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Cody M. Poplin
Monday, July 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Monday, July 21 at 12 pm: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a round table with Robert S. Litwak, Mitchell Reiss, and David Sanger on Iran's Nuclear Chess: Calculating America's Moves. The panel will address the outcome of the negotiations - whether talks are successful, extended, or if they breakdown - and discuss the implications for U.S. policy toward Iran moving forward. RSVP here.

Monday, July 21 at 2 pm: The Middle East Policy Council sponsors a Capitol Hill Conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on Obama's Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East. Speakers will include Kenneth Pollack, Paul R. Pillar, Amin Tarzi, Chas W. Freeman, Jr. and Thomas R. Mattair will moderate. To RSVP, please email

Monday, July 21 at 4 pm: The Center for a New American Security will hold an event entitled  Living with Cyber Insecurity: Reducing the National Security Risks of America's Cyber Dependencies. The event will mark the role out of a major new report from CNAS on how to improve U.S. national security policymaking to address cyber insecurity. Panelists include DAn Kaufman, Mike Walker, Melissa Hathaway, Gary McGraw, Ben FitzGerald, and Dr. Richard Danzig. RSVP.

Tuesday, July 22, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm: Who Governs the Internet? And, in the changing regulatory environment, how do we strengthen the multistakeholder process and ensure that rogue governments or actors do not threaten the traditional openness and innovation of the Internet? The American Enterprise Institute will discuss these questions and more in a conversation on securing the multistakeholder process. Speakers will include Jeffery Eisenach, Danny Sepulveda, Steve DelBianco, Laura DeNardis, David Gross, Shane Tews, and Larry Strickling. RSVP here.

Tuesday, July 22 at 9 am: At the Newseum, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and senior members of the 9/11 Commission will convene a conversation entitled, The 9/11 Commission Report: Ten Years Later. Speakers will examine the threat to the nation 10 years later, current homeland security challenges, successes, and innovations, and the difficult questions and oversight obstacles presently facing policy makers. RSVP.

Tuesday, July 22 at 9:05 am: Gen. William L Shelton, Commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command, and Barry Pavel, VP and Director of the Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security, will discuss The U.S. Future in Space at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council. Register to attend here.

Wednesday, July 23 at 10 am: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the Terrorist March in Iraq: The U.S. Response. Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran will testify. You can find more information here.

Thursday, July 24 at 10 am: The next day, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will also hold a hearing on the crisis in Iraq entitled Iraq at a Crossroads: Options for U.S. Policy. The hearing will consist of two panels. Brett McGurk, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, and Ms. Elissa Slotkin, acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy will compose the first panel. The second will consist of James F. Jeffery, Visiting Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael D. Barbero, and Dr. Kenneth M. Pollack of the Brookings Institution. Click here for more information.

Thursday, July 24 at 10 am: The Stimson Center hosts a conversation on US-Japan-China Relations: Prospects and Challenges. Dr. Seiichiro Takagi of the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Ms. Yun Sun, a fellow in the East Asia Program at Stimson, will discuss the future of trilateral cooperation in the Pacific and how these countries can coordinate policy on North Korea, environmental security, and the growing tensions in the region. Ms. Yuki Tatsumi  of Stimson will moderate. RSVP here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

