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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.

The National Security and International Policy department advances progressive national security policies that are grounded in respect for democratic values: accountability, rule of law, and human rights.

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Dumping on Democracies, Praising Dictators Podcast
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Dumping on Democracies, Praising Dictators

Igor speaks with CAP national security experts Kelly Magsamen and Mike Fuchs about the North Korea summit and how to work toward denuclearization.

Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kelly Magsamen, Michael Fuchs

Mutually Assured Destruction in the Era of Trump Podcast
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Mutually Assured Destruction in the Era of Trump

Michele and Igor speak with Daniel Ellsberg, most notable for leaking the Pentagon Papers in 1971, as well as Michael Fuchs about the U.S. nuclear arsenal and President Trump's sudden reversal on his pick of Victor Cha to be the U.S. envoy to South Korea.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 2 More Michael Fuchs, Rachel Rosen

‘A Very Stable Genius’ Podcast
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‘A Very Stable Genius’

Michele and Igor chat with Rep. Adam Schiff about developments in the Russia investigation and the invoking the 25th Amendment to address President Trump's mental health.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

The Year That Was Podcast

The Year That Was

On this episode of Thinking CAP, Michele and Igor break down the year that was 2017.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Your Internet Access Is at Risk Podcast
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Your Internet Access Is at Risk

This week, Michele and Igor sit down with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss net neutrality.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

BONUS EPISODE: Why Robert Mueller Is Interested in a $1,034,350 Rug Podcast

BONUS EPISODE: Why Robert Mueller Is Interested in a $1,034,350 Rug

Former official with the U.S. Department of Justice and partner at Vianovo Matt Miller joins Michele and Igor to break down the indictments.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA Podcast

Harvey Weinstein, Rocket Man, and the NRA

This week, Michele and Igor are joined by Hollywood producer Scott Budnick and Sen. Chris Murphy.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

A Crisis Moment for the LGBT Community Podcast

A Crisis Moment for the LGBT Community

Michele and Igor discuss President Trump's announcement to bar transgender people from serving—in any capacity—in the nation's armed forces.

Michele L. Jawando, Igor Volsky, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

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