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Climate · Migration · Security

The intersection of climate change, human migration, and conflict presents a unique challenge for U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century. These three factors undermine traditional understandings of national security, requiring us to rethink the traditional divisions between diplomacy, defense, and economic, social, and environmental development policy abroad.

Doctors for America

Doctors for America is a national movement of physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care.


The Enough Project seeks to end genocide and crimes against humanity, with an initial focus on the crises in Sudan, Chad, eastern Congo, and northern Uganda. Enough provides sharp field analyses and targeted policy recommendations to promote durable peace, provide civilian protection, and punish perpetrators of atrocities—working with concerned citizens, advocates, and policymakers.

Fair Shot Campaign

American Women, Center for American Progress, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Service Employees International Union have joined together to start the Fair Shot Campaign: A plan for women and families to get ahead. From economic security to health and reproductive rights to expanding opportunities for leadership and career advancement, it’s time for women across the country to come together and have their voices heard. Because it’s time women and families had a fair shot at getting ahead, not just getting by.

Faith and Progressive Policy

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress works to identify and articulate the moral-ethical and spiritual values underpinning policy issues, to shape a progressive stance in which these values are clear, and to increase public awareness and understanding of these values.

Generation Progress

Generation Progress works to help young people make themselves heard through an online magazine and campus journalism projects, public events, multimedia projects, and grassroots issue campaigns—empowering new progressive leaders as they develop fresh ideas, communicate in new ways, and develop new progressive policies.

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute’s goal is to increase the participation of progressive people of color among the thinkers, shapers, and planners of policy at every level of government, in nonprofit organizations, and in groups that influence public policy.

Legal Progress

Legal Progress seeks to make the judicial branch of government reflect better the values of liberty, equality, and opportunity enshrined in our Constitution. We focus on the urgent need to confirm progressive judges, expose the detrimental impact corporate courts have on people’s lives, and engage the public on the Constitution.

Middle-Out Economics

The Middle Class and Economic Growth project is an initiative of the Economic Policy team at the Center for American Progress that combines original analysis, public policy proposals, live events, and multimedia presentations to demonstrate that a strong and stable middle class is the key driver of American economic growth.

Our Future Together

The Our Future, Together initiative, a project of the Center for American Progress, seeks to underscore the importance of immigrants and their children to the future of the U.S. economy. As major demographic shifts radically reshape the American population, investing in the very communities that will make up a pivotal piece of our 21st century workforce will strengthen the overall shared prosperity for the country as a whole.

Our Working Nation

Our Working Nation recognizes that the movement of women out of the home and into paid employment is one of the most important transformations in our history. Workplaces are no longer the domain of men, and we need to research and develop new policy ideas to ensure everyone is able to meet the challenges of the workplace and to provide care for their family to match how we work and live.

Progress 2050

Progress 2050 develops new ideas for an increasingly diverse America. The United States will become a nation with no clear racial or ethnic majority by the year 2050. This expected transition provides the progressive movement with an exciting opportunity to help America live up to its ideals of equality and justice for all.

Progressive Studies Program

The Progressive Studies Program is a unique interdisciplinary project exploring the history, intellectual foundations, and public understanding of progressivism in America. It seeks to increase public awareness of progressive ideas and values, and to educate public officials and policymakers through lectures, seminars, articles, public events, book discussions, new media tools, and training seminars.

Reel Progress

Reel Progress is a progressive film series that hosts free screenings open to the public in Washington, D.C., and around the country. These screenings are followed by provocative panel discussions with leading policy experts, actors, and filmmakers, connecting the arts to campaigns for social change and progressive public policy.

Sustainable Security

Sustainable Security redefines how we think about national security in today’s shifting, globalized world. While we need to maintain a highly capable military, diplomacy and development can often be more cost-effective investments to prevent crises before military force is required and to better manage our shared global challenges.

Women’s Initiative

CAP’s Women’s Initiative is a comprehensive effort to marshal CAP’s broad expertise and promote public policies that enable women to participate fully in our economy and our society. Women have made enormous progress over the past 50 years, but our workplaces and national policies have not adapted to our changing society. We believe that women—and the challenges they face—must be at the center of our national policy debate in order to develop responsive solutions that improve the lives of women and their families.

The World in 2030: Ending Global Poverty

The end of extreme poverty is within our sights. By 2030, we can live in a world where more people than ever before have access to education, health care, and employment. By 2030, we can create more environmentally sustainable, equitable economies and societies. Global ambition requires a global agenda, which is why the UN Secretary General named 27 leaders, including Center for American Progress Chair John Podesta, to a High Level Panel tasked with making recommendations for development beyond December 31, 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals. This page collects work related to that effort.