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The Week that Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

Christiana Wayne
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 8:48 AM

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Alex Thurston considered the future of northeastern Nigeria after the death of Boko Haram’s leader.

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring discussion of the newest developments in Trump investigations—with Lawfare co-founder Jack Goldsmith, Executive Editor Scott Anderson, Senior Editor Quinta Juresic and Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes:

John Bellinger remembered Sen. John Warner for his political independence, expertise and integrity.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he and Ilan Gur discussed ways to improve America’s research and development and solve entrepreneurial bottlenecks:

Jim Dempsey proposed strengthening regulatory guidelines following the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) new emergency directive in the wake of the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline in May.

Alan Rozenshtein argued that the government’s best defense of a digital surveillance system in the interest of public health would rely on the “special needs” exemption to the Fourth Amendment.

Michel Paradis provided background and analysis for the newest legislative effort to combat the prevalence of sexual assault in the military.

Jen Patja Howell also shared an episode of Rational Security covering the ransomware attack on meat processor JBS and a new search for evidence of the origins of the coronavirus. Madiha Afzal of the Brookings Institution joined to talk about withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Lawfare Executive Editor Scott Anderson and Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Brookings Institution and director of its Center for Middle East Policy, talked about the newest developments in Israel’s political landscape:

She also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast's "Arbiters of Truth" series on our online information ecosystem. Lawfare Senior Editor Quinta Juresic and Evelyn Douek spoke with Nikhil Pahwa about the latest clashes between online platforms and the Indian government:

Stewart Baker posted an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he interviews the authors of a widely publicized Ransomware Task Force report, asking them if good cybersecurity policy has to be boring:

Sam Cohen and Alex Vivona covered the latest news out of the South China Sea, including Sino-Philippine tensions over the Whitsun Reef.

Daniel Richman and Sarah Seo traced the history of federal and state oversight of policing as context for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 which is pending Senate approval.

Rohini Kurup shared an annual Department of Defense report on civilian casualties in connection to U.S. military operations. 

Bryce Klehm announced the Lawfare Live episode which featured Paradis taking questions on his new Lawfare article, “Congress Demands Accountability for Service Members”:

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Klehm and Rozenshtein considered presidential immunity and First Amendment protections with regard to Rep. Bennie Thompson’s lawsuit against Donald Trump, Rudy Guiliani and far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers for their actions on Jan. 6.

Christiana Wayne shared the Supreme Court’s ruling in Van Buren v. United States, a case with major implications for the future of the Computer Frauds and Abuses Act.

Evelyn Douek argued that Facebook’s response to the Facebook Oversight Board’s policy recommendations in regards to the suspension of Donald Trump is underwhelming.

Quinta Juresic analyzed recent court battles over the Mueller report and the tension between the administration’s desire to break with the Trump years and the Justice Department’s other institutional interests.

Eve Gaumond reviewed the European Commission’s new Artificial Intelligence Act.

And Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast covering the latest in U.S.-China relations. Lawfare AssociateAssistant Editor Bryce Klehm sat down with Ryan Hass, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a wide-ranging discussion on the United States’s China policy. Hass is the author of the new book, “Stronger: Adapting America’s China Strategy in an Age of Competitive Interdependence”:

And that was the week that was.

Christiana Wayne is a junior at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill studying history and English. She is an intern at Lawfare.

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