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Richard Fontaine

President, CNAS

Richard Fontaine
Richard Fontaine is the president of the Center for a New American Security. He served as a foreign-policy adviser to Senator John McCain from 2004 to 2009.
Ideas

China Has Squandered Its First Great Opportunity

The world has experienced a six-month geopolitical vacuum, and China has filled it poorly.

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We Need an Atlantic Charter for the Post-Coronavirus Era

This moment presents a once-in-a-century opportunity for American leaders to wrest a better future.

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The Most Dangerous Moment of the Trump Presidency

The U.S. president has never clarified what he wants from Iran. Now all of his real options are bad.

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Don’t Peg Troop Withdrawals to the Political Calendar

Reductions in the U.S. presence should be tied to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan.

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The Inevitable Return of Muddling Along in North Korea

Trump’s best option is to reduce the scope of the country’s nuclear ambitions—even if he can’t eliminate them.

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The Shutdown Is Great News for Russia

The competition of democracy versus dictatorship is to a degree a contest of narratives.

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US Foreign Policy Could Use Some Bush-Era Prudence

George H. W. Bush’s restraint was remarkable, and worth imitating.

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Trump Gets NATO Backwards

The U.S. defends Europe out of self-interest.

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Saudi Arabia is Hurting American Interests

After Yemen, Qatar, kidnappings and Khashoggi, it's time to reset the U.S. relationship with the kingdom.

Policy

The Death of Political Courage

Commitment to principle, despite its costs, is what America has lost with John McCain’s passing.

Ideas

The West Will Survive Trump

The trans-Atlantic alliance has seen worse.

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Cyber and Space Weapons Are Making Nuclear Deterrence Trickier

If you can’t trust your networks or satellite communications in a crisis, ‘use-or-lose’ scenarios get a lot closer.

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A Tale of Two Speeches

Sen. McCain and former President Bush called for Americans to rise to global leadership, and underscored the concrete benefits that have accrued from it. In normal times, this would be unexceptional.

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Obama Needs an ISIS War Czar Before It’s Too Late

Obama’s ISIS fight looks more like Iraq in 2003 than in 2007, when military and civilian leaders were synced hip-to-hip.

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Anti-Access/Area Denial Isn’t Just for Asia Anymore

It’s time for the U.S. to prepare for A2/AD in Europe.

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Contain ISIS, Then Roll It Back

If we haven’t defeated al-Qaeda by now, why do we expect to ‘destroy’ ISIS? By Richard Fontaine

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Rebuilding Bipartisan Consensus on National Security

The rough consensus that once guided American foreign policy has shattered. It’s time to put it back together. By Michèle Flournoy and Richard Fontaine