A Program of the Stanley Foundation

Program Description

The Strategies for US National Security (SNS) program explores a range of foreign policy and defense approaches open to the United States in the post-Cold War world by engaging US officials in dialogue with independent US experts and officials/experts from other countries.

The major working assumption of SNS is that the evolving security environment is increasingly defined by realities that transcend traditional notions of rogue states, Great Power politics, and security based upon alliance structures. Instead, the evolving environment is defined by economic and political globalization, rising regional powers, failing states, trans-border resource conflicts, transnational terrorism, and ethno-religious divisions that cross borders.

All of these trends are making traditional policies of dividing the world into friends, allies, and enemies increasingly untenable, because the "threat environment" includes not only state actors but also destabilizing socio-economic trends that cross boundaries. Therefore, SNS assumes that the national security debate can no longer be defined solely in terms of the best defense strategy. Military superiority is assumed to be just one ingredient in a larger security pie.

The SNS program is coordinated by Michael Kraig

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Secure America Project

A series of 11 debates on national security issues

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Task Force:
Winning the Peace in the 21st Century

Chaired by
Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense

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