The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Katherine Pompilio
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 11:40 AM

Phillip Zelikow, responding to an earlier piece by Paul Stephan, outlined a legal approach to the transfer of Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine. 

Paul Stephan, responding in turn, argued that the United States and its allies can achieve the immediate goal of giving Ukraine the support it needs without exploding the longstanding and important distinction between freezing and confiscation of a foreign state’s property.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Benjamin Wittes spoke with Dmytro Kuzubov about his work as a Ukrainian cultural journalist in Kharkiv before the war, and about how everything has changed when the Russians invaded:

Tanner Larkin explained how Beijing is promoting an alternative conceptualization as a form of "normfare" to challenge the liberal international order.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he was joined by Hal Brands and Emily Jin to discuss Brands’s book entitled “The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today:”

Jeremy Neufeld argued that including talent provisions in the final version of the America Competes Act should be central to the U.S. strategy to reshore the defense industrial base and stay competitive with China.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast which featured a discussion between Alan Rozenshtein, Wittes, Paul Rosenzweig and Justin Sherman about Lawfare’s research on what constitutes trust when it comes to technology:

Kiernan Christ discussed the Fediverse. 

Max Smeets discussed the United Kingdom’s attempt to become a responsible cyber power. 

Alvaro Marañon posted the Five Eyes countries’s cybersecurity advisory on cyberthreats to managed service providers and their customers. 

Kellen Dwyer, Kim Peretti and Emily Skahill explained how to fight foreign hackers with civil litigation. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Peter Guest about government-sponsored internet blackouts:

Howell shared another episode of the Lawfare Podcast which featured a discussion between Stephanie Pell and Sejal Zoga about Immigration Customs Enforcement’s Intensive Supervision Appearance Program, which uses various kinds of tracking technologies as a way of keeping tabs on individuals who are not detained in ICE custody:

Katherine Pompilio announced this week’s Lawfare Live which featured a discussion between Wittes, Carrie Cordero and Adam Klein about the latest in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act news. 

David Priess shared an episode of Chatter which featured a conversation between Shane Harris and Trevor Paglen about his art that explores themes of surveillance, security and secrecy:

Jeff Kosseff reviewed Richard L. Hasen’s “Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics—and How to Cure It.”

Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security in which Jurecic and Scott R. Anderson were joined by Wittes to discuss the week’s big national security news stories including recent revelations that former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows played an integral role in leading efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 elections in the lead up to the Jan. 6 insurrection:

Anastasia Bradatan explained how Mohammed al-Qahtani’s motion for a Mixed Medical Commission may have opened up a new avenue for Guantanamo detainees.

Jonathan Schroden discussed new approaches for counterterrorism in Afghanistan. 

And Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Jacob Schulz spoke with David Fahrenthold about a little known U.N. agency trusting tens of millions of dollars to a relatively unknown British businessman and the investment not quite working out:

And that was the week that was.