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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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Corruption, Jobs, and the Arms Trade: ​Indefensible Book Launch and Panel Discussion  

An expert panel discusses the risks and tradeoffs of the Trump administration’s proposed military buildup and budget rebalancing away from international assistance and foreign aid.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.