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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  • September 16, 2014
  • Nora Bensahel
  • In the News

Why Tom is so damn wrong about the relevancy of political science

Last night, my chain got pulled by Tom Ricks, who has written some fine books on the U.S. military including the well-named Fiasco about the Iraq war. He was frustrated with the content of International Security and then went on a tear about how irrelevant and "made up" political science is. Given...

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  • September 16, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Responding to Crises, SCO Finally Embraces Expansion

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Sept. 12-13 may have been one of the organization’s most important. After years of stasis, the group’s heads-of-state summit finally agreed to consider expanding the organization’s membership, which has remained fixed...

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  • September 16, 2014
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

Searching for the military Laffer Curve

I love think pieces, the ones you read that make you stop, read again, and then parse. Find the chaff, define the wheat, and then shuffle again - breaking in to bits. Fresh off his civilian clothes shopping spree now that the uniform is in the back of the closet, our friend Jerry Hendrix, CAPT...

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  • September 16, 2014
  • Jacob Stokes
  • In the News

Iran Takes a Different Path to Fight the Islamic State

As the United States mobilizes an international coalition to take on the Islamic State group, Iran has publicly said it will not work with a Western-organized effort. But the Shiite-majority state, which borders Iraqi territory where the terrorist group has spread, will still play a role in...

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  • September 15, 2014
  • Jerry Hendrix
  • Op-eds

A Conservative Defense Policy for 2014: Look to Eisenhower

Recent discussions amongst Republicans regarding US Defense force structure have revealed an ongoing disagreement between two camps within the party.  Military Hawks, citing the recent disturbances in Ukraine and Iraq have begun to beat the drum for more resources to be allocated for the...

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  • September 15, 2014
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Obama faces challenge in rallying support for his handling of foreign policy crises

President Obama’s bid to convince an increasingly skeptical public that he has an effective foreign policy will be tested agtain this week as he seeks to rally support for his handling of each of the three global crises that have consumed the White House in recent weeks. Obama embarks Tuesday on a...

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  • September 13, 2014
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

New Sanctions Target Russia's Energy and Finance Sectors; Defense Industry Also in Crosshairs

WASHINGTON — The newest series of sanctions issued by the United States and its European allies is targeted heavily against Russia’s energy and financial sectors, but the defense industry may also be affected. The sanctions, announced Sept. 12, are the latest in a series of moves by the...

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  • September 12, 2014
  • Robert Kaplan
  • In the News

Putin pounces as Obama focuses on Mideast

Almost as soon as President Obama finished outlining his strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, it became clear that Russian President Vladimir Putin once again was going to use it as an opportunity to pounce on vulnerable countries. An Estonian policeman detained by Russian ...

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  • September 11, 2014
  • Gen. John Allen, USMC (Ret.)
  • In the News

Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will play, U.S. officials said Thursday. Allen, who has been serving as a security...

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  • September 11, 2014
  • Jacob Stokes
  • In the News

How Obama's Strategy To Fight ISIS In Syria Will Affect Bashar Assad's Regime

President Barack Obama’s announcement on Wednesday to strike the Islamic State militant group in Syria overlooked the other side of Syria’s double-barreled threat: President Bashar Assad. In taking out the Islamic State, experts say, Obama’s U.S.-led coalition might help Assad make territorial...

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