National Security and Counterterrorism
The Open Society Foundations seek to investigate and combat human rights violations linked to national security and counterterrorism operations around the world, and to promote policies that respect human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.
No State Accountability for North Carolina Contractor Who Helped CIA Torture
While far too much of the CIA’s activities during the presidency of George W. Bush remains hidden from the public, a new report helps to fill the gap by taking a closer look at North Carolina’s involvement.
For Diplomacy That Looks Like the United States, Civil Society Must Lead by Example
To improve its foreign policy and national security decision-making, the United States needs a State Department and a national security workforce that reflects the diversity of its citizens.
John McCain’s Profile in Courage
The late U.S. senator left a complicated legacy. But throughout his career, McCain never wavered in his opposition to torture, or his support for human rights abroad. History will remember and honor these heroic stances.
Q&A: Yemen’s Humanitarian Catastrophe Demands Action
Yemen’s civil war, fueled by outsider powers with little concern for the Yemeni people, is not getting better. It is in the global community’s power to stop these atrocities—and justice demands nothing less.
The Unresolved Legacy of CIA Torture
In the years since the so-called torture report’s release, U.S. views on the practice have turned increasingly partisan. To revive the bipartisan consensus against torture, advocates must remain active, focused, and vigilant.
The Truth About Terror and Youth Radicalization
As concerns grow about the influence of social media and the internet in radicalizing young people, it’s vital to separate the myths from the facts.
The Reform U.S. Drone Policy Really Needs
As the new administration continues to adjust U.S. national security policy to its strategy, it is essential that regulations placed on drone strikes in order to protect civilians are strengthened—not weakened—for the future.
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.