The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Saturday, June 26, 2021, 12:40 PM

Ilari Papa argued that U.S. strategic competition with China has served as the impetus for a growing U.S.-Albania relationship in this week’s Foreign Policy Essay.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast which covers the history and future of NATO with Stephen Wertheim, a historian and director of the Grand Strategy Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, and Sara Moller, an assistant professor in international security at Seton Hall University:

John Bowers and Jonathan Zittrain discussed the dangers of a centralized internet architecture.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which cybersecurity expert Dave Aitel talks about blindspots in the cybersecurity field, China’s cyber capabilities relative to the U.S. and more:

Mark Niles explained the Justice Department’s recent decision to continue former-President Trump’s defense in the defamation lawsuit brought against him by E. Jean Carroll.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Peter Martin, a defense policy and intelligence reporter at Bloomberg, discusses his new book, “China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy”:

Libby Lange and Doowan Lee discussed disinformation and cyber disruption as significant factors in the Chinese Communist Party’s possible annexation of Taiwan.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast which covers President Biden’s meeting with President Putin, the G7 Summit and more:

Vishnu Kannan summarized a declassified Nov. 2020 ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that granted the U.S. government’s request to continue collecting information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast which covers the history of the FBI with FBI historian John Fox—the first of a two-part discussion:

Brian Zupruk discussed the legality of U.S. seizures of foreign merchant vessels for violating sanctions.

Christiana Wayne announced this week’s Lawfare Live discussion with Adam Klein, who discussed his findings from studying 19 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications:

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Susan Landau explained how computer software should be treated as evidence during a trial.

Howell shared an episode of Rational Security which covers new developments in the lawsuit filed over the clearing of Lafayette Square before a Trump photo op, possible repeal of the AUMF and more:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast’s "Arbiters of Truth" series, in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Camille François about a new report released by her team earlier this month on an apparent Russian influence operation aimed at so-called “alt-tech” platforms:

Ainikki Riikonen and Emily Weinstein analyzed the shortcomings in U.S. research security policy and the Department of Justice’s China Initiative. 

Ajay Sarma shared an opinion from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in which several claims brought against federal and local law enforcement for the June 2020 clearing of Lafayette Square were dismissed. 

Raul “Pete” Pedrozo argued that Russian restrictions on innocent passage in the Black Sea are illegal. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Alvin Cheung discussed the shutting down of the Hong Kong newpaper, Apple Daily, and other consequences of the implementation of the territory's new national security law:

Kenneth Propp argued that much progress needs to be made before data transfers between the EU and U.S. can return with the backing of a solid framework. 

And Jacob Mchangama and Raghav Mendiratta argued that India’s Supreme Court should declare the country’s sedition law unconstitutional next month because of its limitations on free speech. 

And that was the week that was.