The Center on National Security at Fordham Law (CNS) was established at Fordham University School of Law in September 2011. As a non-partisan, educational think tank, CNS is dedicated to providing thought leaders, policy makers and the public audience with the tools to better understand national security issues, with a particular focus on terrorism. Over the years, the Center has hosted a remarkably wide spectrum of opinion makers and officials and focused their joint attention on complex national security issues, leading to publications and policy recommendations. In addition to public educational programming, we also seek to reach a wide public audience and contribute to an informed citizenry through our policy research. Daily, our staff fields research questions from the national media and from policy makers on our two main research areas: ISIS and terrorism prosecutions. The Center’s research and reports are featured in domestic and international publications and broadcasts, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Reuters, Le Monde, NBC, CNN, NPR, and PBS.
The Center has hosted over eighty public events, both evening and day-long conferences, on national security and foreign policy topics such as: drones and targeted killings, surveillance law and policy, the evolving military, cyber security, international terrorism, US-Middle East policy, and the conflicts between the executive branch, the courts, and Congress. These programs facilitate open and frank dialogue on controversial and important policy issues, bringing these issues to the forefront of the national security debate and promoting public conversation that builds understanding and advocacy. To see our past events, click here!
The Center contributes to an informed citizenry by providing legal analysis and sociological data, notably on terrorism indictments in the United States. The Terrorism Trials Database is the country’s most comprehensive data and analysis project on federal terrorism prosecutions. Through database-enabled research, we monitor the progress of terrorism cases throughout the U.S. judicial system and delve into critical topics, such as radicalization trends, socio-economic factors, legal strategies, and sentencing issues for those accused of terrorism-related crimes. The Center's research has collaborated with the New York Times as well as numerous other news outlets in presenting this material to the public, most recently on the interactive feature, "ISIS in America" and "What the Americans Drawn to ISIS Had in Common."
The Center releases periodic Fact Sheets from the Terrorism Trials Database on pressing national security topics including information on terrorism prosecutions, foreign fighter cases, FBI informant cases, biographical details on terrorism defendants, and sentencing patterns. In June 2015, the Center released a comprehensive report, By the Numbers: ISIS Cases in the United States, providing an in-depth analysis and examination of alleged ISIS supporters and their motivations. In July 2016, the Center, in collaboration with the New York Times, released Case by Case: ISIS Prosecutions in the United States, updating its prior examination and providing new avenues of research and analysis.
The Center produces two electronic morning news services – The Soufan Group Morning Brief and the Stroz Friedberg Cyber Brief – that increasingly reach a critical mass of the national security establishment and the public. Our daily newsletter, The Soufan Group Morning Brief, covers the most important national security, terrorism, and foreign policy stories of the day. The Stroz Friedberg Cyber Brief, our weekly roundup of cyber news, highlights developments in cybersecurity law and policy. The curated briefs encourage a user-generated experience, where readers can process information quickly through CNS summaries or delve more deeply into topics of interest through linked news sources. To subscribe, click here!
Karen J. Greenberg
Karen J. Greenberg
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 most recently of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State. She is also 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 Atlantic, The New Republic, 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.