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The Trump Administration moved to restrict government agencies from using products produced by the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab (The HillPolitico).

The Obama Administration’s countering violent extremism (CVE) program has three principal weaknesses, all of which have become impossible to ignore in the Trump Administration, argues Faiza Patel for Just Security.

What the U.S. might learn from Jordan’s approach to jihadists (Lawfare).

The Trump Administration is preparing to unilaterally tighten sanctions on North Korea, specifically targeting Chinese enterprises that provide money to Pyongyang’s nuclear program (WSJ).

Current and former agents say Christopher Wray, President Trump's nominee for Director of the FBI, is exactly what the agency needs (WSJ).

  • Wray will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week (The Hill).
  • Benjamin Wittes offers 20 questions for senators to ask Wray at Lawfare.
  • The top two questions for Wray are: Did he set any conditions before getting the nod? And did Trump?, writes Dan Froomkin at ACSblog.

An active duty Army soldier was arrested by the FBI in Hawaii on terrorism charges (NYT).

The Trump Administration cancelled a decade-long plan to replace the crumbling FBI headquarters in DC (WaPo).

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson launched an invigorated mission in Kuwait to defuse a crisis between Qatar and its Persian Gulf neighbors (LA Times).

President Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen, posing potential conflicts of interest, to devise options for the war in Afghanistan (NYT).

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will certify Iranian compliance with the nuclear agreement that President Trump has called a “disastrous” deal (NYTWaPo).


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.