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October 21, 2016

The National Security Transition

By Michèle Flournoy and Elbridge Colby

On January 20th, 2017, a new President will take the oath of office. It is one of the most quintessentially American moments, the peaceful transition of leadership in the world’s most powerful democracy. It is a period of anticipation and expectation, but It is also a period fraught with tension, uncertainty, and a sense of vulnerability as the old team passes the baton to the new - often with some foreboding. CNAS experts discuss how to navigate the transition.

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