Gen. David Petraeus has a new plan for fighting ISIS. Is it smart or is it totally nuts? Tamara talks about a new article by William McCants that takes us deep inside the mind and menace of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-declared “caliph” of the Islamic State.
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North Caucasus Caucus comes on the show to talk about his recent research trip to Turkey. He and Aaron discussed the evolution of Turkish governmental policy towards jihadis, Turks’ role in jihadi groups and IS in Syria and Turkey, Turkey’s arrest campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra and IS, and more.
This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media posts from August 17th to August 31st.
In case you missed it last year, here's our special end of summer reairing of a Lawfare Podcast special edition:
How could China’s economic free fall affect U.S. national security? What does international law have to say about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? And the Secret Service gets upset when a drone flies near President Obama while he’s playing golf.
As observers of the defense industry will know, recent developments, such as sequestration and contractor consolidation, have squeezed the American defense industry, resulting in the scraping of long-term research and development projects for short-term cost savings. While the effects of defense budget cuts and their impact on national security is often discussed, much more rarely talked about is how defense budgetary pressures will effect the overall strength of the American economy.
The Rational Security team is back in in action this week. Shane is back from Maine. I'm back from Israel. And Tamara is back from not being away. On this week's show, the top ISIS fighter in U.S. custody is being transferred to Iraq. What does it mean, Shane wonders, for the U.S. justice system and the future of detainee policy in the war with ISIS? Two years after the first Snowden leaks, Tamara asks, are we over the idea of the idealistic whistleblower?
This episode features an interview with Samar Batrawi; later on, the podcast takes up some recent jihadi primary sources, covering releases from July 28th to August 13th, as well as social media from August 9th to August 15th.
The Lawfare Podcast: Silent Circle's Mike Janke on Encryption, Going Dark, and Corporate Responsibility
Mike Janke, former Navy SEAL, former CEO and founder of a private security company and current chairman of Silent Circle, joins us for a discussion of encryption, technology, public policy and corporate responsibility.
Bonus Episode 78: Dmitri Alperovitch, Harvey Rishikof, Stewart Baker, and Melanie Teplinsky debate whether the United States should start doing commercial espionage
Thomas Hegghammer discusses his new paper co-authored with Petter Nesser, “Assessing the Islamic State’s Commitment to Attacking the West;" the episode also covers social media posts from last week.