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.

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 United States, and the Department of Defense in particular, should think about and act toward its allies and partners in an era defined by great power competition. In effect, it is an attempt to sketch the outlines of what the Pentagon has termed a “Guidance for the Development of Allies and Partners.”

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January 22, 2022

Building a ‘strategy of denial’ to thwart China

Hindustan Times | After many decades of hoping to avoid a rivalrous relationship with China, both the United States (US) and India now recognise China as their top security threat. sensus that China is one of — if not the — major threats to US stability and prosperity. But concerted action from the Pentagon that matches the gravity of this threat is lacking. .....

January 20, 2022

Taking on the China Challenge: A Conversation with Elbridge Colby

American Enterprise Institute | After years of the US “pivoting to Asia,” there is bipartisan consensus that China is one of — if not the — major threats to US stability and prosperity. But concerted action from the Pentagon that matches the gravity of this threat is lacking. .....

January 20, 2022

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduces the S.T.A.N.D with Taiwan Act – January 20, 2022

National Review | Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) mentions Elbridge Colby’s National Review article “The United States Should Defend Taiwan” in National Review......

January 13, 2022

Strategy and Future: Interview with Elbridge Colby

Strategy and Future | Jacek Bartosiak talks to Elbridge Colby on realistic military strategy, limited war, burden of escalation, and your enemy’s best strategy.....

January 12, 2022

China: Strategy of Denial

Council on Geostrategy | The rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the surrounding Indo-Pacific region has altered the global balance of power.....

January 3, 2022

Interview: Providing for America’s Defense

City Journal | Elbridge A. Colby is cofounder and principal of The Marathon Initiative and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development for the Defense Department, where he served as the lead official in the development and rollout of the 2018 National Defense Strategy.....

December 30, 2021

A Coalition Will Blunt Beijing’s Ambition

The Australian | Beijing’s goals appear to be regional hegemony over Asia, the world’s largest market, as a start, and global pre-eminence from there. Some argue that Australia should accommodate Beijing and hope for the best; but that would result in the compromise of the freedoms and prosperity that make Australia the envy of the world.....

December 29, 2021

China is on the move, the West no longer knows which foot to step on

Radio Canada | Elbridge Colby served as Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development under the Trump administration (2017-18). He is worried about the growing influence of China....

December 17, 2021

Biden’s Climate Diplomacy Is a Gift to China

Foreign Policy | U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate diplomacy with China is rooted in the fantasy that Washington can turn Beijing into a constructive global partner simply by treating it like one.....

December 17, 2021

Authors Debate: Should US Defend Taiwan Or Not? —Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar

Breaking Points with Krystal and Saagar | Krystal and Saagar are joined by two authors and foreign policy experts who debate on whether the US should defend Taiwan or not if China were to invade in the near future.....