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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #93: Hardcore Dan Carlin

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Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:55 PM

A few weeks ago, I began listening to a podcast called Hardcore History, which is the brainchild of a fellow named Dan Carlin. Carlin was doing a series of episodes on World War I, and Hardcore History is—let’s just say—a different sort of podcast. The episodes are very long, very involved, and to me at . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Twitter Feed

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Monday, September 22, 2014 at 7:56 AM

The Lawfare Podcast now has its own Twitter feed. Click here to follow it for announcements of new episodes when they go up on the podcast server (sometimes a day or two before we announce them on the site on Saturday mornings), upcoming episodes, and other fun stuff. Follow @lawfarepodcast

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #92: Benjamin Wittes on “A Constitution Under Chronic Stress”

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Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week, the nation once again celebrated Constitution Day, for which Ben gave an address at Kenyon College, which we provide to you in full. In his talk, Ben covered what he calls a “Constitution Under Stress,” and how the post-9/11 world has catalyzed a prolonged debate over liberties in the United States and in turn, how the . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #91: ISIS, ISIL, IS, AUMF

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Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

This week’s episode: A roundtable discussion of the politics and law of congressional authorization and the military campaign against ISIS. Bobby, Wells, Foreign Policy magazine’s Shane Harris and I held an impromptu conference call yesterday afternoon to discuss the administration’s legal theory for the impending action, the prospects of a congressional vote on authorization, the War Powers . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #90: The ISIL Threat—A National Counterterrorism Assessment

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

It’s already made the headlines, but earlier this week, Matthew Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, delivered a threat assessment of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria at the Brookings Institution. Olsen’s assessment stood out among the many others that have been released into the Washington echo chamber: it was alarming yet measured; it addressed . . .
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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #89: Bone-Crushing Zombie Action

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Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Here at Lawfare, we try to spot critical legal issues impacting national security before they’re really upon us . . . and eating our brains. Too often, American policymakers have not taken emerging threats seriously, only to find themselves on the wrong side of finger-pointing national commissions after tragedy strikes. Underreaction to threats prospectively often . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #88: Russia Breaking Bad and the Future of the International Order

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Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

News broke yesterday that the Russian military has moved artillery units inside of Ukraine and that Russian troops are actively using them against Ukranian forces—a move with dramatic escalatory potential. At the same time, Ukraine appears to be closing in on the last Russian-backed rebel strongholds. As the crisis unfolds and the United States seeks to isolate Russia . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast is on Vacation

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

The Lawfare Podcast is at the beach this week. We can neither confirm nor deny that we will be back next week.

The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #87: The Future of Somalia

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Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Washington was abuzz this week as more than 50 African leaders were in town for the first U.S.-Africa Summit. Yesterday, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of Somalia, spoke at Brookings on the future of his country. In his talk, President Mohamud addresses the challenges to democracy that Somalia faces, and how Somalia, the African Union, and . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #86: War in Gaza

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Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

One of the great things about working at the Brookings Institution—and there are many of them—is access to a remarkable range of people knowledgable about whatever happens to be going on in the world. One of the fun things about running this podcast is that I can put such people around a table, record our conversations, . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #85: Fernando Reinares on “Madrid 3/11 Bombings and the Future of Terrorism in Europe”

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Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Last week, Professor Fernando Reinares, a senior analyst on International Terrorism at the Elcano Royal Institute, delivered a talk at Brookings on his new book, entitled in English, “Kill Them! Who was Behind 3/11 and Why Spain was Targeted.” The talk covered the March 11, 2004 Madrid bombings, the rise and shape of jihadist networks . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #84: Bahlul, Bahlul, Bahlul

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Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

It was a big week at the D.C. Circuit, which handed down the en banc decision in the Al Bahlul military commission case. It’s a complicated decision: a mess of a procedural history, lots of separate opinions, very little clarity, and strange areas of unanimity. It’s also got big implications for the future of military commissions.  So in . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #83: Bruce Riedel on the Lessons From Afghanistan

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Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

As the election crisis in Afghanistan comes to a head, all eyes—or some of them, anyway—are once again on the future of Afghan democracy. But the United States’s history in the region extends back much further than its nation-building efforts there since September 2001. On Tuesday, at a Brookings Institution launch event for his newest book . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #82: Brad Smith on the Balance of National Security and Privacy

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Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft, recently discussed the future of privacy in an increasingly digital age at a Brookings event entitled, “The Future of Global Technology, Privacy, and Regulation.” In his talk, Smith takes on questions about the role of the Fourth Amendment in the era of cloud computing; he talks about . . .
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The Lawfare Podcast, Episode #81: Suzanne Maloney on Iran

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Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

All roads lead to Iran—at least in the news these days. There’s the nuclear talks, which are coming to a head. There’s common interests between the United States and the Islamic Republic in the conflict against ISIS and in the stabilization of Iraq. So I sat down yesterday with my Brookings colleague Suzanne Maloney to . . .
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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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Lawfare Podcast Episode #79: The Case For and Against a FISA Advocate

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Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

On Tuesday, at the 2014 Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference, a panel of experts debated the pros and cons of adding outside lawyers to litigation before two tribunals at the heart of the NSA surveillance controversy: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (“FISCR”). As is well known, proceedings . . .
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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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Lawfare Podcast, Episode #77: The Allure of Normalcy—Robert Kagan, Leon Wieseltier, and Fred Hiatt on America’s Leadership in the World

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Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Brookings held a great event this week, entitled: “The Allure of Normalcy: America’s Leadership in the World and President Obama’s Foreign Policy.” It featured Robert Kagan on his impressive new essay in the New Republic, “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire: What Our Tired Country Still Owes the World.” Here’s how Brookings described the event: Many within . . .
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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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