Joshua Geltzer

Executive Editor (2017-Jan. 2021)

Joshua Geltzer (@jgeltzer) served as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection as well as Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.  He also served as an International Security Program Fellow at New America and an Executive Editor at Just Security (2017-January 2021).

Geltzer served from 2015 to 2017 as Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council staff, having served previously as Deputy Legal Advisor to the National Security Council and as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the U.S. Department of Justice.  He also served as a law clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court and, before that, as a law clerk to Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Geltzer received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, and his PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar.  Before that, he attended Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

He is the author of US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda: Signalling and the Terrorist World-View, published by Routledge; and his writings have appeared in a wide range of scholarly and popular publications including The Atlantic, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, Defense One, Foreign Policy, the Journal of Constitutional Law, the New York Times, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and the Washington Post.  He has appeared on BBC, Bloomberg TV, CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and more.

Geltzer is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the American Law Institute, a member of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative board, and a member of the Hostage US board of directors. Geltzer is also on LinkedIn.

Articles by this author:

Good Governance Paper No. 10: Addressing Foreign Election Interference—An Overdue To-Do List


Oct 27th, 2020

What To Watch For In Michael Flynn’s Case On Tuesday


Aug 10th, 2020

The Baseline: How a Functional Executive Would Have Handled the Russian Bounty Operation

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Jul 2nd, 2020

Specific Questions for Congress (and News Media) to Ask Attorney General Barr

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Jun 22nd, 2020

Don’t Let Trump Say the “American Carnage” of 2020 is What He Claimed in 2016. It’s Not.


Jun 1st, 2020

Ten Days that Show Why Trump’s Wrong on Terrorism

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May 27th, 2020

Law Day and the Need for Virtue in Government Lawyering


May 1st, 2020

When the Abnormal Becomes Typical: Clinging to Memories of Normalcy Three Years into the Trump Administration


Mar 3rd, 2020

The Friday Night Massacre’s Broader Context: Trump’s Redesign for American Democracy

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Feb 10th, 2020

Three Things to Look For in the 2020 “Worldwide Threat Assessment” from the U.S. Intelligence Community

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Jan 15th, 2020

Trump Loved “His Generals”—Until He Got To Know Them


Jan 2nd, 2020

The US Mission Tied to Syrian Oil Fields May Prove the Worst of All Strategic Options


Nov 12th, 2019

More or Less Justice? More or Less Security?

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Nov 1st, 2019

Trump Goes Full Putin—Capitulation Inside the Oval Office

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Sep 30th, 2019

18 Years After 9/11, We Face a New International Terrorist Threat


Sep 11th, 2019

The Pattern and Practice of Trump’s Assaults on the Intelligence Community

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Sep 3rd, 2019

Calling Off Iowa’s “Digital Caucuses” Is a Wise Display of Caution


Aug 30th, 2019

Blame Trump, Not the U.S. Code, for His Abuse of Emergency Authority


Aug 26th, 2019

Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection

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Aug 20th, 2019

“Virtual Iowa Caucuses” Demand Cybersecurity Attention: 2020 Election Security Can’t Wait Till 2020


Jul 29th, 2019

35 Questions for Congress to Ask Robert Mueller (+ Questions from Readers)

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Jul 22nd, 2019

Dear Dems: Make Mueller’s Testimony About 2020, Not 2016


Jul 19th, 2019

The Distorter-in-Chief is Hosting a Summit on Distortion on Social Media


Jul 11th, 2019

Asking the Right Question on Iran, Al-Qaeda and the AUMF

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Jun 21st, 2019

Bill Barr’s Dangerous New Powers

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May 28th, 2019

Trump’s Preference for Acting Officials Puts National Security at Risk

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May 20th, 2019

Don’t Get Lured by False Question of Whether Mueller Got “Played” by Barr


May 6th, 2019

What Congress Should Ask Bill Barr When He Testifies

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Apr 30th, 2019

The Missing Piece of the Mueller Investigation

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Mar 29th, 2019

Sizing Up Facebook’s New Disclosures About the Christchurch Shooting


Mar 21st, 2019

So This Is What Congress’ Getting Involved in Foreign Affairs Looks Like


Feb 14th, 2019

Election Security: Questions for the House Homeland Security Hearing

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Feb 12th, 2019