The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Elliot Setzer
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 1:17 PM

Jack Goldsmith and Ben Miller-Gootnick analyzed the legal issues implicated by Trump’s firing of the State Department's inspector general.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes talked with Goldsmith, Margaret Taylor and Michael Bromwich, who was the inspector general of the Justice Department during the Clinton administration:

Patja Howell also shared an episode of the Rational Security podcast, discussing the firing of the State Department inspector general:

And Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast discussing inspectors general firings and presidential emergency action documents:

Andrew Crespo, Laura Londoño Pardo, Kristy Parker and Nathaniel Sobel argued that Judge Sullivan can, in fact, reject the government’s motion to dismiss the case against Michael Flynn.

In Lawfare’s biweekly roundup of China Tech news, Richard Altieri and Benjamin Della Rocca analyzed Beijing’s recent proposal for new national security legislation giving the Chinese Community Party greater control over Hong Kong, China’s support for an investigation into the coronavirus’s origins and the U.S.’s further restrictions on sales to Huawei.

Jonathan Stromseth analyzed the state of U.S.-China rivalry after COVID-19.

Jim Dempsey analyzed a recent executive order about foreign equipment in U.S. critical infrastructure.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk discussing AI basic research in China and the U.S.:

William Ford summarized a videoconference in which the Cyberspace Solarium Commission made its case to Congress to adopt recommendations from its recent report. Mieke Eoyang and Anisha Hindocha reexamined the Solarium Commission’s proposal for a national cyber director.

Erik Manukyan analyzed why NSO group is asserting sovereign immunity to dismiss WhatsApp’s lawsuit.

Herb Lin argued that the scientific community must develop coronavirus vaccines and treatments cooperatively, not competitively.

Alan Rozenshtein argued no one should have the right to opt out of coronavirus surveillance.

Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring an interview on free speech during the pandemic with David Kaye, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of expression and opinion:

Vanda Felbab-Brown discussed what police should focus on during and after the pandemic.

Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast discussing Internet Research Agency trolls presenting themselves as black Americans with Deen Freelon:

Judd Devermont and Leanne Erdberg Steadman argued the U.S. military should reaffirm its non-counterterrorism missions in Africa.

Andrew Mines and Amira Jadoon asked whether the Islamic State’s Afghan “province” can survive its leadership losses.

Patja Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast discussing Trump’s relationship with his predecessors with Kate Andersen Brower, author of “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump":

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast featuring an interview with Peter Singer:

Lester Munson shared an episode of Fault Lines discussing attempted coups and virus crackdowns in South America:

And Jeh Johnson shared a tribute to Charles E. Allen, the Defense Department’s deputy general counsel.

And that was the week that was.