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Decryption Mandates And Global Internet Freedom

by Adam I. Kleinvia Aegis Paper Series
Monday, September 26, 2016

The potential international effects of a domestic decryption mandate have been a significant factor in the debate over U.S. encryption policy.  Some fear that a U.S. decryption mandate would empower authoritarian regimes and would clash with the United States’ international Internet-freedom agenda.

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The Political Parties Have Sorted

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Essays on Contemporary American Politics
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Although the American public at large has not polarized, it is better sorted than a generation ago. Whereas the parties were once “big tents,” they are now ideologically more homogeneous: liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats have largely disappeared.

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An Era Of Tenuous Majorities Historical Context

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Essays on Contemporary American Politics
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The United States is currently experiencing an almost unprecedented period of electoral instability. This essay describes this important feature of contemporary politics and sets the stage for later essays that describe and attempt to explain current developments and trace their consequences for American government.

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Security Strategies: Experiences Of The Mexican States Of Chihuahua And Nuevo León

via Hoover Institution
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Mexico has struggled to consolidate a solid rule of law. The northern Mexican states of Chihuahua and Nuevo León are notable, however, for having successfully reduced the levels of violence that spiked there in 2010–11.

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Go Big, Go Global: Subject the NSA ’s Overseas Programs to Judicial Review

by Timothy Edgarvia Aegis Paper Series
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Congress should use the debate over section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to think big.  Section 702 brings some NSA programs directed at foreign targets under judicial review, showing such review is feasible even for complex programs of transnational surveillance.

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Hacking Back Without Cracking Up

by Jeremy Rabkin, Ariel Rabkinvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Malicious hackers, often under the protection of hostile foreign states, have engaged in massive data theft from U.S. business firms and private institutions.  Intelligence agencies predict the problem will get worse. 

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A Tale of Six Cities: Underfunded Retiree Health Care

by Joshua D. Rauh, Robert C. Pozenvia Analysis
Friday, June 17, 2016

The growing costs of health care benefits for retired public employees—known as OPEB (other post-employment benefits)—pose a serious challenge to many city governments. In this paper, we analyze the retiree health care systems of six American cities: Boston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, San Antonia, and Tampa, Florida.

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Reflections on Secrecy and the Press from a Life in Journalism

by Walter Pincusvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Looking back over 60 years of experience with classified information as a journalist who also briefly served in Army counterintelligence in the 1950s and ran two investigations for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in the 1960s, the author reviews the longstanding conflict between the media and government.

In Defense of FAA Section 702

by John C. "Chris" Inglis, Jeff Kosseffvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

An Examination of Its Justification, Operational Employment, and Legal Underpinnings. The authors argue that Congress should reject calls to repeal or amend Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act.

Beyond Privacy & Security: The Role of the Telecommunications Industry in Electronic Surveillance

by Mieke Eoyangvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This paper examines the need for reforming the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act from the perspective of the technology and communications industries. After reviewing the gatekeeper role that industry has played in previous statutes governing national security electronic surveillance, it recommends three specific reforms...

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