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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

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Book Launch—Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom Is Under Threat and Why It Matters

Leading human rights lawyer Anthony Lester’s new book presents a powerful account of what’s needed to protect our hard-won rights and freedoms.

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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.

Voices
Brazil’s Security Plans for the Olympics Raise Eyebrows

From tanks at the beach to jammed mobile phones, the militarization of Rio de Janeiro is pushing the boundaries of acceptable precautions.

Voices
Obama’s New Drone Policy Is a Step Forward for Transparency

The estimates of how many people have been killed by U.S. drones since 2009 will allow the American public to ask better questions about the uses and limitations of this new technology.

Voices
The Big Impact of the Little-Known “Recommendation 8”

A revision to a little-known financial regulation means that nonprofit organizations and civil society will soon be less vulnerable to illegitimate government crackdowns.

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Turkey’s Extraordinary Resilience in a Year of Terror

The country continues to thrive despite multiple bomb attacks, including this week’s at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport.

Open Society People

Head, Accountability, Liberty & Transparency Cluster
Open Society Foundations–New York, Open Society Justice Initiative
Senior Advisor
Open Society Foundations–Washington, D.C., Open Society Policy Center

Upcoming Events

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