National Security & Counterterrorism

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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.

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Recent Work

Event
Film Screening and Q&A—Benedicto

A new documentary explores the Guatemalan army's role in atrocity crimes committed during the country's internal conflict, as seen through the eyes of former army commander Benedicto Lucas García.

Event
State Surveillance and the Visual Landscape of War

Tomas van Houtryve discusses his work presented as part of Watching You, Watching Me, the 22nd edition of the Documentary Photography Project's Moving Walls exhibition.

Event
Moving Walls 22 / Watching You, Watching Me Opening Reception in Berlin

The 22nd installation of Open Society Foundations' Moving Walls exhibition series opens in Berlin at the Museum für Fotografie.

Report
Untangling the Web: A Blueprint for Reforming American Security Sector Assistance

This report describes the failures in the American security sector assistance system and sets out steps the next administration can take to improve how the U.S. government plans and executes its security-related assistance.

Voices
No One—Not Even the President—Can Declare Torture Lawful

The Fourth Circuit just rendered the most definitive appellate court opinion proclaiming the illegality of torture since 9/11.

Event
Eroding Trust: The UK’s Prevent Counter-Extremism Strategy in Health and Education

Experts discuss a new Open Society Foundations report assessing the human rights impact of the UK government’s effort to engage teachers, doctors, and other caregivers in the fight against violent extremism.