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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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With Targets on Their Backs: Providing Health Care in Conflicts Without Rules

An expert panel explores how violations of medical neutrality are used as weapons of war—and the impact this has on humanitarian organizations offering aid.

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Fifteen Years of Fighting Terror: Lessons for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates

An expert panel discusses alternative approaches to combating terrorism—including less reliance on the military, a tougher line on bad governance, and closer work with civil society.

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One Year After the Torture Report, a New Law Says “Never Again”

A year later, it’s worth remembering just how horrific—and ineffective—“enhanced interrogation” turned out to be.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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