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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  • July 28, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

Obama has to play with a weaker hand, and it shows

After the tragic shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines jet – allegedly by pro-Russian rebels – in eastern Ukraine, it hasn’t taken long for some pro-war Republicans to point the blame finger. Their target? United States President Barack Obama. Senator John McCain, whose answer to almost any...

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  • July 28, 2014
  • Marc Lynch
  • In the News

Putin’s propaganda highlights need for public diplomacy

OVER THE last six months, the Russian propaganda machine has pursued a two-pronged strategy toward its domestic audience. The first prong, used to justify Russia’s takeover of Crimea, is a replay of what Hitler called the “Big Lie” — a false historical narrative in which the pro-democracy forces...

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  • July 24, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

How Russia, China and the US can denuclearize North Korea

Despite their many differences over regional security and other issues, China, Russia, and the United States continue to collaborate to counter the nuclear and missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), though Moscow and Beijing still evince a reluctance to apply the...

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  • July 24, 2014
  • Richard Danzig
  • Op-eds

East Africa Rising

The Greater Indian Ocean is the maritime organizing principle of geopolitics, uniting the entire arc of Islam (including the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf), East Africa, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. But while economic dynamism has focused more on the Indian subcontinent and Southeast...

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  • July 23, 2014
  • Robert Kaplan
  • In the News

The End of Pluralism

A believer in the possibilities of coexistence, Sayed Kashua is, or perhaps was, the most prominent Arab-Israeli author writing in Hebrew. Punctured with staccato prose, his column on leaving Jerusalem, perhaps forever, was a beautifully written, heartbreaking admission of defeat. For him, the...

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  • July 22, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Putin’s South American Trip Hides Russia’s Strategic Weaknesses

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to South America earlier this month was overshadowed by events in Ukraine and the Middle East, it did garner considerable attention in the South American and Russian media. Even in Washington, commentators saw Putin as seeking to circumvent the...

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  • July 22, 2014
  • Michael Horowitz
  • Op-eds

Beyond UCLASS: Preparing the Navy for Next Generation Warfare

The United States is the world’s leading military power in large part because it employs both the best military technologies in the world and the best-trained force to effectively use those technologies. Yet staying ahead is no easy task. Just as in the corporate world, the same ways of doing...

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  • July 21, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

With Negotiations Extended, U.S. Ponders Future of Iran Sanctions

The original July 20 deadline for the P5+1 countries to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran has come and gone. The negotiating parties have given themselves four more months to address what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called “very real gaps in some areas.” The...

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  • July 18, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Videos

Video: Ukraine's stalemate

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  • July 18, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Too Big to Nail

Calling the deadly attack on a Malaysia Airlines flight an "outrage of unspeakable proportions," President Barack Obama said Friday that the United States will dial up the pressure on Russia if it continues to support armed groups in eastern Ukraine. But when it comes to the energy sector -- a key...

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