A series of issue briefs questioning a major assumption, or related series of sub-assumptions, underlying US foreign policy.
Assumptions Testing Series Dec 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 Series Nov 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 Series Mar 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.
A series of succinct and straight-to-the-point memos designed for busy professionals anxious for pragmatic and timely policy options.
Reality Check Jul 22, 2022
Reality Check #13: Great-power competition threatens climate disaster response
By Evan Cooper and Alec Evans
Today’s military planners must contend with two potentially conflicting demands: growing requirements for the US military to respond to climate-driven disasters and the effort to restructure the force for great-power competition.
Reality Check May 17, 2022
Reality Check #12 — Russia, the West, and the rest: The hard choices the US must make to reinforce its global leadership
By Ferial Saeed
Washington needs to make hard choices now to blunt the global consequences of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions regime while delivering a decisive strategic setback to Russian President Vladimir Putin necessary to reinforce US global leadership.
A series of policy briefs that reimagine and reframe the US approach to the world beyond traditional, narrow notions of US military dominance to fashion an achievable and sustainable form of US leadership in a world of many capable actors.
Engagement Reframed Jun 16, 2022
Engagement Reframed #8: How to avoid anarchy in space
By Robert A. Manning
There is a dangerous deficit of governance with regard to human activities in our space, which presents an opportunity for mutually beneficial cooperation among rivals.
Engagement Reframed Jun 9, 2022
Engagement Reframed #7: Defending democracy and countering China requires US and Western support for a beleaguered developing world
By Mathew Burrows
The war in Ukraine has become a turning point for developing countries, many of whom could give up the gains made in economic growth and reduction in poverty over the past three decades.
Engagement Reframed May 12, 2022
Engagement Reframed #6: US Arctic policy should prioritize environmental protection
By Alec Evans
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine warrants a robust response from the West, but the United States and its allies cannot jeopardize the Arctic climate by refusing to work with all relevant parties, including those in Moscow.
NAEI Annual Student Competition
NAEI events explore key underlying assumptions that have guided US foreign policy to embrace new perspectives in the way the United States engage with the world. These discussions convene experts from traditionally underrepresented groups in Washington foreign policy circles and those who represent a range of viewpoints.
NAEI produces timely commentaries and short analyses on a wide range of issues to inform and provide the foreign policy community with pragmatic recommendations.
Article Nov 1, 2021
The consequences of a US overreaction to the perceived threat of terrorism
By Christopher Preble
In the twenty years since 9/11, for example, favorable attitudes toward the United States have declined globally, with some of the sharpest declines in key US allies like Germany and the United Kingdom.