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Quinta Jurecic
Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:54 AM

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Monday, December 12th at 1:30pm: The Brookings Institution will host a discussion of U.S. Policy Toward North Korea: The Human Rights and Security Linkage. Ambassador Robert King will speak on the topic with Jonathan D. Pollack, and Richard C. Bush will moderate. Register for the event here.

Tuesday, December 13th at 6pm: At the Washington Post, David Ignatius will interview the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in Securing Tomorrow With Jeh Johnson. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30pm. RSVP here.

Wednesday, December 14th at 8:30am: The 2016 Cato Surveillance Conference will take place at the Cato Institute, featuring panel discussions on intelligence under a Trump administration, government hacking, surveillance policy, and more. Register for the day-long conference here.

Wednesday, December 14th at 2:30pm: At the Brookings Institution, a panel of experts will discuss Technology Policy and the Trump Administration. Panelists include Stuart N. Brotman, Susan Hennessey, Nicol Turner-Lee, and Niam Yaraghi. Darrell M. West will moderate. RSVP here.

Thursday, December 15th at 4pm: The Stimson Center will host a panel discussion on Nuclear Security: Opportunities for the Next Administration, featuring Anne Harrington, Daniel S. Lipman, Edward McGinnis, and Samantha Pitts-kIefer. Debra K. Decker will moderate. Register here.

Friday, December 16th at 1pm: Richard Haass will interview the Secretary-General of the United Nations in A Conversation with Ban Ki-Moon, hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations. Watch the livestream here.

Calls for Papers

Call for Papers - National Security Law Writing Competition

The Judge Advocate General's School (AFJAGS), in partnership with the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce a call for papers for its second annual National Security Law writing competition.

The topic of this year's competition is Autonomous Systems in the Air Force. In June 2015, the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Air Force produced a vision document for the integration of autonomous systems into the Air Force over the next 30 years. This document envisions an Air Force where Airmen and autonomous systems work together as a team to meet a variety of challenges currently facing the United States, such as cyber-attacks, anti-access/area denial strategies, and attacks on space-based assets. Authors should prepare works contemplating the legal challenges associated with the use of both lethal and non-lethal autonomous systems.

The competition is open to all U.S. and international law school students and graduates. The author of the first-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $2,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. The author of the second-place winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,000 provided by the Air Force JAG School Foundation, Inc. All works submitted will be considered for publication in The Air Force Law Review.

All papers must be received no later than 1630 central time on 15 April 2017 to be considered for a prize. Papers will be evaluated by a prestigious panel of subject matter experts, to be led by Judge James E. Baker, former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and current Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security.

Interested authors will find a complete copy of the rules and regulations for this competition, to include formatting requirements and evaluation criteria, at the link below. Rules and Regulations for Competition:

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Program Associate/Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Center on Law and Security, NYU School of Law

The Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law (CLS) is seeking a Program Associate/Special Assistant to the Executive Director to contribute to all aspects of the Center’s work. The Center on Law and Security is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute focused on cultivating an informed dialogue and conducting groundbreaking research on the most important national security, legal, and strategic questions of the post-9/11 era. Led by its Faculty Director, Professor Samuel Rascoff, and its Executive Director, Zachary Goldman, the Center endeavors to make our national security policies more effective, legitimate, and sustainable through its publications, student programs, and events.
The Center has four main areas of focus: 1) Counterterrorism Law and Strategy; 2) Intelligence Oversight; 3) Cybersecurity; 4) Financial Sanctions and Economic Statecraft. For each of these fields, and in other topics related to national security law and strategy, the Center engages in research, including the publication of books, edited volumes, and white papers; convenes private senior-level working groups designed to advance the field; and hosts public and private conferences and other events to contribute to the public discourse on the subject matter and support the mission of NYU School of Law. The Center also hosts a large number of student-focused events, including scholarship programs, and other activities.
Current and former Senior Fellows of the Center have substantial experience in national security law and policy, and include: The former Chief Justice of Israel; former government attorneys, including General Counsels of member agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community and senior federal prosecutors focused on cybersecurity and counterterrorism issues; and scholars of the Middle East. In the past several months, the Center’s activities have included hosting U.S. elected officials, the Deputy Director of the CIA, and a meeting of a Presidential commission; the publication of a book on global intelligence oversight; and launching a new university-wide Center for Cybersecurity.
Job Description
The program associate/special assistant will work closely with the Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Senior Fellows of CLS to contribute to a world-class academic and policy research center. Specific duties include:
• Assist with research and drafting of op-eds, book chapters, academic journal articles, and grant applications;
• Assist in preparation for media interviews and in development of all aspects of the Center’s programs;
• Coordinate event preparation, including sending invitations and managing RSVPs, corresponding with speakers, helping prepare background papers and materials for distribution, and providing other logistical support;
• Managing and coordinating with student interns to provide administrative support to the Center, including scheduling, booking travel, handling correspondence, and responding to requests for information;
• Maintain the Center’s online presence, through its website, social media and media outreach, including blogging, drafting press releases, and/or using applications such as Twitter, as needed;
• BA and/or MA in International Relations, Political Science, History, or related field with superior academic record;
• Excellent research, proofreading, and editing skills;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Background in U.S. foreign policy, national security, and/or intelligence strongly preferred;
• Strong organizational skills and multitasking skills with a keen attention to detail;
• Ability to meet deadlines and work calmly in a fast-paced environment;
• Ability to work collaboratively with others but retain substantial independence and keen judgment;
• Related administrative and/or internship experience.
NYU is an equal opportunity employer. Salary commensurate with experience and competitive benefits package included.
Interested candidates should send a resume, transcript, and cover letter to Sarvenaz Bakhtiar, Director of Operations of the Center on Law and Security ( with “Program Associate Application” in the subject line by February 15, 2017.

