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Recap of Recent Posts on Just Security (May 20-26)

I. Foreign Policy

II.  Trump and Russia

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Q & A With Citizen Lab on “Tainted Leaks” and Russia’s Disinformation Campaign


On Thursday, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab published evidence of a dangerous new twist in the war against truth. Russia-linked hackers, dubbed CyberBerkut, have waged a worldwide phishing campaign against hundreds of government officials, journalists, and NGO workers, and in some cases, tampered with documents stolen from victims and then tried to leak them to the media in an effort to advance Russian propaganda aims.…   continue »

What Lincoln Thought of “America First”


Abraham Lincoln neither spoke nor read any language other than English and would never travel abroad, but he was an internationalist in sentiment, conviction and politics. His internationalism was not a vague or transient feeling, but a firmly rooted belief that was a necessary and logical part of his defense of American democracy.…   continue »

When is a Mercenary (Not) a Mercenary? The Case of Foreign Fighters in the UAE’s Military


When the going gets tough, politics tends to trump law, and words start to lose meaning. You can see it in the culture of sloppiness and misdirection that has developed around the use of terms like ‘terrorist’ and ‘combatant.’ These terms do have more-or-less precise meanings in international law, and there are good reasons for that precision, grounded in a deliberately established balance between liberty and security interests of individuals and states.…   continue »

Don’t Be So Quick to Call Those Disclosures “Legal”

Following multiple reports that President Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian officials at a private meeting, various legal experts have asserted that Trump broke no laws. An impressively thorough blog post on Lawfare noted that “the very purpose of the classification system is to protect information the President, usually through his subordinates, thinks sensitive.…   continue »

National Security-Related Congressional Hearings, May 15-19

Tuesday, May 16

10:00am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Business Meeting (here)

2:30pm – Senate Committee on Intelligence – Intelligence Matters (Closed(here)

Wednesday, May 17

10:00am – House Judiciary Committee –  Challenges Facing Law Enforcement in the 21st Century (here)

10:00am– House Committee on Armed Services – Initial Findings of the Section 809 Panel: Setting the Path for Streamlining and Improving Defense Acquisition (here)

10:00am – House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Energy Opportunities in South America  (here)

1:00pm – Senate Committee on Intelligence – Intelligence Matters (Closed(here)

2:00pm – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – The Balkans: Threats to Peace and Stability (here)

2:00pm – Senate Committee on Armed Services – Military Space Organization, Policy, and Programs (here)

2:00pm – House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Nomination (Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa)  (here)

2:30pm – House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Revitalizing U.S.-ASEAN Relations (here)

3:30pm – Senate Committee on Armed Services – United States Military Small Arms Requirements (here)

3:30pm – House Committee on Armed Services –  Military Personnel Posture: FY 2018 (here)

Thursday, May 18

9:30am – Senate Committee on Foreign Relations – Nomination (Ambassador to Japan) (here)

9:30am – Senate Committee on Armed Services – Nominations (Principal Deputy Under Secretary Of Defense For Intelligence; Assistant Secretary Of Defense For International Security Affairs; Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Homeland Defense And Global Security; General Counsel Of The Department Of The Army) (here)

10:00am – Senate Judiciary Committee –  Business Meeting (Nomination: United States Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit; S.867, Law Enforcement Mental Health & Wellness Act) (here)

10:00am – House Committee on Foreign Affairs –  U.S.…   continue »

Civil Liberties and Human Rights Groups Urge Ambassadors on the UN Security Council to Support Yemeni Civil Society



International and U.S.-based civil liberties and human rights groups are urging Ambassadors on the United Nations Security Council to take action to support Yemeni civil society, in the face of recent attempts by the government of Yemen to silence and intimidate renowned Yemeni human rights advocates.…   continue »