Julianne Smith

  • Strategy and Statecraft

Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program at the Center for a New American Security.

Ms. Smith comes to CNAS while serving as a Senior Vice President at Beacon Global Strategies LLC. Prior to joining Beacon, she served as the Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States from April 2012 to June 2013. In addition to advising the Vice President on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in Cabinet and Deputies level interagency meetings. During March and April of 2013, she served as the Acting National Security Advisor to the Vice President.

Prior to her posting at the White House, she served as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In that capacity, Ms. Smith acted as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs for all matters falling within the broad spectrum of NATO and European policy. Her office also managed the Department’s bilateral relationships with 31 European countries. In January 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, Ms. Smith served as the director of the CSIS Europe Program and the Initiative for a Renewed Transatlantic Partnership, where she led the Center’s research and program activities on U.S.-European political, security, and economic relations. She authored or contributed to a number of CSIS books and reports, including Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century (2009),Understanding Islamic Charities (2007), Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change (2008), Transforming NATO (…again) (2006), Five Years After 9/11 (2006), and America and the World in the Age of Terror(2005). She co-directed the Transatlantic Dialogue on Terrorism, which examined U.S.-European disagreements over the root causes of terrorism.

Earlier, Ms. Smith served as deputy director and senior fellow in the CSIS International Security Program, where she oversaw the management of more than 30 security-related projects and focused on a range of European security issues, including European defense integration, transatlantic cooperation on climate change, and EU-U.S. counterterrorism cooperation. Prior to joining CSIS, she worked at the German Marshall Fund as program officer for the Foreign Policy Program and director of communications for the Project on the Role of American Military Power. She has worked as a senior analyst on the European security desk of the British American Security Information Council and in Germany at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in 1996/97. Ms. Smith is a recipient of the American Academy in Berlin Public Policy Fellowship and the Fredin Memorial Scholarship for study at the Sorbonne in Paris. She received her B.A. from Xavier University and her M.A. from American University. She spent a year learning German at the University of Munich.

Ms. Smith serves on the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project and the National Security Network. She is currently an Associate Fellow with Chatham House, home of the Royal Institute for International Affairs, in London, and a Senior Associate with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

  • July 11, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Congressional Testimony

Julianne Smith before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Julianne Smith, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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  • April 8, 2016
  • Julianne Smith, Jerry Hendrix
  • Reports

Assured Resolve: Testing Possible Challenges to Baltic Security

CNAS senior fellows Julianne Smith and Jerry Hendrix examine possible security challenges in effort to prepare the United States and Europe for future existential threats posed by Russia.

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  • February 3, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Congressional Testimony

Julianne Smith before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Julianne Smith testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the "strains" on the European Union and implications for U.S. foreign policy.

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  • June 23, 2015
  • Dafna Rand, Jacob Stokes, Julianne Smith, Shawn Brimley
  • Reports

Enabling Decision: Shaping the National Security Council for the Next President

Four CNAS experts - including three former National Security Council (NSC) staff - recommend changes to NSC management processes and structure to make it more agile and effective for the next president. 

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  • February 3, 2015
  • Shawn Brimley, Phillip Carter, Elbridge Colby, Patrick M. Cronin, Michele Flournoy, Ilan Goldenberg, Jerry Hendrix, Nicholas Heras, Van Jackson, Katherine Kidder, Paul Scharre, Julianne Smith, Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan
  • Reports

Ideas to Action: Suggestions for the 25th Secretary of Defense

In advance of Dr. Ashton Carter’s upcoming nomination hearing to be Secretary of Defense, CNAS experts have produced a series of commentaries outlining the key issues the 25th Secretary of Defense will face.

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  • September 2, 2014
  • Jacob Stokes, Julianne Smith, Nora Bensahel, David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)
  • Policy Briefs

Charting the Course: Directions for the New NATO Secretary General

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A new policy brief by CNAS' Strategy and Statecraft Program timed in conjunction with the NATO Summit September 4-5, makes recommendations on key issues like NATO’s response to Russia and Ukraine, military capabilities, crisis management in the Middle East, and Arctic security.

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  • June 6, 2014
  • Jacob Stokes, Julianne Smith
  • Reports

Strategy and Statecraft: An Agenda for the United States in an Era of Compounding Complexity

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Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith and Bacevich Fellow Jacob Stokes analyze the current foreign policy landscape and lay out an agenda for solving the biggest challenges facing U.S. global strategy.

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  • April 10, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Director Julianne Smith at SFRC's Subcommittee on European Affairs

CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Director and Senior Fellow Julianne Smith testified before the SFRC's Subcommittee on European Affairs regarding on transatlantic security challenges.

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  • August 5, 2013
  • Sharon E. Burke, Leon Fuerth, Jay Gulledge, Alexander T.J. Lennon, J.R. McNeill, Derek Mix, Peter Ogden, Christine Parthemore, John Podesta, Julianne Smith, Richard Weitz, R. James Woolsey
  • Books

Climatic Cataclysm: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Climate Change

Global climate change poses not only environmental hazards but profound risks to planetary peace and stability as well. Climatic Cataclysm gathers experts on climate science, oceanography, history, political science, foreign policy, and national security to take the measure of these risks.

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  • July 18, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Why France Is a Prime Target for Militants

In The Wall Street Journal, senior fellow Julianne Smith explains why France continues to be susceptible to radicalization.  

