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 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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  • July 16, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

President Obama Announces New Sanctions on Russia

President Obama has increased sanctions intended to hurt selected segments of the Russian economy, he announced Wednesday night. The new sanctions will prevent some Russian companies—including oil and gas producers—from obtaining long-term loans from American debt markets. "I've repeatedly made it...

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  • July 16, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

Reform Conservatism and Foreign Policy

The recent dust-up between Rand Paul and Rick Perry (among other Paul critics) makes for a good occasion to add another entry to my series on critiques of reform conservatism — this time, responding to the suggestion that our movement either doesn’t offer any foreign policy ideas, or else is...

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  • July 15, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

For Afghanistan Election, After Kerry Deal Comes the Hard Part

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s shuttle diplomacy in Kabul this weekend paved the way to resolving Afghanistan’s current election crisis, while helping to establish a potential framework for addressing more-enduring problems embedded in that country’s political system. In so doing, Kerry’s...

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  • July 12, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms With Little Angst About Extension

When nuclear negotiations with Iran began, policy wonks and pro-Israel advocates marked July 20 on their calendars. It was the deadline set for reaching a historic agreement between Tehran and the global powers, after which Iran would either rejoin the community of nations or face an escalation...

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  • July 11, 2014
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)
  • In the News

Army on hunt for new weapons, just as U.S. war in Afghanistan winds down

t’s a time of transition for the U.S. military. Tens of thousands of troops at a time have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan for years, but that is giving way to reductions in the size of the Army and Marine Corps and tough fights over where dwindling defense dollars will be spent. As retired Army...

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  • July 10, 2014
  • Robert Kaplan
  • Op-eds

Why Moldova Urgently Matters

"NATO's Article 5 offers little protection against Vladimir Putin's Russia," Iulian Fota, Romania's presidential national security adviser, told me on a recent visit to Bucharest. "Article 5 protects Romania and other Eastern European countries against a military invasion. But it does not protect...

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