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Matthew Kahn
Monday, June 19, 2017, 1:03 PM

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Monday, June 19 at 2:00pm: The Wilson Center will host a launch event for Michael F. Hopkins’ new book Dean Acheson and the Obligations of Power. Hopkins will discuss Acheson’s role in shaping Cold War politics with David Painter and moderator Charles Kraus. RSVP here.

Tuesday, June 20 at 10:00am: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold an open hearing titled Reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. Witnesses John B. Bellinger and Kathleen Hicks will offer testimony. The hearing will be held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD-491. More information can be found here.

Tuesday, June 20 at 10:00am: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a discussion on The Russian Military-Industrial Complex. Olga Oliker, Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS, will sit down with Mathieu Boulegue, a partner at the risk management and strategic research consulting firm AESMA, to discuss the current state and projected future of the Russian defense industry. RSVP here.

Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30am: The Brookings Institution’s India Project and the Center for Middle East Policy will host two panels on India-U.S. and India-Israel relations for an event called Indian Prime Minister Modi visits the U.S. and Israel. Jamie Fly, Richard Rossow, Joshua White, Natan Sachs, Sanadhan Dhume, and former Indian Foreign Minister Nirupama Rao will participate in the discussions and Tanvi Madan will moderate both panels. RSVP here.

Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30am: The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold open hearings on Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections. Witnesses will testify about electoral integrity and cybersecurity. The committee will hold the hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216. More information is available here.

Wednesday, June 21 10:00am: Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will testify in an open session before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as part of the panel’s probe into interference in the 2016 U.S. election. The committee will hold the hearing in the Capitol Visitor’s Center, Room 210. More information is available here.

Thursday, June 22 at 9:00am: The Heritage Foundation will host an event on Digital Security and Due Process: Modernizing Cross-Border Surveillance Law for the Cloud Era. Kent Walker, General Counsel of Google, will share his thoughts on the subject. RSVP here.

Friday, June 23 at 10:30am: The Center for Strategic and International Studies will host an Exit Interview with Daniel Fried. Ambassador Fried served in government for 40 years at the State Department and on the National Security Council, including as Ambassador to Poland. Daniel Runde will lead a conversation with Ambassador Fried. RSVP here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

National Security Policy Senior Fellow

The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington and with regional offices around the country, seeks an energetic, experienced intelligence and national security policy senior fellow to provide high-level planning and execution of multiple projects. This position will report to the director of national security and justice policy.

Candidates must have a record of work related to national security, digital privacy and intelligence issues, including hands-on experience in or closely adjacent to the intelligence community. We are a relatively young think tank experiencing rapid growth in both personnel and scholarly output. This role will serve an important function in helping to lead the organization’s work in the national security field. The selected candidate will be given freedom to pursue research within the national security and intelligence fields and will play a key role in directing R Street’s ongoing work and strategy in these areas.


  • The primary role of this position is to bridge the gap between the intelligence community and civil-society organizations, particularly those focused on civil liberties

  • This position is writing-intensive, with an emphasis on original scholarly research. In addition, this person will make regular contributions to the popular press, including op-eds and media interviews.

  • Applicants must also demonstrate an ability and willingness to engage personally and educate policymakers at multiple levels of government, including state legislators, congressional staff, members of Congress and federal agencies, possibly speaking and/or testifying before government agencies and legislative bodies.

  • This position also requires a detail-oriented applicant who can manage administrative tasks, including tracking, monitoring and reporting on work

  • We expect the successful candidate to contribute regularly to the website Lawfare.


  • Experience in the intelligence community or an entity directly adjacent to it, such as a relevant committee in Congress. Applicants with direct IC experience are preferred.

  • While an active top secret or higher clearance is not a requirement, some experience handling classified information is.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate-level degree in a job-relevant field is strongly preferred.

This is a full-time job based in Washington that requires a daily presence in our office. R Street is growing rapidly but remains a close-knit team.

R Street strives to provide a compensation package superior to those at other think tanks and nonprofits. In addition to a highly competitive salary, we provide a health insurance option entirely paid by the employer (even for families); a wellness benefit; employer-subsidized mobile phones benefit; 401(k) contributions with no employee match required; and an exceptionally generous vacation policy.

R Street does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, era of military service, gender identity or anything else that’s illegal, immoral or stupid to use as a basis for hiring.

We currently plan to accept applications for this job until the position has been filled. Candidates in whom we are interested will be contacted for telephone interviews, which will be conducted on a rolling basis. In-person interviews will be held in our Washington office in late July or early August. Please be advised that the schedule is subject to change. Candidates who believe they are highly qualified and haven’t heard back from us should follow up.

To apply, please send us a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF, along with a cover letter pasted into the body of an email with the subject line “National Security Policy Senior Fellow Application.” We are sensitive to the fact that intelligence work may make some qualifications difficult to describe on paper. An intelligence/national security credential letter may be submitted in lieu of a resume, so long as relevant job experience and education is addressed. The email address for applications is [email protected].

Law Student Volunteer

Organization: Department of Justice

Department: Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, National Security Division

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

Qualifications: Applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Applicant 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 victims' issues would be useful but is not required.

Fall Internship: September-December (a minimum of two full days per week required)

Salary: Volunteer (uncompensated). 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 [email protected]. Paper or faxed applications will not be considered.

ABA Standing Committee on the Law and National Security Summer Internship

About the Committee

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security conducts studies, sponsors programs and conferences, and administers working groups on law and national security related issues. The committee's activities are designed to assist policymakers, to educate lawyers, the media and the public, and to enable the committee to make recommendations to the American Bar Association governing body. The standing committee provides research and advice on such subjects as: the congressional role in intelligence oversight, the legal system's ability to cope with transnational terrorism, the promotion of the rule of law in the intelligence and law enforcement communities, international law in the conduct of the military, and the role of law in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Intern Responsibilities

Selected candidates will conduct research and draft memos on issues including terrorism, cybersecurity, surveillance and homeland security. She/he will attend Committee meetings and programs, as well as hearings on Capitol Hill related to national security law. Additionally, selected candidates will assist with annual conferences and monthly programs featuring prominent speakers in the national security law area. Demonstrated writing skills required, editing/publishing skills a plus. An important part of the position involves social media.

Length of Internship

3-5 days a week (flexible) each semester, including summer.


Law students encouraged to apply. Undergraduate applicants need to be of junior year standing or higher. Recent graduates and graduate students are also welcome to apply.



Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter including dates of availability and resume to:

Holly McMahon, Staff Director

ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security

1050 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite 400

[email protected]

Washington, D.C. 20036

Internships are accepted on a rolling basis.

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

[email protected]

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.

Matthew Kahn is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School and a contributor at Lawfare. Prior to law school, he worked for two years as an associate editor of Lawfare and as a junior researcher at the Brookings Institution. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2017.

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