IPA’s Global Strategy Group (GSG) is a team of former officers from the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the FBI, and the private sector. They are a team of experts in foreign affairs, global security, interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Emphasizing a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach, the GSG provides solutions by designing, planning and executing scenario-supported wargames and experiments addressing complex emerging security challenges.

The GSG has produced and delivered numerous reports and handbooks on best practices for civil-military, interagency, and host-country cooperation. The topics range from conflict prevention and mitigation to post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction. The team has also provided extensive support to NATO in moving toward the implementation of the Alliance’s Strategic Concept.

This piece by David Anderson for the the Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation (link below) provides a perspective often lost on those of us in the defense sector. However, when the U.S. decides to leverage its economic throw-weight as an instrument of national power, does that not send a strong signal to rogue states to play by the rules or pay the price? Are we acting outside the norm or have we simply come to realize the WTO will not fix the problem?

Whereas Johnson identifies the “fine line that separates securing domestic economic growth and ensuring national security from global peace and economic stability," I sense that our government has concluded that walking the “fine line” will do little more than continue to disadvantage the U.S. in a global economy. 



  • Re: The Economics of Trade and International Security

    by » 8 months ago

    Or walking that fine line aggressively rather than passively.  Nor do I have an economics expertise so can only comment as a participant in our national economy and our national security.  The author didn’t get into it, but economic sanctions and trade tariffs are playing a more significant role these days than in the past.  Is this a trend toward some form of economic wars in the future?  Are you raising the prospect of how to strategically integrate military and economic factors into national security planning?

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