Britany Riley  //  8/20/17  //  Topic Update

The State Department has established a new cybersecurity office, perhaps as part of a rumored cybersecurity shakeup within the Department (The Hill).

Especially in light of Charlottesville, the threat of unauthorized private military groups must be taken seriously, writes Philip Zelikow at Lawfare.

President Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, forwarded an email echoing secessionist Civil War propaganda and claiming Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists (NYT). 

The Trump Administration’s disregard for national security screening procedures puts the United States as risk and requires a response from Congresswrites Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi at The Hill.



Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump's Guantánamo "policy" is best understood as an extension of his anti-Muslim bigotry, wrote Nimra Azmi and Sirine Shebaya at Take Care. The terrorist watchlist statistics from last week's DOJ and DHS exaggerate the threat of terrorism, argued Harsha Panduranga at Just Security. The Pentagon's new National Defense Strategy contains notable omissions related to climate change and the use of special operations forces.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

In a series of tweets, President Trump wavers between opposition and support of FISA reauthorization. On the 16th anniversary of the prison’s founding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners file mass habeas petition.

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

The Trump Administration unveiled its new National Security Strategy. A majority of the United Nations General Assembly voted to rebuke America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy.