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A threat to democracy anywhere is a threat to democracy everywhere. Over the past decade, we have seen consistent and sustained attacks on democracies globally—most egregiously, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—threatening cooperative progress on climate action, migration, food security, and shared prosperity. The Biden-Harris administration has prioritized defending democracy, but what is preached at home must be practiced abroad—and practiced well. The Center for American Progress is committed to putting forward a progressive vision for a new era of U.S. engagement internationally. We believe national security goes beyond mere military power; it encompasses the need for a greater global response to complex crises, while also pushing for a new model for America’s economic and political competitiveness in the world. Critical U.S. foreign policy actions must be values-driven and mutually reinforcing with domestic priorities to advance an agenda of reform and renewal.
So, when we advocate for a more productive global ecosystem of accountability, we also analyze U.S. tax havens and financial loopholes. When we join the call for ambitious global action to tackle the climate crisis, we push for more robust emission reduction at home. And when we advocate for others to meet the moment, we acknowledge the weight of the United States in multilateral institutions and push for productive action instead of empty promises. At CAP, we know that America prides itself on being a leader, so we choose to advance a leadership agenda on the things that matter: promoting shared global prosperity, confronting climate change, and building resilient communities equipped to weather the storms ahead.
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As citizens around the world increasingly favor serious policy action to fight climate change, the fossil fuel industry is undermining democratic principles to stem the tide of climate action—spreading misinformation and obstructing elected governments’ climate efforts, promoting anti-democratic movements and candidates, and even undermining democratic rights.
Dec 5, 2023
Chris Martinez, Laura Kilbury, Joel Martinez, 6 More
Calee White, Mariel Lutz, Kat So, Kate Petosa, Allison McManus, Anne Christianson
The horrifying Hamas terror attack on Israeli civilians has provoked an understandable imperative to bring the perpetrators to justice, but Israel must avoid collective punishment for Gaza that can bring a loss of moral clarity and reinforce historic grievances.
Oct 14, 2023
Immediate assistance to Ukraine is an imperative to counter Russian aggression, address Ukraine's immediate security needs, strengthen European and NATO resolve, check China's regional ambitions, and underscore American global leadership in times of crisis.
Oct 12, 2023
Alan Yu, Robert Benson, Sam Hananel
Maggie Jo Buchanan and Allison McManus write in "DC Journal" about how a senator's views on abortion are jeopardizing national security.
Sep 7, 2023
Maggie Jo Buchanan, Allison McManus
However, the long transition period presents a risk to Bernardo Arévalo and Guatemala’s fragile democracy.
Sep 6, 2023
Joel Martinez, Dan Restrepo, Heba Malik
Missed opportunities fuel global ambivalence on Ukraine; reforming political and economic decision-making bodies can help rebuild trust.
Aug 16, 2023
Every McGovern-Dole dollar spent on food is a down payment on thriving democracies and trade.
Jul 11, 2023
Lawrence J. Korb and Stephen J. Cimbala make the case for NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Jul 10, 2023
Real Clear Defense
Lawrence J. Korb, Stephen J. Cimbala
Examining how attempts to stifle dissent threaten the world’s largest democracy
Jul 6, 2023
Stephen J. Cimbala and Lawrence J. Korb write about the implications of artificial intelligence for national security.
Jun 9, 2023
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Stephen J. Cimbala, Lawrence J. Korb
Turkey saw unprecedented political mobilization, partly because going to the ballot box offered one of the last opportunities to make one’s voice heard. But little changed.
May 31, 2023
How attempts to undermine the courts have threatened Israel's democracy and mobilized its defenders
May 17, 2023
Kate Donald, Erel N. Margalit, Thabet Abu Rass, 1 More
Addressing the flow of U.S. firearms to Mexico and Central America
Apr 17, 2023
Nick Wilson, Nick Wilson
We cannot expect technology companies to protect democracies if they do not integrate democratic values such as transparency, pluralism, protections against harm, and accountability into the fabric of their operations and governance.
Mar 29, 2023
Patrick Gaspard, Laetitia Avia
Under President Biden, the United States is reinvigorating its trade policy to better confront the major challenges of the 21st century, but key questions remain.
