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Restoring American Leadership

13 Cooperative Steps to Advance Global Progress

The United States today faces a daunting array of international crises and simmering transnational problems. Even the current administration now acknowledges, at a rhetorical if not always operational level, America’s need for ‘effective multilateralism’ and the key role of strong alliances in solving transnational challenges. Restoring American Leadership provides analysis and recommendations on 13 critical issues from international cooperation in the war on terror to curbing proliferation of nuclear weapons to advancing the rights of women across the globe. Each paper offers a specific set of recommendations for action by the president consistent with his stated values. Restoring American Leadership is offered as a constructive contribution to the ongoing debate about how America can best assert responsible leadership in a new era.


Restoring American Leadership: 13 Cooperative Steps to Advance Global Progress is a publication co-sponsored by the Open Society Institute (OSI) and by the Security and Peace Institute (SPI), a joint initiative of the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation. SPI works to advance a responsible U.S. foreign policy based on strong defense, collective security, capable international institutions, and effective promotion of democracy and the rule of law. OSI, a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. This project is part of OSI’s Cooperative Global Engagement Project.

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