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Live: Gen. John Allen Addresses the Future of the Fight Against ISIL

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Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM

At 5:00 pm, General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, will deliver a keynote address at the Atlantic Council on the future of the fight against the Islamic State. You can watch the event live below:

Happening Now: DNI James Clapper Speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations

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Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:55 PM

At the top of the hour, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. will discuss the state of the intelligence community, and outline the major challenges and successes experienced throughout the last year. You can watch the speech live below:

Live: Benjamin Wittes and Bobby Chesney Testify Before HASC on AUMF

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Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 9:50 AM

At 10 am, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes and Bobby Chesney, along with General Jack Keane, will provide testimony before the House Armed Services Committee today regarding the Obama administration’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against ISIL.  Ben’s and Bobby’s prepared statements will follow in subsequent posts. You can watch the proceedings here on . . .
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Live: Benjamin Wittes and Michael O’Hanlon Take Questions on AUMF

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM

At the top of the hour, Brookings Senior Fellows Benjamin Wittes and Michael O’Hanlon will host a live webcast to discuss the president’s newly proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the legal issues involved, and the security stakes in the region. Ben and Michael will also . . .
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The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

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Monday, February 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

Last week, the White House convened a summit on countering violent extremism. The summit took place over three days and featured remarks by Obama administration officials, global leaders, law enforcement representatives, local activists, and President Barack Obama, among others. Below the fold, we’ve compiled video from the event.

Happening Now: SASC Hearing on GITMO

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9:53 AM

The Senate Armed Services Committee is currently holding a hearing entitled “Guantanamo Detention Facility and the Future of US Detention Policy. Brian P. McKeon, Nicholas J. Rasmussen, and Rear Admiral Ross A. Myers are set to testify. You can watch the hearing live here at the SASC website.

Happening Now: Ashton Carter Testifies Before SASC

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:46 AM

The confirmation hearing for President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton Carter, is just underway in the Senate Armed Services Committee. You can watch the hearing live below:

What Americans Really Think About ISIS

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Friday, January 9, 2015 at 6:16 PM

This week, Brookings unveiled a new poll by Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami that dives below the”approve/disapprove” numbers to offer a more sophisticated picture of how the American public views the campaign against the Islamic State and the broader conflict in Syria and Iraq. Among the findings, one of the most striking is the reasoning respondents select . . .
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Audio of FBI Director James Comey’s Remarks on North Korea and Sony

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Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 11:06 PM

Cody earlier posted the text of James Comey’s speech yesterday. Here’s the audio:

Federalist Society Podcast on “America In Retreat”

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Last week a Lawfare reader brought this item to our attention: Earlier this month, the Federalist Society’s International and National Security Law Practice Group hosted a Podcast with The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens.  The latter discussed his recent book, “America In Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder.”  

Happening Now: Secretary of State John Kerry Testifies on ISIS AUMF

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry is currently testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on an authorization of the use of military force against the Islamic State. You can view the testimony live here. Secretary Kerry’s opening remarks can be found here.

Live Q&A Today with NSA’s Civil Liberties and Privacy Director

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 12:12 PM

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is hosting an “online, interactive” Q&A today with Rebecca Richards, the NSA’s point person for civil liberties and privacy. Users can submit their questions via Tumblr here, and Ms. Richards will answer them live beginning at 2 PM EST.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

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Monday, November 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Helene Cooper of the New York Times has the scoop today. There is still speculation as to why Hagel is being forced out — stay tuned for more news. Here are some key passages from the article: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority . . .
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Judges Brett Kavanaugh and John D. Bates on Blogs and Judges in National Security Cases

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Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:56 AM

At a recent panel on which I spoke at the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security’s annual conference, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh and U.S. District Judge—and former FISA presiding judge—John D. Bates had some interesting comments on the role of blogs in the judiciary’s handling of national security cases. The attached audio is . . .
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Audio of ABA’s “24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law CLE Conference”

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security has released audio files of sessions from its recent annual conference. Here they all are: November 6 – November 7, 2014 | The Capital Hilton Opening Remarks and Panel I – Executive Branch Updates on Developments in National Security Law (Panel I begins at ~6:57) Opening Remarks: . . .
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Upcoming Congressional Hearings on ISIL, Iran

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Monday, November 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The week before Thanksgiving features a few Congressional hearings of note for the Lawfare readership. Tomorrow at 10:00 AM, there is a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on ways of  “countering” the activities of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. You can listen to a livecast of the proceedings here. Also tomorrow from 2:00 to . . .
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Happy Veterans Day

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

From all of us here at Lawfare: a note of profound gratitude for the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families.  

Event at Wilson Center on Islamic State AUMF and Related Issues

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Monday, November 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

On Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. the Wilson Center will host an event on Congress’s role in the conflict against the Islamic State entitled Congress, the Presidency and Military Intervention.  Senator Kaine, who has taken the lead in urging the President to seek congressional authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State, will . . .
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“Warm and Fuzzy with the North Koreans”

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Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

The other day, I posted this video of the North Korean Ambassador to the United Nations giving a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations: The question of whether or not a think tank like CFR should host the worst people in the world—among whom the leaders of the North Korean state surely rank—is tricky one. As much . . .
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Audio of Last Week’s ODNI Conference at the University of Texas

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:56 AM

I am happy to report that we now have the audio from last week’s conference at the University of Texas exploring the lessons learned from the past ten years’ experience under the ODNI and NCTC.  The event was sponsored by UT’s Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, which I direct, as well as UT’s Clements . . .
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