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We Need to Regulate Surveillance in Our Cities Before It's Too Late

by Matthew Waxmanvia New Republic
Monday, October 14, 2013

The New York Times reports today that "Privacy Fears Grow as Cities Increase Surveillance." The main theme is that municipal police and law enforcement agencies around the country are deploying new and more sophisticated data gathering and analysis technology...

Ohio's Lessons: State Governments and Facial Recognition

by Matthew Waxmanvia New Republic
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
With all the attention these days on NSA activities, it’s easy to forget that much surveillance in the United States takes place at the state and local level, and it is also regulated by state and local law.

The Limited Results of Limited Military Strikes

by Matthew Waxmanvia Aljazeera America
Thursday, September 5, 2013

Commentary: History suggests Obama should not expect military strikes in Syria to be effective

Obama's Speech Didn't Restore His Redline. Here's What Could

by Matthew Waxmanvia New Republic
Saturday, August 31, 2013

President Obama has just declared his decision to launch military strikes against Syria, after seeking approval for Congress, in order to hold the Syrian government accountable for its recent chemical weapon atrocities.

Analysis and Commentary

The Briefing: Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

by Matthew Waxmanvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

by Matthew Waxmanvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

Even if President Obama successfully closes Guantanamo, ironically he may leave behind for future presidents a stronger and more reliable law-of-war detention tool for terrorist enemies than he inherited.  If the United States finds itself in another war (technically, an “arme

Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapon Systems: Why a Ban Won’t Work and How the Laws of War Can

by Matthew Waxman, Kenneth Andersonvia Analysis
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Public debate is heating up over the future development of autonomous weapon systems and the merit and risks associated with their use in war. Grounded in a realistic assessment of technology, this essay outlines a practical alternative with which to evaluate the use of autonomous weaponry that incorporates codes of conduct based on traditional legal and ethical principles governing weapons and warfare.

Going Clear

by Matthew Waxmanvia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
According to Daniel Klaidman at the Daily Beast, "[T]he White House is poised to sign off on a plan to shift the CIA's lethal targeting program to the Defense Department." Many critics of the government's targeted-killing policy have been calling for such a move...

Self-Defensive Force Against Cyber Attacks: Legal, Strategic and Political Dimensions

by Matthew Waxmanvia International Law Studies, Vol. 89, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
When does a cyber-attack (or threat of cyber-attack) give rise to a right of self-defense – including armed self-defense – and when should it? This essay examines these questions through three lenses...
Analysis and Commentary

Is the "War on Terror" Lawful?

by Robert Chesney, Jack Goldsmith, Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, February 25, 2013