In 2005, Roger Morris and Steven Schmidt, continuing their collaboration, wrote Strategic Demands of the 21st Century: a New Vision for a New World. This “Security Brief” for the Green Institute looked at key strategic decisions over the past two decades by US policy-makers — and then envisioned alternative policies to reshape the post Cold War world.
At the Institute’s New Definitions of National Security Conference in Washington D.C. in 2006, participants included Susan Rice who went on to become President Obama’s U.S. national security advisor, Winslow Wheeler, who presented at our request a ‘comprehensive’ overview of the US Defense Budget and Steve Clemons, who continues exceptional independent work in the field of national security affairs.
The primary goal of the conference was to extend the ideas of the Strategic Demands New Vision policy brief and over the years since, after Green Institute closed its doors and Strategic Demands began its work, our vision of “new definitions of national and global security” has continued to press forward.
Welcome to our work-in-progress and our outreach to the fast developing worldwide web and globally connected ‘planet citizen’ community.
Strategic Demands is an independent voice at work. We believe, as new security threats arise and are recognized as beyond borders of nation states, that a new vision and new policies are required. In a larger sense, ‘security is indivisible’ and security policy works best when it is sustainable and lasting. Wars that produce ‘blowback’ and reverberate generation-to-generation are not effective solutions even as, at times, national defense demands hard power and military action.
As nations confront a array of threats, Strategic Demands looks to the bigger picture, realistic politics and a defense of rights that set in place a foundation for security as a new vision.
S. Schmidt at the New Definitions of
National Security Conference
R. Morris at New Definitions of National Security Conference
New Definitions of National Security Conference
Mideast woes alarm U.S. experts – UPI / September 22, 2006
Strategic Demands of the 21st Century: A New Vision for a New World by Roger Morris & Steven Schmidt
“The moment requires bold innovative approaches to our interests and responsibilities on a drastically changed, swiftly changing planet. What we see as essential to a wide-ranging democratic discussion and debate is a new strategic discourse, addressing causes as well as effects. We must look ahead, envision and plan without illusion or compromising influence, recognize new realities, tell unpopular truths, put the national interest ahead of office, educate and act…”