The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Tia Sewell
Saturday, May 1, 2021, 9:56 AM

Jen Patja Howell shared the third episode of Lawfare’s After Trump six-part limited podcast series, entitled “Obstruction and Pardons”:

David Priess announced that Lawfare is seeking applications for a new managing editor.

Bryce Klehm and Rohini Kurup compiled the national security-relevant portions of Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

Jacob Schulz and Tia Sewell explained how the Justice Department uses pattern-or-practice investigations to hold police departments accountable.

Howell shared this week’s episode of Rational Security, featuring commentary on the federal government’s probe into Rudy Guliani’s dealings with Ukraine, among other things:

Jack Goldsmith and Alex Loomis shared their paper entitled, “‘Defend Forward’ and Sovereignty,” the latest in Lawfare’s Aegis series.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike, and Alex Iftimie, a former Justice Department official, to discuss the Biden administration’s response to recent major cyberattacks:

Michael Kans detailed the national security threat posed by data brokerage and explained how new regulations could mitigate the concerns.

Howellshared this week’s edition of Lawfare’s "Arbiters of Truth" series on the online information ecosystem, featuring Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic’s conversation with Fady Khoury and Rabea Eghbariah on Israel’s “Cyber Unit”:

Sewell shared this week’s House Armed Service Subcommittee on Cyber Innovative Technologies and Information Systems hearing on technology and information warfare. She also posted a livestream of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law’s hearing on how social media platforms’ design choices shape American discourse. 

Jason Healey argued that U.S. Cyber Command should only take down trickbots and conduct other military operations in cases that meet a five-part test of imminence, severity, overseas focus, nation-state adversary and military as a last-ish resort.

Mark MacCarthy and Kenneth Propp examined the EU’s new artificial intelligence initiative, finding that the proposal has several important innovations, as well as some surprising gaps.

Stewart Baker shared this week’s edition of the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring commentary on topics including the EU’s new AI proposal, Sen. Wyden’s "Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act" and the Biden administration’s cyber initiatives for critical infrastructure sectors:

Lester Munson shared the latest episode of Fault Lines, featuring Dr. Lenora Gant, who formerly served as a senior national intelligence officer within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, about diversity in U.S. national security:

Sewell shared a livestream of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism hearing on the transnational threat of racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism. 

Sewell also shared the House Appropriations hearing entitled “Violent Extremism and Domestic Terrorism in America: The Role and Response of DOJ.”

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Scott R. Anderson sat down with Nicholas Danforth to discuss the U.S.-Turkey relationship after Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide:

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk featuring an interview with Enzo Chen and Caiwei Chen on all things podcasting in China and Taiwan:

Cynthia Parmley and Pete Petrozo discussed how Russia’s move to illegally close portions of the Black Sea to all foreign warships and state vessels and explained how the restriction fits into the current context of the Kremlin’s escalating efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

Melissa K. Griffith examined the wide range of strategic and tactical benefits of SolarWinds for Russia and discussed the breach’s implications for cyber espionage policy.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring David Priess’s interview with New York Times reporter Michael Schwirtz and retired 28-year CIA veteran John Sipher on Russia’s military intelligence GRU Unit 29155:

Sewell posted a livestream of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s hearing on Afghanistan policy, featuring testimony from Zalmay Khalilzad.

Sewell also shared a livestream of the House Budget Committee’s hearing on asserting Congress’s power of the purse, featuring testimony from Molly Reynolds, senior fellow at Brookings.

Alexandra Koch and Sewell catalogued the Biden administration’s first U.N. Security Council presidency, which occurred during the month of March.

And Bryce Klehm announced this week’s Lawfare Live, during which members of the Lawfare team discussed the Biden administration’s first 100 days:

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And that was the week that was.