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Reading the National Security Strategy on its own provides insights into an administration’s values and priorities, but comparing it to a previous strategy yields even more. How does Biden’s strategy compare to that of Trump’s?
Xi secures third presidential term following 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party; Chinese military rehearses large-scale amphibious landings and headhunts Western pilots; U.S. releases China-focused National Security Strategy and strengthens Indo-Pacific cooperation; and more.
Comparing the Biden administration’s Interim National Security Strategic Guidance with Trump’s National Cyber Strategy.
In an event yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the House Republican's 2016 national security strategy.
The Lawfare Podcast: Amy Zegart and Stephen Krasner on ‘Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty’
This week on the podcast, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes interviews Amy Zegart and Stephen Krasner, both of the Hoover Institution, about their recently released national security strategy called Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty: Three Major Challenges. The document, which was produced by the Hoover Institution’s Working Group
Editor's Note: Most national security bureaucracies regularly go through time-consuming reviews and strategic planning exercises. Are these efforts valuable? Jordan Tama of American University argues that they are – at least some of the time and under select conditions. Reviews can change policy when an external crisis or failure challenges existing policy and when the president or other senior leaders are directly involved. In addition, they can help bureaucracies achieve buy-in and otherwise sort themselves out.
Last week, the Pentagon released a new Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy document outlining the Department's plan for ensuring the freedom of the seas and the broader security of the region. While the strategy is careful to not exclusively focus on the rise of China, the country's central role in U.S.
Editor's Note: Last week we looked at how the lack of attention to governance has hindered effective U.S. security sector assistance. This week Gordon Adams of American University and Richard Sokolsky of Carnegie take their arguments one step further. First they go into some depth on current U.S. programs and then they offer a new paradigm for assistance that incorporates governance more systematically and offers ideas for how to change U.S. assistance programs.
Editor's Note: We’re breaking new ground here at the Foreign Policy Essay—a two-part series. So many of the problems identified in past Foreign Policy Essays and for Lawfare in general revolve directly or indirectly around the question of allied security forces. Competent local security forces can mitigate problems like terrorism and regional stability. Where they work well (let’s say Denmark—we all like Denmark, right?), then U.S.