National Security

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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Congress Must Provide Funding and Protect Oversight To Meet Global Security and Humanitarian Needs Article
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Congress Must Provide Funding and Protect Oversight To Meet Global Security and Humanitarian Needs

Recent bipartisan Senate legislation provides security and humanitarian assistance in critical areas—Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, and the Indo-Pacific—but Congress must ensure more oversight so that the funds are used according to U.S. law and policy.

Taiwan’s Election: PRC Interference and Its Implications for the 2024 Election Landscape Article
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Taiwan’s Election: PRC Interference and Its Implications for the 2024 Election Landscape

The Democratic Progressive Party’s triumph in Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election signals Taiwan’s resilience against the People’s Republic of China’s coordinated and intense interference efforts; but it also accentuates the critical need for nations worldwide to formulate robust strategies against escalating threats of interference, thereby safeguarding the integrity of global democratic processes.

These Fossil Fuel Industry Tactics Are Fueling Democratic Backsliding Article
The COP28 logo is seen in Dubai.

These Fossil Fuel Industry Tactics Are Fueling Democratic Backsliding

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.

Response to Horrific Attacks in Israel Must Avoid Collective Punishment for Gaza and Confront Obstacles to Peace Article
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City.

Response to Horrific Attacks in Israel Must Avoid Collective Punishment for Gaza and Confront Obstacles to Peace

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.

Patrick Gaspard

India’s Backsliding Democracy Past Event
Demonstrators gather in Bengaluru, India, to take part in a rally against the country’s new citizenship law, December 2019.

India’s Backsliding Democracy

Examining how attempts to stifle dissent threaten the world’s largest democracy

Guns Without Borders Past Event

Guns Without Borders

Addressing the flow of U.S. firearms to Mexico and Central America

Nick Wilson, Nick Wilson

A Primer on the 2022 National Security Strategy Article
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A Primer on the 2022 National Security Strategy

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.

Peter Juul, Heba Malik

The Case for Reducing Defense Spending In the News

The Case for Reducing Defense Spending

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.

The National Interest

Lawrence J. Korb

The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Papers Search Fact Sheet
The Mar-a-Lago resort is seen against a stormy gray cloud with an American flag in front.

The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Papers Search

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.

Alan Yu, Peter Juul

Helping Afghans Without Helping the Taliban Article

Helping Afghans Without Helping the Taliban

Creative policy thinking can help the United States and the international community avert the worst human security outcomes in Afghanistan.

Peter Juul

The China Difference in the U.S.-South Korea Alliance Report
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook attend a news conference.

The China Difference in the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

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.

Tobias Harris, Abigail Bard, Haneul Lee

How To Regulate Tech: A Technology Policy Framework for Online Services Report
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How To Regulate Tech: A Technology Policy Framework for Online Services

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.

Erin Simpson, Adam Conner

Personal Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Article
The sun rises behind the skyline of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City as people walk through the Empty Sky 9/11 memorial in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 24, 2021. (Getty/Gary Hershorn)

Personal Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Staff and fellows at the Center for American Progress share how 9/11 changed their lives.

Center for American Progress staff and fellows

Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Recommendations for Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security

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.

Carolyn Kenney

Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security Report
A protester looks toward the White House following the Women's March on Washington 2018: March On The Polls! on the National Mall on January 20, 2018 in Washington DC. / AFP PHOTO / Andrew CABALLERO-REYNOLDS        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Advancing Gender Equality at Home and Abroad by Leveraging Women, Peace, and Security

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.

Carolyn Kenney

Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s Challenges Report

Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s Challenges

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.

Mara Rudman, Rudy deLeon, Joel Martinez, 5 More Elisa Massimino, Silva Mathema, Katrina Mulligan, Alexandra Schmitt, Philip E. Wolgin

The Case for EU Defense Report

The Case for EU Defense

U.S. opposition to EU defense efforts since the 1990s has been a strategic mistake that has undermined both the EU and NATO. It’s time for a new U.S. approach that encourages ambitious EU defense strategies.

Max Bergmann, James Lamond, Siena Cicarelli

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

Fact Sheet: A National Policy Blueprint To End White Supremacist Violence Fact Sheet
A woman raises her fist during a march in Minneapolis protesting white supremacist violence, August 14, 2017. (Getty/Stephen Maturen)

Fact Sheet: A National Policy Blueprint To End White Supremacist Violence

This fact sheet outlines a comprehensive strategy for tackling the urgent and complex threat of white supremacist violence.

The Center for American Progress, the McCain Institute for International Leadership

A National Policy Blueprint To End White Supremacist Violence Report
A member of the Proud Boys guards the front stage during a rally in Portland, Oregon, on September 26, 2020. (Getty/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Stanton Sharpe)

A National Policy Blueprint To End White Supremacist Violence

America needs a comprehensive strategy to tackle the urgent and complex threat of white supremacist violence.

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

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