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The Lawfare Podcast: Tim Maurer on 'Cyber Mercenaries'

The idea of proxy conflict dates to the Cold War and earlier, but Tim Maurer’s new book “Cyber Mercenaries: The State, Hackers, and Power” makes one of the first forays into proxy conflict in cyberspace. Last week, Maurer sat down with Lawfare Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes at the Hoover Book Soiree to talk about the book. They discussed Maurer’s typology of how states like the United States, Syria, Russia and China differ in their use of cyber proxies and the challenges they pose to attribution and accountability.


The Lawfare Podcast: Amy Chua on 'Political Tribes'

Yale law professor Amy Chua argues in her new book, “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations,” that both foreign and domestic policymaking must better handle the realities of political tribalism in order to find success. Last week, Harvard law professor and Lawfare co-founder Jack Goldsmith spoke to Chua at the Hoover Book Soiree about her new volume. They discussed where past foreign policy makers overlooked the importance of tribalism, the nature of domestic tribalism in the modern United States, and much more.


The Lawfare Podcast: Timothy Edgar on ‘Beyond Snowden’

In his recent book Beyond Snowden: Privacy, Mass Surveillance, and the Struggle to Reform the NSA, civil liberties activist and former intelligence official Timothy Edgar calls for a renewed conversation on mass surveillance reform in the global and digital age. This month, Benjamin Wittes interviewed Edgar on his new book at the Hoover Book Soiree.


The Lawfare Podcast: Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro on 'The Internationalists'

The Kellogg-Briand Pact is often remembered as a failure. Signed in 1928 to outlaw war, it was followed in just over a decade by one of the deadliest conflicts in history. But Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro see the pact differently. In their new book, "The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World," they argue that though it did not successfully end all war, the pact changed the way states resolve disputes, reduced the likelihood of conquest, and set of a chain of events that led to the modern world order.


The Lawfare Podcast: Graham Allison on ‘Destined for War’

This week on the Lawfare Podcast, Jack Goldsmith interviews Graham Allison at the Hoover Book Soiree about Allison's new book, “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” The conversation covers the history of rising and declining powers, how the North Korean regime affects the security dynamic between U.S. and China, and how to preserve peace where Thucydides would predict war.

Executive Power

To Impeach a President: Applying the Authoritative Guide from Charles Black

The most important book ever written on presidential impeachment is only 69 pages long. Charles Black, Jr.,’s Impeachment: A Handbook was published in the summer of 1974, at the height of the Watergate crisis, and reissued in October 1998, two months before Bill Clinton became the second president in U.S. history to be impeached.

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