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Rational Security: The ‘Never Get Drunk with Australians’ Edition

A wave of anti-government protests grips Iran. Former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos may have been the impetus for the Russia investigation. And Defense Secretary James Mattis addresses the U.S. role in the war in Yemen and civilian casualties. Plus, Shane recommends Jim Risen’s tell-all in The Intercept. And I make a video and a coin.


The National Security Law Podcast: Trump Derangement Syndrome or a Distraction from the Forever War?

Merry New Year!

2018 is underway, but in today’s episode we are looking back at 2017. More specifically, we are looking back to predictions made in early 2017 regarding the changes President Donald Trump surely would be making to certain executive orders and presidential directives relating to national security. How did those predictions turn out? It’s complicated. Tune in to find out what has and has not happened, and why, as we consider the fate of five key documents:


The Lawfare Podcast: Through the Looking Glass with Mike Doran, Part I

A few days ago, I tweeted at my old friend and colleague Mike Doran that he should come to my office and record a long conversation about Trump, Russia, and how he parted ways with his many colleagues who became #NeverTrump conservatives:

...civilized and in depth conversation about how we came to see the world in such starkly different terms.


The Lawfare Podcast: Lawfare Questions

As we wrap up 2017, we wanted to listen to you, our listeners. In this year-end episode of the Lawfare Podcast, Lawfare contributors took your questions by voicemail and answered them on the show. Susan Hennessey, Tamara Cofman Wittes and Scott Anderson joined Benjamin Wittes in the Jungle Studio, with Josh Blackman joining from afar, to answer questions on subjects ranging from the Islamic State to presidential pardons.


Ask Lawfare: A Special Year-End Edition of the Lawfare Podcast

It's the end of the year, and people have questions. So this week on the Lawfare Podcast, we have answers.

Susan Hennessey and I will be in the Jungle Studio Thursday afternoon answering listener questions and reaching out to other Lawfare contributors to do so as well. So if you have a question for a Lawfare contributor, call us at 240-812-8498, and leave a voicemail message with your question and the specific Lawfare contributor you'd like to hear answer it.


The Lawfare Podcast: What the Heck is Up with 702?

As the year is coming to a close, Congress has now missed the deadline for reauthorizing FISA Section 702. Molly Reynolds, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies and expert on Congress, joined Benjamin Wittes and Susan Hennessey for a converation on the failure to reauthorize and what happens next. They discussed the politics of Section 702, the influence of this year's overall legislative agenda, and what to expect in 2018 for the crucial intelligence apparatus. 



The Lawfare Podcast: C. Christine Fair on Bangladeshi Terrorism

Last week, a Bangladeshi man set off a pipe bomb in the New York subway in an attempted terrorist attack inspired by the Islamic State. C. Christine Fair, a professor in Georgetown University’s Peace and Security Studies Program, joined Benjamin Wittes to contextualize the incident.  They discussed modern Bangladeshi terrorism, the country’s history and governance, and the significance (or lack thereof) of the attack.


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