Shannon Togawa Mercer

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Shannon Togawa Mercer is a Senior Editor at Lawfare. She graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center cum laude, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Law. In 2011, she graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Politics and minors in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language. Shannon is from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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Detention & Guantanamo

Summary from the Courtroom: Al-Alwi v. Trump Oral Argument

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in Al-Alwi v. Trump. Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson (joining remotely) and Judge Thomas Griffith reviewed the D.C. District Court’s dismissal of Guantanamo detainee Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi’s second habeas petition.

Trade and Security

America Trades Down: The Legal Consequences of President Trump's Tariffs

Economic welfare and national security are sewn together with a tight stitch, and the president is pulling on the seam. His decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act carries repercussions both for the United States and for international trade.

Asia Pacific

Hard Olympic Security Choices: What to Watch for in Pyeongchang

The Olympic games are more than just sport.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea have begun. For two weeks, athletes from around the world will careen down mountains and glide on mirror-perfect ice. But as always, global politics–and the military and security threats behind those politics–lie just beneath the sporting surface.

Federal Law Enforcement

'I Hope This Is an Instance of Fake News': FBI Messages Show the Bureau's Real Reaction to Trump Firing James Comey

When President Trump fired James Comey as FBI director last May, the special agent in charge of the Detroit field office, David Gelios, wrote an email to his staff: