The Week That Was

The Fortnight that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Anna Salvatore, Tia Sewell
Saturday, December 5, 2020, 10:52 AM

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast entitled, “The Blah-to-Coup Ratio is Increasing” in which they discussed President-elect Biden’s future policy on Guantanamo Bay and possible nominees for Secretary of Defense:

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast entitled, “Biden’s Victory Around the World” featuring interviews with experts such as Boris Ruge, Antonio Garza and Kemal Kirişci on the consequences of President-elect Biden’s win for countries around the globe:

Lawson Fite argued that future presidents-elect can sue the General Services Administration to avoid improper delays in certifying their election wins.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Alexander Vindman took questions from a live audience on Lawfare Live:

Josh Blackman explained Attorney General Bill Barr's appointment of John Durham as a special counsel to investigate the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.

Benjamin Wittes considered how the next attorney general should handle Durham's appointment.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Scott R. Anderson, Suzanne Maloney and Natan Sachs to talk about the implications of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination in Tehran:

Rohini Kurup shared the Justice Department’s court filing on lobbyists’ alleged scheme to make large political contributions in exchange for presidential pardons.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of Rational Security featuring commentary by Benjamin Wittes, Tamara Cofman Wittes, Susan Hennessey, Shane Harris and Noah Efron of the Promised Podcast on Fakhrizadeh’s assassination and about Attorney General Barr’s appointment of a special counsel:

Gregory D. Johnsen argued that the Trump administration will make an “unforced error” if it designates Houthis in Yemen as a foreign terrorist group.

Bryce Klehm analyzed the recent Pentagon inspector general’s report on developments in Afghanistan from July 1 to Sep. 30 of this year.

Rachael Hanna and Natassia Velez detailed a recent federal policy directive outlining the U.S.’s cybersecurity principles and explained how it raises important international law considerations.

Nicol Turner Lee shared an episode of the TechTank podcast featuring an interview with Ross Friedberg and Niam Yaraghi on the rise and future of telehealth, also known as telemedicine:

Nicholas Weaver explained how easy it is to build a robot assassin.

Marietje Schaake and Tyson Barker argued that the incoming Biden administration should strengthen its tech alliance with the European Union in order to hardwire democratic governance into cyberspace.

Matthew Kahn analyzed the Supreme Court’s oral arguments in Van Buren v. United States, a case involving the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Quinta Jurecic sat down with Bill Priestap and Holden Triplett to discuss their Lawfare articles on how state intelligence agencies are attacking private businesses:

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast featuring commentary on the future of the U.S.-China tech relationship, how the latest legislation aimed at prison labor in China has implications for Apple and a new internet-of-things security bill, among other things:

Baker also shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast including an interview with Michael Daniel, who was formerly President Obama’s top cybersecurity adviser on the National Security Council:

Patrick Hulma argued that in order to clarify a U.S. commitment to Taiwan, supporters of the approach must first convince Congress.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jordan Schneider, the host of the ChinaTalk podcast, interviewed former national security advisor H.R. McMaster about his time in government and the Trump administration’s China policy:

Shaiba Ratner discussed the status of diplomatic talks between India and China over Himalayan border disputes.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of the ChinaTalk podcast featuring an interview with Rasheed Griffith on 5G in the Caribbean, among other things:

Jack Goldsmith shared the Winter 2020 Supplement for his foreign relations law casebook, co-written by Curtis Bradley and Ashley Deeks.

David Priess and Jacob Schulz encouraged readers to apply to be a Lawfare Institute research assistant.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Alan Rozenshtein spoke with professors Lindsay Wiley and Josh Blackman on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo:

The site's editorial team held a discussion with an audience on Lawfare Live on Lawfare's editorial process:

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And David Priess held a Lawfare Live discussion on "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the President's Daily Brief But Were Afraid to Ask":

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And that was the fortnight that was.