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Daniel Byman and My Article in Foreign Affairs on NSA

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:27 PM

My Brookings colleague, sometime coauthor, and Lawfare‘s Foreign Policy Editor, Daniel Byman, and I have written a lengthy article Foreign Affairs, on NSA matters. It’s a high-altitude, non-legal look at the issue of how NSA should operate in a world in which it cannot rely to the same degree it traditionally has relied on secrecy, . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: “Syria’s Other Foreign Fighters”

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Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Syria conflict hasn’t really stayed in Syria. The trickle of Sunni jihadists traveling to Syria to fight quickly became a flood, with their numbers rapidly surpassing those in past wars, the anti-Soviet struggle in Afghanistan being just one. Because of their strong anti-Western views and tendency toward international terrorist activities, the Sunni fighters have . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: “2013 – The Year We Lost Iraq?”

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Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Violence in Iraq in 2013 was worse than at any time since 2008 – when Iraq was still in the throes of its all-out civil war that had led to over 100,000 deaths. And Iraq’s problems are getting worse, not better. Although there are many differences, the situation in Iraq today reminds me in some . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: C. Christine Fair on “Lashkar-e-Taiba: Pakistan’s Domesticated Terrorists”

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Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT), which operates under the name Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), is both an important and misunderstood terrorist group. LeT grabbed world attention in 2008, when its operatives attacked hotels and other sites during a multi-day operation in Mumbai, India that killed over 160 people. In addition to the horror of the attack itself, American officials were . . .
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The Foreign Policy Essay: Elizabeth Dickinson on “Financing Extremism in Syria”

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Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The civil war in Syria has confounded U.S. policymakers, who worry about the mounting humanitarian crisis, the collapse of the Syrian state, the prominent Iranian presence, and especially the growing role of jihadist terrorists in the conflict—yet have proven unable to halt or even stem these problems.  One of the most vexing issues, however, is . . .
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Worth Reading On Syria

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Monday, September 2, 2013 at 6:12 AM

A few items that are in my opinion worth a read: Opinio Juris is having an insta-symposium on Syria.  I recommend in particular Marty Lederman’s two posts on the relevance of the U.N. Charter to the coming authorization debate in Congress.  (Largely overlooked in the President’s speech on Saturday was his back-of-the hand dismissal of . . .
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Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Today, the Brookings Institution released a lengthy paper my colleague Daniel Byman and I have been working on for some time, entitled “Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad.” The Brookings release is available here. The full report is available here.  We will release audio of the launch event, which was hosted by our colleague . . .
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Tools and Tradeoffs: Putting Out a Draft for Comments

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

My colleague at Brookings, Daniel Byman, and I have written a lengthy paper on the different tools the United States uses in going after citizens abroad believed to have allied themselves with the enemy. The paper is still a draft, but given the controversy over the White Paper, we thought was quite timely. Since one . . .
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Brookings Foreign Policy Scholars Join Lawfare’s Analytic Experiment

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM

The other day, I announced a little experiment that grew out of a conversation with Aaron Zelin, an expert on jihadist groups at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy: Zelin pointed out that while the analytical community of which he is a part often has a lot of information to bring to bear on questions . . .
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The Last Refuge: Yemen, Al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Whether you support or oppose the broader U.S. war on terrorism, you are likely to use Yemen to prove your point.  Those who are optimistic about the struggle contend that the Al Qaeda core has taken repeated body blows in Pakistan and decry the seemingly endless expansion of the battlefield to obscure fields of jihad . . .
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A Call for Reader Input: Expanding the Disposition Matrix App

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Monday, January 7, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Last week, my Brookings colleague Daniel Byman and I released our fun little Disposition Matrix App–on The Atlantic‘s web site. The rather surprising response—who knew that so many Americans were anticipating catching citizen terrorists and needing to figure out how to process them?—has made me start toying with the idea of expanding the flowchart beyond citizens. . . .
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How to Handle a Citizen Terrorist? We Have an App for That

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Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Ever caught a U.S. citizen you suspected of terrorism, and not known what to do with him? We have an app for you. Sorry, you can’t yet download it for your iPhone—yet—but our Disposition Matrix App is now live over at The Atlantic. For the past several months, we have been working on a very . . .
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Brookings Event on Counterterrorism

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

The Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings held a fantastic event today entitled “Global Counterterrorism: A Progress Report” featuring Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department. Ambassador Benjamin discussed the state of American counterterrorism efforts as President Obama’s first term comes to a close, global terrorism trends, and the array . . .
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Upcoming Brookings Events

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Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Three events at Brookings are coming up in the near future that will be of interest to readers: 1. The Internationalization of Law Ninth Annual Raymond Aron Lecture Featuring Professor Mireille Delmas-Marty and Justice Stephen Breyer Tuesday, December 18, 2012, 5:30 — 7:00 pm. The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC. . . .
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Gregory Johnsen on Yemen and AQAP

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Friday, November 16, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The other day, my Brookings colleague Daniel Byman held an event entitled “Yemen and the Future of a Resurgent Al Qaeda.” One of the two panelists was Gregory Johnsen, the author of the recently-released book, The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia. I have been impressed by Johnsen’s work for some time; . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #22: Stephen Tankel on Pakistan, the Endgame in Afghanistan, and LeT

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Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

This is the latest piece in the interview series I have done over the last few months with terrorism and regional experts about non-legal issues of pertinence to Lawfare readers. For this episode, I interviewed American University professor and nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stephen Tankel. (The other interviews in this . . .
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Lawfare Podcast Episode #18: Daniel Byman on Al Qaeda and its Affiliates

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

This is the second in a series of interviews I am doing with scholars around town who have non-legal expertise that bears on the national security law issues Lawfare readers care about. As I did in my first piece with Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel, I am posting the full interview as an episode of . . .
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Brookings Experts on National Security Issues in the 2012 Campaign

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 8:26 AM

In Ben’s non-Lawfare life, he runs the Brookings Institution’s Campaign 2012 project, an event and paper series focusing on major issues the next president will face.  Most of these papers are not relevant to this blog. But some of the security-related ones certainly are. Ben describes his paper with Dan Byman on Obama’s counterterrorism record here, . . .
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Readings: Daniel Byman on Al Qaeda and its Affiliates

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Dan Byman, Director of Research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, has a new paper out entitled “Breaking the Bonds between Al Qaeda and its Affiliate Organizations.” The paper, according to the Brookings web site, examines the dynamics of al-Qa’ida-affiliate relationships and the interests each party brings to these partnerships. Highlights . . .
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Brookings Paper on Terrorism and the Election

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:26 PM

My Brookings colleague Daniel Byman and I have a paper out on the Brookings web site on terrorism as an issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. The paper is high-altitude and not chiefly about law. It is is part of a larger Brookings project, which I direct, on the critical issues the next president will . . .
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