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.

September 19, 2021

‘The Strategy of Denial’ Review: Taiwan as Pawn

The Wall Street Journal | In his rigorously argued and compelling book “The Strategy of Denial,” Elbridge Colby focuses on the military element of China’s ambitions....

September 18, 2021

Biden Echoes Trump in Upsetting Allies as France Recalls Envoys

Bloomberg Quint | “For all of Biden’s rhetoric about not being Trump, once he gets into office the reality is we have to make decisions that our allies may not like, and that doesn’t go away just because he shows up and proclaims this nirvana moment,”......

September 17, 2021

The Best Defense Strategy for America? Elbridge Colby on The Strategy of Denial

The Heritage Foundation | For what purposes should the United States be prepared to fight, and how should U.S. forces be readied to fight such wars? As the Biden administration prepares the next National Defense Strategy these are vitally important questions......

September 16, 2021

The new anti-China alliance: Indo-Pacific Relations | Peter Varghese | Elbridge Colby | Tom Switzer

Centre For Independent Studies | Hosted by Tom Switzer, with Elbridge Colby and Peter Varghese. The US alliance remains the centrepiece of Australian foreign policy....

September 16, 2021

How to stop worrying and prevent Chinese hegemony

The Washington Examiner | "Physical force, especially the ability to kill, is the ultimate form of coercive leverage. While there are other sources of influence, such as wealth, persuasiveness, and charisma, they are all dominated by the power to kill,” Elbridge A. Colby writes in The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict.....

September 16, 2021

Former U.S. National Defense Official Proposes “Denial Strategy” to Contain Beijing

VOA Chinese | Recently, Chinese naval ships sailed into the waters near Alaska in the United States. A few days ago, Japan said that Chinese destroyers and suspected submarines were found on the edge of its waters...

September 15, 2021

The Strategy of Denial

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Join us for a conversation on Elbridge A. Colby's new book The Strategy of Denial which offers a detailed examination of how America's defense strategy must change in order to checkmate China's growing power and ambition and deter war....

September 15, 2021

Biden Announces Defense Deal With Australia in a Bid to Counter China

The New York Times | But China’s aggressive tactics in the Pacific and America’s desire to ensure security for Taiwan required the United States to empower Australia, even...

September 14, 2021

Rethinking U.S. Defense Strategy, With Elbridge A. Colby

Council on Foreign Relations | Elbridge A. Colby, cofounder and principal of the Marathon Initiative, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss whether and how the United States should revise its defense strategy to face its current challenges...

September 14, 2021

American Defense in an Era of Great Power Conflict

Diplomatic Courier | Binary either-or strategy considerations about whether China is a threat or not don't go far enough and reflect a lack of doctrinal framework. ...