Eve Levin  //  10/8/17  //  Topic Update


On Twitter, President Trump told his Secretary of State on North Korea: “Save your energy, Rex” (NYTWaPo).

  • Tensions with President Trump are reportedly making it more difficult for Secretary Tillerson to build diplomatic relationships (NYT).

Secretary Tillerson stated that he will stay at the State Department, challenging reports of conflict with the White House (WaPoNYT).  

  • The New York Times has video of Secretary Tillerson’s remarks.
  • The Washington Post analyzes why Secretary Tillerson would stay on.
  • Reactions to Secretary Tillerson’s statements are available here and here.

The Trump Administration may be considering transferring an American citizen enemy combatant into Iraqi custody (Lawfare).

  • The arguments in the ACLU’s habeas petition on behalf of the not-identified citizen are promising, writes Robert Chesney (Lawfare).

Members of Congress are frustrated with the Pentagon’s lack of transparency regarding its plan for Afghanistan (WaPo).

A directive from the Department of Defense provides insight into the Pentagon’s policy on detention (Lawfare).

The State Department’s reorganization could undermine cyber diplomacy, writes Garrett Hinck at Lawfare.

President Trump agreed to “a broad strategy” to challenge Iran’s ballistic missile program, but his administration has yet to clarify its position on the Iran nuclear deal (NYT).

  • At a hearing, General Mattis and other top military officials endorsed staying in the Iran deal, contradicting President Trump’s earlier position (WaPo).
  • The CATO Institute warns against abandoning the deal.
  • Jed Shugerman also praises the Iran nuclear deal.
  • If President Trump scraps the Iranian Nuclear Deal, Iranian cyberattacks could resume, writes Kate Brannen 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.