Karen J. Greenberg

Karen J. Greenberg

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Karen J. Greenberg is an expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties and Director of the Center on National Security. Her book Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump investigates how policies forged after September 11 were weaponized under Trump and turned on American democracy itself. With key insights into events spanning the period from Ground Zero to the Capitol insurrection, she describes the strategies that were forged under George W. Bush in the name of security: imprecise language, bureaucratic confusion, secrecy, and the bypassing of procedural and legal norms. She tweets at @KarenGreenberg3.

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, National Interest, Mother JonesThe Atlantic, New Republic, American Prospect, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels. She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. You can view her presentation on US National Security to the International Affairs Forum here.