Four Pillars

Since the Truman administration, America has worked to build and lead an international community of free people and just societies, defend that community against all who wish to tear it down, and offer opportunity of progress to all. Our greatest achievements have been the result of this approach, from the creation of NATO to the Marshall Plan, diplomatic resolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis, to the expansion of democratic ideals and principles around the world. These achievements served not only to improve lives and reduce violence around the world, but to enhance American security and prosperity here at home. When we stray from this path – whether by empowering dictators, withdrawing from responsible global leadership, ignoring global threats, or unilaterally imposing our will through force – we and others have suffered.

The world we confront today is very different from the one our predecessors faced. We are no longer bound by borders: ideas and ideologies, markets and innovations, and individuals and communities are brought closer with new technologies. But the principled internationalist approach that built America into the greatest force for global progress remains fundamental and timeless. To ensure security and prosperity in this time of new global challenges, we must bring our innovation to bear as we rethink old paradigms of power – even as we hold true to the values that underpin American global leadership.

Security Across 21st Century Frontlines

The 21st century is marked by blurring borders, contested spaces, fragile and failing states, the proliferation of dangerous technologies, increasingly capable non-state actors and proxy forces, and the aspirations of resurgent and rising states. Some states seek to remake the international order in their image and to their exclusive benefit. Meanwhile, indiscriminate trans-national phenomena like pandemic disease and climate change challenge even the strongest countries and further weaken those that are most vulnerable. These challenges cannot be addressed with a military force alone, nor can they be kept at arm’s length by a withdrawal from the world. In the face of these challenges, America must develop integrated approaches, build and renew partnerships, and modernize the global security institutions that have made the past 70 years of American global leadership some of the most peaceful and prosperous in human history.  Read More...

Shared Prosperity in a Global Economy

Our future depends upon securing the American middle class, the engine of our democratic strength and economic power. As the world economy grows increasingly interlocked, and the American economy invests further in our comparative advantage in creative and information-based industries, our security and prosperity become even further linked to the expansion of Truman National Security Project the global middle class of consumers. We must lead the way based on the core American principles of fairness and responsibility, so that we offer hope and opportunity for all, instead of deepening inequities that fuel hatred and desperation, both at home and abroad.  Read More...

Strong & Resilient Communities

America must make renewed investments in the physical and social infrastructure that unifies our communities and ensures our domestic security. Threats emerging from fragile states, natural disasters, and cyberspace can transcend national borders at the speed of light. American communities must be robust enough to withstand the challenges they face, and we need strong and just communities across the globe so that threats ranging from viruses to virulent ideologies do not take hold or spread. America must continue to lead a global exchange of creative ideas, local innovation, and social advancement that strengthens all communities while keeping us strong, and knowing we strengthen ourselves and the world when we lead by example. Read More...

Strategic Leaders for a Changing World

America’s capacity for reinvention, driven by talent from every walk of life, is our greatest strategic advantage. Both our values and our interests demand that we find new and better ways of ensuring that every person has the inspiration and incentive to contribute their unique abilities to address our greatest security challenges. This means we must be able to attract, develop, and retain our country’s most capable people to positions of leadership in public service, and to ensure that equality of opportunity allows us to use and empower the greatest minds of our generation. Leveraging the pluralism that underpins the strength of our society must be a strategic priority. Read More...