This Thursday Just Security along with NYU Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice will host an event entitled, Debating “The Snowden Operation”: A Victory for Privacy Rights or for Russia? The debate will be between Edward Lucas, Senior Editor of The Economist and author of “The Snowden Operation: Inside the West’s Greatest Intelligence Disaster,” and Professor Stephen Holmes.

In his new and controversial book, Edward Lucas, after reflecting on how he exposed official state secrets in his many years of journalism, nevertheless has harsh criticisms of Edward Snowden and the journalists who have published Snowden’s revelations. Lucas also explores possible connections between Russia and Snowden’s acts.  Professor Stephen Holmes — whose expertise includes national security law, democratic theory and Russia — will engage Lucas in a spirited debate on the human rights to privacy and a free press and other issues. The debate will be moderated by Ryan Goodman.

As part of the debate we are asking readers to submit questions that may then be posed during the debate. You can tweet us your questions @just_security with #JSBDebate. You can also email your questions to We look forward to your submissions, and join us here Thursday for a live stream of the event. For our readers in New York who would like to attend the event, see below for RSVP details.

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, 
245 Sullivan Street, 9th Floor 
New York, New York

RSVP and valid ID required. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Audrey Watne at