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America's Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration
In America’s Path: Grand Strategy for the Next Administration, editors and CNAS experts Richard Fontaine and Dr. Kristin M. Lord bring together four strategists - Dr. Robert J...
By Kristin M. Lord & Richard Fontaine
Sustainable Pre-eminence: Reforming the U.S. Military at a Time of Strategic Change
Maintaining the U.S. military’s global pre-eminence is vital to protecting American interests and promoting American values. However, the Pentagon still has not enacted the ty...
By Nora Bensahel, Travis Sharp, David W. Barno & USA (Ret.)
America's Civilian Operations Abroad: Understanding Past and Future Requirements
America’s Civilian Operations Abroad: Understanding Past and Future Requirements, authored by Dr. Nora Bensahel, CNAS Deputy Director of Studies and Senior Fellow, and Dr. Pat...
By Nora Bensahel & Patrick M. Cronin
The 9/11 Decade
With the 9/11 decade drawing to a close, CNAS Senior Fellow Robert Kaplan writes that the U.S. is entering a militarily multipolar world....
By Robert D. Kaplan
Aum Shinrikyo: Insights Into How Terrorists Develop Biological and Chemical Weapons
In 1995, the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo unleashed terror on the Tokyo subway system with a highly publicized sarin gas attack. However, less is known about the group’s develo...
By Hidemi Yuki, Lloyd Hough, Marc Sageman, Richard Danzig, Rui Kotani & Terrance Leighton
Security Through Partnership: Fighting Transnational Cartels in the Western Hemisphere
The most dangerous threat to the United States and its allies in the Western Hemisphere is the growth of powerful transnational criminal organizations in Mexico and Central Am...
By USA (Ret.) & Robert Killebrew
Beyond Borders: Developing Comprehensive National Security Policies to Address Complex Regional Challenges
This report, authored by Patrick Cronin and Brian Burton, offers recommendations for how the United States can further sharpen its understanding of emerging hybrid regional ch...
By Brian Burton & Patrick M. Cronin
Crime Wars: Gangs, Cartels and U.S. National Security
As illustrated by the unprecedented violence in Mexico, drug trafficking groups have evolved to not only pose significant challenges to that country, but to governments and so...
By USA (Ret.) & Robert Killebrew
QDDR | Eye to the Future: Refocusing State Department Policy Planning
Linking plans to actions in an era of rapid change constitute the key challenges to effective planning at the Department of State. As the ongoing Quadrennial Diplomacy and Dev...
By Brian Burton & Richard Fontaine
QDDR | Planning Diplomacy and Development
A comprehensive reexamination of State and USAID strategy, operations and capabilities is needed to enhance the ability of those organizations to effectively advance broader n...
By Brian Burton
QDDR | Rebuilding Diplomacy: A Survey of Past Calls for State Department Transformation
As the State Department prepares to unveil the QDDR, it is important to recognize that this most recent effort is not the first call to reform the U.S. State Department. Over ...
By Eugene K. Chow & Richard Weitz
Restraint: Recalibrating American Strategy
Faced with a shifting and complex global environment, this report calls for a recalibration of American strategy, noting, "The United States can best pursue a protracted perio...
By Patrick M. Cronin
Rhetoric and Reality: Countering Terrorism in the Age of Obama
President Barack Obama took office determined to fight terrorist networks more effectively by moving away from the rhetorical framework of former President George W. Bush’s “G...
By Marc Lynch
America’s Extended Hand: Assessing the Obama Administration’s Global Engagement Strategy
This report offers an assessment of the Obama Administration's public engagement strategy by analyzing the public engagement dimension of key foreign policy areas and in count...
By Kristin M. Lord & Marc Lynch
Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World
Contested Commons is an edited volume featuring five chapters and a capstone piece on the future of American power in the sea, air, space and cyberspace. Authors include CNAS...
By Abraham M. Denmark & Robert D. Kaplan
CNAS Capstone - Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World
The Contested Commons capstone report, authored by CNAS Fellow Abraham M. Denmark and Dr. James Mulvenon, provides an overview of the future of American power in a multipolar ...
By Abraham M. Denmark
Engaging the Private Sector for the Public Good: The Power of Network Diplomacy
This policy brief makes a compelling case for how the State Department could embrace network diplomacy by creating an independent organization – called USA•World Trust – that ...
By Kristin M. Lord
Beyond Bullets: A Pragmatic Strategy to Combat Violent Islamist Extremism
Violent Islamist extremism will remain a potent threat to U.S. national security for the foreseeable future. On our own soil, catastrophic terrorism — employing chemical, bio...
By John A. Nagl
Beyond Bullets: Strategies for Countering Violent Extremism
To counter the threat from violent Islamist extremism more effectively, the Center for a New American Security launched a strategy development process modeled after President ...
By Alice Hunt Friend, John A. Nagl & Kristin M. Lord
Finding Our Way: Debating American Grand Strategy
In a critical election year, the debate over America’s national security strategy has been overwhelmed by a persistent focus on essentially tactical issues such as: the number...
By Michèle Flournoy, Shawn Brimley & Vikram J. Singh