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CommentaryAmerica Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It
A dysfunctional U.S. democracy at home makes it less credible to support liberalism abroad....
By Richard Fontaine
CommentarySharper: The Next Congress
When the 117th Congress is sworn in next January, legislators have the opportunity to exert substantial influence on the future of America's role in the world....
By Katie Galgano, Chris Estep & Cole Stevens
CommentaryThe Death and Rebirth of American Internationalism
The time has come for Americans to rethink their country’s role in the world and fashion an internationalism suited to today’s realities....
By Edward Fishman
CommentaryRepublicans Can Learn From Democrats’ Foreign Affairs Committee Contest
Republican legislators in both the House and the Senate have ample time to draw lessons from Engel’s loss and translate them into reform....
By Chris Estep
CommentaryThe United States Can’t Afford to Turn Away Chinese Talent
Intellectual property theft is a real concern, and China has been the world’s foremost infringer. But a blanket exclusion of Chinese students from U.S. academic and scien...
By Elsa B. Kania & Lindsay Gorman
CommentaryTo Prepare for a Crisis, Read Fiction
Fiction and policy too rarely mix. The learned policymaker reads reports and journal articles, books and research papers, all aimed at injecting the highest-quality thinking i...
By Richard Fontaine
PodcastRichard Fontaine Appears on Technology by Design
Richard Fontaine is the CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). He came to Durham back in February and took some time to sit down with us to discuss the differen...
By Richard Fontaine
CommentarySharper: America's National Security Workforce
The greatest source of strength in American national security is the people who lead and serve within its institutions. The ongoing U.S. response to the global coronavirus out...
By Emma Moore, Chris Estep & Cole Stevens
CommentaryNow’s Not the Time for Isolationism
The coronavirus is a public health tragedy. If the United States isn’t careful, it could turn into a geopolitical one, too. How the U.S. manages—or mismanages—the coronavirus...
By Michèle Flournoy & Lisa Monaco
CommentaryHealth Surveillance Is Here to Stay
Washington’s post-9/11 debate about how much surveillance a free society should allow has suddenly become about much more than counterterrorism and national security. Amid tod...
By Carrie Cordero & Richard Fontaine
CommentaryThe Right Way to Reform the U.S. President’s International Emergency Powers
There is growing discussion in Washington about potential reforms to presidential emergency powers, a debate that will only intensify as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. ...
By Peter Harrell
Commentary9/11 swallowed U.S. foreign policy. Don’t let the coronavirus do the same thing.
For two decades, American foreign policy has been shaped by the 9/11 attacks. The catastrophic wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our failure to see the full threat posed by Russia...
By Ilan Goldenberg
CommentaryThe Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s Mandate to Fix Congressional Oversight
The report of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission is finally out—and it provides a fresh look at congressional oversight on cybersecurity. Congress established the commission a...
By Carrie Cordero & David Thaw
CommentaryWe learned resilience after 9/11. But it’s the wrong kind for combatting a virus.
Ever since the attacks of 9/11 shocked the nation, Americans have been urged by political leaders to learn resilience in the face of terrorism. That’s been critical to improvi...
By Joshua A. Geltzer & Carrie Cordero
CommentaryHow the US military's coronavirus response may screw over the reserves
The endless pursuit of lethality combined with perverse incentives for commanders means the U.S. military’s reserve component risks being left in the lurch by the government’s...
By Emma Moore
CommentaryClawing Back Constitutional War Powers
Washington is in the early innings of what has the potential to become the most significant congressional claw-back of constitutional war powers authority since Vietnam. Follo...
By Richard Fontaine & Vance Serchuk
CommentaryFor House, Senate National Security Committees, Stopgaps for Term Limits
The primary election season for the next Congress opens officially on March 3, as states from California to Arkansas begin counting votes for candidates vying for seats in the...
By Chris Estep
CommentaryThe Dangers of Manipulated Media in the Midst of a Crisis
In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the internet was flooded with purportedly real-time information about the circ...
By Megan Lamberth
PodcastRichard Fontaine Discusses U.S. Strategy, Iran, and John McCain's Legacy
Richard Fontaine, CEO of CNAS, joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss conditions for military intervention, the future of the Iran crisis, and what he learned...
By Richard Fontaine, Andrea Kendall-Taylor & Jim Townsend
PodcastBuilding the World’s Biggest Budget
What do the Pentagon's decisions about military spending say about our priorities as a nation? What goes into the DoD's $700 billion budget each year? Former Pentagon official...
By Ilan Goldenberg & Susanna V. Blume