Updates: National Security

In May, the Tobin Project experimented with a new method of connecting policymakers and scholars by holding a virtual meeting between five policymakers— from the State Department, Defense Department, National Security Council, and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations—and Tobin Project national security scholars Stephen Van Evera (initiative chair), Jeremi Suri (initiative co-chair), and

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The Tobin Project is pleased to support two unique research projects being undertaken by Benjamin Valentino (Dartmouth College, Government) and Audrey Kurth Cronin (George Mason University, Public Policy).

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How does the U.S.’s preeminent position in international economic and political affairs constrain or enable its grand strategy?  How much can the U.S. afford to spend on its national security in light of current demands on its resources and what tools of statecraft are most sustainable in the current environment?

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce that our National Security initiative will be supported in part by a renewed multi-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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Can the U.S. assume leadership in crafting a political solution to the Afghanistan crisis that satisfies the core interests of the major regional actors – Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran, and the Afghan Taliban?  

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What are the U.S.’s security commitments abroad, what are these commitments intended to achieve, and how can they be reconfigured to better advance the national interest while reducing their economic and political costs?

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In May 2011, Robert Art (Brandeis University, Politics), Barry Posen (MIT, Political Science), William Hitchcock (University of Virginia, History), and Jeremi Suri shared their work on U.S. grand strategy with a group of diplomats, think-tank researchers, and scholars at a seminar convened by the Tobin Project and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Participants – including former U.S. diplomats Dr.

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The Tobin Project is pleased to announce that it will host a forum and fellowship program for doctoral students undertaking work related to its inquiry into the "Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy." This program seeks to foster rigorous, policy-relevant research on how the United States can better wield nonkinetic, or nonmilitary, power to provide U.S. and international security.

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How can the United States best integrate its diplomatic, military, and economic power to advance its national security interests?

In December, the Tobin Project brought together academics, policymakers, and think-tank researchers from various disciplines for a three-day conference focused on pressing, unanswered questions arising out of current policy debates and ongoing research at the Tobin Project. 

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This fall, the Tobin Project released a new volume, titled The Prudent Use of Power in American National Security Strategy. Co-edited by Stephen Van Evera (MIT, Political Science) and Sidharth Shah (The Tobin Project), this compendium of ten essays from leading scholars in the field examines the utility of non-military power in U.S.

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