As for so many other organizations across the United States, 2020 has proven a challenging one for Lawfare. It would have been demanding enough to cover the year’s developments in national security and the rule of law, which ranged in 2020 from the impeachment trial of a president to a range of federal law enforcement investigations, from the use of force abroad to issues of election security and cybersecurity incidents at home. But all of this took place against the backdrop of a historic pandemic—which both required coverage itself and posed its own challenges in maintaining operations.
Yet despite the challenges, with crucial institutional and individual support, Lawfare actually has flourished in 2020. After producing the hit podcast The Impeachment to start the year, Lawfare took the Lawfare Podcast daily in May, published Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith’s book After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency in September, and initiated our Lawfare Live series this fall. This year saw the hiring of full-time Deputy Managing Editor Jacob Schulz and two full-time fellows—Emerging Tech Policy Fellow Alvaro Marañon and Pritzker Military Fellow Alexander Vindman. I could not be more proud of our current crew and its efforts during these challenging times, as I am of past iterations of the Lawfare team.
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