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National Security and International Policy

Advancing progressive national security policies that are grounded in respect for democratic values: accountability, rule of law, and human rights.

Representatives of the U.N. Security Council members raise their hands to vote in favor of a draft resolution at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 30, 2021. (Loey Felipe/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua)

What We're Doing

Defending democracy

Democracies around the globe—including our own—face threats not seen in generations. We work to bolster the guardrails of democracy around the world, strengthening the rule of law and accountability, and in so doing, we add our voice to the chorus pushing against authoritarian forms of government.

Revitalizing diplomacy

The United States’ most enduring advantage is our network of alliances. Alliances and relationships are increasingly important components of U.S. national power, furthering economic, security, and humanitarian aims. We develop and support approaches for revitalizing diplomacy to further U.S. engagement in improving lives at home and around the world.

Putting climate at the center of U.S. foreign policy

Climate change threatens global security, stability, and humanity, bringing sweeping changes to our world. We are working to center climate in our international efforts and policies by transforming strategy, culture, and budgets; outlining collective responses; and defining new bilateral and multilateral alliances that can advance collective solutions to these urgent problems confronting the country and the world.

Redefining American security in today’s threat environment

Many of today’s most foreseeable threats are those that affect daily life and prospects for prosperity: COVID-19, climate change, systemic inequality, racism, and global disinformation aimed at undermining rights and democratic practices. We are working to reconceptualize what national security means in the 21st century and how U.S. national security institutions and foreign policy priorities can adapt to protect Americans and safeguard human security for all.

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Who Is Kim Jong Un? Podcast
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Who Is Kim Jong Un?

Daniella, Ed, and CAP Senior Fellow Mike Fuchs chat with author Anna Fifield, Washington Post Beijing bureau chief, about her new book on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Chris Ford

The Mueller Report, With Judd Legum Podcast
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The Mueller Report, With Judd Legum

This week, Judd Legum, former editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress and founder of the Popular Information newsletter, helps us break down special counsel Robert Mueller's final report to Attorney General William Barr, as well as Barr's letter to Congress summarizing Mueller's principle conclusions.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Chris Ford, Kyle Epstein

Robert Mueller Closes in on Trump Podcast
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Robert Mueller Closes in on Trump

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Center for American Progress Senior Fellow Max Bergmann about the ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

A Mueller Investigation Refresher With Joyce Vance Podcast
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A Mueller Investigation Refresher With Joyce Vance

Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce Vance joins Daniella and Ed to talk about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and the country's trust in its democratic institutions.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Are There Any Adults in the Room? Podcast
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Are There Any Adults in the Room?

This week, Daniella and Ed sit down with Nayyera Haq, former White House and State Department official in the Obama administration, to discuss her career, the Trump administration's foreign policy ethos, and more.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Kyle Epstein

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