The Week That Was

The Fortnight that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Quinta Jurecic
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 10:32 AM

These past two weeks saw a flurry of activity regarding Russian attempts to influence the presidential election. In the days before the new year, the Obama administration sanctions against Russia in response to election interference. On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee a hearing with DNI James Clapper, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Marcel Lettre, and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers. On Friday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence a declassified version of the intelligence community’s report on Russian election interference.

Benjamin Wittes what the SASC hearing portends for the future of the Trump administration and lauded Senator Lindsey Graham’s performance, and Herb Lin what would constitute an appropriate response to Russia’s efforts. The gang also discussed Trump’s resistance to the intelligence community’s conclusions on Kremlin meddling on Rational Security, the :

Election interference was also a major topic on this week’s ...

...and on the last of 2016:

As the presidential transition continues, Quinta Jurecic that Trump appears set to select former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as his Director of National Intelligence. Jane Chong exit memos released by 27 Obama administration agency and department heads. And Paul Rosenzweig a new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies setting forth a cybersecurity agenda for the next administration.

Paul also the release of China’s new National Cybersecurity Strategy. Also writing on cyber matters, Michael J. Adams a word of caution on the imminent release of the Tallinn Manual 2.0.

In the Cybercrime Roundup, Sarah Tate Chambers on major cybercrime prosecutions.

Danielle Citron and Benjamin Wittes a system of “follow buddies and block buddies” to improve civility and privacy on Twitter.

Ariel Teshuva why the EU has made so few adequacy determinations on privacy protections.

On December 23rd, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution condemning Israeli settlements with the United States abstaining. Elena Chachko what the resolution says and what it means, and Orde Kittrie also .

Returning from a trip to Israel and the West Bank, Paul on the ongoing conflict. Joel Braunold and Sarah Yerkes whether a peace deal is possible if Israelis and Palestinians just don’t trust each other.

J. Dana Stuster things to watch in the Middle East in 2017 and with the . Bruce Reidel Oman’s improving relations with Saudi Arabia, and Kemal Kirişci what the New Year’s attack on an Istanbul nightclub means for Turkey.

Dan Byman the Trump administration against its use of the vague and overbroad term “radical Islam.”

In Water Wars, Chris Mirasola China’s military exercises in the South China Sea and what lies ahead for the region in 2017.

Ben Judge Royce Lamberth’s order to have a copy of the Senate intelligence Committee’s torture report preserved with the D.C. Circuit in Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri’s habeas case. Quinta Nashiri’s original motion to have the report preserved, along with the government’s response and Nashiri’s reply.

Andrew Kent on the recent briefing in the cross-border shooting case, Hernandez v. Mesa, and Andrew and Steve Vladeck on the subject.

Ingrid Wuerth an interesting amendment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act regarding art museums.

Steve Slick to a postdoctoral fellowship opportunity in the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas-Austin.

And Ben and Jack Goldsmith to this coming Monday’s Hoover Book Soiree, featuring an interview with Jameel Jaffer on his book The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and the Law.

Over the holidays, Susan Hennessey and Quinta reviewed Lawfare’s 2016, rounding up our coverage of the , the, and and finishing with a .

And that was the fortnight that was.