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America Adrift Report
An American flag and microphone on stage, February 2008.

America Adrift

A new study of public attitudes on U.S. foreign policy issues finds that voters desire more government investment at home to remain competitive in the world.

John Halpin, Brian Katulis, Peter Juul, 3 More Karl Agne, Jim Gerstein, Nisha Jain

What the FY 2020 Defense Budget Gets Wrong Report
President Trump gestures during a meeting about border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 11, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

What the FY 2020 Defense Budget Gets Wrong

To successfully promote U.S. national security, the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 defense budget needs to consider myriad factors—and set necessary, realistic funding levels.

Lawrence J. Korb

Confronting the Domestic Right-Wing Terrorist Threat Report
Neo Nazis, alt-right, and white supremacists encircle counterprotestors at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, August 2017. (Getty/Shay Horse)

Confronting the Domestic Right-Wing Terrorist Threat

Far-right violence is a growing threat in the United States. Only by acknowledging the danger, combating the political rhetoric that supports it, and learning how democracies have tackled this menace in the past can we hope to defeat it.

Simon Clark

Understanding and Combating Russian and Chinese Influence Operations Report
A motorcade car adorned with Chinese and Russian flags sits idle at Vladivostok International Airport, Russia, on September 11, 2018. (Getty/TASS/Vladimir Smirnov)

Understanding and Combating Russian and Chinese Influence Operations

Examining similarities and differences between Russian and Chinese malign foreign influence operations is key to developing shared strategies for combating them.

Carolyn Kenney, Max Bergmann, James Lamond

The Origins of Russia’s Broad Political Assault on the United States Report

The Origins of Russia’s Broad Political Assault on the United States

The Russian attack on U.S. democracy began in 2014 and is more wide-ranging and coordinated than previously understood. How the United States responds requires a strategy that both applies pressure on Russia via additional sanctions and improves the United States’ defensive capabilities against further Russian interference.

James Lamond

Securing a Democratic World Report

Securing a Democratic World

The future of U.S. national security and a liberal democratic world depends on America embracing democratic values, locking arms with its democratic allies to stem the rise of authoritarianism, and growing the community of democratic nations.

Kelly Magsamen, Max Bergmann, Michael Fuchs, 1 More Trevor Sutton

Seizing the Diplomatic Initiative in Syria Report

Seizing the Diplomatic Initiative in Syria

To best advance U.S. interests and values, the United States should launch a renewed diplomatic effort to de-escalate Syria’s civil war.

Brian Katulis, Alexander Bick, Peter Juul, 1 More Daniel Benaim

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton: The Path to War Article
CIA director Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on March, 20, 2018, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Saul Loeb/AFP Photo)

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton: The Path to War

President Trump’s new war Cabinet picks risk pushing the United States toward devastating wars.

Ken Gude

Trump’s Defense Budget Article
President Donald Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Pentagon for a meeting on January 18, 2018. (Getty/AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

Trump’s Defense Budget

President Trump has proposed an unnecessarily large increase in the defense budget that will actually weaken national security.

Lawrence J. Korb

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