NatSec Nightcap with John C. Demers

 

 

 

 

John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, joined NSI Founder & Executive Director Jamil Jaffer on August 6 for the latest installment of our NatSec Nightcap webinar series.  AAG Demers discussed evolving cybersecurity threats, the challenges in investigating Chinese state-backed efforts to steal intellectual property, what the private sector can do to mitigate its vulnerabilities, and what the government is doing to counter the risks.

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, former Representative of the United States to the African Union and Permanent Representative to the UN Economic Commission of Africa, joins us on the next session of NatSec Nightcap on Thursday, August 20 from 5 – 6 PM ET.  An expert on African peace and security issues, Ambassador Brigety will be discussing China’s growing influence in Africa, U.S.-Africa relations, and the need to re-think U.S. engagement in Africa.  Please click here to register for this exciting event.

Past speakers in this series include NSI Advisory Board member Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23), former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Senator Saxby Chambliss, former Acting and Deputy Director oof the CIA Michael Morell, and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco.  NSI’s NatSec Nightcap webinar series provides important conversations to a diverse audience and provides an engaging virtual alternative while our in-person programming is suspended.

To learn more about NatSec Nightcap, view our upcoming speakers, and register for these events, please visit our website.

 

China’s One Belt One Road: New World Order?

 

 

 

This NSI Backgrounder:

  • Describes China’s “One Belt One Road”
  • Outlines China’s economic and geopolitical objectives for One Belt, One Road

  • Characterizes One Belt, One Road’s scope, scale, features, and trends

  • Highlights alternatives to One Belt, One Road
  • Identifies key items to watch in the future

Click here to read the complete paper

About the author:

Bryan Smith is a Senior Fellow at the National Security Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Currently, Mr. Smith provides strategic advisory services to defense and intelligence companies. During his varied career, Mr. Smith held senior resource management positions in the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Director of National Intelligence, and the National Reconnaissance Office and served as a professional staff member in the House and Senate intelligence committees.

 

China and Arctic Security

 

 

 

This NSI Backgrounder:

  • Sets the backdrop for increased human activity in the Arctic.

  • Summarizes the key stakeholders in the Arctic.

  • Details China’s entry into the region and Beijing’s intensified activities in the Arctic.
  • Lists key items to watch in the future.

Click here to read the complete paper.

About the author:

James P. Danoy is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.  Mr. Danoy is a retired defense intelligence executive and previously served as the Defense Intelligence Agency Executive Representative to the FBI, the National Intelligence Manager for Europe and NATO, and a President’s Daily Brief (PDB) briefer to the 44th President of the United States.

A History of U.S. Relations with China

 

 

 

This Backgrounder:

  • Reviews key developments in the historic U.S. relationship with China.

  • Highlights the extent to which U.S.-China tensions have waxed and waned.

  • Describes recent changes in U.S. perceptions of China which have sparked competing policy responses.

Click here to read the complete paper.

About the author:

Christopher J. Bright is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Mr. Bright is a diplomatic historian with more than a decade of professional experience as a national security staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, he is professorial lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Techlash and National Security: The Need for U.S. Leadership on Privacy and Security

 

This NSI Law and Policy Paper: This NSI Law and Policy Paper:

  • Summarizes how “Techlash” and criticism of Big Tech are realigning the regulatory instincts of policymakers and companies. This dynamic may embolden government action to regulate in the name of lawful government access and national security, among other goals.
  • Describes how movements to regulate technology companies may undermine privacy and security protective end-to-end encryption and erode Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
  • Suggests that policymakers should prioritize data protection as essential for national security in the digital era and urges U.S. global leadership to inspire digital democracies and counter digital authoritarianism.
  • Proposes actionable recommendations for policymakers to address encryption, federal data protection regulation, cybersecurity expertise, and global leadership.

Click here to read the complete paper.

About the authors:

Megan Brown is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Emerging Technologies and Cybersecurity at the National Security Institute at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.  Ms. Brown is currently a partner in Wiley Rein LLP’s Telecom, Media & Technology and Privacy & Cybersecurity practices.  She previously served in the Department of Justice as Counsel to two U.S. Attorneys General.

Dr. Andrea Little Limbago is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of Emerging Technologies and Cybersecurity at the National Security Institute as the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.  Dr. Limbago is currently the Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos.  She previously served as the Chief Social Scientist at Virtru and Endgame.

Fault Lines: Pipelines, the Arctic, and Crimes Against Humanity – Global Leadership Dilemmas!

In This Episode: “The President himself seems to prefer to play footsie with the Russians than actually confront them for the enemy that they are.”

Nord Stream 2 is exacerbating the split between the United States and its European Allies.  Across the Mediterranean Laurent Gbagbo is acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).  Les Munson, Jamil Jaffer, Loren Dealy Mahler, and Andrew Borene discuss how the U.S. should push back against the Russians in Europe and how Americans should think about the ICC.

In our under the radar segment, Les highlights the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam raising tensions along the Nile, Loren explores the legislative twists and turns of this year’s NDAA, Jamil discusses the tit-for-tat consulate closures in Chengdu and Houston, and Andrew discusses how rebalancing special operations forces and potentially elevating the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict to full Under Secretary will impact great power competition.

Can the United States stop Nord Stream 2 at this point?  Is the ICC an international institution worth protecting?  Will the long-view of foreign policy  return in a post-Trump America?  All these questions and more answered in this week’s Fault Lines.

 

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NatSec Nightcap with Michael Brown

 

 

Michael Brown, Director of the Defense Innovation Unit at the Department of Defense, joined NSI Founder & Executive Director Jamil Jaffer on July 23 for the latest installment of our NatSec Nightcap webinar series.  Mr. Brown discussed the impending superpower marathon between the U.S. and China, focusing on China’s multi-decade investment in technologies critical for both future innovation and military superiority and U.S. policies and tools needed to strengthen the national security innovation base.

John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, joins us on the next session of NatSec Nightcap on Thursday, August 6 from 5 – 6 PM ET.  Mr. Demers leads the Department’s efforts to combat national security related cyber-crime, terrorism and espionage, to enforce export control and sanctions laws, and to conduct a national security review of foreign investments.  Mr. Demers also leads the Attorney General’s China Initiative to counter economic espionage, trade secret theft, hacking, and other related crimes from China.  To register for this event, please click here.

Past speakers in this series include NSI Advisory Board member Gen. Keith Alexander (Ret.), Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23), former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Senator Saxby Chambliss, former Acting and Deputy Director oof the CIA Michael Morell, and former White House Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco.  NSI’s NatSec Nightcap webinar series provides important conversations to a diverse audience and provides an engaging virtual alternative while our in-person programming is suspended.

To learn more about NatSec Nightcap, view our upcoming speakers, and register for these events, please visit our website.

Fault Lines: Aristotle and Hypersonic Weapons – The Future of Arms Control

In This Episode: “We continue to seek good arms control but part of that is not being a sucker for bad arms control.”

In our second “Better Know a State Department Bureau” series, Fault Lines welcomes Dr. Chris Ford, Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation. How should America respond to Russian non-compliance? How can the US work with China to control nuclear proliferation? How does ancient Greek and Roman philosophy play into all of this? Dr. Ford and host Lester Munson answer these questions and many more on this week’s episode of Fault Lines!

 

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