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:

Related Content

  • 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...

Read More

  • 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...

Read More

  • 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...

Read More

  • 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...

Read More

  • October 10, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Press Releases

Press Note: Russia's Threat to Expropriate Foreign Assets

  Washington, October 10 – Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow and Energy, Environment, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg has written a new Press Note on the Russian Duma’s legislation that would allow Russia to expropriate foreign assets. The Press Note is below: The...

Read More

  • October 9, 2014
  • Julianne Smith, Michele Flournoy
  • In the News

Special Report: How Syria policy stalled under the 'analyst in chief'

Throughout 2012, as signs mounted that militants inSyria were growing stronger, the debate in the White House followed a pattern. In meeting after meeting, as officials from agencies outside the executive residence advocated arming pro-Western rebels or other forms of action, President Barack...

Read More

  • October 8, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

Douglas Barrie: US arms control policy in the face of a resurgent Russia

Russia's behaviour over Ukraine has called into question the assumptions underpinning the US's approach to strategic deterrence that have been in place since the end of the Cold War, according to Elbridge Colby, the Robert M. Gates Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Speaking at the...

Read More

  • October 6, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

U.S. uses helicopters for first time to hit Islamic State rebels

 The U.S. military is flying Apache helicopters against Islamic State rebels in Iraq for the first time, exposing U.S. troops to greater risk from ground fire as they help Iraqi forces battle the Islamist group that has overrun parts of the country. U.S. troops flew helicopters against Islamic...

Read More

  • October 3, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Trade groups mount quiet campaign to weaken Senate sanctions bill on Russia

Trade groups representing some of the nation's biggest financial services and energy firms are using the recess to urge lawmakers and their staff to soften Russian sanctions legislation. The groups, including the U.S.-Russia Business Council and the National Foreign Trade Council, are meeting with...

Read More

Pages