 Deputy Legal Advisor
ORGANIZATION: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL) LOCATION: Washington, DC DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Legal Advisor APPLICATION DEADLINE: August 1, 2014 FUNCTION DESCRIPTION: The Deputy Legal Advisor provides legal and policy advice to the ICRC Regional Delegation for the US and Canada in Washington DC, and contributes to the implementation of its objectives, including by supporting its humanitarian operations and by advancing the organization's positions in the field of IHL. Minimum required knowledge, experience and personal skills:
  • J.D. from accredited US law school
  • Expertise in IHL (in particular detention, conduct of hostilities and weapons regulation)
  • At least 5 years post-J.D. experience
  • Legal experience within the US defense or national security sector
  • Good knowledge of International Human Rights Law
  • Commitment to neutral and independent humanitarian action
  • Excellent representation skills and at ease in negotiations
  • Team player with an enthusiasm for working in a multicultural environment
  • French and/or Spanish as a working language desirable
  • US person (US National or Green card holder)
  • provides legal advice to all the Departments of the Regional Delegation on matters of domestic law, IHL and other relevant international standards (in particular International Human Rights Law)
  • provides legal support to ICRC detention visits and other field operations
  • monitors, analyses and comments on developments of US law and policy pertaining to national security and other relevant areas of humanitarian concern
  • contributes to the drafting of the reporting of the ICRC and conveys its institutional positions in bilateral meetings with Government representatives
  • provides legal input to the public communication of the Regional Delegation; drafts and edits articles on IHL issues
  • teaches IHL to various audiences and represents the ICRC in conferences and public events
  • maintains and expands the network of contacts of the Regional delegation in the legal community, notably in the executive (including the military)and legislative branches, civil society and academia
  • some domestic and international travel required
Further information about this post can be obtained by contacting Gary Brown ( or Andrea Harrison ( If you are interested in applying for this post and meet the requirements set out above, please send your application (CV and letter) to lmacabrey@icrc.orgby August 1, 2014.
Associate General Counsel
ORGANIZATION: Office of the Director of National Intelligence JOB ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: PE886
SALARY RANGE: $75,621 - 116,901 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: July 2, 2014 to July 30, 2014
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Top Secret/SCI with CI Polygraph
JOB SUMMARY: The Office of General Counsel (OSG) of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence provides legal advice and counsel to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and other ODNI officials on a wide range of legal issues to include intelligence and national security law, procurement and acquisition law, personnel law, government ethics, budget and fiscal law, general administrative law, legislative support, government information practices, and intellectual property law. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provide preliminary legal advice to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence leadership on areas of law affecting ODNI's duties and responsibilities under the National Security Act, Presidential directives, Executive Orders, and other related laws and policies.
  • Provide recommendations to senior attorneys to support the development, review, and preparation of United States Government-wide and IC-wide policies, procedures, guidelines, rules, and standards.
  • Counsel clients, including ODNI leaders, on legal issues and provide effective guidance on possible courses of action; prepare documents on legal issues for a variety or internal and external recipients.
  • Conduct research and analysis on complex or sensitive legal issues as well as on laws, regulations, and policies that have an impact on ODNI and IC interests and brief senior attorneys on issues and findings.
  • Provide initial reviews of planned ODNI and IC activities for compliance with the US Constitution and laws of the US, Executive Orders, and other applicable regulations and policies affecting ODNI and the IC and brief senior attorneys on potential legal and policy issues, and recommend solutions to address legal problems having potential impact on the ODNI's or the IC missions or activities.
  • Perform initial analyses of statutes, bills, reports, and Congressional materials, as well as proposed Executive Branch orders, directives, regulations, and policies, to determine their effect on the ODNI and the IC; provide advice and counsel to senior attorneys on legislative proposals, Congressional testimony, and related documents.
Zeichner Risk Analytics
Zeichner Risk Analytics seek a full time employee with a security clearance to help consult and provide research on a range of security and legal/policy issues. There is also a wide range of support needed to help manage and maintain administrative activities, which includes updating company websites and managing the Twitter accounts and other social media. Work may also include engaging in the final steps of the publication and subsequent marketing for the text and e-book Cybersecurity Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Some travel may be required.  Send resume to Alexis –
  Intern, American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security seeks an intern for the Fall semester 2014.  Unpaid internship will include research and writing in preparation for the 24th Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law Conference in Washington, DC.  Intern will also have the opportunity to attend and provide summaries of pertinent Congressional hearings, and participate in monthly breakfast programs featuring prominent speakers in the area of national security law. Fall applicants may be undergraduates or currently in law school. (full or part time)   Deadline for submission: September 10, 2014. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:  Holly McMahon, Staff Director ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security 1050 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Suite 400 Washington, DC 20036 CC:
Intern, National War College
The National War College seeks interns to assist in developing a course on Politics and the Law for senior military officers.  Terrific opportunity for an unpaid intern to work directly with the Dean of the College. Send resumes and cover letter of interest to

Cody Poplin is a student at Yale Law School. Prior to law school, Cody worked at the Brookings Institution and served as an editor of Lawfare. He graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012 with degrees in Political Science & Peace, War, and Defense.

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