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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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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #106: Daniel Reisner on Law, Security, and Peace in the Middle East.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, Ben and Matt Waxman sat down with Daniel Reisner, former head of the International Law Branch of the Israeli Defense Forces and current partner with Herzog, Fox and Neeman. Reisner has also served as a senior member of Israel’s peace delegations over the years, participating in negotiation sessions and summits including those at Camp David. . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #105: Jack Goldsmith on North Korea, the FBI, and Attribution of the Sony Attack

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Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:55 PM

This week, FBI Director James Comey doubled down on the FBI’s assertion that North Korea was behind the cyber attack on Sony Pictures (audio available here). Out in sunny Palo Alto, Ben and Jack sat down to discuss the director’s comments, what we know about the Sony Pictures cyber-attack, the FBI’s response, and the lingering questions . . .
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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.”  

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #104: Rose Gottemoeller on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy

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Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller gave a keynote address at Brookings on US Nuclear Arms Control Policy. In her address, Under Secretary Gottemoeller discussed how the administration is adjusting to the slowed progress of arms control given the far less conducive atmosphere left in the wake . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #103: Mieke Eoyang on FAA Exclusivity

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, Mieke Eoyang wrote and post on Lawfare entitled “A Modest Proposal: FAA Exclusivity for Collection Involving U.S. Technology Companies.” Mieke is a long-time congressional staffer on national security matters, who served a stint on the House Intelligence Committee during the drafting of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA) and now runs national security . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #102: Israeli Politics, Oy Vey!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The Israeli government fell this week, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu called new elections. Israeli politics are an endlessly fascinating Byzantine mess with significant security implications for the United States. The shape of Israeli politics, after all, conditions a lot of other U.S. interests in the region—everything from the degree of friction with key Arab . . .
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