Connecting the Dots: Linking Principles to Priorities in the New National Security Strategy

February 9, 2015

The Obama Administration has just released its 2015 National Security Strategy. The updated strategy concentrates on broad lines of effort that are crucial to American interests, ranging across the categories of security, prosperity, values, and international order. However, to have full effect, leadership is needed to transform the document’s intent into concrete priorities. Indeed, the […]

Implementing Obama’s “Smarter Kind of American Leadership”

January 21, 2015

Heather Hurlburt on Bloggingheads Discussing Events of 2013 with Daniel Drezner

December 23, 2013

Bloggingheads, December 23, 2013

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Outlook

July 10, 2013

Today, the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) introduces four top officials all new to their posts: Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi. The dialogue highlights recent positive trends in complex security and economic relations between the two powers where enormous differences […]

The Case for Renewed U.S. Engagement in Africa

June 26, 2013

 Today, President Obama will begin his weeklong trip to Africa, visiting Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. While U.S. foreign policy has been largely preoccupied with responsibly ending two wars, the strategic rebalance to Asia and ongoing challenges in the Middle East, the case for renewed U.S. engagement in Africa is steadily increasing. The rapid economic […]

Transatlantic Trade and the Foundations of American Power

June 18, 2013

Yesterday, President Obama and some of his European counterparts officially announced their shared intent to move forward with negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – a prospective free trade agreement between Washington and the EU’s 27 member states. The initiative represents the latest element in the administration’s strategy to support the economic foundations […]

Rightsizing Xi and Obama: What’s at Stake and Going Forward

June 6, 2013

On Friday and Saturday, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet for an unprecedented two day summit in California. The summit is an opportunity to “rightsize” the relationship – not offering many concrete deliverables but building toward the blend of competition and cooperation that offers the best path toward a stable, prosperous and […]

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance, Present and Future

May 8, 2013

Today, South Korean President Park Geun-hye will address a joint session of Congress, an opportunity afforded only to America’s closest partners. She speaks as U.S. and South Korean resolve and diplomatic coordination are showing progress in diminishing provocations from Pyongyang, which now appear to be tapering off. Going forward, sustained U.S. and South Korean coordination […]

REPORT: Reshaping Pentagon Spending and Capabilities: Setting Priorities for the Future

March 13, 2013

To read the full report, click here. By Bill French March 2013 A NEW PHASE of the debate over Pentagon spending is on the horizon. On March 1, sequestration went into effect as mandated by the Budget Control Act (BCA) and as modified by the American Taxpayer Relief Act. Under sequestration, Pentagon spending is to be […]

Congressional Action Needed to Avert Sequestration

February 20, 2013

As the March 1 deadline for sequestration approaches, new reports highlight how nonstrategic across-the-board cuts would cause harm to America’s social wellbeing, economy and national security. Today the Pentagon previewed hundreds of thousands of civilian furloughs — mirrored in federal law enforcement, public health, social security and other domestic priorities. Congress must act to avoid sequestration […]

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