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CNAS National Security Forum: Preparing the Next President

Oct 6, 2016
9:00am to 1:00pm


CNAS leadership, experts, and a small group of influential colleagues convened for a discussion about the strategic choices, opportunities, and challenges a new president will face. With representation from both sides of the aisle, sessions explored the national security inheritance, lessons learned from previous presidential transitions, recommendations for the first 100 days of a new administration, and how to approach the civilian-military relationship during a transition period.


Panel Videos

Featured Speakers

  • General Philip M. Breedlove

    U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

  • Shawn Brimley

    Executive Vice President, CNAS

  • Rosa Brooks

    Law Professor, Georgetown University

  • Phillip Carter

    Military, Veterans, and Society Program Director, CNAS

  • Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

    Asia-Pacific Security Program Director, CNAS

  • Amb. Eric S. Edelman

    Couselor, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

  • Richard Fontaine

    President, CNAS

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Middle East Security Program Director, CNAS

  • Stephen J. Hadley

    Principal, RiceHadleyGates

  • Dr. Jerry Hendrix

    Defense Strategies and Assessments Program Director, CNAS

  • Robert Kaplan

    Senior Fellow, CNAS

  • Katherine Kidder

    Fellow, CNAS

  • David E. Sanger

    National Security Correspondent, The New York Times

  • Dr. Kori Schake

    Fellow, Hoover Institution

  • Loren DeJonge Schulman

    Leon E. Panetta Fellow, CNAS

  • Julianne Smith

    Strategy and Statecraft Program Director, CNAS

  • John Tien

    Managing Director, Citigroup

  • Christine Wormuth

    Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

CNAS Reports on Preparing the Next President

The Papers for the Next President series is designed to assist the next president and his or her team in crafting a strong, pragmatic, and principled national security agenda. The series explores the most critical regions and topics that the next president will need to address early in his or her tenure and includes actionable recommendations designed to be implemented during the first few months of 2017.


View the latest reports.