Assumptions Testing SeriesDec 9, 2021
Assumption #4: The United States should prioritize the promotion of democracy around the world over other key US objectives
By Mathew Burrows, Evan Cooper
Policymakers should take a triage approach with regard to democracy promotion, starting first and foremost with the state of democracy at home.
Assumptions Testing SeriesNov 3, 2021
Assumption #3: US leadership is indispensable to the health of the global order
By Christopher Preble
Experts often assume that US power is essential to global peace and prosperity, but need to question what role the United States can play in the global system among partners and allies.
Assumptions Testing SeriesMar 4, 2021
Assumption #2: Strategies of coercion are effective
By Erica Borghard
Policymakers should cultivate more realistic expectations about the likelihood that their coercive threats will work as intended, evaluate their full costs against their potential benefits, and invest more in deterrence and defense.