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The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Institute

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The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Institute

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The Lawfare Podcast features discussions with experts, policymakers, and opinion leaders at the nexus of national security, law, and policy. On issues from foreign policy, homeland security, intelligence, and cybersecurity to governance and law, we have doubled down on seriousness at a time when others are running away from it. Visit us at www.lawfareblog.com.

Latest Episodes

The Subpoena Cases Come Down

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided Trump v. Vance, in which the president tried to beat back a subpoena from a New York grand jury, and Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, in which the president tried to beat back a congressional subpoena for his financial records. Benjamin Wittes spoke with Lawfare's Margaret Taylor, Scott Anderson, Quinta Jurecic and Molly Reynolds about whether the president has a path forward before the New York grand jury, and what the cryptic decision in Mazars portends.

52 MIN19 h ago
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The Subpoena Cases Come Down

Brandi Collins-Dexter on COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Brandi Collins-Dexter, who recently published the report, “Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities,” tracing how different false narratives about the pandemic surfaced among Black social media users in the United States. What makes this misinformation unique and especially dangerous? And how should the responses of tech companies account for the ways the Black community is particularly vulnerable to this kind of misinformation?

55 MIN1 d ago
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Brandi Collins-Dexter on COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Xinjiang, Hong Kong and China

The protests in Hong Kong have grabbed international headlines, but Hong Kong is hardly the only region of China that is experiencing brutal repression from the Chinese Communist Party. The latest unrest in the city and the imposition of the new national security law in Hong Kong mirrors actions taken in Xinjiang, the province of China that is inhabited principally by Uighur Muslims. To talk about it all, Benjamin Wittes spoke with Alvin Cheung, Jeremy Daum and Sophia Yan.

41 MIN2 d ago
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Xinjiang, Hong Kong and China

David Priess on the History of the President's Daily Brief

The president's daily brief has been in the news of late because of the Russia bounties story and the question of whether President Trump is actually internalizing the intelligence he is given in his daily briefing. Benjamin Wittes spoke with David Priess about the history of the president's daily brief, how different presidents have gotten intelligence information and whether President Trump's behavior in this regard is exceptional or not.

44 MIN3 d ago
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David Priess on the History of the President's Daily Brief

Chris Brose on 'The Kill Chain'

Christian Brose is the author of "The Kill Chain: Defending America and the Future of High-Tech Warfare," a look at how far behind the United States is growing in possible conflict against its principal national security adversary: China. Ben Wittes sat down with Chris to talk through what would happen if China and the United States actually fought a war. How has China modernized its military so quickly without the kind of military spending the United States has engaged in?

41 MIN4 d ago
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Chris Brose on 'The Kill Chain'

David Shimer on "Rigged"

Jack Goldsmith spoke with David Shimer, the author of "Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference." They discussed United States and Soviet interference in elections during the Cold War, how and why the U.S. attitude toward foreign electoral interference changed after the Cold War, and whether and to what degree the Central Intelligence Agency still covertly intervenes in foreign elections today.

61 MIN1 w ago
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David Shimer on "Rigged"

Darius Kazemi on The Great Bot Panic

On this episode of our Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Darius Kazemi, an internet artist and bot-maker extraordinaire. Darius argues that a great deal of reporting and research on bots is often wrong and actually causes harm by drumming up needless worry and limiting online conversations. So, what is a bot, anyway? And do they unfairly take the blame for the state of things online?

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Darius Kazemi on The Great Bot Panic

Taking China to Court Over the Coronavirus

As the United States continues to suffer from the effects of the coronavirus, the controversy surrounding China's alleged role in the pandemic has continued to grow. In recent weeks, it has even entered the U.S. courts, as private plaintiffs have brought claims against the Chinese government and related institutions for allegedly contributing to the spread of the virus. To discuss these issues, Scott R. Anderson spoke with Chimène Keitner and Robert Williams.

55 MIN1 w ago
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Taking China to Court Over the Coronavirus

About Those Russian Bounties

The New York Times and Washington Post both report that a Russian intelligence unit is paying bounties to Taliban-affiliated militants for killing coalition, including U.S., soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan. Benjamin Wittes spoke with Scott Anderson, Susan Hennessey, David Priess and Alina Polyakova about how solid the intelligence is, what we can say about the president's knowledge—or lack thereof—of the situation, and why Russia would want to do this in the first place.

54 MIN1 w ago
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About Those Russian Bounties

Eric Posner on ‘The Demagogue's Playbook'

Jack Goldsmith sat down with Eric Posner, the author of the new book, "The Demagogue's Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump." They discussed why demagogues are a characteristic threat in democracies, how the founders of the U.S. Constitution tried to ensure elite control and prevent a demagogue from becoming president, how these safeguards weakened over time and how Donald Trump's demagoguery helped him win election as president.

