The Establishment Clause and Genocide

“As we make hard (and, indeed, heartbreaking) decisions as how best we might alleviate refugee suffering consonant with our own security, we must not turn our backs on the victims of genocide – even if that victimization is based on religious belief – as genocide victims are clearly the most in need of a priority,” writes law professor Charles Dunlap.

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Future of Foreign Policy Under Trump

Public policy professor Bruce Jentleson is interviewed about recent foreign policy developments, including the White House putting Iran “on notice” following the launch of a ballistic missile, the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of former Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and a reportedly tense phone call between President Trump and the Prime Minister of Australia.

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Immigration Ban: Handing Bin Laden a Triumph

“Donald Trump’s disastrous immigration executive order has now accomplished what 9/11 and 15 years of terrorist attacks could not – cause a genuine estrangement between the worlds’ Muslims and the United States,” writes Sanford School professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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Comparing Turkey, U.S. Immigration Policies

During a visit to Duke, Turkish investigative journalist Cüneyt Özdemir analyzed the parallels between Turkey’s immigration law and President Trump’s immigration ban.

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Can He do That? Trump’s Executive Order

A panel of scholars discuss the legality and ramifications of President Trump’s executive order regarding immigrants. Panelists at the law school event were professors Walter Dellinger, Neil Siegel, Guy Charles, Chris Schroeder, Stephen Sachs and David Schanzer.

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My Family’s Refugee Stories: America at its Best – and Worst

“No country can have a completely open border. We are right to be vigilant about who enters the United States. Certainly in these times. But this ban does nothing to make America safer. The Muslim refugees are not the danger. They are in danger,” writes professor Frederick Mayer, director of The Center for Political Leadership, Innovation and Service (POLIS).

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Where are Coups Most Likely to Occur in 2017?

“Most of the countries at the top of our 2017 forecasts have undergone coup attempts in recent history, or have existing open political conflicts that test their normal institutions. Despite the fact that all coups may appear surprising, there are no surprises in our list of most coup-prone countries for 2017,” writes political scientist Michael Ward and a colleague.

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Trump’s Travel Bans Needed a Larger Strategy and a Better Rollout

“The new normal apparently is a highly turbulent media environment that includes a fair bit of overreaction. In such an environment, it is even more important that the White House vets carefully its big decisions, makes decisions that support a larger strategy, and rolls decisions out in ways that reassure people that vetting and strategic planning took place. The Trump administration is not there yet,” writes political scientist Peter Feaver.

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Trump’s Flawed Defense of His Immigration Order

“Of course, we should not telegraph that we are launching a commando raid on a terrorist target in advance,” says Sanford School professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. “However, the chaos, disruption, and injustice caused by the immigration ban that Trump issued demonstrates why unpredictability is usually not a sound basis for national security policy.”

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Diplomats: Not My State Department

Five diplomats in the senior management team at the U.S. State Department have stepped down. “This is not normal procedure. It’s not coincidence,” says Bruce Jentleson, a professor of public policy and political science and a former senior adviser at the State Department. “If it wasn’t coordinated, it’s even more significant.”

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‘Lawfare’ Could Become Trump Tool Against Adversaries

Use of the law as a weapon of war may find favor with the Trump administration, according to some scholars and attorneys. “I don’t know what plans the Trump administration may have to incorporate lawfare into its foreign policy strategy, but if we have an opportunity to use law instead of more traditional weapons to address foreign policy issues, I’m all for it,” says law professor Charles Dunlap, executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.

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The View from the Republican Sideline

“For now, we observe that the dominant lesson of the last 100 years has been just this: When America led in the effort to rally friends and partners from around the world to confront global challenges, it went better for American interests in the long run. And when America retreated in the pursuit of short-term and parochial calculations of national interest, it went much worse for our nation in the long run,” writes political scientist Peter Feaver and a colleague.

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