Maass interviewed on refugee ban by 14News and Eyewitness News

Posted: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Richard Maass, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed by both 14News and Eyewitness News on the subject of President Trump's recent executive order. The order suspends the refugee program for 120 days, bans entry for 90 days for citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and bans entry indefinitely of Syrians seeking refugee status.

Maass emphasized that terrorist groups claim to fight on behalf of much broader populations that actually reject their violence, and that the most effective counterterrorism policies discriminate between the terrorists and those broader populations. In contrast, policies that discriminate against those broader populations end up helping the terrorists recruit.

Maass also wrote an article on the subject in the aftermath of the November 2015 Paris attacks. It was later named Best Post of the Year by the International Studies Association's Online Media Caucus.

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