The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Sunday, August 1, 2021, 4:30 PM

Alex Wilner, Casey Babb and Jessica Davis considered the future of artificial intelligence-enabled deterrence.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Carol Leonnig and Phil Rucker discuss their new book, “I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year”:

Nicol Turner Lee shared an episode of TechTank that covers privacy, equity and access of coronavirus vaccines:

Bryce Klehm posted Attorney General Merrick Garland’s new guidelines on the Department of Justice’s communications with the White House.

Lindsey Barrett, Laura Moy, Paul Ohm and Ashkan Soltani considered the effects of the Federal Trade Commission’s outdated conflict-of-interest rules.

Genevieve Lakier discussed the constitutional questions arising from informal government coercion.

Howell shared an episode of Lawfare Podcast in which Executive Editor Scott R. Anderson talked to Jonathan Schroden, director of the Countering Threats and Challenges Program at the nonprofit research and analysis organization CNA, about the Afghanistan withdrawal:

Michel Paradis explained the Senate debate over reforming the military justice system to combat the prevelance of sexual assault in the military.

Christiana Wayne posted a livestream of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol’s first hearing, during which members heard testimony from Capitol and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers.

Ajay Sarma shared the Justice Department’s authorization of former Trump administration officials to testify before Congress, rejecting claims of executive privilege. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Brookings senior fellow Molly Reynolds and Quinta Jurecic discuss the House select committee’s first hearing investigating the events of Jan. 6:

Nick Frisch considered the future of United States policy toward Taiwan as tensions rise over the island.

Wayne announced this week’s Lawfare Live, during which Reynolds and Lawfare Senior Editor Alan Rozenshtein joined Scott Anderson to discuss the House select committee’s first hearing regarding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol and civil litigation relating to the attack:

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Howell shared a comic final episodelet of Rational Security in which Lawfare Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes considers the future of the podcast's feed and discusses the House select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack with his two remaining friends: 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jurecic and Evelyn Douek discussed social media’s role in warning of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol in the latest edition in the "Arbiters of Truth" series:

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he interviewed Tobias Harris of the Center for American Progress about the latter's new biography of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, “The Iconoclast”:

Abby Lemert and Eleanor Runde discussed the international coalition that accused China of the Microsoft ransomware attack, the Justice Department’s decision to drop charges against Chinese academics and more in this week’s SinoTech.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Sarah Yerkes, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an expert on Tunisia, talked about the latest developments in Tunisia:

Sharan Grewal explained President Kais Saied’s power grab in Tunisia.

Sarma posted the Office of Legal Counsel’s decision that holding that the Treasury Department is obligated to provide Congress with the former President Trump’s tax returns.

And Klehm posted notes written by a former Justice Department official that detail former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election obtained by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

And that was the week that was.