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Ritika Singh is a project coordinator at the Brookings Institution where she focuses on national security law and policy. She graduated with majors in International Affairs and Government from Skidmore College in 2011, and wrote her thesis on Russia’s energy agenda in Europe and its strategic implications for America.

Fall 2014 Lawfare Internship

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

We are currently accepting applications for a fall intern. A description of responsibilities and information on how to apply is below: Lawfare Internship, Fall 2014 Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Today’s news coverage begins with Syria for a change. The Associated Press reports that President Obama has requested $500 million from Congress to arm and train vetted, pro-Western members of moderate Syrian opposition groups. The Hill notes that the $500 million is part of the $58.6 billion of wartime funding that the Department of Defense . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, June 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Mon, June 23 at 9 am: The Guantanamo Public Memory Project launches in the Rayburn House Office Building. The exhibit—curated by students from fifteen universities and hundreds of people who served, lived, and were held at the prison—features stories, images, and documents. There will be an evening reception featuring speakers such as Carol . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #80: CrISIS in Iraq

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Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Brookings Senior Fellows Kenneth Pollack, Suzanne Maloney, and Michael O’Hanlon discussed the evolving security crisis in Iraq on Thursday at a Brookings event entitled “Iraq in Crisis: What Options Does Washington Have?” On Lawfare, we debate whether Article II or the 2001 and 2002 AUMFs give the President the authority to use force against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—but how wise . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Headlines on the crisis in Iraq dominate again today. In breaking news, Iraqi politicians are vying to oust Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki—with possible American support. American officials have met with other candidates for prime minister in recent days. As Jane noted yesterday, ISIS militants seized the country’s largest oil refinery in Baiji. Today, Iraqi government . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 11:46 AM

In breaking news, the Washington Post reports that U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected orchestrators of the Benghazi attacks in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend. The suspect’s name is Ahmed Abu Khattala, and he is being held “in a secure location outside Libya.” He is the first Benghazi suspect to have . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, June 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Thurs, June 19 at 12:30 pm: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute will co-host an event entitled Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data: Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies. Speakers include Counselor to the President . . .
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Statement by the President on Iraq

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Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Ben posted the video of his remarks and the short Q and A that followed. Here is the transcript: THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  I wanted to take some time to give you a quick update about the situation in Iraq. Yesterday, I convened a meeting with my National Security Council to discuss the situation . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The breakdown of Iraq dominates today’s headlines. Yesterday, insurgents from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured the cities of Tikrit and Samarra, located just 70 miles from Baghdad. The Washington Post reports that they are continuing southward toward the capital, while Reuters notes that the militants have taken control of Iraq’s largest oil . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, June 9, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Mon, June 9 at 12:00 pm: The Atlantic Council is holding an event entitled National Security and Digital Prosperity After Snowden, featuring David Ignatius on his new book, The Director. Jeff Moss and Jason Healey, both of the Atlantic Council, will also speak on the panel. Tues, June 10 at 9:30 am: The Wilson Center will host . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #78: The Future of U.S. Surveillance Authorities

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Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

As I noted earlier, the Brookings Institution held a debate on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. Here’s how we described it: In light of the information leaked by Edward Snowden, the Obama administration declassified a large amount of information related to surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the president called . . .
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Live at 2PM EST: Brookings Event on the Future of U.S. Surveillance Authorities

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Today is the anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures, and Ben is moderating a debate on the future of U.S. intelligence collection authorities. The resolution is “U.S. surveillance authorities require fundamental reform.” Arguing in favor are Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and Julian Sanchez of the CATO Institute. Arguing in opposition are John “Chris” Inglis, former NSA . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Still leading the news: The recent release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity, in exchange for transferring five Taliban Guantanamo detainees to Qatar for a year.  In an address yesterday, Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei seemed to react to that, and to President Obama’s West Point commencement speech; Khamenei declared that America has abandoned the idea of military . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12:05 PM

The controversy over the liberation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues. Early today, the Taliban released a video showing Bergdahl’s handover to U.S. forces. He is shown with a clean-shaven head and face, and wearing white Afghan garb. CNN says the transfer appears peaceful: American soldiers wave and even shake hands with the Taliban fighters. However, the Taliban also . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Monday, June 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Mon, June 2 at 8:30 am: The Center for Strategic and International Studies is holding a day-long event on the evolution of the Treasury Department’s national security role. The symposium, TFI@10, will trace the evolution of the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence “over the past decade and discuss the role . . .
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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 1:59 PM

We begin with coverage and analysis of President Obama’s speech at West Point yesterday. Mark Landler of the New York Times outlines the foreign policy vision the president articulated, as do David Nakamura and Ernesto Londono of the Washington Post. The Hill has statements from lawmakers who didn’t care for the speech; these include Sen. John McCain, Rep. Mac Thornberry, and . . .
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“A Debate One Year after Snowden: The Future of U.S. Surveillance Authorities”

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM

We will hold an event at the Brookings Institution a week from tomorrow, which marks the anniversary of the first Snowden disclosures. Lawfare readers will be familiar with the all the participants and their insightful views on these issues. It is sure to be a robust discussion. Details and registration information below: A Debate One Year after Snowden: The . . .
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The Week That Will Be

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Wed, May 27-Fri, May 30: Al Nashiri hearings. Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board) The Department of Justice’s National Security Division is looking for a Counterintelligence, Export Control, and Economic Espionage Chief. The application deadline is today. The International Committee of the Red Cross is looking for a Legal Intern in the International . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #76: John Carlin on “State-Sponsored Cyber Theft”

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

John Carlin, the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice, spoke at Brookings this week on “Defending our Nation by Prosecuting State-Sponsored Cyber Theft.” His remarks came just a few days after DOJ unsealed charges against five Chinese military personnel for cyber espionage, about which Paul and Jack have had plenty . . .
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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

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Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Cybersecurity was front and center on Lawfare this week, with the Department of Justice indictment of Chinese military personnel for cyber espionage. Bobby linked to the DOJ’s press release on the matter. Jack speculated about why the U.S. government indicted the Chinese officers, and wondered whether its “corporate theft principle” was defensible. Paul offered some additional thoughts on . . .
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