Ashley Deeks


Ashley Deeks is an associate professor at the University of Virginia Law School.  She previously served in the US State Department as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs, among other positions. She was a 20078 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, serves on the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law, and is a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog.

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Analysis and Commentary

We’re Worried About The Baltics: What Does Trump’s Election Portend For These Tiny U.S. Allies?

by Ashley Deeks, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Many U.S. allies have spent the last week pondering what Donald Trump’s election means for their foreign policy and national security. The tiny Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are surely among the most worried.

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The International Legal Dynamics Of Encryption

by Ashley Deeksvia Aegis Paper Series
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

To date there has been little international coordinated action to address encryption, though interest is growing. This paper looks at encryption through five different international lenses: human rights, law enforcement, intelligence, economics, and export controls. 

Analysis and Commentary

The U.S. Intelligence Community And Non-Neutral Principles

by Benjamin Wittes, Ashley Deeksvia Lawfare
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Last week, Ben’s NSA Constitution Day speech emerged after a long “declassification” process.  One puzzle Ben grapples with in this speech is why reasonable, educated Americans have–and will continue to have–such a high level of discomfort with what the NSA and other intelligence agencies do.