Matt Waxman hosts The Lawfare Podcast, “Mira Rapp-Hooper on ‘Shields of the Republic'”

"Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper is the Stephen A. Schwarzman senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the new book, 'Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances.' Matthew Waxman spoke with Mira about the history and strategic importance of American alliances, some of the constitutional issues alliances raise and what the United States should do to revitalize its alliances going forward..." Listen to the full episode here: Full Episode

2020-06-26T08:54:58-04:00June 19, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Matt Waxman writes with Samuel Weitzman in Lawfare: “Remembering the Montgomery Ward Seizure: FDR and War Production Powers”

"Every student of national security law knows about Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer (the Steel Seizure Case), in which the Supreme Court invalidated President Truman’s seizure of steel mills to forestall a nationwide strike during the Korean War. Less well appreciated is that industrial confiscation was a familiar practice for Americans in 1952. Although the Roosevelt administration disfavored that policy tool, the U.S. government seized companies during labor disputes more than four dozen times during World War II—usually firms [...]

2020-05-01T14:42:30-04:00April 25, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Matt Waxman co-hosts Lawfare’s The Cyber Law Podcast, “How Israel is Fighting the Coronavirus”

"We present a lightly edited interview about Israel’s technology- and surveillance-heavy approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. In it, Matthew Waxman, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia University, and I talk to Yuval Shany, a noted Israeli human rights expert and professor at Hebrew University. We cover the particularly fraught political crisis that the virus exacerbated, the Israeli government’s use of counterterrorism tools to trace contacts of infected individuals, and the significance of locational privacy in the face of a deadly [...]

2020-04-14T13:30:08-04:00April 3, 2020|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Matt Waxman quoted in the Atlantic article, “It Wasn’t the Law That Stopped Other Presidents From Killing Soleimani”

"The [assassination] ban arose in response to covert CIA plots to, for example, kill Fidel Castro with an exploding cigar during peacetime—essentially, attempting to kill because of political differences, not in wartime self-defense, said Matthew Waxman, who directs the National Security Law Program at Columbia University and served in the Bush administration. The Obama administration used the term targeted killing for strikes on terrorist leaders in overseas battlefields—arguing that they fell under a right to self-defense in an ongoing war against [...]

2020-01-16T21:19:04-05:00January 4, 2020|Cybersecurity & Defense|

Matthew Waxman in Lawfare: “U.K. Outlines Position on Cyberattacks and International Law”

On Wednesday, British Attorney General Jeremy Wright delivered public remarks titled "Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century.” This unilateral move marks an important step by states in developing and defending interpretations of existing international frameworks as applied to cyber. It will take a long time to cultivate strong international consensus on such interpretations, but even in the absence of new agreements, statements like these help show that cyberspace need not be “lawless.”

2020-04-07T16:32:36-04:00May 23, 2018|Cybersecurity & Defense|
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