National Security

How can the U.S. sustainably advance its national security interests given fiscal constraints and shifts in the global distribution of power?

The current U.S. security apparatus was designed for the Cold War, yet the world has changed dramatically since that time, with the contemporary landscape marked by prolonged interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, the emergence of powerful new political and economic actors, global financial crises, and rising public debt. In a moment when the finiteness of American resources and the growth of new foreign powers are increasingly salient to decision makers, it is essential to consider holistically the effects of America’s international policies – military, diplomatic, and economic – on the long-term security of the country.

Questions within the broader initiative include:

Financial Elements of National Security: How is U.S. power affected by ongoing developments in both domestic and international political economies?

Recalibrating Security Strategy: Drawing on history, how can the U.S. and other great powers successfully make significant shifts in their security strategies?

Regional Security Commitments: What are the full range of costs and benefits of the U.S.'s regional security commitments?