//  6/18/17  //  Topic Update


Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended proposed cuts to his department’s budget on the grounds that it should focus on a narrow conception of security (WaPoNYT).

Continued departures by career diplomats would severely undermine efforts to keep the country safe, explains Michael Fuchs at Just Security.

Secretary of Defense Mattis is attempting to distance himself from President Trump’s politics (NYT).

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testified before the House Foreign Relations Committee today before a vote on Russia sanctions and after lawmakers recently criticized the president’s plan to cut the State Department’s budget by 30%, arguing that labeling the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror group is problematic. (Al Jazeera).

President Trump’s cybersecurity executive order could have stopped the May “WannaCry” cyber-ransomware attack if it had been in place soonerargue Steven Weber and Chuck Kapelke at Lawfare.


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.