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Ken Gude

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Civil liberties, terrorism

Ken Gude is a Senior Fellow with the National Security Team at American Progress. He also leads several of the organization’s policy initiatives and projects.

Gude has worked at the Center since its founding in 2003—serving in numerous roles, including Chief of Staff and Vice President and Managing Director of the National Security and International Policy team. Gude is one of the leading experts on the prison at Guantanamo Bay and the intersection of law and security in the fight against terrorism.

Prior to joining American Progress, Gude was a policy analyst at the Center for National Security Studies, where he focused on post-September 11 civil liberties issues. He also had stints at the Council on Foreign Relations and the British Labour Party, where he served as a policy officer working the campaign against the privatization of British Rail. He has been published in numerous print and online publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Philadelphia Inquirer; is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media; and has contributed to the books Protecting Democracy: International Responses and Power and Superpower.