Speaker: Thomas C. Schelling Presider: Ashton B. Carter
Professor Thomas C. Schelling, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Economics, discusses his contributions as a social scientist and nuclear strategist during the first decade of the nuclear age and how his theories for security policy and deterrence pertain today.
The 2002 National Security Strategy from the George W. Bush Administration revealed a shift in the U.S. Government's former strategy of deterrence to a pre-emptive strategy toward terrorism and rogue states. Issues include terrorism, regional conflicts, weapons of mass destruction, free trade, the building of partnerships, and plans for national security institutions. The 2006 National Security Strategy declared its intent to "seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."
Professor Michael Mandelbaum discusses his book, The Case for Goliath, in which he explains how the United States uses its enormous power to provide the world with the services of a government. The U.S. plays this role with the tacit consent of many of its critics, he says.
Wayne White, who was the State Department’s top intelligence analyst on Iraq from 2003-2005, says he is “very gloomy” about the situation in Iraq, and advocates that the United States set a “date certain” two years from now for a U.S. troop withdrawal.
This monograph talks about big strategy, strategy at the highest levels of the nation-state. It does not propose a strategy for the United States; rather, it provides a framework for considering strategy at various levels.
This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force finds that Africa is of growing strategic importance to the United States in addition to being an important humanitarian concern, and finds that critical humanitarian interests would be better served by a more comprehensive U.S. approach toward Africa.
Authors: Seth G. Jones, Olga Oliker, Peter Chalk, C. Chrstine Fair, Rollie Lal, and James Dobbins
This report from Rand examines U.S. government assistance to the police and internal security agencies of repressive and transitioning states. The report notes that throughout its history, the United States has provided assistance to a number of countries that have not shared its political ideals. Their security forces were not accountable to the public, and their practices and approaches were not transparent. The report suggests that U.S. efforts to improve the security, human rights, and accountability of repressive internal security forces are most likely to be successfu when states are in the process of a transition from repressive to democratic systems.
This document puts forth a new ten-point national intelligence strategy that addresses the security objectives laid out in the National Security Strategy. It recognizes the need for better unification of the intelligence community, stating "our strategy is to integrate, through intelligence policy, doctrine, and technology, the different enterprises of the Intelligence Community."
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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