Strategy and Statecraft

CNAS generates innovative policy ideas to guide American strategy and foreign policy in an era of accelerating change. Our work focuses on keeping the United States globally engaged through policies that foster U.S. security and prosperity. Today’s volatile global environment cries out for solutions to security, political and economic problems both new and old. This program aims to provide answers for how U.S. strategy can rapidly adapt to meet those challenges.

The CNAS Strategy and Statecraft team includes:

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  • August 27, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

Obama Feels Pressure to Get Congressional OK Before Ordering Strikes Inside Syria

Pressure from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue is mounting on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before launching military strikes inside Syria. White House and Pentagon officials reportedly are mulling how and what the US military could hit in Syria to weaken the Islamic...

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  • August 20, 2014
  • Blog Posts

#ThinkDefense: CEO Michèle Flournoy and NPR's Tom Bowman's Twitter Chat

CNAS CEO Michèle Flournoy (@micheleflournoy) and NPR Pentagon Reporter Tom Bowman (@TBowmanNPR) took to Twitter to chat about today's most pressing national security issues including: ISIS, counterterrorism, and U.S. defense priorities. Ms. Flournoy took questions from participants including...

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  • August 19, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

When it Comes to Nonproliferation, China Has Been a ‘Free Rider’

When asked recently by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman whether China, as the “biggest energy investor in Iraq,” should behave more like a stakeholder there, U.S. President Barack Obama had a pointed reply. The Chinese, he said, “have been free riders for the last 30 years and it’s...

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  • August 17, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

The Evolving Obama Doctrine: Limited Bombing Raids, Stronger Partnerships

WASHINGTON — Iraq again has descended into sectarian violence and political chaos. An Islamic extremist group controls more land than al-Qaida ever has. Vladimir Putin appears poised to invade eastern Ukraine. As those global hotspots — and others, like northern Africa — all moved closer in recent...

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  • August 15, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Ukraine Crisis Torpedoes Russia-Japan Rapprochement

One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s main objectives since returning to office has been to improve relations with Russia, a goal also sought by Moscow. Both governments want to enlarge their diplomatic options and gain leverage with third parties as well as achieve mutually beneficial...

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  • August 14, 2014
  • Robert Kaplan
  • Op-eds

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD

The establishment media has declared U.S. President Barack Obama a failure in foreign policy. He is worse than George W. Bush, say some journalists; he is worse than Jimmy Carter, say others. In much of this criticism there is a phenomenon operating in the background that goes unmentioned: The...

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  • August 14, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine, Michele Flournoy
  • Op-eds

America: Beware the Siren Song of Disengagement

In authorizing airstrikes in Iraq, President Obama faces a challenge: making the case for U.S. action to an American population that is tired of energetic international engagement. While cautioning that airstrikes may go on for months and that any solution is “a long-term project,” he also took...

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  • August 14, 2014
  • Michele Flournoy, Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

Ex-Obama defense official warns of foreign policy ‘vacuum’

A former top Obama defense official called on the U.S. to remain “vigorously engaged” abroad and urged the administration to make the case for a strong American foreign policy. "The hard truth is that international security abhors a vacuum," wrote former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy ...

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  • August 12, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

NATO Summit Must Make Further Progress on Smart Defense

Next month’s NATO summit needs to make greater progress on so-called Smart Defense, the alliance-wide effort to get more collective benefits out of individual members’ defense budgets. The initiative aims to induce NATO governments to acquire military capabilities collectively that they cannot...

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  • August 11, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Fading Star?

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) stands at a pivotal point in its history. On the one hand, the growing ties between Russia and China as well as the withdrawal of the Western powers from Central Asia and Afghanistan could provide it with more cohesive leadership and more opportunities...

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