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.

The group is chaired by Professor Samuel Issacharoff and Professor Kiron Skinner.

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Working Group Co-chairs

Samuel Issacharoff
Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University

Kiron Skinner
Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Members

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).

The following contributors have also supported the mission of the working group:
Joshua Geltzer (Georgetown University), Zachary K. Goldman (New York University), Liora Lazarus (Oxford University)

Image credit: “One Nation Under CCTV” by ogglog [CC BY 2.0]

Co-Chairs

Stephen Ansolabehere

Professor of Government, Harvard University

Margaret Weir

Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Avice Saint Chair in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley

Co-Chairs

Stephen Ansolabehere

Professor of Government, Harvard University

Margaret Weir

Professor of Political Science and Sociology and Avice Saint Chair in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley