The CNAS Sharper series features curated analysis and commentary from CNAS experts on the most critical challenges in U.S. foreign policy. From the future of America's relationship with China to the state of U.S. sanctions policy and more, each collection will draw on the reports, interviews, and other commentaries produced by experts across the Center to explore how America can strengthen its competitive edge.

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Sharper: Civil-Military Relations

The so-called “civil-military divide” has increasingly defined the relationship between America's civil society and its armed forces....


Sharper: National Security's Next Generation

The need to amplify new and diverse voices in national security policymaking has never been clearer....

Middle East Security

Sharper: Iran

While President Biden has publicly committed to reengaging Iran, his administration faces immediate challenges....


Sharper: Day One

The Biden-Harris administration will confront a range of national security challenges from the moment it takes office....


Sharper: 2020

2020 featured an ever-evolving series of national security challenges....

Indo-Pacific Security

Sharper: North Korea

For decades, North Korea's authoritarian dictatorship has threatened Northeast Asia's regional stability, challenged U.S. interests, and subjected its own citizens to an unpar...

Indo-Pacific Security

Sharper: America's Alliances and Partnerships

Cooperation with allies and partners is vital for achieving U.S. foreign policy goals, especially with respect to global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the sprea...


Sharper: The Next Four Years

America will face a range of national security challenges over the next four years. From sustaining military deterrence to bolstering the nation's economic leadership and more...


Sharper: U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

CNAS experts are sharpening the conversation surrounding the future of U.S. strategy in the Middle East....


Sharper: America's Next Defense Strategy

CNAS experts are sharpening the conversation surrounding the future of America’s defense priorities....

Indo-Pacific Security

Sharper: America and the United Nations

The UN is emerging as a key arena for ideological competition as authoritarian actors seek to bend the organization toward illiberalism....

Congress & National Security

Sharper: 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....

Middle East Security

Sharper: The Future of U.S. Sanctions Policy

Sanctions are increasingly common in U.S. foreign policy and economic statecraft. But they are not a cure-all....

Indo-Pacific Security

Sharper: The China Challenge

The United States and China are competing across economic, diplomatic, military, technological, and ideological spheres....

Indo-Pacific Security

Sharper: The 5G Future

5th Generation (5G) telecommunications promises to be a foundational next-generation technology—and vital to enabling the next industrial revolution. The stakes in 5G are high...


Sharper: 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...

Indo-Pacific Security

Sharper: Global Coronavirus Response

Analysis from CNAS experts on the most critical challenges in U.S. foreign policy....


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