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China, Encryption Policy, and International Influence

by Adam Segalvia Aegis Paper Series
Monday, November 28, 2016

It is difficult to disentangle the influence of U.S. encryption policy on the development of Chinese regulations and laws. Independent of what happens in Washington, Beijing has a long history of using encryption policy to foster national and domestic security as well as to promote economic growth and indigenous innovation. 

Analysis and Commentary

Reflections On Service In A Trump Administration

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s election as president, I have had more than my share of inquiries from current and aspiring Justice Department attorneys about the ethics of service under the new President-elect. 


Libertarian Panic, Unlawful Action, And The Trump Presidency

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s election two weeks ago, we have witnessed—on the pages of Lawfare, and throughout mainstream and social media—what my colleague Adrian Vermeule once described as “libertarian panic.” 

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Welcome To The New Not Normal" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Trump administration transition has begun—right? The president-elect sits down with “60 Minutes” and leaves the fate of FBI Director James Comey uncertain. And foreign governments react to Trump’s election.

Analysis and Commentary

What’s The Matter With Visiting Kansas? Part II

by Nora Ellingsen, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Several weeks ago, we suggested President Obama take a trip to Kansas to visit a small town reeling from an attempted violent attack on a Muslim immigrant community there. At that time, three men had recently been arrested after compiling explosive to incite a “bloodbath” in the small Midwestern city.

Analysis and Commentary

For The Sake Of The Nation, Obama Should Pardon Clinton

by Susan Hennessey, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Since Donald Trump’s surprise victory on Tuesday, a question has hung over the fate of his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Will—and should—President Barack Obama pardon her on his way out the door?

Analysis and Commentary

The Burden On Donald Trump

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Donald Trump, whether he understands it or not, has won the presidency with a unique burden: Most serious national security experts regard him not merely as weak and unprepared for the roles of Commander in Chief and the country’s leader in foreign policy, but as an affiirmative national security threat.

Analysis and Commentary

The Attorney General’s Role In The Clinton Email Mess

by Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, October 31, 2016

Over the last 48 hours, a parade of former senior Justice Department officials of both parties have written op-eds or given interviews slamming FBI Director James Comey for his action last week on the Clinton email matter.


James Comey, Hillary Clinton, And The Email Investigation: A Guide For The Perplexed

by Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey threw the presidential election campaign into turmoil with a letter to Congress declaring that the Clinton email matter was, perhaps, not entirely done after all.


Aegis on Lawfare

Aegis explores legal and policy issues at the intersection of technology and national security.  Published in partnership with Lawfare, it features long-form essays of the working group, examines major new books in the field, and carries podcasts and videos or the working group’s events in Washington and Stanford.

Security by the Book Podcasts

The Security by the Book podcast series features monthly interviews with authors of important, new national security-oriented books and publications.

The Working Group on National Security, Technology, and Law brings together national and international specialists with broad interdisciplinary expertise to analyze how technology affects national security and national security law and how governments can use that technology to defend themselves, consistent with constitutional values and the rule of law.

The group will focus on a broad range of interests, from surveillance to counterterrorism to the dramatic impact that rapid technological change—digitalization, computerization, miniaturization, and automaticity—are having on national security and national security law. Topics include cybersecurity, the rise of drones and autonomous weapons systems, and the need for and dangers of state surveillance. The group’s output will also be published on the Lawfare blog, which covers the merits of the underlying legal and policy debates of actions taken or contemplated to protect the nation and the nation’s laws and legal institutions.

Jack Goldsmith and Benjamin Wittes are the cochairs of the National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group.