Trump Foreign Policy, New National Security Adviser

David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, discusses the flurry of foreign trips undertaken in the past week by Trump cabinet members, the duties and responsibilities of his new national security adviser and the progress in the fight to retake Mosul.

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Podcast: The Smart Border

How can the U.S. increase security along the southern border without building a wall? Stephen Kelly, a visiting professor of the practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy, says more cooperation between law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border is key.

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Trump Taps New National Security Adviser

Political scientist Peter Feaver, a scholar on civil-military ties, says he expects Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to take a skeptical view of Russia, seeing Moscow as a dubious partner and major potential threat to U.S. security. And Feaver says he expects a similar skepticism toward Iran, whose support for proxy groups across the Middle East many senior military officials say has gone unchecked.

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The Most Dangerous Job in Washington

“A national security adviser has to successfully manage three key constituencies: First and foremost his relationships with the president, but also his relations with other senior officials in the West Wing, and with Cabinet officials in various agencies,” says Peter Feaver, who served on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush.

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Trump Focus Misses Growing Risk From Right-Wing Extremism

Focusing solely on Islamic extremism “would be a huge mistake,” says David Schanzer, director of Duke’s Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. He says programs meant to counter extremism “were a hard sell for the Muslim community even before” the election and that Muslim communities see them “as a form of surveillance.”

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Examining Violent Extremism in the U.S.

Public policy professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, talks about his organization’s recent report examining Muslim-American involvement in violent extremism in the U.S.

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Judicial and Media Independence After the Next Attack

“At the moment, the judiciary and media are functioning well.  But these institutions will inevitably become more vulnerable after an attack, especially a significant attack.  Trump has already given specific indications that, in the event of such an attack, he will blame these institutions,” write law professors Curtis Bradley and Neil Siegel.

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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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Is News of Terror Attacks Underplayed?

Peter Feaver, a political scientist who studies public opinion on national security issues, says he saw no basis for the White House claims. “I don’t think there’s evidence of the press underreporting terrorism. The corporate incentives run the other way.”

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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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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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‘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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