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Analysis and Commentary

Civics Textbook Wars: Israeli Right Strikes Back

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, June 27, 2016

A few years ago on a lazy Friday afternoon, my friend Ronit Vardi—a veteran journalist and longtime resident of this frenetic city perched between the Mediterranean and the Middle East—looked askance when I told her that I was headed to Jerusalem to teach a seminar on Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "I'm Crazy, How Are You?" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 23, 2016

The American political system has gone insane. The great Jonathan Rauch makes a guest appearance on the show to discuss his new Atlantic cover story on "How American Politics Went Insane" and what insane politics means for national security.

In the News

NATO Says The Internet Is Now A War Zone – What Does That Mean?

quoting Amy Zegartvia New Scientist
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The military alliance has designated cyberspace as an operational domain for war alongside land, sea and air – here's how states are defending themselves.


The Obama Administration’s Views On The Legality Of Intervention In Syria Without Congressional Or U.N. Security Council Support

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

As the Obama administration approaches its end, it is interesting to watch former Obama administration officials debate and disagree about its legal legacy. The most recent episode came in response to the State Department dissenters’ proposals for intervention in Syria to remove Assad.

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The Ubiquity Of Terrorism

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last December, Donald Trump roiled the presidential race by calling for a “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Analysis and Commentary

Another Material Support Suit Against Social Media Companies

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Last week saw another lawsuit filed against social media companies for alleged materially supporting terrorists by providing service to ISIS.

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The Libertarian: “The Aftermath Of Orlando”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Libertarian
Friday, June 17, 2016

Will the mass shooting in Florida change public policy?

Analysis and Commentary

Brennan Admits Unintended Consequences Of U.S. Intervention

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, June 16, 2016

But will anyone listen?

Analysis and Commentary

Congressional Oversight Of US Foreign Relations

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Congressional oversight of intelligence - its processes as well as its substance, its effectiveness and institutional structures - has always been a keen interest of Lawfare contributors and readers, including, for example, lively discussion several years back of Hoover Institution political scientist (and Lawfare contributor) Amy B. Zegart’s 2011 book, Eyes on Spies.

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A New Map For The Middle East?

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Thursday, June 16, 2016

On May 16, 1916, representatives of Great Britain and France signed an agreement that had been negotiated by Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot to divide up the Middle East into British and French spheres of influence after the end of the Great War and the destruction of the Ottoman Empire.