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The TCTHS announces the fifth annual report on Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators written by Charlie Kurzman. “Despite concerns that the Boston Marathon bombing or the civil war in Syria might lead to an upsurge of violence in the United States, the number of Muslim-American terrorism plots remained low in 2013,” said the author of the report, Charles Kurzman, a professor of sociology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. “Foreign terrorist organizations continued to have difficulty recruiting Muslim-American communities.”
TCTHS Director David Schanzer responds to the media buzz around Edward Snowden after a U.S. district judge ruled yesterday the National Security Agency’s metadata program is unconstitutional. To see why Schanzer says “the Snowden bandwagon may be crowded these days, but there are many reasons to stay off of it,” read the full article here.
The former director of the CIA and NSA, Gen. Michael Hayden (USAF, Ret.) and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Barton Gellman, squared off last week over the implications of national security reporting. A lively and informative debate covered ethical obligations of journalism, the need for discretion in reporting of sensitive issues, and the imperative for secrecy in protecting national security priorities. For more, watch a recording of the event on the Sanford School of Public Policy YouTube page here.
TCTHS director David Schanzer will moderate a discussion between former director of the NSA and CIA, General Michael Hayden (USAF – Retired) and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Barton Gellman on the implications of national security leaks and the media.
For more information on the event, click here.
The TCTHS hosted White House National Security Staff Member and director for Community Partnerships, George Selim, Nov. 4-5 for a series of meetings with students to discuss careers in public service. Selim encouraged students to develop their personal networks through relationships and focus on the human element of breaking into the field. In his time with students, Selim also fielded questions about his role in community engagement and outreach to which he explained the desire for and necessity of cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with communities and individuals rather than just community leaders.
TCTHS Director David Schanzer is preparing to launch a mass online course on 9/11 and its Aftermath in September. This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. In the course, students will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai’da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence. For more information or to register for the course click here.
August 13, 2013: TCTHS’s Bruce Jentleson and David Schanzer respond to the decision to close US embassies and consulates across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia last week due to an unspecified terrorist threat. To hear Jentleson’s and Schanzer’s comments, click here.
July 12, 2013: TCTHS Director David Schanzer comments on Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s resignation and legacy saying “she suffered a bit of a rocky start” but “enjoyed a solid tenure at the Department of Homeland Security.” To read more on Schanzer’s commentary, click here.