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Cody M. Poplin


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Past articles by Cody:

Addressing Russian Influence: What Can We Learn From U.S. Cold War Counter-Propaganda Efforts?

A review of anti-propaganda strategies from the Cold War may inform contemporary responses to Russian active measures. → Read More

Addressing Russian Influence: What Can We Learn From U.S. Cold War Counter-Propaganda Efforts?

A review of anti-propaganda strategies from the Cold War may inform contemporary responses to Russian active measures. → Read More

The Law Under Attack in Pakistan

Earlier this week, a suicide bomber outside a crowded hospital in Quetta, Pakistan killed at least 74 people, most of them judges or lawyers, and wounded dozens more. Yesterday, another blast in Quetta wounded an additional 13 people. The provincial interior minister told Reuters that the bombing targeted police escorting a judge, who was not killed in the attack. Local TV stations have warned… → Read More

Pentagon Releases New Procedures for Intelligence Collection

Today, the Department of Defense released revised procedures—along with an accompanying fact sheet—governing the conduct of its intelligence activities. DoD Manual 5240.01, ensures that Defense Department policy complies with DoD Directive 5240.01 and Executive Order 12333, which authorize Defense components to collect, retain, and disseminate information concerning U.S. persons and conduct… → Read More

Today's Headlines and Commentary

A terrorist attack in the French city of Nice claimed at least 84 lives and shocked a nation that was in the midst of celebrating Bastille Day last night. The assailant was a 31-year-old male named Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel who came to France from Tunisia. He drove a truck for 1.1 miles through Nice, mowing down hundreds of people before police stopped the vehicle with a barrage of gunfire. At… → Read More

DOD Revises Law of War Manual

Last Friday, the Department of Defense released an update to the 2015 Law of War Manual. According to Charlie Savage of the New York Times, the changes mainly center on the section related to the treatment of journalists in conflict. As Savage notes, when the manual was released last year, journalists and activists raised objections to this section, concerned that its wording could lead… → Read More

Statement from Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins

Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Mark Martins released the following remarks yesterday at Guantanamo Bay before the resumption of pre-trial hearings in the case Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al. → Read More

House Intel Committee Releases Missing 28 Pages from 9/11 Commission

The House Intelligence Committee today released the long-classified 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report that deal with the alleged role of Saudi Arabia in the attacks. The Washington Post reports that House Intel voted to release the pages on the heels of growing pressure from the public and following a White House review. The Post reminds us that "Administration officials have also… → Read More

2nd Circuit Rules Against US Government in Microsoft Case

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in the case Microsoft v. United States, finding that Stored Communications Act "does not authorize courts to issue and enforce against U.S.-based service providers warrants for the seizure of customer e-mail content that is stored exclusively on foreign servers." The case began in December 2013, when a New York district judge issued a warrant… → Read More

Live: CIA Director John Brennan Speaks at Brookings

Today at 1:30 pm, CIA Director John Brennan will deliver remarks at the Brookings Institution on the CIA's strategy in the face of emerging challenges. You can watch the event live here. → Read More

Intern with Lawfare!

Lawfare is now accepting fall internship applications. For more information, check the Brookings internship announcement and apply here. > Overview: This academic focused fall internship, beginning September 2016, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior or senior year, or graduate students, with an interest in national security to apply principles and theory learned in the… → Read More

HFAC Hearing with State and Defense Department Special Envoys for GTMO

Earlier today, State Department Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure Lee S. Wolosky and his Defense Department counterpart Paul M. Lewis testified before the the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding the Obama administration's detainee release process. You can watch the full hearing below: → Read More

The Week That Will Be

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Monday, June 20th at 9:30 am: The Council on Foreign Relations will host Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, for a conversation on TPP and American Leadership in the Asia-Pacific. Merit E. Janow will moderate the discussion. Watch the livestream here. Monday, June 20th at 4 pm: At the Institute of World Politics, John… → Read More

Today's Headlines and Commenary

New details about Omar Mateen capture a life of violent outbursts that culminated in the tragedy of Orlando. The Wall Street Journal meticulously interviews a number of people who knew Mateen in the years and months before the Orlando slaughter in a profile that reveals his repeatedly disturbing tendencies. Though Mateen had not committed a crime before the shooting, the Journal concludes that… → Read More

CIA Releases Documents Related to Enhanced Interrogation Program

Yesterday, in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Central Intelligence Agency released over 50 documents related to the agency's enhanced interrogation and rendition program during the Bush administration. The ACLU requested the release of the documents after they were referenced in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's Study… → Read More

The Week That Will Be

Event Announcements (More details on the Events Calendar) Monday, June 13th at 12 pm: The Stimson Center will hold an event examining China's Policy Towards the Korean Peninsula. For a full agenda of the two-panel event, see the Stimson event announcement. Monday, June 13th at 2 pm: The Brookings Institution will launch a new public opinion survey on American attitudes toward refugees from the… → Read More

Speaker Ryan Releases GOP National Security Strategy

In an event yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican's 2016 national security strategy. Entitled "Achieving U.S. Security Through Leadership and Liberty," the 23-page strategy document calls for the United States to develop a "layered" border security program, enhance its cyber defenses and balance the challenge presented by the "going… → Read More

Today's Headlines and Commenary

The Washington Post tells us that after two Palestinian attackers gunned down four Israelis last night in a crowded Tel Aviv market, Israel has deployed more troops to the West Bank and frozen 83,000 permits for Palestinians to enter Israel. The permits had initially been introduced as a goodwill measure to permit Palestinians easier travel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The shooting,… → Read More

Today's Headlines and Commentary

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi won’t be leaving Washington empty-handed. The Wall Street Journal reports that President Barack Obama and Modi announced on Tuesday that Westinghouse Electric will help build six nuclear reactors in India. This marks the first nuclear deal between the two nations since the landmark civil nuclear accord that was signed in 2008 under President George W. Bush.… → Read More

The Lawfare Podcast: The Role of Transparency in Intelligence Programs

This week, the American Bar Association hosted a panel discussion on “Achieving More Transparency about Secret Intelligence Programs,” which featured comments from Lawfare's Carrie Cordero, Alexander Joel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Rachel Brand of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The panel explores recent calls for greater transparency in… → Read More