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  • Brookings Forum Previews State of the Union Address
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    State of the Union Address Preview

    The Brookings Institution hosted a discussion previewing the history of and what President Trump may focus on in the State of the Union address. The panel of analysts also spoke about the…

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  • James Comey Discusses His Memoir emA Higher Loyaltyem
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    James Comey on A Higher Loyalty

    Former FBI Director James Comey talked about his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership. He spoke with Benjamin Wittes.

    1,497 views
  • Future of FISA Part 2
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    Future of FISA, Part 2

    Matthew Olson outlined the road to getting Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act renewed. Section 702 gives the government authority to monitor internet activity on…

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  • Graeme Wood Discusses emThe Way of the Strangersem
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    The Way of the Strangers

    Graeme Wood talked about his book The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State, in which he profiles some of the tens of thousands of people around the world who have been…

    776 views
  • Representative Adam Schiff DCA Delivers Remarks at the Brookings Institution
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    Congress and Democracy Around the World

    House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) delivered remarks one day after his committee heard testimony on Russian tampering in the U.S. presidential election. He spoke about the…

    370 views
  • Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on emThe Court and the Worldem
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    The Court and the World

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer talked about his book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, about the challenges facing the judiciary and the application…

    892 views
  • Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum on emThe Future of Violenceem
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    The Future of Violence

    Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum talked about their book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones-Confronting A New Age of Threat, about the threats we may face in…

    825 views
  • Discussion on Development and Regulation of Driverless Cars
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    Driverless Vehicles

    Panelists talked about how the U.S. and Germany are shaping research, development, and regulation of driverless cars. Topics included safety and ethical concerns, policy implications, and…

    387 views
  • Washington Journal Benjamin Wittes on Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIS
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    President Obama's Authorization for the Use of Military Force Request

    Benjamin Wittes talked about the legal debate surrounding President Obama’s Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) request in the fight against ISIS*, as well as the history of…

    2,574 views
  • FBI Director James Comey on Privacy and Technology
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    Technology and Law Enforcement

    FBI Director James Comey talked about the impact of changing technologies on law enforcement. He focused specifically on the ways new programs intended to protect personal information on…

    1,316 views
  • Prosecuting StateSponsored Security Threats
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    National Security Threats

    John Carlin talked about cybersecurity threats in the U.S., and the role of the Justice Department’s National Security Division in combating those threats. He spoke at length about his department’s…

    470 views
  • Discussion on US Responses to Terrorism Threats
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    U.S. Use of Military Force

    Panelists talked about the U.S. use of military force. Following the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, Congress gave the president permission to use force to hold accountable those who were responsible for the…

    2,534 views
  • Brookings Institution Discussion on Obamas NSA Speech
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    Changing Government Surveillance Programs

    Panelists talked about President Obama’s just concluded speech on surveillance policy and his proposed changes to the way in which the National Security Agency collects and monitors phone…

    426 views
  • Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Review
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    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Review

    National security officials and legal experts testified on proposals to reform the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) authorized under the Foreign Intelligence…

    722 views
  • Intelligence and Counterterrorism Policy
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    Intelligence and Counterterrorism Policy

    Panelists talked about intelligence and counterterrorism efforts domestically and internationally. Eliot Abrams named Syria as “jihadi central” and the area of greatest concern for future…

    240 views
  • Overseas Drone Program
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    Overseas Drone Program

    Legal scholar testified on the constitutional issues involved in the targeted killing of American citizens overseas, such as by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone.…

    4,076 views
  • Counterterrorism Policy and the 2012 Presidential Election
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    Counterterrorism Policy and the 2012 Presidential Election

    Participants talked about foreign policy and counterterrorism strategies during the 2012 presidential election campaign. They also answered questions from the audience.

    281 views
  • US International Role
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    U.S. International Role

    Panelists compared probable post-election U.S. foreign policies of a second Obama term with those of a Mitt Romney presidency. Topics included Iran’s nuclear program, violence in Syria, Egypt,…

    365 views
  • Drone Surveillance in the US
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    Drone Surveillance in the U.S.

    Panelists talked about the impact on privacy, safety, and national security of drone surveillance in the U.S. President Obama had recently signed into law a policy that allowed domestic…

    886 views
  • CIA Interrogations and the bin Laden Operation
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    CIA Interrogations and the bin Laden Operation

    Panelists talked about CIA interrogations and the role they played in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. At issue is whether the enhanced interrogation techniques employed during the Bush…

    1,197 views
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