Initiatives: Resilience

From the UK and Israel to Spain and Indonesia, other countries faced with enduring threats of terrorism have found that resilience and restraint have provided the more successful path – in affording both physical security for citizens and continuity for fundamental institutions – than the politics of fear. America is no different. Our civil society and our government must find a smarter and more sustainable counterterrorism response following a path to resilience and restraint, yet our civil society is divided. The politics of fear has led to policy choices that undermine our national security and that neither national security experts nor human rights and civil liberties groups support. The two groups need to work together to give form to a new 21st century policy of resilience and restraint – but are too often divided. NSN partners with a core group of counterterrorism and civil liberties experts to develop resources on resilience for policymakers, advocates and the media; and to help members of each group develop policy choices that serve both sets of concerns effectively and pragmatically.

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