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The Center on National Security at Fordham Law School (CNS) is a non-partisan research and educational institute dedicated to enhancing public understanding of the complex security challenges of the 21st century and to promoting intelligent policy recommendations. The Center’s forums and research projects bring together leaders in the fields of government, law, non-profit, academia, business, and journalism to facilitate discussion of the security issues of our time. The Center's work includes the country's most comprehensive data and analysis project on terrorism prosecutions, a robust foreign policy discussion series, and a vibrant cyber security project. CNS Distinguished Fellows include noted thought-leaders. The daily Morning Brief and weekly Cyber Brief inform those at the highest levels of the policy community as well as the general public.

Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security, and a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Slate.com. She is co-editor with Joshua L. Dratel of The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (2008) and The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (2005); editor of the books The Torture Debate in America (2006) and Al Qaeda Now (2005); and editor of the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Joshua L. Dratel is a New York-based lawyer. Mr. Dratel has been involved in some of the past three decades' most important cases involving national security, terrorism, international law, and civil liberties. Mr. Dratel is co-editor with Karen J. Greenberg of the prize-winning The Torture Papers: The Legal Road to Abu Ghraib (2005), and The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (2008). He is a past President of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2005), as well as Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Phil Hirschkorn is a New York-based journalist with more than 20 years experience in national network news. He has produced hundreds of video reports and online articles for CBS News (2006-2013), CNN (1990-1995), 1997-2006) and Fox News (1996), with a special emphasis on terrorism and politics. Hirschkorn has covered al Qaeda and the trials brought against its members since 1998, including the East Africa embassy bombings trial in New York in 2001 and the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui for 9/11 in Virginia in 2006. He was a contributor to and co-editor of the book Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report September 11, an oral history of the attacks on America told by 130 radio and television journalists.
Robert Windrem is currently the investigative producer for NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams. He has worked as a producer for NBC in varying capacities for three decades. His work has focused on issues of international security, strategic policy, intelligence and terrorism; he is the winner of more than 40 national journalism awards for his work in print, television, and online journalism, including a Columbia-duPont Award, mostly for his work on international security issues.
Lawrence Wright is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9-11 (2006). Wright is a New Yorker staff writer, and has published City Children, Country Summer; In the New World; Saints and Sinners; Remembering Satan; Twins; and God’s Favorite. Wright has co-written the screenplay for The Siege (1998) and most recently authored My Trip to Al-Qaeda, which enjoyed a sold out six week run at the Culture Project in Soho. Wright is currently working on a play about Muslims in Europe.
Susan Quatrone is the Assistant Director and Head of Research at the Center on National Security. She is also an Adjunct Instructor who co-teaches courses on national security law with Karen Greenberg.  Prior to coming to Fordham, she was Research Director at the Center on Law and Security at NYU Law School, where she authored the Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2001–2011. Susan has served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. in the House of Representatives where she specialized in foreign affairs, immigration, and education issues, and was a Fellow for Justice Ariel Belen of the New York Supreme Court, 2d Appellate Division, in Brooklyn, NY. Susan earned her BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in literature and philosophy, her J.D. from Fordham Law School, and has studied international human rights and humanitarian law at Oxford University.
Kevin Garnett is the Dean's Fellow at the Center on National Security. He has previously worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice, The Global Justice Center, and Amnesty International Ireland. He received his J.D. from Fordham Law School, where he was a member of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic working with the Police Reform Organizing Project at The Urban Justice Center. Previously, he received his B.J. in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Jonathan Masters is the Editor and Program Advisor, Cyber Program at CNS. Mr. Masters is also a staff writer for the Council on Foreign Relations and his work has appeared on The Huffington Post, TheAtlantic.com, and CNN's Global Public Square blog. Jonathan has a graduate degree in social theory from The New School University where he focused on media and international relations and a B.A. in political science from Emory University.
Andrew Kent, Associate Professor
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Joe Landau
Associate Professor
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Tom Lee Associate Professor
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