Tenure-Line Faculty Position in Cybersecurity Governance and Risk Management, Kogod School of Business at American University

The Department of Information Technology invites applications for a tenure-line faculty position at an open rank in cybersecurity governance and risk management for Academic Year 2017-18 (beginning August 21, 2017), subject to final budgetary approval.

Background. The Kogod School of Business has made a major commitment to be a world thought leader in cybersecurity governance and enterprise risk management. The school has established an academic research center (Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center), is offering courses in the cybersecurity management area, and is pursuing new opportunities in cybersecurity education.

Qualifications. Earned doctorate in business (information systems) or a related field or anticipated completion of a doctorate by August 21, 2017. Demonstrably successful record in teaching business courses in information systems or a related field. Ability to conduct research in cybersecurity that will lead to publications in premier journals.

Responsibilities. Teach cybersecurity courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in on-the-ground and on-line formats. Develop new programs and courses in cybersecurity education for corporate boards, managers, and employees. Create knowledge in the area of cybersecurity through rigorous research. Build the visibility and reputation of the school in cybersecurity in the business, policy, and scholarly communities. Participate in department, school, and university activities.

Application. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An application must include a cover letter, a current and complete curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and copies of all teaching evaluations. Application materials should be submitted electronically through Interfolio.

Requests for information should be directed to:

Ms. Takei Roach
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Kogod School of Business
American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington, DC 20016-8044

For more information on the Kogod School of Business, consult

For more information on the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center, consult

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Senior Managing Editor/Editor-in-Chief, International Law Studies, Stockton Center for the Study of International Law, U.S. Naval War College

International Law Studies ( ILS ) is a professionally edited peer-reviewed journal published by the U.S. Naval War College Stockton Center for the Study of International Law (Stockton Center). The oldest international law publication in the United States, ILS is an invitation-only journal. Articles published in ILS are authored by top experts in the field of international law and address cutting edge legal issues.
The Editor-in-Chief of ILS is responsible for the management of the journal in support of the Stockton Center. Working with the General Editors, this person will set the vision for ILS and will identify the key legal issues relevant to the U.S. Navy and other services in order for the Stockton Center to participate in and influence debate in the international law sphere. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for all ILS articles. This includes the recommendation to the General Editors to accept articles, deciding upon reviewers, managing the editorial process, ensuring the timely publication of articles and editing articles him or herself.

The Senior Managing Editor is responsible for assisting the Editor-in-Chief in all of the below areas identified by the Editor-in-Chief.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management of the peer review process (reviewing articles, identifying peer reviewers, etc.)
  • Management of the editorial board and the editorial process (ensuring articles are properly prioritized, assigning ILS staff articles, establishing timelines for the completion articles, carrying out quality control once articles are edited, etc.)
  • Communication with authors
  • Planning the ILS publication schedule for the upcoming year
  • Substantive content editing, copy editing, proofing, footnote editing and formatting
  • ILS promotion (email alerts, correspondence with libraries and databases, etc.)
  • ILS website management and management of ILS archive project
  • Research into international law issues
  • Management of Stockton e-portal

Skills required:

  • JD or LLM in public international law and/or the equivalent experience in the field of international law
  • Subject matter expertise in international law required (specific expertise in use of force, law of armed conflict, law of the sea and/or maritime security preferred)
  • Academic editing experience required, particularly the editing of an academic journal or similar style publication
  • Familiarity with the Harvard Blue Book and the Chicago Manual of Style preferred
  • Research and writing experience preferred
  • Time management and attention to detail
  • Ability to lead small teams and manage limited assets effectively
  • Experience with or openness to working with active duty military personnel

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Master's

Point of Contact: Dr. Tina Wann (

Applicants must be able to work in the United States.

Quinta Jurecic is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at Lawfare. She previously served as Lawfare's managing editor and as an editorial writer for the Washington Post.

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