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January 17, 2014 | Advancing a Free Society

The Briefing: Publicly Defending Secret Intelligence Programs

November 3, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

Killer Robots and the Laws of War

June 12, 2013 | Advancing a Free Society

The Briefing: Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

February 25, 2013 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Is the "War on Terror" Lawful?

October 25, 2012 | Global Public Square (

What the Cuban Missile Crisis Teaches Us About Iran

June 2, 2011 | Foreign Policy

Libyan Limbo

Six reasons why it's been so tough to get Qaddafi to quit...
January 21, 2009 | Foreign Policy

Closing Guantanamo is way harder than you think

Today, U.S. President Barack Obama suspended military commissions at the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba...

October 28, 2007 | Washington Post

The Smart Way to Shut Gitmo Down

In July 2005, I joined a group of senior policymakers at the White House for a review of administration policies on the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


March 20, 2014 | Lawfare

Snowden Disclosures and Norms of Cyber-Attacks

Secrecy---of the sort that typically shrouds cyber-defense and cyber-attack capabilities and doctrine---complicates the development of international norms.  Secrecy makes it difficult to engage in sustained diplomacy about rules.  Officials can talk about
December 7, 2013 | Lawfare

Forced Repatriation is Part of Closing Guantanamo

As the Obama administration re-energizes efforts to winnow the Guantanamo population through transfers to other countries, it will be squeezed from many sides -- including from those who see the transfer arrangements as insufficiently protective of America
June 1, 2012 | Lawfare

Cyber-Attacks and Secrecy

Let me add to the comments so far on David Sanger’s extensive report in today’s NYT about U.S.-Israeli cyber-attacks against Iran’s nuclear program...
May 31, 2012 | Lawfare

Targeting, “Kill Lists”, and Congress

In all the last two days’ coverage of the Obama administration’s targeting program...there’s a remarkable lack of discussion of Congress. It’s remarkable for several reasons...
May 15, 2012 | Lawfare

Yes, the EU has a navy, sort of…

Several people have asked: “The EU has a navy?” The background here is legally, operationally, and diplomatically interesting...
April 27, 2012 | Lawfare

Jack Goldsmith’s Op-Ed, Counterterrorism, & Campaign Politics

I’d draw readers’ attention to Jack’s Washington Post op-ed, in which he discusses how candidate Romney might to try to differentiate himself from President Obama on counterterrorism policy...
April 26, 2012 | Lawfare

Law and Ethics for Robot Soldiers

Lethal autonomous weapons systems – the “robot soldiers” of our title – are going to come to the battlefield, sooner or later. So we should be asking now how they can and should be regulated within the law of armed conflict...
March 5, 2012 | Global Public Square (

Evaluating Holder's speech on targeted killing

Holder’s remarks are unlikely to satisfy either the most vocal civil libertarians or security-hawks, but they reflect this administration’s pragmatic approach toward national security law issues...
October 27, 2011 | Global Public Square (

Why a cybersecurity treaty is a pipe dream

For the foreseeable future, progress toward [a vision of cyber security and freedom] will be incremental and achieved through multiple arrangements hammered out with a wide array of state and private actors rather than through a global accord...
March 9, 2010 | New York Times

The National Security Dimension

Efforts that are purportedly about transparency of government service and adherence to conflict-of-interest policies are, unfortunately, being used to paint detainee lawyers as disloyal to the country. . . .


June 15, 2011 | American Morning (CNN)

U.S. mission in Libya: Unconstitutional?

Does the United States' military involvement in Libya violate the War Powers Resolution...

Other Media

December 1, 2012 | Policy Review

December/January Policy Review Issue

May 4, 2012 | Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)

Policing Terrorism

Why are the principles of federalism absent from national security policy?...
December 5, 2011 | Council on Foreign Relations

A Problematic Terrorist Detention Bill

The National Defense Authorization Act, facing intensifying debate this week on Capitol Hill, contains complex and controversial detainee provisions...
April 1, 2011 | Yale Journal of International Law

Cyber-Attacks and the Use of Force: Back to the Future of Article 2(4)

Suppose that the United States, in opposing Iran's suspected development of nuclear weapons, decides that the best way to halt or slow Iran's program is to undermine the Iranian banking system...
March 28, 2011 | Council on Foreign Relations

The Debate Over U.S. Libya Intervention

With the UN Security Council-authorized military strikes on Libya in full swing, legal debate in the United States is focused on whether, as a matter of U.S. constitutional law, the president may unilaterally order U.S. forces to participate in those operations without going to Congress for permission...
June 10, 2010 | Future Challenges in National Security and Law

Future Challenges E-Book

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...