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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
After More Than a Decade, the Truth About CIA Torture in Poland

The European Court of Human Rights sent a clear message that abuses perpetrated by the CIA will not be tolerated in modern Europe, and those who perpetrate them will be held accountable.

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Value and Impact of Strategic Litigation: Fool’s Paradise or Indispensable Weapon?  

This panel discussion explores the promise and perils of strategic litigation, often a hallmark of Open Society Foundations’ funding and operations.

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The Cultural War on Terror: Race, Policy, and Propaganda  

Recent Open Society Fellows Hisham Aidi and Arun Kundnai look at government policies to shape the lives of young Muslims and promote opposition to extremism. Peter Beinart moderates.

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The Rouhani Administration, One Year On  

Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, reflects on the Rouhani administration and the prospects for nuclear negotiations and domestic reform.

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Whistleblower Protection and The Snowden Effect  

This briefing addresses the current historic opportunity to advance whistleblower protection and concrete opportunities to strengthen work in the areas of human rights, national security, environment, and governance.

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Does the “Leahy Law” Help or Hurt the Hunt for Boko Haram?
This background briefing looks at the “Leahy Law,” which prevents U.S. military assistance from going to foreign military or police units where there is credible evidence of gross human rights violations.

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