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The Lawfare Podcast: Amanda Tyler on 'Habeas Corpus in Wartime'

In her new book, "Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay," Amanda Tyler presents a comprehensive account of the legal and political history of habeas corpus in wartime in the Anglo-American legal tradition. On Monday, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Tyler at the Hoover Book Soiree for a wide-ranging discussion of the history of habeas corpus, where its origins really lie in English law, and how it has changed over the years in the United States, from the Founding to modern cases of counterterrorism. 


The Lawfare Podcast: Special Edition: Gina Haspel vs. the Senate Intelligence Committee With No Bull

On Wednesday, Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, testified for two-and-a-half hours on her nomination before the Senate intelligence committee. We cut out all the opening statements, all of the repeated questions, and in this episode, we’re bringing you the distilled version of everything that’s important from the hearing.


The Lawfare Podcast: Shane Harris on Gina Haspel

Gina Haspel, the CIA’s current deputy director, goes before the Senate intelligence committee on Wendesday for confirmation as the CIA’s director. Shane Harris of the Washington Post recently produced a lengthy and detailed profile of Haspel, who was deeply involved in the CIA’s coercive interrogation program in the years that followed 9/11. Harris joins Benjamin Wittes to discuss the nomination, the cases for and against Haspel, and what we can expect when she faces the committee tomorrow.


The Lawfare Podcast: Mira Rapp-Hooper and Steph Haggard Preview the North Korea Summit

Only a few months ago, President Donald Trump threatened to rain fire and fury on North Korea and Kim Jong Un’s missiles were crashing into the ocean. Now, the president is preparing for a summit with the North Korean leader. To understand what to expect, Benjamin Wittes spoke on Friday to North Korea experts Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior research scholar at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center, and Stephan Haggard, distinguished professor at the University of California-San Diego.


The Lawfare Podcast: Democracy's Morticians: Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt on 'How Democracies Die'

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, authors of the new book “How Democracies Die,” join Benjamin Wittes for a conversation about the conditions under which democracies survive and how American democracy can survive its experiment with populism.


The Lawfare Podcast: Lisa Monaco and Wayne Williams on Protecting the 2018 Election

On April 10, at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Verify conference, Eric Rosenbach, co-head of the Belfer Center at Harvard, moderated a conversation on election security between Lisa Monaco, who was most recently the homeland security adviser to president Obama, and Wayne Williams, the secretary of state of Colorado. They talked about frameworks for addressing election security, how states can team up with the federal government, and how to handle foreign information operations.


The Lawfare Podcast: Bobby Chesney and Scott Anderson on the Corker-Kaine AUMF

Last week, Sens. Bob Corker and Tim Kaine introduced a proposal to reshape the legal authorization for U.S. counterterrorism operations abroad. On Thursday, Susan Hennessey sat down with Bobby Chesney, co-founder of Lawfare and professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and Scott Anderson, Lawfare senior editor and former State Department lawyer, to talk about the proposal. They discussed the current status of the authorization for use of force, what the new proposal says, and it’s prospects in this Congress. 


The Lawfare Podcast: Toomas Ilves on the Situation

Before the American president took to Twitter, Estonia’s president, Toomas Ilves, had used the social media platform to communicate with his country. President Ilves was the head of state of Estonia from 2006–2016, when he oversaw the launch of the country’s e-residency system and handled massive Russian cyberattacks. On Tuesday at Stanford University, Megan Reiss and Benjamin Wittes sat down with President Ilves for a conversation about Ilves’s use of Twitter as president, election interference, the digitization of Estonia, and cybersecurity cooperation.

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