1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: The Week That Will Be

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Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will host an event titled “Sustainable Development Goal #16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.” The event will include a panel discussion featuring Andrew Wilson, Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE); Valentina Saltane, Private Sector Development Specialist at the World Bank; and Matthew Murray, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Register for or watch the event here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 12:00 p.m.: The Heritage Foundation will host an event titled “The Take Care Act: Removing Restrictions from the President’s Removal Power.” The event will feature a keynote address by Sen. Mike Lee (R.-Utah) and a conversation between the Senator and John Malcolm, Vice President of the Institute for Constitutional Government. Register for or watch the event live here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 1:30 p.m.: CSIS will host an event titled “Implementing Innovation: The Army’s IP Strategy,” a conversation with Dr. Alexis Lasselle Ross, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategy and Acquisition Reform (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology). Andrew Philip Hunter, Director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group at CSIS will moderate the discussion. Register for or watch the event here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 2:00 p.m.: The Heritage Foundation will host an event titled “The Power of Counter-Narratives: Sufi Islam and the Rise of Wahhabism.” The event will feature a conversation between Shahriar Kabir, a human rights activist; Hassan Hassan, Director of the Non-State Actors Fragile Environment at the Center for Global Policy; and Robin Simcox, Margaret Thatcher Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Register for and watch the event live here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 2:30 p.m.: The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing titled, Drone Security: Enhancing Innovation and Mitigating Supply Chain Risks.” The committee will call Catherine Cahill, Director, Alaska Center for UAS Integration, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Harold Shaw, Chief Security Officer and Director of the Corporate Security and Emergency Preparedness Department, Massachusetts Port Authority; Angela Stubblefield, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Security and Hazardous Materials, Federal Aviation Administration; Harry Wingo, Faculty, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University; and Brian Wynne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International as witnesses. Details are available here.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 2:00 p.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Iran Policy.” The committee will call Mr. Brian H. Hook, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State as a witness. Details are available here.

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019, 8:30 a.m.: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host the “Sixth Annual Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border Conference,” which will focus on improving border management in order to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico. The conference will cover “USMCA (the renegotiated NAFTA), strengthening security and efficiency at border ports of entry, the impact of tariffs and reduced staffing on trade, and growing crossborder cooperation for regional economic development.” Register for the event or watch live here.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 a.m.: CSIS will host an event titled “The Global Peace Index 2019 Launch.” The event will feature a conversation with Stephen Lennon, Senior Policy Adviser to USAID’s bureau of Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Affairs; Shannon Green, Senior Director of Programs at the Center for Civilians in Conflict; Jonathan Drimmer, Senior Adviser at Business for Social Responsibility; and Laurie Smolenski, Outreach and Development Officer with the Institute for Economics and Peace. Register for or watch the event here.

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “Lessons from the Mueller Report, Part II: Bipartisan Perspectives.” Details are available here.

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Department of Defense’s Deployment to the U.S.-Mexico Border.” The committee will call Carla Provost, Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol; Robert Salesses, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civil Authorities, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Department of Defense; Major General Michael T. McGuire, Director, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. Details are available here.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 3:00 p.m.: The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The State Department and USAID FY2020 Operations Budget” The committee will call Carol Z. Perez, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources, U.S. Department of State; Douglas Pitkin, Director, Bureau of Budget and Planning, U.S. Department of State; Frederick Nutt, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Management, United States Agency for International Development; and Bob Leavitt, Chief Human Capital Officer, United States Agency for International Development. Details are available here.

Friday, June 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m.: The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, “The Federal Judiciary in the 21st Century: Ideas for Promoting Ethics, Accountability, and Transparency.” Details are available here.

Friday, June 21, 2019 9:00 a.m.: CSIS will host an event titled “Russian Force Structure for Large Scale Combat Operations.” The event will feature a conversation between Lester W. Grau, Senior Analyst and Research Director at the Foreign Military Studies Office (FMSO); Charles K. Bartles, Junior Analyst and Russian Linguist at FMSO; Jeff Mankoff, Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program at CSIS; and Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist in the Russia Studies Program at the Center for Naval Analyses. Register for or watch the event here.

 

Employment Announcements (More details on the Job Board)

The following are job announcements of potential interest to Lawfare readers. If you have an announcement to add to the page, email us.

Fall 2019 Internship, Lawfare (Interested candidates must apply through Brookings to be considered for the position) 

Overview 

This external sponsorship fall internship, beginning September 2019, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior or senior year with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the classroom in a professional environment. This intern will assist with running and maintaining Lawfare, a website devoted to serious, non-ideological discussion of national security legal and policy issues.

Lawfare has emerged as the internet’s indispensable resource for information and analysis on the law of national security. Devoted to “Hard National Security Choices,” the site features top-quality writing and analysis from experts on developing stories in the national security arena, relevant legislation, and judicial opinions. It is a digital magazine that includes a podcast, a book review, research tools, a daily news roundup, an events calendar, and exhaustive coverage of events other media touch only glancingly.

This externally sponsored internship provides a pre-professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work experience related to the student’s field of study or career interest. It will provide an opportunity for career exploration and development as well as a chance to learn new skills. Lawfare will provide the selected intern with a set stipend amount. 

Applicants must be willing to commit to a minimum number of hours per week (no less than 20 hours per week, during regular business hours), with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks.

