Events/Appearances & Reviews

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Kevin R. MacRae

Barack Obama campaigned on changing George W. Bush’s “global war on terror” but ended up entrenching extraordinary presidential powers, from warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention to military commissions and targeted killings. Then Obama found himself bequeathing those authorities to Donald Trump, who appears ready to open the throttle on hard-power approaches to fighting terrorism – accepting greater risk of civil-liberties violations at home and civilian casualties abroad. At the same time, Trump’s actions have raised new executive power debates, from his attacks on the free press and his ban on visitors from certain Muslim-majority countries to his push-back against the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author tells insider stories and offers analysis to help make sense of the era of political stress upon the Constitution that the United States – and world – has been living through.



PBS American Forum: Interview with Douglas Blackmon (Feb. 3, 2016, scheduled to air Feb. 24, 2016)

Fox News’ Foxhole: Interview with James Rosen (posted Dec. 22, 2015)

Federalist Society International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast: Interview with Paul Rosenzweig (made public Dec. 21, 2015)

Interview with Charlie Rose (aired Dec. 2, 2015)

Majority Report: Interview with Sam Seder (aired Nov. 25, 2015)

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast: Interview with Stewart Baker (starts about 22 minutes in; posted Nov. 24, 2015)

Lawfare/Hoover: Interview with Jack Goldsmith (posted Nov. 21, 2015)

The Intercept: Interview with Glenn Greenwald (posted Nov. 10, 2015)

Salon: Interview with Elias Isquith (Nov. 7, 2015)

Democracy Now! Interview with Amy Goodman and Juan González (Nov. 4, 2015)

Al Jazeera America: Interview with Ali Veshi (Nov. 4, 2015)

HuffPost Live: Interview with Alyona Minkovski  (Nov. 3, 2015)

NPR All Things Considered: Interview with Ari Shapiro (aired Oct. 30, 2015)


Charlie Savage, “How 4 Federal Lawyers Paved the Way to Kill Osama bin Laden,” New York Times (Oct. 29, 2015)

Charlie Savage, “Guantánamo Is Leaving Obama With Choices, Neither of Them Simple,” New York Times (Nov. 1, 2015)

Charlie Savage, “Barack Obama, Lawyer-in-Chief: Why did a liberal professor embrace the Bush surveillance state? Look to the law,” Politico Magazine (Nov. 9, 2015)


Kate Tuttle, “Savage’s ‘Power Wars’ turns the light on Obama’s foreign policy,” (The Story Behind the Book column), The Boston Globe, Nov. 28, 2015

Brian Francisco, “The Powers That Be: New Book Traces Arc of Post-9/11 Presidency,” The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette, Nov. 22, 2015.


Oona Hathaway: “The Savage Effect” (Nov. 2, 2015)

Marty Lederman: “Further on the law of the bin Laden operation, Part I” (Nov. 3, 2015)

Marty Lederman: “Further on the law of the bin Laden operation, Part II” (Nov. 4, 2015)

Laura Donohue: “Surveillance, Individual Rights, and the Obama Administration” (Nov. 5, 2015)

Jennifer Daskal: “The Ascendancy of the Lawyer” (Nov. 5, 2015)

Jennifer Daskal & Steve Vladeck: “Where Did Things Go Wrong? Three Key Moments That Shaped Obama’s Failed Guantánamo Policy” (Nov, 11, 2015)

Richard Pildes: “What Role Should Law Play in Areas of Vital National and International Affairs?” (Nov. 13, 2015)

David Golove: “Libya and the War Powers Resolution” (Nov. 17, 2015)

Bob Bauer: “The Powers Wars Debate and the Question of the Role of the Lawyer in Crisis” (Nov. 18, 2015)

Dawn Johnsen: “A Study in Contrasting Views of Executive Authority” (Nov. 25, 2015)


Robert Chesney, “Understanding the Deeper History of FISA and 702: Charlie Savage’s Power Wars on Fiber Optic Cables and Transit Authority,” Lawfare (Nov. 3, 2015)


Omnibus Lecture Series, November 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m., Rhinehart Music Center, IPFW campus, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Free but tickets required, available here. Pre-event coverage in the The IPFW Communicator; Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly; WANE Channel 15 News; The News-Sentinel; The Journal-Gazette;

American Branch of the International Law Association – International Law Weekend, Fordham University School of Law, panel moderator, “The Post-9/11 Wars: Unresolved International Law Issues Facing the Next Administration,” (Oct. 28, 2016)

Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, “90 Minute Series” (New Political article; Oct. 19, 2016)

National Association of Former United States Attorneys, keynote speaker, annual conference, San Diego (Oct. 8, 2016)

Indiana University School of Global and International Studies, “America’s Role in the World” conference  (March 30, 2016)

CATO Institute (with Michael Glennon and Gene Healy, C-SPAN2 Book TV video, CATO Institute video, Jan. 5, 2016)

Yale Law School (Dec. 6, 2015)

Perkins Coie @ National Press Club (Dec. 9, 2015)

Harvard Book Store (Dec. 5, 2015)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Dec. 4, 2015)

Harvard Law School (Dec. 4, 2015)

University of Texas at Austin Strauss Center (summary and photographsvideoDaily Texan article, Nov. 16, 2015)

New York University Law School (Nov. 12, 2015)

Columbia University Law School (Nov. 12, 2015)

Stanford University/Hoover Institution (video, Nov. 10, 2015)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Nov. 9, 2015)

Politics & Prose (video, Nov. 4, 2015)


FOX NEWS:Special Report (Nov. 27, 2015)

Wall Street Journal Opinion: “President Guantanamo” (house editorial, Nov. 18, 2015)

Politico: Josh Gerstein, “Official: FOIA worries dampen requests for formal legal opinions” (Nov. 5, 2015)

CNN: The Situation Room (Nov. 3, 2015)

MSNBC: Thomas Roberts (Nov. 2, 2015)

MSNBC: Morning Joe (Nov. 2, 2015)