14 February 2017

Robert Chesney (Director of the Robert Strauss Center and Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at UT Law) and Steve Vladeck (Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Law at UT Law) have just launched "The National Security Law Podcast." The weekly podcast will provide a review of the latest legal controversies associated with the U.S. government's national security activities and institutions.

The first episode, recorded on January 26, examined a draft Executive Order from the Trump Administration concerning detention, interrogation, and military commission prosecutions. Chesney and Vladeck considered the implications of the document, and discussed the insight it offers into one of the most interesting questions in the national security transition: to what extent will we see radical breaks from the Obama administration's practices?

The podcast's second episode, on January 31, concerned two recent major developments. First, Chesney and Vladeck discussed the Trump Administration’s Executive Order suspending entry into the U.S. for persons hailing from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Chesney and Vladeck identified the key moving parts in the Order, and laid out its legal challenges. Second, they discussed the U.S. Special Operations Forces raid against an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) compound in Yemen. Addressing reports on the difficulties of the mission, they also discussed what the mission says about possible deployments and use of force under the new administration.

Follow the podcast on twitter at @NSLpodcast. The episodes can be found in their entirety here.