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 31, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Alexander Sullivan
  • Op-eds

Why China likes the Iran deal

As members of Congress debate whether to back the deal over Iran's nuclear program, one source of support seems guaranteed -- China. It's one of the biggest winners in the agreement, with the lifting of sanctions as Iran pulls back key elements of its enrichment program set to allow Beijing to...

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  • July 28, 2015
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

Critics warn of $11 billion Pentagon health records fiasco

As the Pentagon prepares the biggest federal IT contract announcement since Healthcare.gov, critics are warning of an even bigger fiasco, a record system that’s obsolete before it’s even finished.They say the project to build a new electronic health record system, estimated to cost $11 billion...

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  • July 27, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Op-eds

North Korea's saber rattling more worrying than Russia

While Iranian leaders prepare to pause on their nuclear program, Russia and North Korea appear locked in a contest for chief nuclear menace. Both Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un are engaging in saber rattling to demonstrate their imagined willingness to go to the verge of nuclear war to extract...

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  • July 23, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Ilan Goldenberg before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg testifies before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the implications of a nuclear agreement with Iran. Mr. Goldenberg notes that "while the deal is imperfect, it accomplishes key American foreign policy objectives by preventing any real...

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  • July 19, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Post nuclear-deal, Carter says military option against Iran remains on table

TEL AVIV — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter began a tour Sunday of Middle Eastern nations whose alliances with the United States have been strained by President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran.  Carter is the highest-level U.S. official to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia since six world powers...

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  • July 15, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Iran nuclear deal: Can Senate 'swing Democrats' scuttle the agreement?

WASHINGTON — At about 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sen. Chris Coons’s cellphone went off. It was the vice president calling to go over the details of the Iran nuclear deal, agreed to just hours before in Vienna. The two men talked for half an hour – both Democrats, both from Delaware, and both familiar...

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  • July 15, 2015
  • Benjamin Cumbo, Robert D. Kaplan
  • Reports

Russian Motives: An Essay Exploring Russia’s Approach to Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

At the time of writing this report, Benjamin F. Cumbo IV was a Joseph S. Nye, Jr. National Security Intern with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He hoped to move from CNAS into the intelligence community. He was finalizing this essay during his last weeks.    In his report, Mr. Cumbo...

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  • July 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

A historic agreement

The nuclear agreement reached in Vienna creates an unprecedented opportunity for the United States to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and increase stability in the Middle East.  It is also a far better option than the realistic alternatives.  The agreement will create conditions such...

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  • July 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Op-eds

How Promoting Business in Iran Boosts the Nuclear Agreement

The United States and international partners have signed a historic agreement with Iran on its nuclear program, but they still face important choices about just how far to go in allowing Iran back into the global economy. In the short term, U.S. companies will be limited in their ability to join...

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  • July 14, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Blog Posts

INFOGRAPHIC: U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Top 5 Questions

With the historic nuclear agreement with Iran the question turns to the long-term implications of the deal and whether years from now it will be judged as successful.  To try to put the debate into context, we need to answer five key questions.  

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