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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

How a Protest in Afghanistan Instilled Hope for the Country’s Future

After the beheadings of seven innocent members of an ethnic minority, Afghans hoped their protest would draw attention to the violence—but it achieved something far more profound.

A Paris-Based Media Outlet Reacts to the Attacks

In the wake of the attacks that killed over a hundred in Paris, a publisher explains the media’s role in responding, and why we shouldn’t make assumptions about the terrorists’ intended targets.

Book Launch: We Too Sing America

Nationally renowned racial justice advocate Deepa Iyer shines a light on the ongoing racism directed against South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh people in the decade and a half since 9/11.

Building “Security”: The Lessons of Foreign Military Assistance to the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Mali

This panel will assess the impact of corruption on the ability of the United States to build the capacity of foreign military forces.

Want to Enhance Border Security? Improve Human Security.

Discussions of border security often neglect the human security needs of the communities whose lives are directly affected by what goes on there.

Six Questions the Candidates Must Answer at the Presidential Debate and Beyond

From drug policy to the refugee crisis, voters deserve to know how the people running for president will respond to the world’s most pressing problems.

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