Lawfare currently hosts four podcasts, one produced by our staff (The Lawfare Podcast), and three produced independently (Rational SecuritySteptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, and The Jihadology Podcast). On this page, you can browse and listen to all of the podcasts we host. 

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Rational Security

Rational Security: The "He Said, Xi Said" Edition

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.


Jihadology Podcast: The Khurasan Group: Myth and Reality

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


The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: How Anwar al Awlaki Became Objective Troy

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. 

Rational Security

Rational Security: The "It's Putin's World and We Just Live In It" Edition

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.


Jihadology Podcast: Don't Call It a Comeback, AQAP's Been Here for Years

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


The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast: Gregory Johnsen Answers "What is a Houthi?"

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.

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