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The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

Katherine Pompilio
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 7:55 AM

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Natalie Orpett shared the third episode of The Aftermath which tells the story of Congress's reaction in the days immediately after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol:

Albert W. Alschuler argued that the House of Representatives should fine Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino if it wants their testimony before the Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Susan Markham argued that a focus on gender enhances national security. 

Paul Rosenzweig and Benjamin Wittes posted a report written by the Lawfare Institute’s Trusted Hardware and Software Working Group to articulate and justify a set of trustworthiness principles—concepts that would justify accepting a digital artifact as worthy of being trusted—entitled “Creating a Framework for Supply Chain Trust in Hardware and Software.”

Katherine Pompilio announced this week’s Lawfare Live which featured a discussion with Alan Rozenshtein, Rosenzweig, Wittes and Justin Sherman about the trustworthy hardware and software report and its findings. 

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast which features a conversation between Evelyn Douek and Daphne Keller about Europe’s Digital Services Act:

Alex Engler argued that the Biden administration’s Declaration for the Future of the Internet is meant to persuade misbehaving democracies to stop internet transgressions.

Nicholas Weaver argued that the Office of Foreign Asset Control should sanction the mixing service Tornado Cash that is known to be hiding a large amount of stolen cryptocurrency.

Darrell West shared an episode of TechTank which featured a discussion with Jeremy Mark and Emily Kilcrease about computer chip shortages exacerbated by the pandemic and geopolitical tensions:

Pompilio shared an episode of Lawfare No Bull which features audio from a fireside chat between Auruna Viswanatha and Matt Olsen at Verify 2022—hosted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Cyber Initiative and Aspen Digital—about the newly released transparency report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast which features audio from Verify 2022, at which Wittes sat down with Kori Schake, Meghan Stifel and Mieke Eoyang to discuss cybersecurity and Ukraine:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes sat down with Catarina Buchatskiy to talk about The Shadows Project, a project seeking to preserve cultural heritage in the middle of the war in Ukraine and about what it means to be a Ukrainian nationalist as a young person in 2022:

Jalel Harchaoui and John Lechner explained how Russia’s war in Ukraine affects its influence in the Central African Republic, Libya, Mali and Sudan. 

Howell shared an episode of Rational Security in which Rozenshtein, Quinta Jurecic and Scott R. Anderson talked about the week’s big national security news including: a newly published New York Times report that documents how Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show makes unprecedented use of racist rhetoric and partisan fear-mongering and Vladimir Putin’s threats of nuclear war:

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Anderson sat down with Patricia Kim and Julain Ku to discuss how the war in Ukraine is impacting China's global strategy:

Raquel Leslie and Brian Liu analyzed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new vision for the international order amid the Ukraine war.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk in which he sat down with Arnold Chang to discuss how Chinese ink painting survived the Chinese Communist Party:

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast in which he, Jane Bambauer, Schneider, Tatyana Bolton and Michael Ellis discuss a study that disclosed that Google’s Gmail sent roughly two-thirds of GOP campaign emails to users’ spam inboxes, China’s cyber policies and more:

Michael P. Fischerkeller explained that the Defense Department’s fact sheet summarizing the 2022 National Defense Strategy makes clear that campaigning is important for achieving security across the full spectrum of strategic competition and supporting integrated deterrence. 

David Priess shared an episode of Chatter in which he sat down with political scientist and economist Christopher Blattman about his hands-on field work, his framework for understanding why groups do and do not choose violence, and what it all means for practical efforts at conflict avoidance and resolution:

Dakota Foster and Kai Wiggins explained the challenges faced by federal officials when developing policies on extremism. 

Andrew Hayashi argued that Congress needs to rethink tax law to avoid overreliance on tools such as financial sanctions, export controls and tariffs.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Molly Reynolds sat down with Greg Jacob and John Fortier to discuss what would happen if a large number of members of Congress were dead, incapacitated or otherwise unable to meet to do the work of the country:

Hadley Baker posted the criminal complaint to which former U.S. Amb. Richard Olson is pleading guilty, a complaint which alleges illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the Qatari government. 

And John Conger and Erin Sikorsky offered key recommendations for how the Biden administration should address climate security.

And that was the week that was.

Katherine Pompilio is an associate editor of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. with honors in political science from Skidmore College.

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