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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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National and Community Leaders Discuss How To End White Supremacist Violence Video

National and Community Leaders Discuss How To End White Supremacist Violence

This video presents highlights from an event following the release of a joint report from the Center for American Progress and the McCain Institute for International Leadership on how to address the growing national security threat posed by white supremacist violence in the United States.

Katrina Mulligan, Brette Steele, Simon Clark, 2 More Asha Padmanabhan, Rachel Hunkler

CAP National Security Conference Recap Video

CAP National Security Conference Recap

This video provides a recap of CAP’s national security conference, “Progressive National Security: The First 100 Days,” held on January 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Orlando Suazo, Kelly Magsamen

CAP Ideas 2019: The Changing National Security Debate Video
 (Former U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) speak with CAP founder John Podesta at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference.)

CAP Ideas 2019: The Changing National Security Debate

Former U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Abigail Spanberger discussed national security and how the debate is changing at the 2019 CAP Ideas Conference.

Five Pillars of an Enduring U.S.-India Partnership Video

Five Pillars of an Enduring U.S.-India Partnership

U.S.-India task force co-chairs, former Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao and former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma, discuss the five greatest opportunities and challenges facing the partnership in the coming decade.

Michael Fuchs, Abigail Bard, Andrew Satter

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