Would The Public Follow Trump Into War?

Political scientist Peter Feaver, who served as a senior adviser on the national security council for strategic planning under President George W. Bush, says international doubts won’t make it impossible for foreign leaders to back Trump if they support his strategy — as demonstrated by the unanimous recent United Nations vote tightening economic sanctions on North Korea. But these widespread reservations, he adds, will make other leaders more cautious about supporting his initiatives.

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Charlottesville and The Legacy of Slavery

Mark Anthony Neal, chair of Duke’s Department of African and African-American Studies, talks about the weekend’s deadly protests and what the violence in Charlottesville reveals about America’s struggle to reconcile the country’s legacy of slavery.

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Trump Can Prove His Words on White Supremacy Aren’t Hollow

“After running a highly divisive campaign that emboldened overt racists to advocate for their agenda in the political arena, the president now has an opportunity, with the Charlottesville tragedy, to demonstrate that his words against racism and bigotry are not hollow promises. He has a long way to go,” writes public policy professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security.

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Al-Qaida in the Age of ISIS: Redouble Our Efforts

“As the fight against ISIS has demonstrated, if al-Qaida is to be defeated, we must redouble our efforts to track down and degrade al-Qaida’s channels of communication, recruitment and finance. It is time to look beyond the threats that ISIS poses and focus once again on al-Qaida before it is too late,” writes Andrew Byers, a visiting assistant professor of history, and a colleague.

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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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