Alex Potcovaru

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Alexander J. Potcovaru is a former National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution. A senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, he studies International Politics with an International Security concentration. He is particularly interested in the interaction of law, security, and religion.

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Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

In another provocative warning to the Kim Jong Un regime, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning that the U.S. is “locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely,” The New York Times reports. This is just the latest in a string of reciprocal warnings between Washington and Pyongyang, which threatened to attack Guam, a U.S. territory.

North Korea

The International Law of Anticipatory Self-Defense and U.S. Options in North Korea

North Korea tested a Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, rushing closer to posing a major nuclear threat to the United States. Just a few weeks later, on July 28, the Kim Jong Un regime tested another ICBM, this time with a range that may include major cities in the continental U.S.

The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

Jack Goldsmith reflected on the increasingly fractured nature of the executive branch: key administration officials frequently oppose or contradict President Donald Trump despite his considerable power to fire them. In a telling example, Benjamin Wittes noted acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg’s willingness to speak out against Trump’s abusive vision of law enforcement.