Center for a New American Security - CNAS

Center for a New American Security - CNAS The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies and leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.
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The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is the nation's leading research institution focused on defense and national security policy. CNAS was founded by Kurt Campbell and Michèle Flournoy in 2007 and is headed by CEO Ms. Flournoy and President Richard Fontaine. It is located in Washington, DC.

Mission: The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies and leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.

Operating as usual

"Effective international coordination around bolstering global digital connectivity in a secure and equitable manner rem...
01/12/2021
Harnessing Multilateralism for Digital Development

"Effective international coordination around bolstering global digital connectivity in a secure and equitable manner remains a largely aspirational goal." - Kristen A. Cordell and Kristine Lee write in a new CNAS policy brief. Explore their recommendations: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/harnessing-multilateralism-for-digital-development

Uneven access to digital technology is magnifying societal inequities around the world.

In a new CNAS report, Michael C. Horowitz and Paul Scharre outline potential risks to international stability arising fr...
01/12/2021
AI and International Stability: Risks and Confidence-Building Measures

In a new CNAS report, Michael C. Horowitz and Paul Scharre outline potential risks to international stability arising from military applications of AI, and they describe potential confidence-building measures to address these risks: https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/ai-and-international-stability-risks-and-confidence-building-measures

Exploring the potential use of confidence-building measures built around the shared interests that all countries have in preventing inadvertent war.

CNAS congratulates experts Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Peter Harrell on their selection by President-elect Biden and Vice ...
01/08/2021
CNAS Experts Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Peter Harrell Selected for National Security Council Staff

CNAS congratulates experts Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Peter Harrell on their selection by President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris to serve on the National Security Council staff. Learn more: https://www.cnas.org/press/press-release/cnas-experts-andrea-kendall-taylor-and-peter-harrell-selected-for-national-security-council-staff

Developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

"Going forward, the Joint Force must first be organized, trained, and equipped to fight and win against a near-peer batt...
12/31/2020
A Joint Warfighting Concept for Systems Warfare

"Going forward, the Joint Force must first be organized, trained, and equipped to fight and win against a near-peer battle network adept at systems warfare and system destruction operations." - Robert O. Work argues for the Next Defense Strategy series: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/a-joint-warfighting-concept-for-systems-warfare

Future combat between peer and near-peer adversaries will be characterized, dominated, and decided by the collision of opposing systems of systems.

Flashpoints in U.S.-Iran and U.S.-China relations. Public health and economic crises. Nationwide protests against racial...
12/31/2020
Sharper: 2020

Flashpoints in U.S.-Iran and U.S.-China relations. Public health and economic crises. Nationwide protests against racial injustice. A polarized presidential election. The latest edition of Sharper explores the national security challenges that shaped 2020: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/sharper-2020

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

"The cure cannot be worse than the disease. Instead, the United States must actively reclaim technology for openness and...
12/29/2020
Democracy by Design

"The cure cannot be worse than the disease. Instead, the United States must actively reclaim technology for openness and transparency." - Kara Frederick writes in a new CNAS report on the future of digital freedom: https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/democracy-by-design

For digital freedom to prevail over authoritarian uses of technology, democracies must offer something better.

12/29/2020
Navigating the China-Russia Partnership

The United States faces a period of prolonged competition with China and Russia. As Beijing and Moscow continue to pursue military, technological, and political cooperation to the strategic detriment of the United States, how can Washington answer the challenge? Experts Andrea Kendall-Taylor and David O. Shullman explain how America navigate the China-Russia partnership by coordinating with allies and bolstering democracies around the world.

"Cities and states are no longer competing against each other—we’re competing against the world." - Little Rock Mayor Fr...
12/29/2020
Engaging the Public on Foreign Policy, with Mayor Frank Scott and Alan Salazar

"Cities and states are no longer competing against each other—we’re competing against the world." - Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. tells Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, and fellow guest Alan Salazar on the latest episode of Brussels Sprouts: https://www.cnas.org/publications/podcast/engaging-the-public-on-foreign-policy-with-mayor-frank-scott-and-alan-salazar

Developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

12/29/2020
Navigating the China-Russia Partnership

The United States faces a period of prolonged competition with China and Russia. As Beijing and Moscow continue to pursue military, technological, and political cooperation to the strategic detriment of the United States, how can Washington answer the challenge? Experts Andrea Kendall-Taylor and David O. Shullman explain how America can navigate the China-Russia partnership by coordinating with allies and bolstering democracies around the world. Learn more: https://www.cnas.org/publications/video/navigating-the-china-russia-partnership

"The Trump administration inaugurated a heightened awareness of foreign policy issues." - Alan Salazar tells Andrea Kend...
12/26/2020
Engaging the Public on Foreign Policy, with Mayor Frank Scott and Alan Salazar

"The Trump administration inaugurated a heightened awareness of foreign policy issues." - Alan Salazar tells Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, and Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. on the latest episode of Brussels Sprouts. Listen: https://www.cnas.org/publications/podcast/engaging-the-public-on-foreign-policy-with-mayor-frank-scott-and-alan-salazar

Developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that incremental adjustments to current concepts will be insufficient," Robert O. Wor...
12/26/2020
A Joint Warfighting Concept for Systems Warfare

"It is becoming increasingly clear that incremental adjustments to current concepts will be insufficient," Robert O. Work argues for the Next Defense Strategy series, "given the severity of the operational challenges confronting the Joint Force." More: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/a-joint-warfighting-concept-for-systems-warfare

Future combat between peer and near-peer adversaries will be characterized, dominated, and decided by the collision of opposing systems of systems.

"America’s role as the primary mediator between Israelis and Palestinians has shifted dramatically." - Ilan Goldenberg, ...
12/25/2020
A New U.S. Strategy for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

"America’s role as the primary mediator between Israelis and Palestinians has shifted dramatically." - Ilan Goldenberg, Michael Koplow, and Tamara Cofman Wittes find in a new CNAS report. Explore their recommendations for U.S. policy going forward: https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/a-new-u-s-strategy-for-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict

Developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

In a new CNAS report, Kara Frederick offers a strategy to staunch the illiberal use of technology and build an affirmati...
12/24/2020
Democracy by Design

In a new CNAS report, Kara Frederick offers a strategy to staunch the illiberal use of technology and build an affirmative digital freedom agenda for democracies to promote across the globe. Explore her recommendations: https://www.cnas.org/publications/reports/democracy-by-design

For digital freedom to prevail over authoritarian uses of technology, democracies must offer something better.

LISTEN: Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. and Alan Salazar, Chief of Staff for the mayor of Denver, join Andrea Kendall...
12/23/2020
Engaging the Public on Foreign Policy, with Mayor Frank Scott and Alan Salazar

LISTEN: Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. and Alan Salazar, Chief of Staff for the mayor of Denver, join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss foreign policy perspectives in their communities on the latest episode of Brussels Sprouts: https://www.cnas.org/publications/podcast/engaging-the-public-on-foreign-policy-with-mayor-frank-scott-and-alan-salazar

Developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

From flashpoints in U.S.-Iran and U.S.-China relations to global public health and economic crises, 2020 featured an eve...
12/23/2020
Sharper: 2020

From flashpoints in U.S.-Iran and U.S.-China relations to global public health and economic crises, 2020 featured an ever-evolving series of national security challenges. Learn more from the Sharper series: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/sharper-2020

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

According to Robert O. Work, "Demonstrating the ability of Joint Force battle networks to dominate opposing operational ...
12/23/2020
A Joint Warfighting Concept for Systems Warfare

According to Robert O. Work, "Demonstrating the ability of Joint Force battle networks to dominate opposing operational systems under realistic conditions will substantially achieve deterrence by denial." Read more from the Next Defense Strategy series: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/a-joint-warfighting-concept-for-systems-warfare

Future combat between peer and near-peer adversaries will be characterized, dominated, and decided by the collision of opposing systems of systems.

"Faced with growing pressure and mounting fear of their own people," Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz, and Joseph Wri...
12/22/2020
Foreign Affairs

"Faced with growing pressure and mounting fear of their own people," Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz, and Joseph Wright warned this year, "authoritarian regimes are evolving." Read more from their essay in the March/April 2020 edition of Foreign Affairs: https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/the-digital-dictators

Catch up on the best Foreign Affairs articles of 2020, from Brenda Gayle Plummer on the global history of the civil rights movement to Charles King on how a great power falls apart.

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