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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NIAC: Conflict with IHRL

Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority and the CIA: Part 2

Below, you will find the second installment in our ongoing effort to identify, in summary form, key areas of dispute as between the SSCI, the SSCI minority, and the CIA with regard the CIA's detention and interrogation program.

Interrogation: Abuses

Findings, Conclusions and Areas of Dispute Between the SSCI Report, the Minority and the CIA: Part 1

We’re going to start processing this voluminous release of material by comparing the top-line conclusions reached by the three major entities: The SSCI majority, the SSCI minority, and the CIA, each of which issued its own document today.

The two committee documents both follow the same basic trajectory. The committee made twenty separate findings and conclusions, and the minority responded to each of them.

The Week That Was

The Fortnight that Was: All of Lawfare in One (Very Long) Post

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, Lawfare skipped our usual “The Week That Was” post last week. To make up for it, we present to you “The Fortnight That Was,” which includes posts made since late November.

About two weeks ago, CNN broke the news that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was stepping down from his post “under pressure” from the White House.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, President Barack Obama appointed Ashton Carter to serve as his fourth Secretary of Defense. Carter, a physicist by training, is a “national security centrist,” according to the New York Times, who is expected to “advocate a stronger use of American power.” During his announcement, President Obama praised Mr.

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: The Constitution of the People's Republic of China


All across China today, schoolchildren are partaking in the newest holiday to grace the country’s calendars: Constitution Day. As part of the celebration, kids are expected to read from the document and discuss it in class, while teachers are encouraged to engage in study sessions and lecture about the Constitution’s continuing relevance.