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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #124: The Modi Government in India Turns One

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Last May, the Bharatiya Janata Party won the first majority government in India in 25 years, giving newly minted Prime Minister Narendra Modi a broad mandate to initiate much needed reforms in the country. The question is, how is Modi delivering on his promises to root out corruption, spur economic growth and job creation, and . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #123: Andrew March on the Islamic Law of War

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:55 PM

For months, the world has been transfixed by the apparent brutality of the Islamic State’s practices in war. The beheading of journalists, the burning of prisoners and the enslavement of religious minorities all seem like a return to a barbaric past. Certainly, these practices seem far removed from any notion of conduct constrained by law. Islam, however, has . . .
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Audio of the Triple Entente Beer Summit!

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The Triple Entente Beer Summit was a great success, with an audience that filled the Washington Firehouse loft and a cast that mashed up the Lawfare Podcast, Rational Security, and the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast. We attribute the podcast’s freewheeling interchange to the engaged audience, our profound respect for each other, and, mostly, the beer. You . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #121: Striking a Balance—Whistleblowing, Leaks, and Security Secrets

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Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Last weekend, the New York Times published an article outlining the strength of congressional support for the CIA targeted killing program. In the story, the Times also purported to reveal the identities of three covert CIA operatives who now hold senior leadership roles within the Agency. As you might expect, the decision generated a great deal . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #120: A Lecture on “The Future of Violence”

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:55 PM

I was privileged to speak this week at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas on Gabriella Blum and my new book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones——Confronting A New Age of Threat. The audio quality isn’t wonderful, but it’s one of the better speeches I . . .
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Great New Podcast Series by Juliette Kayyem

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Monday, April 20, 2015 at 2:29 PM

My friend and colleague Juliette Kayyem – Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in DHS, and before that the Undersecretary for Homeland Security in Massachusetts – has a great new podcast series called “Security Mom.”   Juliette describes the motivation for the series as follows: Our national dialogue about security can feel like a foreign language: distant . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: Antony Blinken on The Future of Central Asia

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Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Brookings for a public address on the current priorities and future prospects for U.S. engagement in Central Asia. With the draw-down in Afghanistan on the horizon, Mr. Blinken makes clear that the United States is not relinquishing its interests in the region. Blinken stresses . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #118: Oula Abdulhamid Alrifai on One Syrian’s Story and One Country’s Tragedy

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:55 PM

When Oula Abdulhamid Alrifai was just shy of 19 years old, she fled her hometown of Damascus, Syria with her family; her parents were facing death threats from the Bashar Assad regime. She came to Washington in 2005, and since then, as she has gone to college and started a career in Washington Mideast policy work, . . .
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Announcing: The Triple Entente Beer Summit!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 4:25 PM

You have cried out for live programming from Lawfare. And we have heard your pleas. On the evening of Thursday, May 7, please join us for the first Triple Entente Beer Summit. The three podcasts associated with this site—the Lawfare Podcast, the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, and Rational Security—will gather for a live taping extravaganza for . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: Who is Vladimir Putin?

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 1:55 PM

With a tenuous ceasefire holding in Ukraine, we asked Fiona Hill onto the show to discuss the man behind the unrest: Vladimir Putin. Hill is the co-author of Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin, and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. On the Lawfare Podcast, she tackles the hard questions . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: “ISIS: The State of Terror”

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM

This week, Brookings hosted a book launch with Jessica Stern and co-author J.M. Berger for their new book, ISIS: The State of Terror. The panel, which also featured Brookings Fellow William McCants, details ISIS’s uniquely disturbing strategies and techniques—its unprecedented mix of brutality, media savvy, territorial gain, and recruitment. The authors also outline their recommendations for how . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: General Michael Lehnert on Closing GITMO

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Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, we invited Major General Michael Lehnert (Ret.), the first commander of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to chat on the show. In January 2002, General Lehnert deployed to Guantanamo Bay as Commander of Joint Task Force 160 with the mission to construct and operate the detention facilities for Taliban and Al Qaeda . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: The (Very Bright) Future of Violence

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, Brookings hosted a book launch with Harvard Law Professor Gabriella Blum and co-author Benjamin Wittes for their new book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones——Confronting A New Age of Threat. The panel, which also featured Brookings Senior Fellow William Galston and the ACLU’s Ben Wizner, explored the book’s themes . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: Natan Sachs on Bibi’s Big Day in Washington

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Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a controversial address to a joint session of Congress in a move not coordinated with President Barack Obama. The speech, repeatedly interrupted by thunderous applause, focused on the nature of the developing nuclear accord between the P5+1 and Iran and insisted a better deal was possible. The speech . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: HASC Hearing on Outside Perspectives on the AUMF

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Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:55 PM

On Thursday of this week, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes and Bobby Chesney, along with General Jack Keane, appeared before the House Armed Services Committee to provide “Outside Perspectives on the President’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.” The hearing grappled with a number of difficult . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast: My Constitution Day Speech at NSA

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Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

In mid-September, I delivered the annual Constitution Day address at the National Security Agency. I had meant to post the speech back then, except that it being NSA and all, I wasn’t allowed to bring my own recording equipment into the building and thus had to wait until the NSA folks released the audio of my own . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #110: Shane Harris and Benjamin Wittes with Serious Jokes on Surveillance

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Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, Shane Harris and Benjamin Wittes spoke at Washington and Lee School of Law’s symposium on Cyber-surveillance in the Post-Snowden Age. Shane and Ben are familiar names to frequent Lawfare readers. Their speech, under the title “Point/Counter-point,” is a lighthearted, but thorough, overview of the prevailing debates around NSA surveillance including the role . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #109: Robert Litt on US Surveillance Policy One Year After PPD-28

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Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 1:55 PM

On Tuesday, the White House released the Director of National Intelligence’s report on signals intelligence reform. As part of the release, Robert S. Litt, General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, gave a speech at the Brookings Institution on “US Intelligence Community Surveillance One Year after President Obama’s Address.” In his address, . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #108: General Michael Hayden on Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age

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Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM

General Michael Hayden, former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, gave the keynote address last weekend at Washington and Lee School of Law’s symposium on Cyber-surveillance in the Post-Snowden Age. During his address, General Hayden delivered an unapologetic defense of the NSA’s recently revealed activities, yet remained candid about where the . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #107: Tanvi Madan on the Future of the US-India Relationship

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Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:55 PM

With President Barack Obama on his way to India early next week, we asked Tanvi Madan, Fellow and Director of the India Project here at Brookings, onto the podcast to preview Obama’s trip and discuss what we can expect from the President’s second India summit in less than four months. It’s a trip that comes with . . .
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