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The National Security Law Podcast: Wait, We Have to Talk About GATT?

It’s not every week on this show that we get to talk about the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade! And if that’s not an appealing hook to get you to listen, we don’t know what is.

Let’s try that again. On this week’s show, we cover a mix of new and old topics:


The Lawfare Podcast: Zhanna Nemtsova on Boris Nemtsov's Life

Zhanna Nemtsova is a journalist at Deutsche Welle, the founder of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, and the daughter of Boris Nemtsov. Feb. 27 marked the three-year anniversary since the assassination of Boris Nemtsov, who was the former deputy prime minister of Russia under Boris Yeltsin before becoming a prominent political activist and outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. On Feb. 27 of this year, the street in front of the Russian Embassy was renamed the Boris Nemtsov Plaza.


Rational Security: The 'Downgraded' Edition

Jared Kushner is under scrutiny for his contacts with foreign officials. Democrats in Congress release their own memo about surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser. And ahead of a U.S. visit by Saudi Arabia’s future king, how are his reforms playing out on the ground? Plus, I recommend Max Boot’s new book. Shane discovers his roots—and is not surprised. And Tamara is back from Saudi Arabia with treasures.


The Lawfare Podcast: Dan Radosh on ‘Liberty Crossing’

Spy movies and television shows often overlook the analysts who make sense of the nation’s intelligence. That changes with the premiere of “Liberty Crossing,” a workplace comedy co-created by “Daily Show” writer Dan Radosh. In this episode, Benjamin Wittes talks to Radosh about the show's inspiration, how Radosh researched one of the more secretive parts of the government, and much more.


The Lawfare Podcast: Stephen Williams on Vasily Maklakov

Vasily Maklakov was a political reformer in pre-revolution Russia who offered his country an alternative to radicalism that it chose to forego. This week, I speak to Judge Stephen Williams of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, who in his spare time is a historian of Russian reformers. His new book, “The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution,” recounts the story Maklakov’s fight for political moderation. 


Rational Security: The "Mansplaining" Edition

Bob Mueller indicts a slew of Russians who interfered in the 2016 election. Can the president distinguish between the national interest and his own? And the school shooting in Florida brings students to the frontline of the gun control debate. Plus, the word "fucked" appears on Lawfare for the first time, and for good reason. And Shane wonders if Jared Kushner will lose his interim security clearance.


The Lawfare Podcast: Phil Carter on Civil-Military Relations in the Trump Administration

The military has been not been a refuge from the Trump administration's norm-defying nature. This week, Jack Goldsmith speaks to Phil Carter, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, about the history of civil-military relations, episodes that highlight the Trump administration's departure from that tradition, and what that may mean for the future.

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