Modern democracies face threats of various sizes, sources, and duration, from both state- and non-state actors. As a result, classical conceptions of a state’s security status no longer fit neatly into categories of peace, crisis, and war. These threats and the responses to them can raise hard questions about how to proceed within the ambit of democratic norms and institutions.
The working group on the Politics of Security considers these issues and more, probing the repertoire of institutions and ideas that democracies use to deal with threats. In the course of this work, the group will take up a range of issues, including population movements, war, terror, and tensions of security and privacy.
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Working Group Co-chairs
Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University
Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Jessica D. Blankshain (U.S. Naval War College), Gabriella Blum (Harvard University), Paul Collier (University of Oxford), Shaheed Fatima (Blackstone Chambers), Emily O. Goldman (University of California, Davis), Ira Katznelson (Columbia University), Stephen D. Krasner (Stanford University), Uday Methta (City University of New York), Pasquale Pasquino (New York University), Dana Priest (University of Maryland), Julian Zelizer (Princeton University).