Veteran diplomat, seasoned author, and Professor of International Law Kamil Idris is no newcomer to the world of dysfunctional geopolitics, but his new book, JASTA and a Third World War, paints an unexpected and ethereal view of the circumstances that could potentiate a nuclear conflict. Far from the threats of cyberwar or clashes over natural resources,Kamil Idris points to JASTA, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, as the single stressor that could turn international t
ensions into a world war.
Born in Sudan and well-versed in international issues, Professor Kamil Idris writes with the understanding and authority that his work as the former Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization and current President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation have earned him.
His latest book sheds light on fears that JASTA, passed by the United States Congress in a 2016 presidential veto override, challenges the principle of international immunity by allowing American citizens to sue countries with documented links to terrorism. Idris calls the Act a “devastating threat,” adding that “by directly challenging the sovereignty of a country, it could lead to reciprocal lawsuits aimed at the US itself, and a restructuring of alliances and nationalist backlashes, as countries regroup to defend themselves.
As an international emissary, Professor Idris has had the ear of world leaders, many of whom believe JASTA violates international law. Feedback he has received suggests the Act is eroding international relationships and may be setting the stage for nuclear conflict.
In his book, Kamil Idris makes an eloquent case for the need to protect democracy and avoid the growth of defensive nationalism by not forcing countries into postures of self-defense with lawsuits, saying that “There are chilling parallels between the current political mood and the build up to the First World War,” when nations turned to authoritarian leaders who promised to protect national identity.
JASTA and a Third World War is not a typical exploration of the causes of geopolitical conflict. Rather, it suggests that the devolving respect between nations and challenges to their sovereignty could be an irreversible path to the last world war.
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