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Vital Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election, a weekly forum, addresses the public thirst for knowledge about today’s foreign policy challenges and how 2020 presidential candidates should consider them. From nuclear policy to military strategy, from trade policy to statecraft, the weekly online publication spotlights the choices at stake in the upcoming presidential election by presenting the voices of top national security and global policy experts. Thought leaders, including former government officials and advisors, bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their hopes and proscriptions for the future.

Issue 1:

Jake Sullivan on Internationalism, Exceptionalism, and American Leadership
Liam Collins on Modern War

Issue 2:

Coming Soon

Issue 3:

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Issue 4:

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John Berger joins the Center on National Security as a Senior Fellow and Managing Editor and Moderator of Vital Interests: U.S. Foreign Policy and the 2020 Election. He has been involved in international publishing for three decades – first with Wolters Kluwer and then with Cambridge University Press. He has worked with authors from around the world publishing books on issues related to rule of law, human rights, humanitarian law, war and peace, transitional justice, international criminal law, global governance, national security, and counterterrorism. He is graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.