The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Zachary Burdette
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10:04 AM

Benjamin Wittes argued for a non-partisan coalition of democratic forces to come together after the election to stand behind American democratic and legal institutions. He then outlined an agenda for how the next administration can foster that democratic unity if Hillary Clinton wins.

Zachary Burdette provided the national security highlights from the final presidential debate.

Bobby Chesney created a bingo card for the debate.

Ashley Deeks and Michael Livermore highlighted the risks that more embarrassing materials like the Apprentice tape might be used to blackmail a future President Trump.

Dan Arbell considered the possibility that the Obama administration is planning new Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives as a November surprise.

Dan Byman asked whether Hezbollah has become less dangerous to the United States. He also outlined the political challenges that will follow the military operation to retake Mosul.

Quinta Jurecic discussed President Obama’s comments on the targeted killing program in a recent interview.

Talene Bilazarian examined the effectiveness of Countering Violent Extremism initiatives in fighting terrorism.

Bobby Chesney flagged a New York Times article on the Obama administration’s light-footprint model of warfare in Somalia.

Herb Lin added to his original post on “loud” cyber operations intended to make attribution to the United States apparent. Herb also discussed potential U.S. responses to Russian hacking.

Bobby outlined a framework for thinking about how the United States should respond to Russian interference with the election.

Paul Rosenzweig shared some insights from a recent cybersecurity conference.

Nora Ellingsen analyzed charges against two men from Milwaukee for providing material support to the Islamic State.

Quinta uploaded the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to reinstate a tort suit against a company that contracted for the company at Abu Ghraib.

She also posted the D.C. Court of Appeals decision reaffirming Ali Hamza al-Bahlul’s conviction for conspiracy to commit war crimes.

Helen Klein Murillo and Alex Loomis summarized the al-Bahlul decision, and Peter Margulies discussed the legal implications.

Quinta also provided two statements from Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins on pretrial hearings in the USS Cole case, and one on the 9/11 case.

Alex Loomis covered the October 12 pretrial hearing in the military commission on the 9/11 case, and Quinta and Yishai Schwartz followed that with coverage on the October 14 session. Chris Mirasola summarized the October 17 military commission on the al-Nashiri trial. Alexis and Quinta concluded the week’s coverage with highlights from the October 18 session.

Quinta posted the D.C. District Court’s charges against General Cartwright for making false statements on the source of leaks regarding Stuxnet.

Andrew Kent and Julian Mortenson categorized three periods in American history that illustrate the evolution of executive legal authority.

Heather Hurlburt explored how gender dynamics in the US national security apparatus influences foreign policy.

Kenneth Anderson outlined the issues the military will grapple with in developing self-driving vehicles.

Stephanie Leutert assessed the relationship between drug use in America and cartel violence in Mexico.

Katherine Maddox Davis delved into the ICJ’s decision that the court lacks jurisdiction to decide on issues of nuclear disarmament.

David Bosco considered the implications of South Africa’s withdrawal from the ICC.

Mitch Hochberg discussed the no-win situation the Israeli government faces in its policy on the Amona settlement in the West Bank.

Mohamad Batal examined best practices for refugee camps.

Chris Mirasola updated the “Water Wars” roundup with analysis on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Beijing.

J. Dana Stuster reset the “Middle East Ticker” with analysis on Mosul, Yemen, and Syria.

Quinta posted an opening for a spring internship with Lawfare.

Stewart Baker uploaded the latest episode of the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast.

Quinta posted the Lawfare Podcast, featuring Jack Goldsmith and Susan Hennessey on Russian efforts to interfere with the U.S. election.

And Benjamin Wittes posted this week’s episode of Rational Security, the “Thank God We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” Edition.

And that was the Week That Was.