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 28, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

Work on Syria Strikes Resolution Would Delay - or Kill - Pentagon Policy, Spending Bills

WASHINGTON — With only about a dozen legislative days left before November’s midterm elections, a US congressional debate and vote on a Syria strikesauthorization measure could further delay work on two defense bills. The House and Senate are slated to get back to work the second week of September...

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  • August 28, 2014
  • Jacob Stokes
  • Op-eds

The New Arab Cold War

A bitter proxy war is being waged in the Middle East. It stretches from Iraq to Lebanon and reaches into North Africa, taking lives in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt's Western Desert, and now Libya. Although the nihilism of the Islamic State and the threat of other extremist groups have garnered...

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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 22, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Russia’s Nuclear Revival And Its Challenges – Analysis

Although attention is naturally focused on the role of Russia’s conventional forces in the Ukraine conflict , we should not overlook the modernization of the country’s nuclear forces. The last few years has seen Moscow make great progress in stabilizing Russia’s decaying nuclear arsenal. The...

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  • August 21, 2014
  • Robert Kaplan
  • Op-eds

The Hard Hand of the Middle East

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of President Bashar al Assad in Syria. In the Middle East, it takes illiberal forces to defeat an even more illiberal...

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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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