The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Katherine Pompilio
Monday, March 28, 2022, 5:43 PM

Natalie K. Orpett posted a job announcement for a Lawfare fellowship through the Emerging Tech Policy Leaders program. 

Benjamin Wittes explained how Ketanji Brown Jackson’s representation of Guantánamo detainees was a service to the justice system. 

Alexander Herkert, Yang Liu, Angela Nguyen and Megan Scott-Busenbark compiled a reader’s guide to several of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s rulings on national security law to see what they might reveal about her views on issues relevant to Lawfare readers.

Katherine Pompilio announced this week’s Lawfare Live, which featured a discussion with Lawfare Senior Editor Molly Reynolds on all things Congress. 

Joshua Braver published a review of Noah Feldman, “The Broken Constitution: Lincoln, Slavery, and the Refounding of America” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021).

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Rohini Kurup sat down with Liza Goitein and Bob Loeb to discuss the Supreme Court’s rulings in two cases involving the states secrets privilege: 

Raphael S. Cohen examined the long-term implications for Europe of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jacob Schulz spoke with Alex Finley about #YachtWatch, Finley’s effort to track down and monitor the movements of massive yachts belonging to Russian oligarchs:

Michael J. Glennon explained how the NATO treaty does not give Congress a bye on World War III. 

David Priess shared an episode of the Chatter Podcast in which Shane Harris spoke with Catherine Belton about the rise of Vladimir Putin from KGB officer to president of Russia:

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security in which Alan Rozenshtein, Quinta Jurecic and Scott R. Anderson sat down with Chimene Keitner and discussed the week’s big national security news, including the possibility of Russian cyberattacks on the U.S. and Congress’ decision to cut the Biden administration’s request for pandemic resources by $15 billion:

Samantha Lai shared an episode of TechTank in which she, Jessica Brandt and Emerson Brooking discussed the roles of technology and disinformation in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and how social media companies and the American government have responded:

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Stephanie Pell sat down with Thomas Rid to discuss the kinds of cyber operations and attacks we have seen in Ukraine and how we might compare and contrast them:

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Evelyn Douek and Jurecic spoke with Thomas Kent about getting information into Russia during a period of rapidly increasing repression by the Russian government. They also discussed whether, and how, democracies should think about leveraging information as a tool against repressive governments, and how to distinguish journalism from such strategic efforts:

Alvaro Marañon posted the White House statement and briefing warning of “evolving intelligence” that suggests the “Russian Government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks” against the United States.

Marañon also posted two federal indictments against four Russian government employees for their alleged involvement in “two historical hacking campaigns targeting critical infrastructure worldwide.”

Steve Stranksy outlined key issues to watch for in the 2022 cyber incident reporting mandate.

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which Baker, Dave Aitel, Matthew Heiman and Jordan Schneider discussed topics ranging from possibilities of Russian cyberattacks to how China and Chinese companies are responding to sanctions on Russia:

Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he and Tom Wright discuss the fall of a Malaysian defense contractor known as Fat Leonard:

Margaret Lewis examined the lingering effects of the Justice Department’s China Initiative and considered what comes next. 

Pompilio announced next week’s Lawfare Live, happening on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET, which will feature a discussion with Andrew Mines about Department of Defense efforts to counter extremism within its own ranks.

Marañon also posted an FBI report on suspected internet crimes and a Senate staff report on ransomware. 

And Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes sat down with Gen. John Baker to discuss Gen. Baker’s history as the chief defense counsel at the Military Commissions:

And that was the week that was.