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Philip Bobbitt

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Philip Bobbitt is the Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the Center for National Security at Columbia Law School. He is also a senior fellow at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas. He is the author of seven books, of which Terror and Consent:The Wars for the 21st Century (Knopf, 2008) is the most recent. He has served in various capacities in government, including posts at the White House (associate counsel to president), the Senate (legal counsel to the Iran-Contra Committee), the State Department (the counselor on international law), and the National Security Council (director for intelligence programs, senior director for critical infrastructure, and senior director for strategic planning). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in New York, Austin, and London.

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The Digital Age

The Need for a Press Shield Law

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Bobbit on the John Batchelor Show: depictions of Machiavelli as an autocrat have been “ripped out of context”

by Philip Bobbittvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Philip Bobbit, a member of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law, discusses his book The Garments of Court and Palace: Machiavelli and the World That He Made. Topics include Machiavelli’s biography; Florentine politics during Machiavelli’s time; his perception of virtue, fortune, and constitutional order; and The Prince.

Featured Commentary

The Briefing: A Beautiful & Tragic Speech

by Philip Bobbittvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, June 10, 2013
Guantanamo

A Beautiful & Tragic Speech

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

On May 23, President Obama offered this assessment of the changed strategic environment.

Featured Commentary

The Briefing: How to Succeed in Foreign Policy Despite Really Trying

by Philip Bobbittvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Second Term Challenges

How to Succeed in Foreign Policy Despite Really Trying

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In four important areas, the White House set new foreign policy priorities: nuclear non-proliferation with the objective of ridding the world of nuclear weapons; a shift in emphasis from the traditional, Atlanticist orientation of the United States to a recognition of the grow

Featured Commentary

Libya shows the way the West can now intervene

by Philip Bobbittvia London Evening Standard
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

What are the consequences now for what has been called "preclusive intervention" following the events in Libya...?

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Global Warning

by Philip Bobbittvia New York Times
Thursday, October 14, 2010

Improving our muddled system of terrorism alerts will reduce confusion and costs...

Future Challenges: The Power to Make War in an Age of Global Terror

by Philip Bobbittvia Analysis
Monday, June 14, 2010

This essay discusses the constitutional aspects of the debate over the power to make war: 

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Future Challenges E-Book

by Peter Berkowitz, Philip Bobbitt, Tod Lindberg, Jessica Stern, Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Future Challenges in National Security and Law
Thursday, June 10, 2010

In the new online volume, Future Challenges in National Security and Law, members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law and guest contributors offer incisive commentary on the controversies that have erupted over national security law in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, laying the foundations for understanding such future issues...

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