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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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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