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 16, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Why France Is a Prime Target for Militants

The truck rampage in Nice brought to 242 the number of people killed in terror attacks in France over the past four years, a grim count that shows how the country has become the prime target for jihadist violence in the West. France’s prominent military role, both in Africa and in its bombing...

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  • July 15, 2016
  • Rachel Rizzo
  • Op-eds

Amidst Brexit concerns, increased NATO-EU cooperation

Just two weeks after the United Kingdom’s historic vote to the leave the European Union (EU), Heads of State and Government of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) convened in Poland for the 2016 Warsaw Summit.  NATO currently faces an array of challenges emanating from its surrounding...

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  • July 7, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Congressional Testimony

Julianne Smith before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Julianne Smith, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on NATO and European security.

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  • July 6, 2016
  • Julianne Smith, Rachel Rizzo
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: The NATO Summit and the Transatlantic Partnership

Washington, July 6 – As President Obama heads to his final NATO Summit amid myriad transatlantic challenges, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Strategy and Statecraft Program Director Julianne Smith and CNAS Strategy and Statecraft Program Research Associate Rachel Rizzo have written a new...

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  • June 30, 2016
  • Robert D. Kaplan
  • Op-eds

How to Crash Putin’s Brexit Party

For decades, NATO and the European Union have silently worked in unison. The former required a foundation of European unity, and the EU to a significant extent provided that, its elitist and statist bureaucracy notwithstanding. Now the architecture is being toppled, as the vote for Brexit may...

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  • June 29, 2016
  • Elbridge Colby
  • Op-eds

Don't Scrap America's Alliances. Fix Them.

Does the United States benefit from having allies? In recent months, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has voiced skepticism about the value of core American allies in Europe and East Asia. Trump argues that U.S. allies are free riding off the United States, and that...

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  • June 27, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Brexit to Complicate Trans-Atlantic Cooperation

WASHINGTON—The U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union dramatically expands the portfolio of foreign-policy challenges the next U.S. president will inherit, complicating critical decisions to address instability across the globe. President Barack Obama is unexpectedly embarking on a high-...

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  • June 25, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • Op-eds

How Brexit Will Change the World

The results of the Brexit referendum are in, and it is chaos. The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron is stepping down. The Dow Jones has fallen 611 points in a day. The decision has rattled the world, and even the pro-Brexit British voters seemed stunned. “I...

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  • June 25, 2016
  • Julianne Smith
  • In the News

Britain faces an uncertain reality after vote to exit

LONDON—Britain's vote to leave the European Union sent shock waves rippling across the globe Friday, setting off tumult in financial markets, forcing the country's prime minister to resign and shattering the stability of an alliance that created the continent's shared economy and ended the ruinous...

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  • June 24, 2016
  • Rachel Rizzo
  • In the News

Officials In The U.S And Europe Worry Brexit Will Distract From Security Concerns

WASHINGTON/ISTANBUL — Security officials and experts said in the wake of the Brexit vote that they did not expect intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and its transatlantic partners to shift fundamentally, but expressed fears that tussles over Britain’s exit from the European Union could...

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