Could ISIS Have Been Averted? US Not to Blame

“The United States is not to blame for the rise of the Islamic State. Nor is the United States all-powerful, capable of preventing any evil in the world. Far from it. But different U.S. policies might have better positioned it in the fight against the Islamic State,” writes political scientist Peter Feaver.

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Policymakers Must Prepare For New ISIS Threats In The Future

“It is imperative that the United States and local allies learn how to respond to ISIS’ presence in the physical and cyber domains now. If we cannot learn to outpace ISIS, we will not be ready for the group that surpasses it,” writes Andrew Byers, a visiting assistant professor of history who has served as an intelligence and counterterrorism analyst.

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Manchester Attack Underscores ISIS’ Willingness To Use Kids

Some terrorism experts are waiting for additional information to confirm whether Salman Abedi’s target was chosen for him by ISIS, or whether he was self-radicalized. “Is this (attack) showing that ISIS is having such influence that it’s in communication with people in the West, that it is doing the target suggestion? Is it involved in providing training, materials, direct encouragement of individuals? asked public policy professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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Reports Of Trump Sharing Classified Info Point To Growing Fear Of Him

“They’re truly frightened about him,” public policy professor Bruce Jentleson says of U.S. intelligence officials. Jentleson, who served as a foreign policy aide in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, notes that an inadvertent disclosure of classified information to Russian officials would demonstrate “incompetence, impetuousness” and “mania,” adding: “I’m scared, too.”

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We Must Root Out The Torturers In Our Midst

That’s why I agreed to support the NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture, a grassroots effort to build momentum for genuine national accountability. The federal government and courts won’t guarantee justice but people can if they insist on transparency and truth,” writes Robin Kirk, co-chair of the Duke University Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.

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Trump Reverses Course on Iran Deal; Free Speech on Campuses

Sanford School professor David Schanzer and Scott Briggaman of WPTF/NCN News in Raleigh discuss the deepening political crisis in Venezuela and President Trump’s admission that the Iran deal is working. In light of another student protests of a right-wing speaker, Schanzer offers his insight on the state of the First Amendment on college campuses across America.

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Scrutiny Over Terrorism Funding Hampers Charitable Work

“Women’s rights and their defenders are really often caught in the cross-hairs of these very risk-averse banks and overzealous regulatory authorities,” says law professor Jayne Huckerby, an author of a study that found institutional donors such as Western governments and large foundations — as well as banks — are increasingly neglecting human-rights organizations that focus their work on women’s issues and operate in areas such as Syria and Iraq.

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Why Hate Crimes Are A National Security Risk

Hate crimes deserve the new administration’s attention, and not only because they are abhorrent, says David Schanzer, associate professor of the praactice at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Anti-Muslim hate crimes and bigotry also threaten our national security, says Schanzer, who also directs the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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North Korea Crisis, Erdogan’s Power Grab, State Dept. Budget Cuts

This week on the podcast “On Security,” public policy professor David Schanzer discusses the growing threat of North Korea, the increasing authoritarianism of NATO ally Turkey, and the value and necessity of soft power and foreign aid for American security and influence abroad.

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What’s Next For The Prison At Guantánamo?

The Trump administration is contemplating plans to expand detention at the site, and possibly extend the scope of military justice to terrorist suspects in the United States. Whether courts might uphold such a plan is another question. “The correct answer to that is, no, because the Constitution’s Treason Clause makes clear that citizens who act as an enemy are to be treated under criminal law,” says professor Madeline Morris, a former State Department adviser on international and counterterrorism law who now directs the Guantanamo Defense Clinic at Duke Law School.

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Trump’s Claim About Terrorism Convictions Since 9/11

If terrorism includes any act of violence motivated by politics, then you would include both the ideologies of al-Qaida and ISIS, as well as the ideologies of white supremacism, says Sanford School professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. “If you look at the phenomenon of terrorism as a whole, then there are a lot of citizens committing terrorism, whether connected with foreign organizations or ideologies or domestic ones,” Schanzer says.

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Just How Abnormal Is the Trump Presidency?

Of the 20 news events rated by a New York Times panel, President Trump’s order to close the nation’s borders to people from seven nations was considered the most important. Timur Kuran, professor of political science and economics, says the order “violated the U.S. Constitution, and it has raised the danger of global war based on religion.”

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