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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  • November 20, 2014
  • Events

Conference on Civil-Military Divide and The Future of the All-Volunteer Force

More than 2.6 million service members have deployed over the past 13 years to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other theaters of war. Despite the many strains on the force and its growing distance from the American people, the successful deployment and sustainment of the all-volunteer force during these...

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  • October 30, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • Videos

Video: President Richard Fontaine on India’s Global Future

Watch the full interview on The Kennedy Center's website.

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  • October 28, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Lithuania Cheers 'Independence'

With the arrival Monday of the liquefied natural gas terminal Independence to the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda, the tiny Baltic countries have thrown up a gleaming steel gibbet to dissuade Russia from using energy to hold the region hostage. The floating, nearly 1,000-foot-long LNG terminal will...

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  • October 26, 2014
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Russians Have Other Nations Wary, But No Defense Increases - Yet

Cold War memories were instantly rekindled Oct. 17 when reports emerged of suspected Russian submarine activity in Sweden’s coastal waters. Speculation was rife in the media and the blogosphere — it was a submarine, a mini-sub, some sort of underwater vehicle. While the Swedish Navy fanned out...

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  • October 26, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

Five ways GOP Senate can challenge Obama on national security

Republican candidates are hammering Democrats on national security issues, looking to gain an edge ahead of Election Day. Candidates have criticized President Obama’s strategy on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as polls show growing public concern over the prolonged military campaign. But ISIS...

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  • October 25, 2014
  • Michele Flournoy
  • In the News

Cuts in U.S., European defense spending stir fears

With Russia asserting itself in Ukraine and the Baltic States and the U.S. and its allies embroiled in conflict against Islamic State militants, there is mounting concern among defense analysts that the U.S. and western Europe should not continue to reduce defense spending.  Unless President...

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  • October 21, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Op-eds

Don't Mistake Russia for Iran

With sanctions beginning to bite, Russia is starting to play a new economic game. To alleviate the pain of Western restrictions on its financial and energy sectors, Russia is turning for help to non-Western partners. Last week alone, Russia and China signed over 40 agreements that provide Russian...

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  • October 14, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

Two months after the start of its campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition conducting operations in Iraq and Syria has expanded significantly but remains beset by lingering strategic differences that threaten to undermine the fight. The Obama administration has emphasized the...

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  • October 12, 2014
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)
  • In the News

Army Shifts Strategy to Face New Threats

The Army is unveiling a new global strategy for reshaping the largest American military force for a world where the U.S. faces many small and indirect threats, rather than just a few large ones. The policy shift draws on the lessons the Army has learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is meant to...

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  • October 10, 2014
  • Paul Scharre, Shawn Brimley
  • Op-eds

To Save the Navy’s Next-Gen Drone, Kill It First

The Defense Department was set to release this summer the final request for proposal for the Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike, or UCLASS, aircraft, but divisions within the department about the scope of the program and the Navy’s requirements of the drone have led to...

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