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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

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.

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.

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

Since 2015, the UK’s counter-extremism strategy has imposed a statutory duty on health and education professionals to report individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism.

Book Launch—Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom Is Under Threat and Why It Matters    
Leading human rights lawyer Anthony Lester discusses his new book, which presents a powerful account of what’s needed to protect our hard-won rights and freedoms.
Book Launch: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything    

Rosa Brooks discusses her new book, which examines what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.

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