About the Expert
Matthew C. Waxman is adjunct senior fellow for law and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, where he directs the national security law program, and he is Co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Center at Columbia University's Data Science Institute.
Waxman previously served at the U.S. Department of State as principal deputy director of policy planning. His prior government appointments included deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, director for contingency planning and international justice at the National Security Council, and executive assistant to the national security advisor. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and studied international relations as a Fulbright scholar in the United Kingdom. After law school, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court justice David H. Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals judge Joel M. Flaum.
- Columbia Law School/Columbia University, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law
- Academic Exchange, executive committee member
- WestExec Advisors, senior advisor
Jen Easterly, Bruce Hoffman, and Matthew C. Waxman provide insight into counterterrorism efforts to combat extremism and policies to better safeguard the United States, with Amy Davidson Sorkin moderating.
Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch, CFR's Matthew C. Waxman, and James D. Zirin, host of Conversations in the Digital Age, join Fordham University's Karen J. Greenberg to discuss national security, civil liberties, and how to strike the right balance between the two.
Despite President Obama's stated goal of closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, it continues to hold dozens of detainees. Phillip Carter of the Center for a New American Security, Marc A. Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute, and CFR's Matthew C. Waxman join CFR President Richard N. Haass to discuss the costs, benefits, and risks of keeping Guantanamo open.
Do current trends in international law threaten U.S. sovereignty? What international legal or normative restraints on the use of force should the United States accept and promote? What should be the place of international law in U.S. jurisprudence? What attitude should the United States take toward the International Criminal Court?