Blog Posts in National Security

  • February 21, 2019
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    Combatant Commanders to Congress: Development, Diplomacy Are Critical to National Security

    Sean Sorbie in Congress, National Security | February 21, 2019

    In recent weeks, our nation’s top national security experts – the military leaders of America’s combatant commands – briefed Congress on the national security threats facing the United States. While the challenges of great power competition from China and Russia were central to their testimonies, they also highlighted threats that require investing in development and diplomacy to keep America safe by addressing the drivers of extremism and instability, building allies and partner capacity, and promoting American values and diplomatic solutions to conflict.

  • January 29, 2019
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    3 Things to Watch in Venezuela’s Crisis

    Sung Lee in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | January 29, 2019

    The path forward in Venezuela remains uncertain since National Assembly President Juan Guaidó took the oath of office and declared himself the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. He was quickly recognized by the United States, Canada, and much of Central and Latin America, even as Russia, China, and Turkey warned they would continue to support President Maduro. While the Administration insists that no options are “off the table,” it has so far focused on a strong diplomatic and economic response to defend democratic values and encourage a peaceful transition of power. As the crisis unfolds, here are three critical issues to watch as the hunger and political crisis in Venezuela continues to spiral downward.

  • December 14, 2018
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    Top 6 Takeaways from the Administration’s New Africa Strategy

    Zach Wehrli in Diplomacy, National Security | December 14, 2018

    At the Heritage Foundation yesterday, National Security Advisor John Bolton introduced the Administration’s new Africa strategy, which he said reflects the president’s “central campaign promise” to put the interests of the American people first.

  • November 28, 2018
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    Fragility to Stability: An Investment in Global Security

    Zach Wehrli in Global Development, National Security | November 28, 2018

    For every $1 we spend to prevent conflict and atrocities, we have the potential to save $16 in response costs, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace. And this week, in an effort to solidify state fragility as a national security priority, the House passed the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018. Now, we turn to the Senate to reframe America’s national security agenda and combat the threats posed by global fragility.

  • November 26, 2018
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    Keystone Vets Discuss Security, Development & Diplomacy

    Danny Restivo in Global Development, National Security | November 26, 2018

    From pandemics to natural disasters to strained resources from a growing global population, there are a multitude of challenges for our nation that threaten global stability and go beyond the scope of a military solution.

  • October 18, 2018
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    Two Podcasts for the Diplomat in All of Us

    Matthew Wright in Diplomacy, National Security | October 18, 2018

    As Americans continue to debate the cost and importance of our country’s participation on the world stage, it is more important than ever to understand just what the men and women of the U.S. State Department really do. Thankfully, two new podcast series offer listeners an inside look into how America’s diplomats advance and defend U.S. national interests around the world.

  • October 12, 2018
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    The Best Biodefense is a Good Offense

    Zach Cohen in Global Development, National Security | October 12, 2018

    National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced a new National Biodefense Strategy, directing the Administration’s focus towards prevention of the Ebola virus.

  • September 7, 2018
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    87 Elephants Dead in Botswana, Wildlife Traffickers Still at Large

    Cody Corrington in Congress, National Security | September 7, 2018

    According to Elephants Without Borders, an organization that conducts an elephant census for the Botswana government every four years, there has been a major increase in poaching in the region from previous years. In their 2014 census, the organization reported nine poached elephants. This year, while only halfway through the census, 87 dead have already been found.

  • July 12, 2018
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    How Much Do America’s NATO Allies Spend on Global Development?

    John Glenn in Global Development, National Security | July 12, 2018

    At the recent NATO summit, much time was spent discussing whether America’s allies spend enough on defense. At a time when many of today’s global challenges do not have military solutions alone – from pandemics like Ebola to refugees driven by famines and conflicts – how does the debate shift if we consider not just military spending but spending on global development?

  • March 14, 2018
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    Military Combatant Commanders Agree, Once More: Civilian Forces Essential to National Security

    Abhik K. Pramanik in National Security | March 14, 2018

    In recent weeks, some of our nation’s top military leaders—the heads of the regional Combatant Commands—have testified on Capitol Hill. Speaking about the threats they face around the world, every Commander stressed that the State Department...