The Week That Was

The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Emily Dai
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 1:20 PM

Matthew Levitt wrote about the Syrian government’s facilitation of the Islamic State’s survival in an effort to discredit the broader Syrian opposition.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jacob Schulz sat down with Benjamin Haddad to discuss the factors underlying the French reaction to the AUKUS security pact and its implications for the future of transatlantic relations and U.S. strategy:

Timothy Edgar discussed how judges should follow the technical approach laid out in Van Buren v. United States when reading laws about computers. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jacob Schulz sat down with Costanze Stelzenmüller and Yascha Mounk to talk about the results of the German elections and its implications for European and global affairs:

In a paper for the Aegis paper series published in partnership with the Hoover Institution, Jennifer Lynch delved into problems with suspicionless searches of consumer bases, outlining the threat these searches pose to privacy interests and legal arguments surrounding this issue.

Rohini Kurup shared a livestream of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s hearing that examined the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations.

Adam Chan analyzed the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and Team Telecom and their efforts to counter potential threats from Chinese companies’ involvement in the United States.

Stewart Baker shared the most recent episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, which featured Nick Weaver discussing recent cryptocurrency restrictions, Maury Shenk explaining the plans the Biden administration and the EU have for Big Tech, andf Adam Candeub to talk through the Wall Street Journal’s series on Facebook’s difficulties managing the social consequences, as well as a series of shorter updates:

Bryce Klehm announced this week’s Lawfare Live in which Julian Ku of Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law joined Lawfare Editor-In-Chief Benjamin Wittes to discuss Meng Wanzhou’s recent deal with the Department of Justice:

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A new episode of Lawfare No Bull featured testimony before ​​the Senate Armed Services Committee from top Pentagon officials about the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan:

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Ronan Bergman joined Benjamin Wittes to discuss the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and the larger policy of Israeli assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists:

Jonathan Shaub explained the upcoming political battle over the amount of information the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack will be able to access.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which Julia Lovell and translator Brendan O’Kane sat down to talk about Mao’s relationship with the novel of the Monkey King:

Schneider also shared an episode of ChinaTalk where Logan Wright of the Rhodium Group discussed Evergrande's implosion, how we got here, and what it means for China's economy:

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security in which hosts Alan Rozenshtein, Quinta Jerecic and Scott R. Anderson sit down with Lawfare Managing Editor Jacob Schulz to talk about a memo with a plan to manipulate the counting of the 2020 electoral votes, “hostage diplomacy,” and whether Facebook has an obligation to share information on atrocities with international tribunals:

Julian Ku discussed the Chinese government’s use of “hostage diplomacy” and how it may herald a new “asymmetric lawfare” strategy to counter the United States.

Howell shared this week’s "Arbiters of Truth" episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with David Rolph, professor at the University of Sydney Law School, to discuss the High Court of Australia’s ruling that media outlets can be held liable for defamatory third-party comments on their social media pages:

Brian Liu and Raquel Leslie explored the Chinese government’s ban on cryptocurrency, Evergrande crisis and hostage diplomacy in the most recent edition of Sinotech, Lawfare’s biweekly roundup of U.S.-China technology policy news.

Klehm and Kurup shared an audit of the FBI’s execution of its “Woods Procedures” for FISA applications.

Claire O. Finkelstein and Richard W. Painter discussed a recently-introduced bill designed to prevent presidential abuses of power and strengthen various counterweights to presidential authority.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes talked to Pete Strzok, former deputy head of counterintelligence at the FBI; Julian Ku, a professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law; and Leah West of Carleton University in Canada, on hostage diplomacy between China, Canada, and the United States:

And Paul Rosenzweig discussed how monoculture vulnerability poses a national security risk.  

And that was the week that was.