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From ASIL International Law in Brief, 6 January 2012:

"The White House released its first National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security meant "to empower half the world's population as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity."

The Action Plan is the result of more than a decade of work that commenced with the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which urged the UN and its Member States to ensure increased representation of women in all aspects of peace and security.

On December 19, 2011, President Obama signed an Executive Order instituting a National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security and providing the concrete steps the U.S. government should take "to accelerate, institutionalize, and better coordinate our efforts to advance women's inclusion in peace negotiations, peacebuilding activities, and conflict prevention; to protect women from sexual and gender-based violence; and to ensure equal access to relief and recovery assistance, in areas of conflict and insecurity.""

The Attorney General stated that "The Constitution's guarantee of due process is ironclad, and it is essential – but, as a recent court decision makes clear, it does not require judicial approval before the President may use force abroad against a senior operational leader of a foreign terrorist organization with which the United States is at war – even if that individual happens to be a U.S. citizen."
President Obama announced the formation of the Atrocities Prevention Board after issuing, in August 2011, a Presidential Study Directive on Mass Atrocities. The latter called for an Interagency Review overseen by the National Security Advisor and for the creation of the Interagency Atrocities Prevention Board.

Last updated: 18 July 2012

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