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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  • October 1, 2014
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

Is Realism's Home on the Right?

“Barely a month ago, there wasn’t even a plan” for dealing with the Islamic State, reports the Washington Post. President Obama had said in August that his administration didn’t “have a strategy yet.” With bombs now blasting the bearded beheaders’ bunkers, that strategy is still nowhere to be...

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  • September 30, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Low-Key Caspian Sea Summit Has Far-Reaching Implications

The leaders of all five littoral states attended the fourth Caspian Sea summit in the Russian city of Astrakhan yesterday. The latest meeting was more significant than previous summits held in Turkmenistan in 2002, Iran in 2007 and Azerbaijan in 2010, as the parties reached important agreements on...

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  • September 29, 2014
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)
  • In the News

Is Khorasan a real threat – or a way to avoid a vote on US military action?

Just how big a threat exactly is the Khorasan group, the previously unknown terrorist organization that intelligence officials unveiled – conveniently enough, many critics note – on the eve of the US military bombings in Syria?   The group was first mentioned in an Associated Press article...

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  • September 26, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • Press Releases

CNAS Press Note: Key Issues for Indian Prime Minister Modi's U.S. Visit

  Washington, September 26 – Center for a New American Security (CNAS) President Richard Fontaine has prepared a press note in anticipation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrival today in New York for a five-day visit to the United States. Following an address in Madison Square Garden and...

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  • September 24, 2014
  • Shawn Brimley
  • In the News

Obama Embraces Role of Indispensable U.S. in Syria Strike

From war to Ebola to climate change, President Barack Obama is embracing the role of the U.S. as the indispensable nation -- a stance he might have shrunk from at the start of his presidency. The military strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Khorasan Group...

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  • September 22, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Analyzing Peace Mission 2014: China and Russia Exercise with the Central Asian States

From August 24-29, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held “Peace Mission 2014” at China’s Zhurihe Training Base, in Inner Mongolia in North China. This is China’s base for engaging in large-scale exercises with foreign armies on its soil. Peace Mission 2014 was the largest military...

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  • September 22, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

World in turmoil marks Barack Obama’s return to U.N.

President Barack Obama is back at the United Nations this week, but the more peaceful world he saw emerging just a year ago is looking like a distant, even naive, dream. “We’ve also worked to end a decade of war … shifting away from a perpetual war footing,” Obama told the U.N. delegates and...

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  • September 19, 2014
  • Michele Flournoy, Eric Edelman
  • Op-eds

Cuts to defense spending are hurting our national security

This summer’s dramatic global events — from the rise of the Islamic State, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, war between Hamas and Israel, violent confrontations and air strikes in Libya and continued tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the East and South China seas — have reminded us all that the...

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  • September 18, 2014
  • Richard Weitz
  • Op-eds

Strategic Posture Review: South Korea

Thanks to its comprehensive democratization and its “Miracle on the Han,” which transformed the Republic of Korea into a developed country, South Korea has realized its aspirations to become a major international player. Nonetheless, the persistent threat from a perennially belligerent North Korea...

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