Responsibilities

Learning Objectives

The intern will have an opportunity learn a variety of research skills such as writing, research and blog maintenance. Learning will fall into three main categories: 

Writing: Work with Associate Editors to monitor national security and foreign policy developments, and 4-5 times per week, write “Today’s Headlines and Commentary”; work with Associate Editor to write “The Week that Will Be,” a weekly feature that outlines upcoming events, academic announcements, and employment announcements; work with the Associate Editor to co-write a deep-dive analytical piece on a relevant national security law and policy issue; Sole-author “The Week that Was,” a weekly piece that provides a guide to the week’s Lawfare

Research: Provide research support to the Lawfare editorial team as needed.

Maintaining the blog: Tag and categorize Lawfare posts; track relevant Congressional hearings; track and add relevant events to the Events Calendar

In addition to providing direct support to the scholars, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings, local think tank events, professional development workshops, and public Brookings events as well as participate on Brookings sports teams and network with other interns throughout the Institution.

Qualifications

Education/Knowledge/Skills

Undergraduate student (who has completed their freshman year) working towards a degree in government, political science, international relations, journalism, history, and law, or other related fields are encouraged to apply. Our most successful interns have very strong writing, analytical, and research skills, as well as excellent verbal and organizational skills—preferably demonstrated through prior independent research or previous experience as a research assistant..

Additional Information

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for interning at Brookings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment when you apply. Your cover letter should highlight your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals. Please address your cover letter to Hiring Manager.

 

Selected applicants will additionally be required to submit two letters of recommendation or provide two professional references.  

 

Applications will be accepted until June 24, 2019. Applications not completed and submitted by the application deadline date will not be considered. Your application is considered complete when you receive an email confirming that your application was successfully submitted.

 

As you are applying, please be sure to click here to learn more about the Brookings Internship Program, deadlines, and directions on how to successfully submit your internship application(s).

 

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Research Assistant and Associate Editor, Lawfare (Interested candidates must apply through Brookings to be considered for this position.)

Overview

The Research Assistant assists with the maintenance and publication of Lawfare, a national security law website, in the Governance Studies (GS) program at The Brookings Institution. Provides research and administrative assistance on a diverse array of projects connected with the legal framework of American national security policy. Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision, draft summaries of findings, and assists with preparation of publications. Collaborates with GS Communication staff on matters pertaining to public/private events and GS Development staff on matters pertaining to donor proposals.  

Responsibilities

Editorial and Research Assistance (60%)

  • With guidance from Senior Fellow, researches and collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, database, Internet, non-profit organizations, etc.) on relevant topics for publication on Lawfare.
  • Collects and prepares data from various sources for qualitative analysis, drafting and summarization of information.
  • Provides editing and review assistance in preparation for publication.
  • Work with Lawfare editorial team to ensure content is up-to-date and accurate, publish and design content, and perform other site maintenance duties as necessary.
  • Proofread, update, and fact-check existing data and footnotes; finalize documents in preparation for publication.

 Administrative Support (40%)

  • Coordinates logistics for Lawfare and Brookings project. This includes scheduling guests on the Lawfare podcast, identifying dates for presentation, coordinating calls and communication with external authors to the Lawfare blog.
  • Assists with scheduling and coordinating internal and external events and meetings for Senior Fellow.
  • Collaborates with development and communications staff as needed, including confirming fellow or senior fellow availability and interests, recent publications and activity, and relevance of recent work to various external requests for information.
  • Provides administrative support for the Brookings Cybersecurity Project and other Lawfare and Brookings projects, as needed.

Qualifications

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, or a related field required. Academic background in constitutional law, the judiciary, or legal questions surrounding security issues is highly preferable. Demonstrated interest in the law desired. Interest in issues pertaining to national security required desirable.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Outstanding writing, analytical, and research skills, demonstrated through prior relevant research experience. Journalism experience preferred. Ability to write clearly and with minimal supervision is required. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources and capacity to conduct independent research is a must.  Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and organizational skills are also required, as well as ability to take initiative and work in a fast-paced environment. Basic familiarity with Word Press or PHP is a plus.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

Executive Director, Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law

Job Overview

The Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law (CNSL) is looking for an experienced Executive Director (ED) to provide oversight and to develop and coordinate strategic goals on behalf of the Faculty Director. The incumbent is responsible for the Center’s operation along with designing and managing center initiatives, programs, and events, and achieving programmatic success while working with multiple stakeholders. This position will engage in fundraising for the Center and the national security law program at Georgetown. In addition, the ED will initiate and manage key relationships, support faculty priorities and student interests, develop and implement standard procedures and policies, strengthen the Centers’ online presence, and ensure that internal and external partnerships are aligned, consistent, and effective. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in and strong knowledge of the field of national security law, strategic vision for CNSL, and strong leadership skills. The goal is to work closely with the Faculty Director to ensure support for faculty, fellows, students, and alumni; to strengthen the Center’s position in the field and relationships with constituents; and to further national security law.

Work Interactions

The ED reports directly to the Center on National Security and the Law’s Faculty Director. The Executive Director will supervise programs, Fellowships, and Research Assistants and will have significant interaction with Staff, Students, and Faculty across the Law Center. This position will collaborate with academic and administrative teams along with other Centers and Institutes. The incumbent will regularly engage in extensive communication with officials across the university on issues related to funding, space, events, HR, and more. Interactions will also include external parties and partners.

Requirements and Qualifications

J.D. and at least 7+ years of progressive experience related to national security law. Demonstrated organizational and grant writing skills and/or public or private sector experience is required. Experience in academic administration as well as project management and mentorship of junior colleagues and/or students i


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