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Guantanamo

The Briefing, Part II

by Peter Berkowitzvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

On May 23, President Obama gave the first major speech on national security of his second term.  His purpose was to review his administration’s achievements in dealing with the war that al Qaeda launched against the United States on Sept.

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A Beautiful & Tragic Speech

by Philip Bobbittvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

On May 23, President Obama offered this assessment of the changed strategic environment.

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The Guantanamo Misfire

by Benjamin Wittesvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

Closing Guantanamo is not now and never has been an urgent matter. President Obama was wrong to make a fetish out of this particular detention facility in 2008 — as was his opponent, John McCain.

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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

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Capture Over Kill? - The President’s Counterterrorism Speech and the Detention Conundrum

by Kenneth Andersonvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

President Obama’s May 23 speech on counterterrorism policy at the National Defense University declared that the U.S.

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The Continuing Importance of Military Commissions

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

Among the most notable but least appreciated points in President’s Obama’s much-analyzed recent

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President Obama’s Wartime Address

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia The Briefing
Monday, June 10, 2013

Rarely has an American president displayed the capacity to carve memorable phrases out of the oak wood of the English language.  Abraham Lincoln was one exception, reared on Shakespeare and the King James Bible, stump-trained through his peregrinating debates with Stephen A.

Second Term Challenges

Second Term Challenges at the Intersection of National Security and Law

by Peter Berkowitzvia The Briefing
Monday, February 11, 2013

As Barack Obama begins his second term as president of the United States, the nation confronts a range of formidable challenges at the intersection of national security and law.

Second Term Challenges

Podcast with Benjamin Wittes: Discussing Many-To-Many Threats

by Hoover Institution Editorvia The Briefing
Monday, February 11, 2013

Benjamin Wittes, member of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on National Security & Law, discusses "many-to-many" threats.

Second Term Challenges

Podcast with Kenneth Anderson: The Limitations of Drone Warfare

by Hoover Institution Editorvia The Briefing
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kenneth Anderson discusses the imperatives of American efforts to deny territory to international terrorists and examines the limitations of drone warfare.

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This recurring series of brief essays is the work of the Jean Perkins Task Force on National Security and Law.   While the members do not necessarily agree on a solution or set of solutions, they do share a sensibility that questions of security and questions of law are increasingly intertwined and that the Constitution provides a sturdy and flexible framework that enables the nation to provide for its defense while securing citizens’ rights and respecting international law.