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National Security & Counterterrorism

National Security & Counterterrorism

The Open Society Foundations seek to investigate and combat human rights violations linked to national security and counterterrorism operations around the world. In the United States, we support work to promote national security policies that respect human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.

Recent Work

Voices
The Report on CIA Torture Confirms Our Worst Fears  

The secret interrogation techniques used in the name of national security are truly horrific.

Report
After the Dead Are Counted: U.S. and Pakistani Responsibilities to Victims of Drone Strikes

The United States and Pakistan could be doing more to provide redress and compensation for civilian harm from U.S. drone strikes.

Voices
Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Struggles with Pham Statelessness Conundrum

Details emerged during a UK Supreme Court hearing of secret British discussions with Vietnam, aimed at securing the deportation of a Vietnamese-born an alleged al-Qaida associate, who had been stripped of UK citizenship.

Event
Targeted: A Conversation with Artists Hasan Elahi and Josh Begley

Join us for an artist talk with Hasan Elahi and Josh Begley, who use their art to reflect on post-9/11 racial profiling and surveillance culture.

Voices
Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Addresses “B2” Statelessness Challenge

The case of Pham Minh Quang before the UK Supreme Court raises fundamental questions about the obligations of governments under the 1954 convention on eliminating statelessness.

Event
Watching You, Watching Me Exhibit: Public Programs

Join us on November 13 for a discussion on surveillance photography at the School of Visual Arts. Panelists include Moving Walls 22 / Watching You, Watching Me artists Andrew Hammerand and Josh Begley.

Open Society People

Senior Legal Officer, National Security and Counterterrorism
Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative
Senior Advisor, Washington Office
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center