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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  • June 24, 2015
  • Dafna Rand, Jacob Stokes, Julianne Smith, Shawn Brimley
  • Reports

Enabling Decision: Shaping the National Security Council for the Next President

Four CNAS experts - including three former National Security Council (NSC) staff - recommend changes to NSC management processes and structure to make it more agile and effective for the next president. The report is the inaugural installment of the Papers for the Next President series. Over the...

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  • June 23, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Dr. Sara Vakhshouri
  • Policy Briefs

Iran’s Economic Reintegration: Sanctions Relief, Energy, and Economic Growth Under a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg and Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy International, LLC, lay out how the removal of international sanctions on Iran is likely to proceed and what this will mean for Iran's economic prospects - most notably, Iran's energy sector. The report offers...

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  • June 21, 2015
  • Katherine Kidder
  • In the News

VA wait lists longer now than a year ago: 'Something has to give'

WASHINGTON — The number of veterans seeking health care and ending up on waiting lists for a month or more is 50 percent higher now than it was a year ago, when a scandal over false records and long wait times wracked the Department of Veterans Affairs, The New York Times reported. The VA also...

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  • June 15, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Reports

U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Seizing Opportunities and Managing Risks

As Iran and the P5+1 close in on the deadline for a deal addressing Iran’s nuclear program, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg has released a new report, U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Seizing Opportunities and Managing Risks...

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  • June 8, 2015
  • Richard Fontaine
  • Audio

Obama: U.S. Lacks A 'Complete Strategy' For Training Iraqi Forces

Listen to the full interview on NPR.

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  • May 27, 2015
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Op-eds

NATO Needs a Nuclear Strategy Update

North Atlantic Treaty Organization ministers meeting in Antalya, Turkey earlier this month heard from the alliance’s supreme military commander that Russia is using threatening rhetoric about nuclear weapons to intimidate the West. It’s designed “to give pause to NATO’s decision making,” said Gen...

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  • May 21, 2015
  • Julianne Smith
  • Op-eds

The Tasks Ahead

Listen to any European or American leader talk about the transatlantic relationship these days and you will hear a handful of common refrains. Major policy addresses of this kind often start with the recognition that the world has changed. Europe and the United States face unprecedented challenges...

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  • May 11, 2015
  • Jacob Stokes, Julianne Smith
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Secretary Kerry’s Upcoming Meeting with Putin and Lavrov

Washington, May 11 – In advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith and Bacevich Fellow Jacob Stokes have written a new Press Note, “Secretary Kerry...

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  • May 10, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Middle East: The Iran conversation

Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya is torn in half; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making gains in Iraq; and Yemen is sliding into a humanitarian crisis. When Barack Obama hosts leaders from the Gulf at Camp David on Thursday, he will be confronted by a Middle East that is...

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  • May 7, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Robert D. Kaplan
  • Op-eds

The Geopolitics of the Iran Nuclear Deal

As the United States and Iran near an historic nuclear agreement there is an intense debate about whether a deal represents capitulation to Iranian interests in the Middle East or an opportunity to help stabilize the region.  If the United States and its partners learn the lessons of previous...

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