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Joshua A. Geltzer

Joshua A. Geltzer was the senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council from 2015 to 2017.
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The Year of the Civil Servant

December 28, 2017 It’s never easy to be a civil servant when the White House changes hands, and especially when it changes political parties. When a new president ascends to the Oval Office, he becomes at once civil servants’ new boss and the personification of whatever changes he promised on the campaign trail—changes,...

Don't Raise a New Year's Toast for Defeating ISIS Just Yet

December 27, 2017 As 2017 draws to a close, the mood among leading pundits on the U.S.-led campaign to dislodge the Islamic State from Iraq and Syria might seem justifiably upbeat, even jubilant. After all, the accomplishments in the campaign’s first three years are many: eliminating key ISIS leaders, clearing the group from...

The Year of the Civil Servant

December 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s never easy to be a civil servant when the White House changes hands, and especially when it changes political parties. When a new president ascends to the Oval Office, he becomes at once civil servants’ new boss and the personification of whatever changes he promised on the campaign trail—changes,...

Hail the Civil Servant in the Year of Trump

December 26, 2017 It’s never easy to be a civil servant when the White House changes hands, and especially when it changes political parties. When a new president ascends to the Oval Office, he becomes at once civil servants’ new boss and the personification of whatever changes he promised on the campaign trail—changes,...

Tell Me What an Afghanistan 'Win' Looks Like

August 22, 2017 President Donald Trump’s speech on Afghanistan on Monday night wasn’t remarkable for it’s new ideas—there wasn’t much new to be found. There wasn’t, as administration officials had led many to expect, a new number for the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan, or a new approach to Pakistan, or a new...

Is Closing Guantanamo Still Conceivable?

July 19, 2017 Tomorrow marks the six-month anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. But today marks six months since another key event: the most recent resettlement of detainees from Guantanamo Bay. On January 19, the last full day of the Obama presidency, one detainee from the detention facility arrived in...