Why the U.S. Needs a Lead Strategist—and Why It Won’t Find One

President Barack Obama walks with his National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Antalya, Turkey, Nov. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
President Barack Obama walks with his National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Antalya, Turkey, Nov. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).

In a recent report from the influential Center for a New American Security, Michele Flournoy, the center’s current head who served as the undersecretary of defense for policy during the first Obama administration, pointed out that the next president must “articulate a clear vision of U.S. leadership in the world and take concrete steps to demonstrate the United States’ willingness and ability to uphold its commitments and defend its interests, values, and allies around the world.” This is important advice, but articulating a presidential vision alone does not mean it will be implemented. Nor will it make a real difference, […]

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