Our Work

We believe that the primary task for our generation is to build a new American strategy attuned to the pressing realities of our time. This framework must be comprehensive of the major regions and dimensions of U.S. power and interests. It must also be willing to challenge established wisdom and inertia in U.S. national security policy and related fields.

Zeitenwende – German Defence Policy in an Era of Great Power Conflict: Keynote Remarks

by Elbridge Colby

“The Zeitenwende is thus an historic and enormously commendable step by Germany, as it points in the direction of a truly collaborative solution to this global set of problems we as allies now face …”
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Strategic Sequencing: How Great Powers Avoid Multi-Front War

by A. Wess Mitchell

This paper examines how four great powers in history have handled simultaneity …
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Association of the United States Army LANPAC: Keynote Remarks

by Elbridge Colby

“Our empowerment, our bolstering of military efforts is focused on denial – a goal that is in the most basic sense defensive …”
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Economic Interdependence Will Not Deter U.S.-China War

by Christopher Vassallo

Economic ties linking the U.S. with China are insufficient to prevent a war …
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Realizing the Contact & Blunt Layers in Europe and Asia

by Elbridge Colby and Jakub Grygiel (with Yashar Parsie)

The purpose of this study is to provide a strategic framework for how the U.S. should think about and act toward allies and partners in an era defined by great power competition…
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September 25, 2022

US strategic ambiguity ‘ship has sailed’ after Biden affirmed US would support Taiwan

Sky News Australia | Former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Elbridge Colby says the “ship” of strategic ambiguity “has kind of sailed” after US President Joe Biden affirmed the US will defend Taiwan if China attacks......

September 19, 2022

Elbridge Colby on the Morality of a Strategy of Denial

First Things | Editor R. R. Reno is joined by Elbridge Colby to talk about his article “The Morality of a Strategy of Denial” from the October 2022 issue.....

September 18, 2022

Elbridge Colby | Why Defending Taiwan is in America’s National Interest | NatCon 3 Miami

National Conservatism Conference | Elbridge Colby's address at the Miami National Conservatism Conference on September 11, 2022.....

September 15, 2022

How Does China Envision the World Order?

Network 20/20 | Join us for a conversation with Elbridge Colby, Co-founder and Principal of the Marathon Initiative; Author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense....

September 13, 2022

China Is at Taiwan’s Door and America Isn’t Ready

The Daily Signal | America inevitably will be drawn into any potential conflict between China and Taiwan, but author and defense expert Elbridge Colby says we are woefully unprepared. ....

September 11, 2022

Realism AND Restraint get the test at National Conservatism conference

Responsible Statecraft | MIAMI — Where are national conservatives (mostly associated with the nationalist, populist movement) on China? There is no easy answer for that, though there seems to be a strong inclination towards Donald Trump’s approach before and during his presidency: don’t start any new wars, but if someone wants to start a fight, be ready to clobber them....

September 11, 2022

Elbridge Colby on Intelligence Matters

CBS News Radio | NEW THIS WEEK: Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development....

September 10, 2022

Elbridge Colby on BBC

BBC | Elbridge Colby on BBC....

September 9, 2022

Words and Actions in the Taiwan Strait

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies | To help illustrate why Taiwan matters and exactly what steps the U.S. must take to defend Taipei and counter Beijing, guest host Bradley Bowman — senior director of FDD’s Center on Military and Political Power — is joined by top experts RADM (Ret) Mark Montgomery and Elbridge Colby.....

September 9, 2022

The Morality of a Strategy of Denial

First Things | America’s foreign policy needs to reorient. In my book The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, I lay out what this approach should be....