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Cody M. Poplin
Monday, April 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

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Monday, April 13th at 11 am: Join DefenseOne for a live webcast on the future of Big Data for Defense and National Security: Maintaining the U.S. Technological Edge. Patrick Turner will moderate a conversation with Paul Cohen and Jason Matheny exploring how the United States can translate big data insights into operational relevance while mitigating privacy concerns and the risks of false positives. RSVP here.

Monday, April 13th at 3:30 pm: Following the attack in a Peshawar school in December 2014, Pakistan has changed its stance and attitude toward militant factions. At the Atlantic Council, Omar Hamid will deliver an address on Cracking down on militancy in Pakistan. Shuja Nawaz will moderate. Register here.

Tuesday, April 14th at 12:00 pm: Also at the Atlantic Council, Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Bassma Kodmani, and Jeffery White will present Setting the Stage for Peace in Syria: The Case for a Syrian National Stabilization Force. The authors argue that the U.S. should take the train and equip program to the next level and forge the core of the future Syrian army. For more information, visit the Atlantic Council website.

Thursday, April 16th at 8:45 am: The Wilson Center will hold a day-long event Assessing U.S. Sanctions: Impact, Effectiveness, Consequences. For a full list of panels and discussants, visit the event announcement.

Thursday, April 16th at 1 pm: The Atlantic Council will host Andrius Kubilius, former Prime Minster of Lithuania, for a conversation on the Power of Reform in Ukraine and What Kyiv can Learn from the Baltic Experience. Damon Wilson will provide introductory remarks and John Herbst will moderate. Register here.

Friday, April 17th at 11 am: Join the United States Institute of Peace as it hosts three members of the Pakistan National Assembly to discuss Countering Pakistan's Extremists: Can the National Assembly Take the Lead? More information here.

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

Deputy Chief 
ORGANIZATION:                          Department of Justice
SALARY RANGE: $126,245 - $158,700
DEADLINE: April 6, 2015
DUTY LOCATIONS: Washington, D.C.
Job Summary: The National Security Division of the Department of Justice seeks a Deputy Chief for its Counterespionage Section, focused on cases involving the illegal export of military and strategic commodities and related issues. Under the direction of the Chief, the Deputy Chief will be responsible for providing legal advice to federal prosecutors concerning federal statutes relating to U.S. export control and sanctions laws. In these areas, the Deputy Chief will develop, implement, and coordinate sensitive Department initiatives. The Deputy Chief will:
  • work with federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to develop effective strategies in national security investigations and prosecutions, and maximize the use of federal statutes;
  • plan, supervise, administer, and review the work of staff attorneys and supporting personnel as required to fulfill the section's responsibilities;
  • provide strong support for the U.S. Attorneys, including assistance in the design of strategic investigative and prospective models, dissemination of successful enforcement strategies, and sharing of intelligence and tactics;
  • coordinate the formation of response teams of experienced prosecutors to assist in the design of investigations and the prosecution of cases;
  • coordinate cases and provide legal advice, guidance, and litigative support to U.S. Attorneys' Offices involved in national security prosecutions;
  • provide advice and assistance to the Chief and other senior officials in the Division and in the Department;
  • draft and coordinate motions filed under the Classified Information Procedures Act;
  • help to implement strategic priorities of the National Security Division relating to the enforcement of U.S. export control and sanctions laws;
  • serve as a liaison between NSD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, other members of the USIC, Department of the Treasury, the Department of State, and various international officials on export control and economic sanctions, issues;
  • participate in national-level policy development for export control reform initiative; and
  • prepare testimony and briefings for Congressional Committees and subcommittees, briefing materials for Department officials, legal monographs for national security prosecutors, and comments on proposed legislation.
The Deputy Chief will establish program emphasis, develop operating policies and guidelines, communicate policies and priorities, and determine and implement internal organization practices, training, and improvements. Qualifications:  Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be duly licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, Territory, or the District of Columbia, and have at least five years of post-JD professional experience. Applicants must have superior academic credentials, possess excellent analytical and writing skills, and have the dedication and capacity to work independently in a very demanding environment. Past experience in the national security or intelligence field is not required, but is preferred. Prior federal litigation experience also strongly preferred. Applicants must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance. How to Apply:  To apply, please submit a cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience, a copy of your resume with a writing sample (we encourage you to submit a legal memorandum or brief), and a current performance appraisal, if applicable, to: U.S. Department of Justice National Security Division 600 E Street, NW 10th Floor, Room 10340 Washington, D.C. 20530 Attn: Bronnetta Rawles or CESDEPUTYCHIEFHIRE@USDOJ.GOV
Legal Intern
ORGANIZATION: International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC) DEPARTMENT: International Humanitarian Law (IHL) PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: Washington, D.C. FUNCTION DESCRIPTION Intern – International Humanitarian Law OBJECTIVE:  The Intern in the IHL Department at the Washington Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides research and writing on topics of IHL, other branches of international law, and U.S. law as needed, thus contributing to the thematic and operational priorities of the legal team.  Minimum required knowledge & experience:
  • Basic knowledge of IHL and a related legal field (e.g. National Security or Human Rights Law).
  • Excellent oral and written English skills, good understanding of French an asset
  • Currently pursuing a U.S. J.D. or LLM degree (or JD graduate pursuing another graduate degree)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
JOB DESCRIPTION Main Responsibilities Work with the IHL team to provide legal advice to the delegation in Washington, and to the ICRC as a whole on matters of IHL, human rights law, national security law, or other U.S. legal issues.  
  1. Research and Writing. Research such topics as scope of application of IHL, detention, conduct of hostilities, cyber/new technology and weapons, and other related topics. Possibility of authoring articles or other short pieces for the ICRC’s U.S. blog (
  1. Monitor Legal Developments Regular monitoring of legal blogs and news coverage to identify significant legal developments of interest to the delegation. In addition to research, the intern will attend conferences and meetings in order to monitor developments on specific legal issues on behalf of the legal team. 
  1. Regular and timely reporting and analysis on meetings and events attended, as well as a weekly report on any relevant legal developments reported in external sources such as legal blogs. Reports are written for the purpose of ensuring the institution is informed of developments in U.S. policy, as well as to advance its thinking on key issues.   
Management and Reporting Line. The IHL Intern reports directly to the IHL Legal Advisor.  He/she is expected to collaborate with colleagues throughout the delegation in order to carry out these and other reasonably related duties. The intern will be expected to work 30 hours a week for the months of July and August.  This is a paid internship.  For information about the position, please contact Andrea Harrison at  To apply, please send CV and optional cover letter to Clare Taylor at  Applications are due May 15th, 2015.

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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