The Week That Will Be

The Week That Will Be

By Cody M. Poplin
Monday, February 1, 2016, 12:55 AM

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Monday, February 1st at 10 am: With the Iowa caucuses just around the corner, the Brookings Institution will host a panel discussion on Defense Strategies for the Next President. Discussants will include Mackenzie Eaglen, Robert Kagan, and James Miller. Michael O'Hanlon will moderate. RSVP.

Tuesday, February 2nd at at 10 am: The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled Afghanistan in 2016: The Evolving Security Situation and U.S. Policy, Strategy, and Posture. General John Campbell, Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, will provide testimony. See more information on the committee's website.

Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:15 am: The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hear testimony on Frontline Responses to Terrorism in America. Wally Sparks, William J. Bratton, Rhoda Mae Kerr, Edward F. Davis III, and Mark S. Ghilarducci will testify. Register here.

Wednesday, February 3rd at 10 am: The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing entitled Crisis of Confidence: Preventing Terrorists Infiltration through U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs. Francis X. Taylor, Leon Rodriguez, Lev J. Kubiak, and Michele Thoren Bond will testify. See more information on the committee's website.

Thursday, February 4th at 3:30 pm: At the Brookings Institution, the Center on the United States and Europe will host a panel discussion exploring Turkey's Politics and Foreign Policy: Bridging the Populism/Realism Gap. Fisher Onar will present the conclusions of her new paper. Following her remarks, Kemal Kirişci, Soner Cagaptay, Alan Makovsky and Kadir Ustun will offer their perspectives. RSVP.

Friday, February 5th at 2 pm: The Brookings Institution will host a two-part public event on the Global Refugee Crisis: Moral Dimensions and Practical Solutions. Leon Wieseltier will deliver a keynote address on the moral, historical, and philosophical dimensions of the refugee crisis. Michael Ignatieff will moderate a discussion afterwards. In the second panel, Elizabeth Ferris, Bruce Katz, and Tamara Cofman Wittes will participate in a conversation on practical solutions to the crisis moderated by Martin Indyk. Bruce Jones will provide introductory remarks. Register here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Legal Intern

ORGANIZATION: International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC)

Intern – International Humanitarian Law

OBJECTIVE: The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team.

Minimum required knowledge & experience:

  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (student work permits are excluded)


Main Responsibilities

Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.

  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics. Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (
  2. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team.
  3. Reporting. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.

Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor. He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties.

The intern will be expected to work 20 hours a week for 12 weeks between June and August. Starting and ending date are negotiable. This is a paid internship. For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Carly Steffes at Applications are due April 1st, 2016.

Law Student Volunteer, Academic Year

About the Office:

The National Security Division's (NSD) Office of Law and Policy, United States Department of Justice, seeks interns for positions located in Washington, D.C. The mission of NSD is to coordinate the Department's efforts in carrying out its top priority of preventing and combating terrorism and protecting the national security. NSD provides legal and policy advice on national security matters, litigates counterterrorism, counterespionage and foreign intelligence surveillance matters, represents the Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and other federal trial and appellate courts, and conducts oversight over Federal Bureau of Investigation national security investigations and foreign intelligence collection. The Office of Law and Policy is responsible for, among other things, resolving novel and complex legal issues relating to national security that arise from the work of the Division and other parts of the Department; providing advice and guidance to Department leadership, the Intelligence Community, and other Executive Branch agencies on matters of national security law and policy; overseeing the development of legislation, guidelines, and other policies in the area of national security; working with foreign governments on a variety of national security issues; and handling appeals that arise in national security cases. The Office works with a variety of other Department components, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Legal Counsel, and the Office of Legal Policy, as well as other departments and agencies, such as the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Job Description:

Intern projects include: researching legal questions, drafting memoranda or other legal and policy analysis, factual research, and assisting with presentations and supporting materials.


Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school at the time of application and throughout their internship. Strong research and writing skills are required. Prior interest or experience in the area of national security would be useful, but is not required. By the time of the internship, all applicants must have taken one or more of the following courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, or Constitutional Law. Additional courses addressing criminal law and litigation or national security or intelligence law, would also be helpful.


Internships are unpaid. If your school offers interns academic or work study, we will work with you to meet school requirements whenever possible.

Application Process:

Cover letter, resume with two references, transcript (official or unofficial), and a writing sample (not to exceed ten pages). Please submit these materials AS ONE PDF via email to

The subject line should read: “[Last name] Intern Application”. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

National Security Division

Washington, DC 20530

ATTN: Intern Program Coordinator (Office of Law and Policy)

Application Deadline:

Fall 2016 - April 15, 2016

Please send all applications to the email address

Number of Positions: 2