February 01, 2017

CNAS Experts’ Commentary on Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”

By Phillip Carter, Ilan Goldenberg, and Michèle Flournoy

In recent days, the headlines have been dominated by the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which temporarily halts refugees, U.S. visa holders and, for a time, Legal Permanent Residents from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Several experts from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) have weighed in on the controversial issue.

CNAS does not take institutional positions. The views expressed below are purely those of the author.

Links to recent commentaries are available below:

Phillip Carter, Director of the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program, wrote for Slate.com, “With Friends Like Us,” on how the executive order impacts foreign partners who have supported the United States in overseas military operations.

Ilan Goldenberg, Director of the CNAS Middle East Security Program, wrote for Foreign Policy, “The Coming Chaos: What to Expect from Trump’s National Security Team,” on what the executive order tells us about the Trump Administration’s national security team dynamics.

Phillip Carter, Director of the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program, wrote a second piece for Slate.com, “Hubris, Distrust, Disorder: Why the Trump Administration Keeps Screwing Up,” on how issues like the executive order are a product of deeper-seated problems in the Administration.

Michèle Flournoy, CNAS CEO, signed a letter along with over 100 retired military personnel and foreign policy experts from both parties, expressing concern with the executive order and arguing that it “jeopardizes tens of thousands of lives [and] has caused a crisis right here in America, and will do long-term damage to our national security.”

CNAS experts are available for interviews on the executive order. To arrange an interview, please contact Neal Urwitz at nurwitz@cnas.org or call 202-457-9409. 

  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...

  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from Febr...