The Lawfare Podcast

Daniel Byman of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy and Ben Wittes of the Governance Studies program at Brookings launched their report entitled “Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad.” The paper describes the wide range of tools the United States has employed in dealing with citizens suspected of engaging in terrorist activities abroad, and examines the costs and benefits of these various options for policymakers. The event was moderated by Bruce Riedel, director of the Intelligence Project at Brookings, and was followed by an audience discussion.

Direct download: Episode_37---Tools_and_Tradeoffs.mp3
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Robert LItt, general counsel of the ODNI, speaks at the Brookings Institution on Privacy and Intelligence Collection.

Direct download: Episode_36--Bob_Litt_on_Privacy_and_Intelligence_Collection.mp3
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Raffaela Wakeman interviews Covington & Burling partner Mark Plotkin on private sector national security law.


For a week last June, Ben was hanging out in Bangkok, at the International Military Law and Operations (MILOPS) Conference.  While there, he took in an interesting and important address by Alan Liotta, a senior Defense Department official with responsibilities for worldwide detention policy.  Liotta's remarks constitute the thirty-fourth episode in our Lawfare Podcast series.

Direct download: Episode_34--Alan_Liotta_Speaks_at_MILOPS.mp3
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The Brookings Institution hosted Rached Ghannouchi, co-founder and president of Tunisia's Nahda Party, for an address on the future of Tunisian democracy. His remarks centered around the progress the country has made since the Arab awakening began, and the discussion that followed covered the different Islamist movements in the region, as well as the lessons Tunisia’s revolution can teach us about prospects for successful democratic transitions elsewhere in the Arab world.

Direct download: Episode_33--An_Address_by_Rached_Ghannouchi.mp3
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This week, Lawfare sat down with CDR Walter Ruiz, a lawyer for accused 9-11 co-conspirator Mustafa al-Hawsawi. Our discussion touched on, among other things: the fairness of military commission rules; Ruiz's contention that those rules allow evidence derived from torture; Ruiz's own background; his experience as capital defense counsel in history's most closely-watched terrorism case; and the burdens on commission defense lawyers.  


Benjamin Wittes and Ritika Singh interview Ben Emmerson about his investigation.

Direct download: Episode_31--Ben_Emmerson_Talks_about_His_Investigation.mp3
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Lawfare's editor in chief, Benjamin Wittes, gives a talk at the Palace of Westminster--sponsored by the Henry Jackson Society--on whether drones are becoming the new Guantanamo.

Direct download: Episode_30--Wittes_at_Parliament_of_Drones_and_Guantanamo.mp3
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Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel interviews before an audience Philip Mudd, former CIA and FBI counterterrorism official and author of a new book on the the hunt for Al Qaeda.

Direct download: Episode_29--Philip_Mudd_on_the_Past_and_Future_of_Counterterrorism.mp3
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On April 4, the National Security Law Society at Georgetown Law Center held a panel discussion on the “Legal and Ethical Implications of Autonomous Weapons.” It featured Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch, Missy Cummings, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, and Benjamin Wittes of the Brookings Institution. The panel was moderated by Shane Harris of Washington magazine. 

Direct download: Episode_27--A_Discussion_of_Autonomous_Weapons.mp3
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