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.
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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.
Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst and Director of the National Security Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. Bergen was the first American journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden on television in 1997 and has published several books on the terrorist leader, including, Manhunt: The Ten Year Search for Bin Laden From 9/11 to Abottabad (2012), The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader (2006) and Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden (2001). He is also author of the recent The New York Times bestseller The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda (2011).
Sam Dorison is currently a Marshall Scholar, pursuing an MSc in Security Studies at University College London. He previously worked at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Sam graduated with honors from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, where he authored Counting the Days: Factors Influencing Length of Detention at Guantanamo Bay. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company.
Joshua Dratel, a graduate of Harvard Law School, runs his own criminal defense and civil litigation firm focusing on trial and appellate representation. Dratel served on the Board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is the co-editor of 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). Dratel is currently working on creating a workshop series on trying terrorism cases in U.S. courts.
Carol Dysinger is an award-winning film and documentary editor whose work includes the Emmy nominated “Deadline” (Sundance Film Festival; NBC 2004), “Rain” (Sundance Film Festival; Venice Film Festival), “Santitos” (Sundance Film Festival), “Punk,” and most recently “Camp Victory, Afghanistan.” Currently, Dysinger is a tenured Associate Professor of Graduate Film and New Media at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She is currently working on her second film on Afghanistan.
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. In 2002, he produced the documentary CNN Presents: 16 Acres, about rebuilding the World Trade Center site. He was a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Terrorism (Sage, 2002), and he has authored articles for Jane's Intelligence Review, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, George magazine, and other publications. Hirschkorn is a graduate of Duke University.
Candace Rondeaux is a political analyst whose work focuses on international law, security and counterterrorism policy in South and Central Asia. She worked in Afghanistan for five years, serving most recently as the senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Kabul. She has written extensively about the U.S./NATO engagement in Afghanistan and Pakistan and was formerly the Islamabad/Kabul bureau chief for The Washington Post.
Stephen I. Vladeck is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Scholarship at American University Washington College of Law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, he was part of the legal team that successfully challenged the Bush Administration's use of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld (2006). Vladeck is a senior editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of National Security Law and Policy, a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog, and the Chair-Elect of the Section on Federal Courts of the Association of American Law Schools. He is a 2004 graduate of Yale Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal, and a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of Amherst College.
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.
Stephen Chakerian is Executive Assistant to the Director at the Center on National Security. He previously served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director in the Defense Procurement Acquisition Policy branch of the Department of Defense. He also served as a research intern at the New York Historical Society. He received his B.A. in history from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2008. He is co-founder of the JHB Lacrosse Scholarship, established 2007 in Arlington, Virginia.
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.
Shawn Lonergan is the Center's Senior Fellow and Program Director for Technology. He is also an active duty U.S. Army officer and a PhD candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. Prior to joining the Center he was assigned to the National Security Agency where he served as a Deputy Division Chief in the NSA's Tailored Access Operations. Shawn is a 2005 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
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.
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