Security for a New Century

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Security for a New Century

Political divisions in the United States Congress are more pronounced today than at any other time in recent memory. Even as access to information grows, partisanship has diminished trust in the quality and impartial nature of that information, leaving policymakers with limited access to the facts necessary to meet transnational security threats.

In an effort to enhance security policy decision-making, Stimson will relaunch the Security for a New Century (SNC) program. Initially established in 1998, SNC will again host a series of seminars for Members of Congress and staff on topical foreign policy issues of the day. These hour-long sessions will feature leading speakers from the military, the US government, academia, and the think tank community. As with the initial Fellowship program -- hosted by then-Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and then-Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) -- the neutral and non-partisan nature of these briefings, along with a focus on learning and constructive problem solving, will equip Members and staff with access to reliable data upon which to base decision-making

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Research and Analysis

March 30, 2011

Professor Andrea Bartoli joined us for a discussion on the various aspects of conflict resolution and how they apply to the current unrest in Ivory Coast.  Dr. Bartoli is the Drucie French Cumbie Chair of the Institute for

March 22, 2011

Robert McNally, former Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council (2001-2003), joined us for a discussion on the geopolitics of oil and the impact of the current unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. McNally,

February 16, 2011 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson , EXTERNAL: Steven Heydemann

This article was first published in The Hill on February 16, 2011.

February 16, 2011 | EXPERT: Ellen Laipson , EXTERNAL: Steven Heydemann

This article was first published in The Hill on February 16, 2011.

January 7, 2011

Q&A with Ellen Laipson Could you explain why the forstering of a special relationship between Iraq and the US would be detrimental to US interests in the long-term?

October 19, 2010

After nearly a decade and a half of civil war, Liberia prepares to have its second post-conflict presidential election in 2011.  With billions in foreign investment, Africa's first female President running for re-election, and the UN looking to

October 8, 2010 | EXPERT: Mark Yarnell

In this pre-election period, while Congress is focused on domestic economic issues, members of the House and Senate recently passed landmark legislation that seeks to mitigate the ongoing, devastating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

September 30, 2010

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act includes a provision that aims to reduce the use of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo in electronic products.

June 29, 2010

By Mark Yarnell - In the 2010 National Security Strategy, the Obama Administration emphasizes the critical importance of the US-European relationship in pursuing mutual security interests.

April 1, 2010

By Ellen Laipson and Carrie Chomuik - Migration is a major force of change in today's world.

March 12, 2010

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