From the Director’s Chair
By: Kathleen Hicks
Welcome to the first edition of FYSA. Our goal is to provide you with a brief monthly snapshot of some of the International Security Program’s ongoing work, links to our recent events and media outreach, and occasional opinion pieces.
I am honored to rejoin CSIS as director of the International Security Program (ISP). It’s been a busy first month here, as we begin to broaden and deepen our research and policy development program. Among the many exciting new projects we are launching is our Federated Defense Project, which is founded on John Hamre’s concrete ideas for collaborating closely with allies and partners in a period of collective defense austerity. Like CSIS’s Beyond Goldwater-Nichols series and Smart Power reports, the Federated Defense Project will focus on pragmatic recommendations to drive change in how we and our partners plan and produce capable defense architectures. In the coming months, we will also launch our Foreign Policy Crossroads Project, which seeks to bring Americans across the country more fully into the debate over the United States’ future role on the world stage.
With new state of the art multimedia capabilities, and twice the available conference space as our old facility, CSIS is also attracting more interest than ever as a premier venue for major foreign and defense policy events. In the past month alone, some of our events have featured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Representative Adam Smith, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee; Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz; Moises Naim, author of The End of Power; Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall; and former national security advisers Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski; among many others.
As we look ahead to 2014, we will continue to build on the global reach provided by CSIS’s exceptional regional programs and the geopolitical acumen of our staff, Board of Trustees, and host of affiliates. I welcome your feedback on our programs and on the FYSA publication.