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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.

By Ken Gude
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The United States Should Not TortureInsideSourcesDecember 7, 2016
Drone Strikes: Key Legal Questions—Part 2Center for American ProgressJune 9, 2016
A Return to Torture? UnlikelyJust SecurityJune 3, 2016
Terrorists are already in American prisons—and it’s OKPoliticoFebruary 24, 2016
The right way to close GuantánamoPoliticoFebruary 22, 2016
President Obama Is Right to Visit Baltimore MosqueCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2016
Guantanamo’s Last YearCenter for American ProgressJanuary 26, 2016
Anti-Muslim Sentiment Is a Serious Threat to American SecurityCenter for American ProgressNovember 25, 2015
After the Paris AttacksCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
Standing Up Against IslamophobiaCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
America at Its BestCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2015
Congress Must Adopt Changes to the Guantanamo Provisions of the 2016 National Defense Authorization ActCenter for American ProgressNovember 3, 2015
It’s the USA Freedom Act or NothingCenter for American ProgressMay 22, 2015
Fear, Inc. 2.0Center for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2015
President Obama and the Republican Congress Are on a Collision Course over GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2015
The FBI Is Dead Wrong: Apple’s Encryption Is Clearly in the Public InterestWiredOctober 17, 2014
Understanding Authorizations for the Use of Military ForceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 24, 2014
Renewed Push, Public Weariness Puts Closing Gitmo Within Obama’s ReachWorld Politics ReviewApril 8, 2014
What Has to Happen to Close Guantanamo Bay This YearCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2014
It’s Time to Get the Government Out of the Mass Collection BusinessCenter for American ProgressJanuary 16, 2014
Common-Sense Reforms to Protect Americans’ PrivacyCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2013
Guantanamo: America’s $5 Billion FollyCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2013
Terrorist Detainee Rules Are Not McCarthyistCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2011
A Victory for the United States but Not the Defeat of Al Qaeda in YemenCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2011
Whack-a-Mole in YemenCenter for American ProgressSeptember 23, 2011
Repression Is Not a Path to a Stable Egyptian StateCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2011
Conservatives Once Again Play Politics with U.S. Counterterrorism PolicyCenter for American ProgressJuly 22, 2011
Secretary Clinton Should Go to YemenCenter for American ProgressJuly 12, 2011
Conservatives Outraged over Prosecution of Terror SuspectCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2011
More Efficient CounterterrorismCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2011
Misfiring at Al Qaeda in YemenCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2011
The Last Best Chance to Save YemenCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2011
Interactive: Who Will Lead Egypt?Center for American ProgressMay 16, 2011
GOP Detainee Bills Represent Return to Bush PoliciesCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2011
Re-engaging on GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2011
I’m Not Rich Enough!Center for American ProgressFebruary 16, 2011
The Costs of Conservative RecalcitranceCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2010
Upholding Our American ValuesCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2010
A Tale of Two TerroristsCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2010
Chasing PhantomsCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2010
Tackling the Terrorist Threat at Home and AbroadCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2010
A Time for CourageCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2010
Criminal Courts Are Tougher on Terrorists than Military DetentionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2010
Multilayered SecurityCenter for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2010
Excessive Secrecy Undermining Obama’s Human Rights AchievementsCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2009
New York’s 9/11 Trial JusticeCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2009
Getting Back on Track to Close GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressNovember 10, 2009
An Important First Step in Actually Closing GuantánamoCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2009
Out of the Torture Photo BoxCenter for American ProgressJune 2, 2009
Obama’s Right to DetainCenter for American ProgressMay 29, 2009
Back on Track to Close GuantánamoCenter for American ProgressMay 22, 2009
Obama Can’t Keep Torture Under WrapsCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2009
Don’t Try Bush Officials for TortureCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2009
Obama Can’t Turn the Page on TortureCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2009
Bush Administration Got the Guantanamo it WantedCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2009
Bush’s Willing TorturersCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2009
We Have Become Our EnemiesCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2009
Opening Up Bush’s Tortured LogicCenter for American ProgressApril 17, 2009
Obama Shows Leadership on Torture MemosCenter for American ProgressApril 17, 2009
Pride and ProvidenceCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2009
‘Enemy combatants’ no moreCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2009
Ask the Expert: Three Types of Challenges at GuantánamoCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2009
Guantánamo’s SecretsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2009
Closing Guantanamo, Restoring American ValuesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2009
The First Step Toward Closing GuantánamoCenter for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2009
Gitmo: No MoreCenter for American ProgressJanuary 12, 2009
Stop this FiascoCenter for American ProgressDecember 8, 2008
Prisoners of CowardiceCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2008
A Return to FairnessCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2008
Five Steps to Close GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2008
How to Close GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2008
Guantanamo JusticeCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2008
Tortured ExplanationsCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2008
Return to a Proven Path: Established Systems Can Handle TerroristsCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2007
Habeas Corpus Extends to GitmoCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2007
Supreme Court Ruling Adds to Momentum for Major Changes at GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2007
A Great OpportunityCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2007
Wanted: A New Kind of U.N. AmbassadorCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2006
It’s About TimeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2006
After GuantanamoCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2006
NSA Domestic Warrantless Wiretapping and the “Trust Me” PresidentCenter for American ProgressFebruary 2, 2006
Statement On the McCain Anti-Torture AmendmentCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2005
War on TerrorismCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2005
After Guantanamo: The Way ForwardCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2005
They Got What They WantedCenter for American ProgressAugust 5, 2004
Hiding Behind the WallCenter for American ProgressApril 20, 2004