Benjamin Bissell

Ben Bissell is an analyst at a geopolitical risk consultancy and a Masters student at the London School of Economics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with majors in political science and Russian in 2013. He is a former National Security Intern at the Brookings Institution as well as a Henry Luce Scholar, where he was placed at the Population Research Institute in Shanghai, China.

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Iran Deal

Saudi-Israeli Diplomacy After the Iran Deal?

If Twitter is to be believed, the Iranian nuclear deal is already creating waves in the Middle East and upending old regional axes. Earlier today, Jacky Hugi, the Middle East editor for Israel’s Army Radio, posted a picture of a Mercedes with diplomatic license plates driving around Tel Aviv. Unremarkable, until you realize which country the car was supposedly representing: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

This week, unsurprisingly, Lawfare spent much of its time focused on the release of the SSCI’s report on the CIA’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. Before the report came out on Tuesday, Ben promised no preemptive commentary and outlined what the readership could expect from Lawfare on the subject.

Interrogation: Abuses

Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority and the CIA: Part 3

Below you will find the third in our running comparison of broad areas of agreement and disagreement as between the Executive Summary to the Senate Intelligence Committee's Study on the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, the report by the Committee's Minority, and the response by the CIA itself.   The Study, you'll recall, sets forth twenty broad "findings and conclusions," many of which the Minority and the CIA address.