This week on the Lawfare Podcast, Helen Mohrmann, the Chief Information Officer at the Brookings Institution, discusses the difficulties of securing a large, public-facing organization from an array of cyber-attacks.
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Cody makes a guest appearance on the show, and he, Shane and I discuss whether the Obama administration has outplayed China on cyber spying. The Taliban is on the march in Afghanistan. What does this mean for the future of U.S. troops in that country? And Shane declares the new movie Sicario one of the sharpest criticisms yet of the war on drugs. Plus, I reveal the reason Hurricane Joaquin missed the east coast, and Shane finds another cool document detailing his family's military history.
Thomas Joscelyn comes on the show to talk about the so-called "Khurasan group." Some of the topics covered include:Why the group came into being and when its members arrived in Syria Who are the key players and what are their backgrounds What they’ve been up to in Syria and how they relate to Jabhat al-Nusra What this group of individuals can tell us about al-Qaeda’s strategy
Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #83: An Interview with Bruce Schneier at "Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015"
Bruce Schneier joins Stewart Baker and Alan Cohn for an episode recorded live in front of an audience of security and privacy professionals.
Almost exactly four years ago, Anwar al Awlaki was killed in an American drone strike in Yemen, marking the first targeted killing of a U.S. citizen by the U.S. government. To Lawfare readers, it is likely a well-known event. But lost in many of the debates over legal theories and counterterrorism necessities, is a different story, one that is more personal and nuanced.
I missed this week's Rational Security taping, as an unfortunate result of a taekwondo sparring accident (the other guy is, alas, fine). But Shane and Tamara soldiered on without me. They talked Russian airstrikes in Syria, the changing the political calculus in the Middle East, and how U.S.-backed rebels in Syria are coming under attack. Is the U.S. abandoning them?
Meanwhile, Edward Snowden is tweeting and Edward Scissorhands is trending.
Cyberlaw negotiations are the theme of episode 82, as the US and China strike a potentially significant agreement on commercial cyberespionage and Europeans focus on tearing up agreements with the US and intruding on US sovereignty.
Katherine Zimmerman comes on the show to talk AQAP. Some of the topics covered include:AQAP since the death of Awlaqi and their withdrawal from territory in southern Yemen in 2012 The effect of the rise of the Huthis and how the Saudi/Emirati war in Yemen has affected AQAP AQAP’s local outreach and how it compares to what it tried from 2011-2012 How drone attacks on AQAP leadership have affected the group The Islamic State’s activities in Yemen and what they mean for AQAP
On this week’s Lawfare Podcast, Gregory Johnsen outlines the current state-of-play in Yemen. Johnsen, who is a writer-at-large for Buzzfeed News, a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, and an all-things-Yemen-expert, walks Ben through the byzantine power politics in Sanaa that led to the conflict now engulfing Yemen and he explains why the war shouldn’t be viewed as just another Sunni-Shia fight.