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  • July 5, 2016
  • Julianne Smith, Rachel Rizzo
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: The NATO Summit and the Transatlantic Partnership

As President Obama heads to his final NATO Summit amid myriad transatlantic challenges, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith and Research Associate Rachel Rizzo have written a Press Note.

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  • June 28, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Brexit to Complicate Trans-Atlantic Cooperation

In The Wall Street Journal, Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program Julianne Smith predicts the next two years after the Brexit decision will leave Europe distracted from global issues.

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  • June 27, 2016
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  • In the News

Britain looks to next steps after historic vote to leave European Union

Senior fellow Julianne Smith explains the fears surrounding European unity after the Brexit decision in the Los Angeles Times. 

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  • June 27, 2016
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  • In the News

Britain faces an uncertain reality after vote to exit

In an Associated Press piece, senior fellow Julianne smith discusses the European divide over Russian sanctions felt after the Brexit decision.

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  • June 27, 2016
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  • In the News

British exit from E.U. could pose major foreign policy challenges for U.S.

In the Washington Post, senior fellow Julianne Smith discusses the straining transatlantic unity between the U.S. and Britain created by the Brexit decision. 

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  • June 24, 2016
  • Julianne Smith, Rachel Rizzo
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Brexit and its Security Implications

On news that the people of the United Kingdom have voted to leave the European Union, the CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith and CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Research Associate Rachel Rizzo have written a new Press Note, “Brexit and its Security Implications.”

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  • June 2, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Hillary Clinton to Portray Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Positions as Dangerous

In The New York Times, senior fellow Julianne Smith explains why the Clinton campaign must stress the importance of global alliances. 

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  • May 16, 2016
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  • In the News

Obama’s Pivot to Asia Staggers as Trade Deal Stalls in Congress

In Bloomberg, senior fellow Julianne Smith discusses the temporary nature of foreign policy accomplishments during the Obama administration

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  • May 12, 2016
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  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: The Nordic Summit

As President Obama prepares to host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden for a summit in Washington, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith has written a new Press Note, “The Nordic Summit.”

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  • July 8, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Blog: The Agenda

Not Your Average NATO Summit

  • June 27, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Op-eds

How Brexit Will Change the World

In Politico, senior fellow Julianne Smith writes alongside many experts discussing the consequences and future of the European Union after the Brexit decision.

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  • March 17, 2016
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  • Op-eds

Our Overworked Security Bureaucracy

Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith pens an op-ed in Democracy Journal discussingthe demands of high-ranking positions in national security.

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  • November 24, 2015
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  • Op-eds

Obama Must Send Hollande to Moscow With This Clear Message

Senior Fellow and Director for Strategy and Statecraft Julianne Smith co-wrote an op-ed examining how the US and France can work with Russia on Ukraine and ISIS in Defense One.

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  • September 21, 2015
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  • Op-eds

As Odious as It Seems, We Must Talk to Russia on Syria

Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program Julianne Smith penned an op-ed explaining why it is important to keep diplomatic channels open with Russia over the conflict in Syria in The New York Times.

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  • August 4, 2015
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  • Op-eds

A Defining Moment for the Alliance?

Senior Fellow and Director of the Strategy and Statecraft Program Julianne Smith examines the strength of the NATO alliance in this interview in Foreign Affairs.

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  • August 3, 2015
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  • Op-eds

America's Allies Want More From the US

Senior Fellow Julianne Smith co-wrote an op-ed examining U.S. engagement with key allies in the Middle East, Europe and Asia in Defense One.

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  • June 2, 2015
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  • Op-eds

How the West Can Still Lead the World

Strategy and Statecraft Director Julianne Smith pens a National Interest op-ed discussing the agenda The West needs to create in order to redesign the international system.

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  • May 21, 2015
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  • Op-eds

The Tasks Ahead

Strategy and Statecraft Director Julianne Smith pens a Berlin Policy Journal op-ed discussing the agenda The West needs to create in order to redesign the international system.

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  • February 6, 2015
  • Julianne Smith
  • Op-eds

The Lowdown on Obama's New National Security Strategy

Senior Fellow Julianne Smith pens an op-ed discussing the President's new national security strategy.

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  • July 11, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Congressional Testimony

Julianne Smith before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Julianne Smith, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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  • February 3, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Congressional Testimony

Julianne Smith before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Julianne Smith testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the "strains" on the European Union and implications for U.S. foreign policy.

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  • April 10, 2014
  • Julianne Smith
  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Director Julianne Smith at SFRC's Subcommittee on European Affairs

CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Director and Senior Fellow Julianne Smith testified before the SFRC's Subcommittee on European Affairs regarding on transatlantic security challenges.

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  • July 8, 2015
  • Julianne Smith, Richard Fontaine
  • Videos

Video: CNAS 2015 Annual Conference - 2017 and Beyond

Senior Advisor to the Clinton Campaign and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School, Jake Sullivan, Professor at Harvard University Meghan O'Sullivan, President Richard Fontaine and Senior Fellow Julianne Smith discuss national security challenges facing the next administration in 2017. 

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  • April 25, 2014
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  • Videos

Video: Strategy and Statecraft Director Julianne Smith at SFRC's Subcommittee on European Affairs

CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Director and Senior Fellow Julianne Smith testified before the SFRC's Subcommittee on European Affairs regarding on transatlantic security challenges.

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