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JNSLP Symposium—Shifting the Great Power Competition: Emerging and Continuing Threats with China, with Jim Steinberg

The Journal of National Security Law and Policy hosted its 2021 annual symposium this week, featuring a keynote discussion with James Steinberg, former US Deputy Secretary of State and University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs and Law at Syracuse University.

Steinberg and James Feinerman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, sit down to discuss US-China relations, managing differences, and the ongoing power struggle between both nations.

The interview taps Steinberg’s wealth of experience with China to address the biggest challenges facing the Biden Administration and his recommendations for the way ahead.

Syracuse University College of Law Professor William C. Banks, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security and Editor-in-Chief of JNSLP, provides opening remarks.

The NSA’s New SIGINT Annex

Previously been published in Lawfare (Jan. 15, 2021), in this paper David Kris reviews new National Security Agency guidance designed to regulate signals intelligence (SIGINT) activity that implicates US persons’ privacy and the Fourth Amendment. Officially an annex to the manual of rules governing all DOD elements—DOD Manual 5240.01—the new “SIGINT Annex” replaces the prior NSA annex, last significantly updated in 1988.

This paper reviews and analyzes the new SIGINT Annex, reading it in context with the Raw SIGINT Guidelines, the PPD-28 Procedures, and the current version of USSID-18, occasionally comparing it to the DOD Manual, the Prior Annex, and a corresponding set of internal procedures issued in 2017 by the Central Intelligence Agency.