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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.

Latest

The United States Needs a Euro Policy In the News
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The United States Needs a Euro Policy

Authors Max Bergmann and Ben Judah explain why the United States needs a bold new approach to Europe.

Max Bergmann, Ben Judah

The FBI Botched the Russia Investigation in 2016 Report

The FBI Botched the Russia Investigation in 2016

The FBI’s timid investigation into foreign interference during the 2016 election cost them a chance to uncover a conspiracy against American democracy in real time.

Max Bergmann, Jeremy Venook

Is Europe ready for a Democratic US president? In the News
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Is Europe ready for a Democratic US president?

Author Max Bergmann expresses optimism about renewed and strengthened transatlantic cooperation between the United States and the European Union following the election in November.

Max Bergmann

Impeachment Trial Witnesses: Who the Senate Should Call and What They Know Article
An exterior view of the White House is seen on December 18, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (Getty/Alex Wong)

Impeachment Trial Witnesses: Who the Senate Should Call and What They Know

One look at the list of potential witnesses shows why the president and his allies in Congress are trying to prevent a full impeachment trial in the Senate: The witnesses are capable of providing damning evidence against Trump.

Jeremy Venook, Max Bergmann

Trump’s DNI Pick Would Brief Dem Nominee Ahead of 2020 In the News
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Trump’s DNI Pick Would Brief Dem Nominee Ahead of 2020

Katrina Mulligan explains why the Senate must consider the director of national intelligence's role in briefing the Democratic nominee for president as it evaluates President Trump's pick for the position.

Katrina Mulligan

Mueller reveals US and Europe have a Russia problem In the News
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Mueller reveals US and Europe have a Russia problem

Max Bergmann and James Lamond explain why the results of the Mueller investigation suggest that the United States and Europe should take Russian attacks on democracies seriously.

Max Bergmann, James Lamond

Conspiracy Against the United States: The Story of Trump and Russia Report
President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin, November 2017. (Getty/Mikhail Klimentyev)

Conspiracy Against the United States: The Story of Trump and Russia

The Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has become the defining scandal of the administration so far. This report lays out the overwhelming evidence of that collusion, exploring its underpinnings going back decades to create a cohesive explanation for how—and why—the Trump campaign and the Kremlin worked together to install Trump in the White House.

Max Bergmann, Jeremy Venook, the Moscow Project Team

Here’s How Congress Can Check Trump In the News
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Here’s How Congress Can Check Trump

Brian Katulis discusses how newly elected House Democrats can hold the administration accountable and push for a better, more measured foreign policy agenda.

Brian Katulis

– – – Tearline – – – Sept. 14, 2017
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– – – Tearline – – – Sept. 14, 2017

In this week's Tearline: Trump seeks to undermine the Iran Deal, tensions rise with upcoming the Kurdish independence referendum, devastation in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma, and a look at the Russian government's use of Facebook during the 2016 election.

Michael Fuchs, Meredith Leal, Abigail Bard

– – – Tearline – – – Sept. 7, 2017
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– – – Tearline – – – Sept. 7, 2017

In this week's Tearline: Dealing with the impacts of hurricanes, the persecution of the Rohingya, a win for the rule of law in Kenya, and more threats from North Korea.

Michael Fuchs, Meredith Leal, Abigail Bard

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