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Analysis and Commentary

Cyber-Attacks and Secrecy

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Friday, June 1, 2012

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Targeting, “Kill Lists”, and Congress

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 31, 2012

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Yes, the EU has a navy, sort of…

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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

In the News

Policing Terrorism

by Matthew Waxmanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, May 4, 2012

Why are the principles of federalism absent from national security policy?...

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Policing Terrorism

by Matthew Waxmanvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 4, 2012

Why are the principles of federalism absent from national security policy?

Analysis and Commentary

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

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Friday, April 27, 2012

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Law and Ethics for Robot Soldiers

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Thursday, April 26, 2012

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...

Analysis and Commentary

Evaluating Holder's speech on targeted killing

by Matthew Waxmanvia Global Public Square (
Monday, March 5, 2012

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...

National Security Federalism in the Age of Terror

by Matthew Waxmanvia Stanford Law Review, Volume 64, Issue 2 - February 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
National security law scholarship tends to focus on the balancing of security and liberty, and the overwhelming bulk of that scholarship is about such balancing on the horizontal axis among branches at the federal level. This Article challenges that standard focus by supplementing it with an account of the vertical axis and the emergent, post-9/11 role of state and local government in American national security law and policy.
In the News

A Problematic Terrorist Detention Bill

by Matthew Waxman, John B. Bellingervia Council on Foreign Relations
Monday, December 5, 2011

The National Defense Authorization Act, facing intensifying debate this week on Capitol Hill, contains complex and controversial detainee provisions...