February 06, 2015

Obama's national security strategy: Version 2.0

Featuring Richard Fontaine, and Shawn Brimley

The White House is slated to release President BarackObama's national security strategy on Friday, giving a broad outline for how he views his foreign policy priorities for the rest of his time in office.

The release of the document, followed by a speech from Obama's top national security adviser, Susan Rice, will be closely parsed by foreign policy experts and the Republican-controlled Congress.

The new document will update one issued in 2010, when he was only 15 months into the job. Since then, Obama has been frequently criticized at home and abroad for an overly cautious approach to foreign policy.

In it, Obama argues for combating Islamic State militants as well as countering Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the New York Times. But he also calls for balancing such needs with efforts to tackle cyber attacks and climate change as well as health and poverty, the newspaper said.

His vision outlines eight major risks to the United States, from a catastrophic attack on American soil to disruptions in the energy market and the reverberating impact of falling or weak states, the Times reported.

Read the full article at Reuters.


  • Richard Fontaine

    Chief Executive Officer

    Richard Fontaine is the Chief Executive Officer of CNAS. He served as President of CNAS from 2012–19 and as Senior Fellow from 2009–12. Prior to CNAS, he was foreign policy ad...

  • Shawn Brimley

    Former Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

    Shawn Brimley was the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he managed the center’s research agenda and staf...