Mar 14, 2023
Trevor Sutton, Mike Williams
CAP Senior Fellow Johan Hassel reflects on the Ukrainian-Russian war one year later.
Feb 24, 2023
Johan Hassel, Hai-Lam Phan, Andrew Sonntag, 4 More
Toni Pandolfo, Audrey Smith, Madalyn Reagan, Allie Cohen
The United States must maintain its course on Ukraine because it is essential to America’s national security interests and democratic values. A Ukraine defeat would create a more dangerous and unstable world.
Feb 22, 2023
Johan Hassel, Kate Donald, Laura Kilbury, 1 More
Michael Sozan, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, filed written testimony before the California State Assembly in support of A.B. 83, a bill that would limit political spending by U.S. corporations with appreciable foreign ownership.
Feb 10, 2023
Passage of the Preventing a Patronage System Act is critical to allow civil servants to do their jobs and to ensure the federal government’s stability, reliability, and authority in domestic functions and international relations.
Dec 2, 2022
Larry Korb describes the conditions that allowed Russia's forces to be overwhelmed by Ukrainian troops.
Nov 14, 2022
Lawrence J. Korb
Lawrence J. Korb and Steve Cimbala argue why Russia would not be able to contain a nuclear war on Ukrainian territory.
Oct 26, 2022
The National Interest
Lawrence J. Korb, Steve Cimbala
The 2022 National Security Strategy introduces new ideas on navigating strategic competition with China and Russia, investing at home, and a renewed focus on the fight against climate change.
Oct 19, 2022
Peter Juul, Heba Malik
Larry Korb argues that the Biden administration must reduce the U.S. defense budget without jeopardizing national security by canceling tactical nuclear weapons; retiring irrelevant and old Navy ships; and slowing the production of F-35 fighter jets.
Sep 9, 2022
The National Interest
Former President Trump didn’t just abscond with classified material he wasn’t allowed to have; he may have gravely harmed U.S. national security at the same time.
Aug 22, 2022
Alan Yu, Peter Juul
The Yoon administration’s posture toward China has important implications for the U.S.-ROK alliance and America’s strategic approach in the region.
Aug 2, 2022
Haneul Lee, Tobias Harris, Alan Yu
Creative policy thinking can help the United States and the international community avert the worst human security outcomes in Afghanistan.
Jul 11, 2022
Russia’s re-invasion of Ukraine and democratic backsliding at home and abroad pose threats to the freedom and security of the United States, its allies, and its partners.
Jun 21, 2022
It is important to understand why the United States and South Korea do not see eye to eye on how to confront challenges presented by China.
Dec 14, 2021
Tobias Harris, Abigail Bard, Haneul Lee
Online services have become an essential and ubiquitous part of American life. This report proposes a new regulatory framework to address existing harms, promote equitable growth, and protect the public interest online.
Nov 16, 2021
Erin Simpson, Adam Conner
With the federal government poised to make historic investments in deploying clean technology, America also needs policies that build renewable energy supply chains at home.
Oct 4, 2021
Mike Williams, Trevor Sutton
Staff and fellows at the Center for American Progress share how 9/11 changed their lives.
Sep 10, 2021
Center for American Progress staff and fellows
The Biden administration should lead in developing a human rights-centered plan for the forcibly displaced to mitigate further disaster in Afghanistan.
Aug 17, 2021
Alexandra Schmitt, Elisa Massimino
The Gender Policy Council should include the following recommendations in its governmentwide strategy to ensure it can fully leverage and expand the U.S. government’s existing women, peace, and security mandate and architecture.
Aug 4, 2021
To achieve even greater gains in gender equity and equality around the world, the Gender Policy Council should leverage and expand the U.S. government’s existing women, peace, and security mandate and architecture.
To meet the challenges of today, the Biden administration and Congress should reform the Department of Homeland Security around a mission that highlights safety and services alongside its traditional protecting roles.
Jun 16, 2021
Mara Rudman, Rudy deLeon, Joel Martinez, 5 More
Elisa Massimino, Silva Mathema, Katrina Mulligan, Alexandra Schmitt, Philip E. Wolgin
What America needs from the Department of Homeland Security today is different from when it was founded nearly 20 years ago.
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