Cancel Sale of Warships to Russia

The Diplomat

By: Robert C. O'Brien

France should have cancelled its sale of sophisticated amphibious warships to Russia when Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimea in March. The shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 by Russian proxies in Ukraine on Thursday now mandates such action by Paris. American political and economic leadership has a role to play in the matter.

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Monday
Jul072014

Observer Dispatches from Guantanamo

The Pacific Council

By: Robert C. O'Brien

In April 2014, the Pacific Council was invited to send an observer to a week of Military Commission hearings in the case of U.S. v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, et al. at Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (“GTMO”). Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) is accused of masterminding the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and has been linked to many other attacks between 1993 and 2003. He is on trial with four other alleged co-conspirators. As a Council member, Mr. O’Brien served as a designated observer to pretrial hearings in the case from April 12 to 18, 2014. What follows is a collection of observations and reflections he recorded during the trip.

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