Chairs: Admiral Thad W. Allen, and Christine Todd Whitman, President, The Whitman Strategy Group
Director: Esther Brimmer, Adjunct Senior Fellow for International Institutions
June 2016 - Present
With new challenges and opportunities presented by the changing Arctic, the Independent Task Force on U.S. Strategy in the Arctic will examine recent developments as they pertain to U.S. strategic interests, including security, economic, and environmental concerns.
The project is co-chaired by Admiral Thad W. Allen, former commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Governor Christine Todd Whitman, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and governor of New Jersey, and directed by Esther Brimmer, CFR adjunct senior fellow for international institutions and former assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs.
The Task Force aims to produce a consensus report later this year that will offer guidance on plausible policy options to leading decision-makers, particularly as the United States continues its chairmanship of the Arctic Council through 2017.
The Task Force finds that Alaska and the Arctic are of growing economic and geostrategic importance and recommends actions to improve the United States’ strategic presence in the Arctic region.
The Task Force recommends revising U.S. policy toward North Korea to break the cycle of North Korean provocation and promote stability in Northeast Asia.
India now matters to U.S. interests in virtually every dimension. This Independent Task Force report assesses the current situation in India and the U.S.-India relationship, and suggests a new model for partnership with a rising India.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The report outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
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