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Leadership for America

American Leadership

Advancing American leadership and freedom in the world.

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Statement of Purpose

The freedom and security of Americans depend on America’s global leadership. Without American leadership the world will become a more dangerous place—for Americans and for freedom. If left unchecked, the growing dangers will only get worse and may reach the point where America’s very existence is at stake. Transnational terrorism, rampant anti-Americanism, unaccountable international institutions, nuclear proliferation, and regional conflict all represent real threats to peace and prosperity. We can deal with these grim challenges. Just as The Heritage Foundation helped devise the strategies and plans to win the Cold War, it can and should do the same with respect to helping America win the global war of ideas for freedom and security.

Objectives

  1. 1.To protect America’s leadership role in the world from the corrosive effects of terrorists, rogue states, rival powers, anti-American political movements, and weak allies.

  2. 2.To devise new ways to assert America’s leadership before we lose our sovereignty, our security, and our freedom.

  3. 3.To devise strategies to win the global war of ideas for freedom and security.

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Experts From This Initiative

  • Luke Coffey Luke Coffey

    Luke Coffey studies and writes on transatlantic relations as the Margaret Thatcher Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He focuses in particul...

  • James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.

    James Jay Carafano, a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges, is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreig...

  • Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.

    Nile Gardiner is Director of The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.  His key areas of specialization include:...

  • Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D.

    Ted R. Bromund studies and writes on Anglo-American relations, British relations with Europe and the European Union, and international organ...

  • Lisa Curtis Lisa Curtis

    Lisa Curtis analyzes America's economic, security and political relationships with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other nations of Sou...

  • Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

    Helle C. Dale is the Heritage Foundation's Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy studies. Her current work focuses on the U.S. government’s ...

  • Lee Edwards, Ph.D. Lee Edwards, Ph.D.

    As Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, Lee Edwards, Ph.D., is Heritage's in-house authority on the U.S. conservative movem...

  • Steven Groves Steven Groves

    Steven Groves works to protect and preserve American sovereignty, self-governance and independence as leader of The Heritage Foundation's Fr...

  • Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.

    Kim R. Holmes, a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, oversaw the think tank’s defense and foreign policy team for more than two...

  • Anthony B. Kim Anthony B. Kim

    Anthony B. Kim researches international economic issues at The Heritage Foundation, with a focus on economic freedom and free trade. As seni...

  • Bruce Klingner Bruce Klingner

    Bruce Klingner is the Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center. Bruce Klingner is the s...

  • Walter Lohman Walter Lohman

    Walter Lohman is Director of The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center. The Asia Studies Center is Heritage’s oldest research center.  ...

  • Ambassador Terry Miller Ambassador Terry Miller

    Terry Miller is the Director of the Center for Data Analysis and the Center for Trade, and Economics (CTE) and the Mark A. Kolokotrones Fel...

  • Bryan Riley Bryan Riley

    Bryan Riley is a full-time advocate for free trade through his research and writing for The Heritage Foundation. He brings years of experi...

  • James M. Roberts James M. Roberts

    James M. Roberts' primary responsibility as The Heritage Foundation's lead expert in economic freedom and growth is to produce the Index...

  • Brett D. Schaefer Brett D. Schaefer

    Brett D. Schaefer is the Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at Heritage's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. ...

  • Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Derek Scissors, Ph.D.

    Derek Scissors focuses his studies on the economies of China and India as senior research fellow for economics in Heritage's Asian Studi...

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