//  6/11/17  //  Topic Update

President Trump’s national security team was “blindsided” by his failure to reaffirm commitment to Article 5 collective self-defense at the NATO summit in May (Politico).

  • In Australia, Secretary of State Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Mattis sought to downplay fears of U.S. isolationism (WaPo).
  • In a speech, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster claimed President Trump’s first foreign trip was successful in efforts to stamp out terrorism in the Middle East (WaPo).
  • The U.S. could unilaterally withdraw from NATO, argues Julian Ku at Opinio Juris.

At Take Care, Leah Litman and Helen Klein Murillo argue that President Trump’s statements on the London attacks providing disturbing insight into how he might react to similar events in the United States.

The recent arrest of an intelligence contractor for leaking NSA documents isn’t the beginning of a “war on leaks”, argues Nicholas Weaver (Lawfare).

Leaked photos of the Manchester bombing scene published by U.S. news outlets jeopardize national security, explains Laura Mallonee (Wired).

An intelligence contractor has been charged in the first leak case under President Trump (NYTWaPoThe HillSlate).

The Pentagon’s proposed measures to track weapons provided to Syrian rebels are insufficient for true accountability, according to arms-control experts (WaPo).

The Pentagon has confirmed an additional 100 civilian casualties in the U.S. air campaign against ISIS, bringing the acknowledged civilians death toll to 484 (WaPo).

  • At Lawfare, Zach Abels argues that the Trump administration must learn the counterinsurgency lessons of the early 2000s in Iraq, including pairing military effort with diplomacy and a focus on civilians, in order to be successful in the fight against ISIS in Iraq.

Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to quell foreign allies’ concerns over the Trump administration agenda at an Asian defense summit over the weekend (WaPo).

Michael Flynn may have decided to delay a U.S. military action opposed by the Turkish government after his consulting firm received payment from the Turkish government, writes Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (The Hill).

President Trump’s announcement that his administration concluded a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia is fake news, writes Bruce Riedel at Lawfare.

U.S. officials believe that Russian hackers planted fake news stories which have contributed to rising tensions in the Gulf region (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.