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Kenneth Anderson Discusses Counterterrorism on March 20

Emily M. Darrow
“Counterterrorism in the Next Administration”
HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW EXPERT KENNETH ANDERSON SPEAKS ON “COUNTERTERRORISM IN THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION” AT BARD COLLEGE ON MARCH 20 ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Kenneth Anderson, a leading figure in the field of human rights and international law, speaks about counterterrorism at Bard College on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. in room 102 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building. His talk, “Counterterrorism in the Next Administration,” is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Bard Human Rights Project, Social Studies Division of Bard College, and the Rift Valley Institute. "What would a comprehensive counterterrorism policy look like? Hard questions about surveillance, detention, interrogation and torture must be faced. Congress must legislate clearly what is permissible. What we need are not euphemisms, but exact descriptions of techniques and when they may be used. Let our legislators tell us plainly what trade-offs they make between our security and our liberties," writes Kenneth Anderson in the New York Times Kenneth Anderson was the founding director of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch and a prime mover in the campaign to ban antipersonnel landmines. He was subsequently general counsel at the Open Society Institute and now teaches law at American University in Washington. Anderson is the legal editor of Crimes of War ( His recent writings on counterterrorism and the laws of war in the New York Times and elsewhere have provoked controversy in the human rights community. He is also one of the directors of the Rift Valley Institute (U.S.), which established its North American office at Bard this year. The Rift Valley Institute, chaired by John Ryle, the Legrand Ramsey Professor of Anthropology at Bard College, is an independent association based in Kenya, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The institute has been working in eastern Africa, particularly Sudan, since 2001, supporting research, publishing, and education. For further information, see For more information about the lecture, call 845-758-6822, extension 6207, or e-mail or # # # (3.9.2007)

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This event was last updated on 03-21-2007