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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  • December 21, 2014
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

With Cuba move, Obama doubles down on strategy of engagement

President Obama came to office in 2009 with a grand plan to reshape U.S. foreign relations through outreach to hostile governments. In his first term, his overtures to Iran, Russia, Syria, North Korea and others produced limited payoff. But with his decision to restore diplomatic ties to Cuba,...

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  • December 19, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Videos

Asia Goes Nuclear: Elbridge Colby December 2014 Interview

  Robert M. Gates Fellow Elbridge Colby discusses his op-ed on nuclear weapons in Asia with The National Interest.

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  • December 18, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Op-eds

Welcome to China and America's Nuclear Nightmare

For all the focus on maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas, there is an even greater peril in Asia that deserves attention. It is the rising salience of nuclear weapons in the region. China’s military buildup—in particular its growing capabilities to blunt America’s ability to project...

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  • December 18, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Op-eds

COLUMN-Russia Sanctions: Beware the Blowback

In recent days, the U.S. Congress has moved aggressively to increase the economic pain inflicted on Russia in punishment for its brazen destabilization of easternUkraine and Crimea. Legislators are attempting to up the ante with Moscow by passing new laws to penalize foreign banks and energy...

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  • December 16, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Making Putin Blink

The West’s financial weapons against Russia were meant to hit President Vladimir Putin’s foundation of power — the men and companies close to him — with surgical precision. Instead, Western sanctions, falling oil prices, and Moscow’s clumsy attempts to stem the damage have helped push the Russian...

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  • December 11, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

Senate committee votes to authorize fight against Islamic State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday narrowly approved the first formal authorization for the Obama administration's 5-month-old military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Read the full article at Los Angeles Times.

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  • December 3, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

When Superiority Goes Wrong: Science Fiction and Offset Strategies

For all our talk about the need for military technical superiority, what if pursuit of that goal becomes our downfall? A couple of weeks ago, Bill Sweetman from Aviation Weekly and I were talking about technology development issues and the Pentagon’s new offset strategy, the Defense Innovation...

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  • November 30, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

After Hagel Exit, Innovation Drives Expected to Continue at Pentagon

WASHINGTON — In the last major address he delivered as defense secretary — just nine days before President Barack Obama announced his resignation — Chuck Hagel focused on two initiatives that may come, if successful, to define his brief tenure. While neither initiative was his idea, analysts give...

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  • November 27, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

West struggles with Russia's 'ambiguous warfare' tactics

When Russians crossed the border to fight with rebels in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Moscow said the soldiers had not been deployed but had gone on their own vacation time When Estonia was the victim of a cyber attack in 2007 and blamed Moscow, the Kremlin responded that it could not always...

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  • November 26, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

A Delicate Atomic Dance: Managing the Aftermath of the Iran Nuclear Talks

With the agreement in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 on an extension of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, policy makers will now have to turn to the equally challenging and important task of managing the aftermath. From this point forward, American and Iranian negotiators will have...

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