The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Ajay Sarma, Christiana Wayne
Saturday, August 7, 2021, 10:50 AM

Jonathan Schroden discussed the difficulties in mapping the Taliban’s territorial gains in Afghanistan in this week’s Foreign Policy Essay.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Sue Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence, and John McLaughlin, former acting director of the CIA, talked to Lawfare publisher David Priess about intelligence during the Trump and Biden administrations:

Perri Adams, Dave Aitel, George Perkovich and JD Work considered the future of responsible cyber offensive operations.

Dayna Zolle argued that President Trump cannot escape liability for Jan. 6 by evoking presidential immunity.

Bryce Klehm announced this week’s Lawfare Live, which featured a conversation between Jonathan Schroden, director of Countering Threats and Challenges Program at the CNA Corporation, and Lawfare Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan:

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Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes interviewed Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman about his new book, “Here, Right Matters: An American Story”:

Ajay Sarma posted a livestream of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee’s hearing on authorizations for use of military force.

Vera Mironova discussed the lack of legal accountability for repatriated members of the Islamic State.

Sourabh Gupta examined the impact of South China Sea arbitration before the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea tribunal five years after its landmark decision in Philippines v. China.

Sarma also posted a livestream of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action and Federal Rights’ hearing on executive privilege.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Priess talked to Peter Bergen about his new biography, “The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden”:

Timothy Edgar explained why the Supreme Court’s decision in Van Buren is good news for U.S. cybersecurity.

Howell shared this week’s episode of the "Arbiters of Truth" podcast, in which Evelyn Douek spoke with Jennifer Broxmeyer and Rachel Lambert, both of Facebook, about the Facebook Oversight Board’s work and how they would evaluate its impact and its prospects:

Yasmina Abouzzohour analyzed developments in Morocco’s foreign policy, including its normalization of relations with Israel, mediation in Libya and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Scott R. Anderson talked with Wittes and with former Justice Department officials Carrie Cordero and Chuck Rosenberg about the most recent developments at the Justice Department:

​​Antonio Busalacchi and Sherri Goodman explained the importance of climate risks to national security agencies.

And Rep. Jim Langevin and Mark Montgomery discussed the potential of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative.

And that was the week that was.