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Renewed Push, Public Weariness Puts Closing Gitmo Within Obama’s Reach

Ken Gude writes on the renewed push to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What Has to Happen to Close Guantanamo Bay This Year

Guantanamo fenceA closer look reveals achievable steps to close the prison in 11 months.

By Ken Gude | Friday, January 31, 2014

It’s Time to Get the Government Out of the Mass Collection Business

NSAPresident Obama should immediately suspend the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records.

By Ken Gude | Thursday, January 16, 2014

Common-Sense Reforms to Protect Americans’ Privacy

The Obama administration should support bipartisan amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

By Ken Gude | Friday, December 6, 2013

Guantanamo: America’s $5 Billion Folly

Guantanamo Bay article icon Issue Brief During an unprecedented austerity push, Congress wastes billions of dollars on the unnecessary prison.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Terrorist Detainee Rules Are Not McCarthyist

Ken Gude explains why the detainee provisions in the bill heading for President Obama’s signature are flawed but do not establish military detention in the United States.

By Ken Gude | Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Victory for the United States but Not the Defeat of Al Qaeda in Yemen

Anwar al-Awlaki’s lawful killing removes a genuine threat to the United States, but it brings Yemen no closer to peace and stability, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Friday, September 30, 2011

Whack-a-Mole in Yemen

Single-minded effort to counter AQAP will only allow conditions to deteriorate further, enabling AQAP gains, write Ken Gude and Ken Sofer.

By Ken Gude and Ken Sofer | Friday, September 23, 2011

Repression Is Not a Path to a Stable Egyptian State

Current tensions between Egypt and Israel don’t call for reinstating Egypt’s emergency laws, particularly as the country plots its path toward civilian rule, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Conservatives Once Again Play Politics with U.S. Counterterrorism Policy

An op-ed by Sens. Joe Lieberman and Kelly Ayotte gets it wrong again on the best way to prosecute terrorists, writes Ken Gude.

By Ken Gude | Friday, July 22, 2011

Secretary Clinton Should Go to Yemen

A visit by the secretary of state to meet with Yemen’s vice president can help push the political transition along and form a stable government that can tackle the country’s many challenges, say Ken Gude, Ken Sofer, and Aaron Gurley.

By Ken Gude, Ken Sofer, and Aaron Gurley | Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Conservatives Outraged over Prosecution of Terror Suspect

The trial of Ahmed Warsame in a New York court continues a decades-long and previously uncontroversial U.S. policy, writes Ken Gude. So why are conservatives up in arms?

By Ken Gude | Wednesday, July 6, 2011

More Efficient Counterterrorism

The Obama administration unveiled a promising new strategy to fight terrorism this week that will use smaller, more targeted operations, write Ken Gude, Ken Sofer, and Aaron Gurley.

By Ken Gude, Ken Sofer, and Aaron Gurley | Friday, July 1, 2011

Misfiring at Al Qaeda in Yemen

Relying on CIA drones in Yemen risks making an already bad situation worse, writes Ken Gude. Resolving the country’s political crisis is a better way to fight terrorism there.

By Ken Gude | Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Last Best Chance to Save Yemen

article icon Issue Brief The Yemeni president's forced departure provides a window for more direct U.S. engagement to resolve the crisis in the country, write Ken Gude and Ken Sofer.

By Ken Gude and Ken Sofer | Friday, June 10, 2011