Derek Reinbold  //  12/24/17  //  Topic Update


The National Security Strategy is a dramatic departure that abandons the United States’ role as a global force for good, writes Susan Rice at NYT.

  • The new National Security Strategy’s proposal to weaken arms export controls will lead to global insecurity, contributing to human rights violations, writes Brian Chang at Just Security.
  • The failure to address climate change in the new National Security Strategy is a wishful, unstrategic mistake, writes Mark Nevitt at Just Security.
  • The Trump Administration’s National Security Strategy displays troubling nativism and a continued focus on the war on terrorism, writes A. Trevor Thrall at Cato at Liberty.

A majority of nations in the United Nations General Assembly voted in favor of a resolution rebuking America's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate the US embassy to the city. (NYTWSJWaPo)

  • J. Dana Stuster (Lawfare) analyzes the potential fallout from the new Jerusalem policy as well as implications of other recent foreign policy decision.
  • President Trump earlier suggested that U.S. foreign aid might hinge on countries’ votes on the U.N. resolution condemning the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (WaPo).

The Trump administration has approved the first sale of lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine (WaPo).

The ACLU sued the Trump administration to force disclosure of the administration’s new and reportedly looser and more deadly guidelines for drone strikes and raids. (ACLU

DHS’s costly implementation of facial screening technology at airports is technologically flawed and is a significant escalation in government surveillance, claims a report from Georgetown University researchers. (Ars TechnicaNYT)

The Trump Administration's decision to attribute the “WannaCry” malware to North Korea is an ineffective and counterproductive response to a major global cyberattack, argues Jack Goldsmith at Lawfare.

  • North Korean officials denied any connection to the cyber-attack and called the allegations “reckless” and a “a grave political provocation.” (The Hill)

The Pentagon released a detailed policy for recruiting transgender troops (Nat Sec)

President Trump’s attribution of the ransomware attacks in May 2017 to North Korea raises three important questions, writes Kristen Eichensehr at Just Security. 


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.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

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.