Wednesday, April 23, 2014
We are a Chicago-based non-profit, non-partisan research institute that examines issues and trends affecting US national strategy and security.
Winter-Spring 2012 


Chicago's Security Strategy

Publisher's Note

By Richard E. Friedman

Chicago's Security Strategy: Safeguarding the Future of a Global City

By Eric S. Morse

The 2012 NATO Summit: Chicago's Historic Opportunity

By Lori Healey

Community Colleges: Educating Our Way to a Stronger Economy

By Alexi Giannoulias

Chicago Infrastructure Project

By Jorge Ramirez

The War on Chicago's Streets

By David Browne

Warnings of a Parting Friend: Today's Fiscal Crisis and U.S. National Security

By Paul Schott Stevens


Social Responsibility, NATO, and International Security

Background Briefing: The G8 and NATO Histories and Missions

By Eric S. Morse

The Transatlantic Bargain and NATO: Defining the Mission for the Next Decade

By Mark D. Ducasse

Why We Oppose NATO

By Andy Thayer

Social Responsibility, NATO, the Transatlantic Alliance, and National Security

By Richard E. Friedman 


The G8 and NATO Summits

Section 1: The G8 Summit

 Section 2: The NATO Summit

Introduction to the G8

By Preeti Upadhyaya

NATO 3.0

By Ali Durkin

Eurozone Economics

By Kimberly Elsham

Smart Defense

By Elizabeth Bunn 

Climate Change Policy

By Megan Taylor Morrison

Ballistic Missile Defense

By Kyle D. Clapham

International Trade

By Rachel Landen

 Afghanistan Strategy

By Kelly Gustafson

The China Seat?

By John Solymossy

NATO's Libya Mission

By Ali Durkin

Food Security

By Gloria Oh 

Cybersecurity and Terrorism

By Blake Williams


By Yue Wang

Energy Security

By Rosa Lin


Lawlessness and Cyber Conflict

By Serena Dai

Piracy: Operation Ocean Shield

By Arthur Touchot

Four Views: G8 and NATO

By Kristin Keith

Summit Protests

By Kaitlyn Laabs



For many years, the objective of the National Strategy Forum (NSF) has been to provide balanced, nonpartisan, usable information regarding US national strategy and national security. The NSF created an informal "curriculum" based on the Forum monthly lecture series, the National Strategy Forum Review (NSFR) publication, and conferences on emerging national strategy/security issues. The results have been positive -- NSF members are exceptionally well-informed.

The velocity, access, and availability of an enormous amount of information tend to overwhelm careful analysis. Particularly troublesome are some blogs, which are unedited and unscreened, and, frequently, highly partisan. Confusing, inconsistent, misleading and incomplete information interferes with rational analysis. The NSF has adapted to this new milieu.

We seek to provide NSF members with an overview of the national strategy/national security field in summary form, while carefully avoiding superficial treatment. We will continue to adhere to our long-standing principle of "framing the issues," and asking questions rather than answering them. Context will be provided by a wide array of experts in their respective fields.

The major themes that the NSF has focused on are diplomacy, economics, military force, rule of law, strategy, and terrorism. These themes will continue with different emphasis depending upon facts on the ground. It is likely that the economy will receive high priority attention. Strategy will continue to be the glue that ties these interdependent themes together.

NSF members will have a matrix of themes and issues that will assist them in becoming well-informed and well-positioned to discuss these issues with their family, friends, business associates, and civic associates.

        - Richard E. Friedman, Publisher

Privacy Statement   |   Terms Of Use   |   Login   |   Copyright 1983-2010 by National Strategy Forum