The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Anna Salvatore
Saturday, August 29, 2020, 9:39 AM

Tia Sewell shared TikTok’s lawsuit against the U.S. government to prevent the government’s impending ban on the app. Bobby Chesney analyzed the likelihood that TikTok will win the lawsuit. And in the latest edition of "Sinotech," Richard Altieri and Benjamin Della Rocca discussed Tik Tok's legal action and the new restrictions on Huawei’s ability to buy semiconductor chips.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of The Lawfare Podcast called “The State of the US-China Relationship” featuring Scott R. Anderson, Tarun Chhabra, Elsa Kania and Rob Williams:

Timothy Meyer and Todd M. Tucker argued that the next president can and should implement a carbon tariff under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows the president to “adjust the imports” of products like carbon that “threaten to impair national security.”

Ava J. Abramowitz and Catherine H. Milton proposed several ways in which communities can reform their police departments.

Nathaniel Sobel and Julia Solomon-Strauss discussed the latest news in Trump v. Vance.

Molly E. Reynolds addressed how Congress can bridge its information gap with the executive branch.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of The Lawfare Podcast featuring a conversation between Jack Goldsmith and Harold Holzer about Holzer's new book, “The Presidents vs. The Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media from the Founding Fathers to Fake News”:

Todd Carney, Samantha Fry, Quinta Jurecic, Jacob Schulz, Tia Sewell, Margaret Taylor and Benjamin Wittes continued to dissect the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, adding analysis of the sections on Carter Page, Maria Butina, and a Trump campaign speech at D.C.’s Mayflower Hotel.

Benjamin Wittes asserted that a footnote in a House Intelligence Committee memo confirms the existence of a significant hole in counterintelligence investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Lester Munson shared an episode of Fault Lines in which he spoke with Joseph Nye, author of the new book “Do Morals Matter?” He also sat down with a group of experts to talk about “Diplomatic Ties, Belarusian Lies, and a Coup”:

James M. Blake warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in Yemen, one that will stem from the rampant spread of Covid-19, a Saudi bombing offensive, and a civil war between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels. Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of The Lawfare Podcast about “Yemen’s Ongoing Tragedy,” in which David Priess interviewed Elisabeth Kendall and Mick Mulroy on the subject:

Aviezer Tucker reviewed Anne Applebaum’s new book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism."

As part of the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project, Axel Hufford explained why ballot boxes are an increasingly popular option for the 2020 election. Thomas Hopkins, Sean Kang, Kenneth Kuwayti, Zahavah Levine and Max Levy also analyzed Nevada’s June 9 primary.

Andrew Mines and Devorah Margolin discussed how to combat online terrorism financing. Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of The Lawfare Podcast featuring a conversation between Quinta Jurecic and Emma Llansó, director of the Center for Democracy and Technology's Free Expression Project. They discussed Global Internet Forum, a consortium which platforms use to remove terrorism-related material:

Jen Patja Howell shared a wide-ranging discussion on The Lawfare Podcast about “What’s Going on at Mike Pompeo’s State Department?” Margaret Taylor sat down with Scott R. Anderson and Nahal Toosi, Politico’s foreign affairs correspondent about everything from Sec. Pompeo’s speech at the RNC to his controversial decision to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia:

Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared the latest episode of the National Security Law podcast featuring a discussion of legal developments concerning two British men accused of executing hostages on behalf of the Islamic State. They also discussed the Government Accountability Office memo that concludes that senior Department of Homeland Security officials do not lawfully hold their positions:

Christine Choi explained that the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces have humanitarian obligations to ISIS detainees under international law.

Jacob Schulz posted a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denying a habeas corpus petition from a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

And Jordan Schneider hosted Ali Wyne and Jessica Chen Wiess on the ChinaTalk Podcast to discuss "What China Really Wants":

And that was the week that was.