58 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Eric Posner on ‘The Demagogue's Playbook'

Latest Episodes

The Subpoena Cases Come Down

Yesterday, the Supreme Court decided Trump v. Vance, in which the president tried to beat back a subpoena from a New York grand jury, and Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, in which the president tried to beat back a congressional subpoena for his financial records. Benjamin Wittes spoke with Lawfare's Margaret Taylor, Scott Anderson, Quinta Jurecic and Molly Reynolds about whether the president has a path forward before the New York grand jury, and what the cryptic decision in Mazars portends.

52 MIN19 h ago
Comments
The Subpoena Cases Come Down

Brandi Collins-Dexter on COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Brandi Collins-Dexter, who recently published the report, “Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities,” tracing how different false narratives about the pandemic surfaced among Black social media users in the United States. What makes this misinformation unique and especially dangerous? And how should the responses of tech companies account for the ways the Black community is particularly vulnerable to this kind of misinformation?

55 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Brandi Collins-Dexter on COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Xinjiang, Hong Kong and China

The protests in Hong Kong have grabbed international headlines, but Hong Kong is hardly the only region of China that is experiencing brutal repression from the Chinese Communist Party. The latest unrest in the city and the imposition of the new national security law in Hong Kong mirrors actions taken in Xinjiang, the province of China that is inhabited principally by Uighur Muslims. To talk about it all, Benjamin Wittes spoke with Alvin Cheung, Jeremy Daum and Sophia Yan.

41 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Xinjiang, Hong Kong and China

David Priess on the History of the President's Daily Brief

The president's daily brief has been in the news of late because of the Russia bounties story and the question of whether President Trump is actually internalizing the intelligence he is given in his daily briefing. Benjamin Wittes spoke with David Priess about the history of the president's daily brief, how different presidents have gotten intelligence information and whether President Trump's behavior in this regard is exceptional or not.

44 MIN3 d ago
Comments
David Priess on the History of the President's Daily Brief

Chris Brose on 'The Kill Chain'

Christian Brose is the author of "The Kill Chain: Defending America and the Future of High-Tech Warfare," a look at how far behind the United States is growing in possible conflict against its principal national security adversary: China. Ben Wittes sat down with Chris to talk through what would happen if China and the United States actually fought a war. How has China modernized its military so quickly without the kind of military spending the United States has engaged in?

41 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Chris Brose on 'The Kill Chain'

David Shimer on "Rigged"

Jack Goldsmith spoke with David Shimer, the author of "Rigged: America, Russia and 100 Years of Covert Electoral Interference." They discussed United States and Soviet interference in elections during the Cold War, how and why the U.S. attitude toward foreign electoral interference changed after the Cold War, and whether and to what degree the Central Intelligence Agency still covertly intervenes in foreign elections today.

61 MIN1 w ago
Comments
David Shimer on "Rigged"

Darius Kazemi on The Great Bot Panic

On this episode of our Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Darius Kazemi, an internet artist and bot-maker extraordinaire. Darius argues that a great deal of reporting and research on bots is often wrong and actually causes harm by drumming up needless worry and limiting online conversations. So, what is a bot, anyway? And do they unfairly take the blame for the state of things online?

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Darius Kazemi on The Great Bot Panic

Taking China to Court Over the Coronavirus

As the United States continues to suffer from the effects of the coronavirus, the controversy surrounding China's alleged role in the pandemic has continued to grow. In recent weeks, it has even entered the U.S. courts, as private plaintiffs have brought claims against the Chinese government and related institutions for allegedly contributing to the spread of the virus. To discuss these issues, Scott R. Anderson spoke with Chimène Keitner and Robert Williams.

55 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Taking China to Court Over the Coronavirus

About Those Russian Bounties

The New York Times and Washington Post both report that a Russian intelligence unit is paying bounties to Taliban-affiliated militants for killing coalition, including U.S., soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan. Benjamin Wittes spoke with Scott Anderson, Susan Hennessey, David Priess and Alina Polyakova about how solid the intelligence is, what we can say about the president's knowledge—or lack thereof—of the situation, and why Russia would want to do this in the first place.

54 MIN1 w ago
Comments
About Those Russian Bounties

Eric Posner on ‘The Demagogue's Playbook'

Jack Goldsmith sat down with Eric Posner, the author of the new book, "The Demagogue's Playbook: The Battle for American Democracy from the Founders to Trump." They discussed why demagogues are a characteristic threat in democracies, how the founders of the U.S. Constitution tried to ensure elite control and prevent a demagogue from becoming president, how these safeguards weakened over time and how Donald Trump's demagoguery helped him win election as president.

58 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Eric Posner on ‘The Demagogue's Playbook'
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