Preparing to protect U.S. interests and the American people during the next, inevitable pandemic outbreak is a significant national security imperative. It is impossible to know when and where the next pandemic will arise, but we know COVID-19 will not be the last. Here are four critical domains Congress should address to improve U.S. preparedness for future pandemic threats.
According to the CDC, 107,000 Americans overdosed in 2021. 70,000 of those died from synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyl. Fentanyl is a gamechanger for the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship and it should be treated as such. Here is FAL’s strategy to address this national emergency.
Almost two years into its term, the Biden Administration has finally released its National Security Strategy. But the Biden NSS still does not call for military resources sufficient to meet the threats posed by America’s adversaries nor prioritize a homeland with safe and secure borders. Questions that Congress, the media, and all Americans should be asking Biden Administration officials about its NSS.
The United States should pursue a more ambitious plan for our engagement in Africa. FAL's Africa working group offers some initial ideas for a bolder policy centered around economic growth and prosperity, self-reliance and flourishing, and the U.S. enshrined as partner of choice for Africa.
The U.S. needs realism, not wishful thinking, in its energy policy. To help right the ship, Congress should reassert its role in setting policy. Recommendations for more congressional oversight of the IEA and EIA and the establishment of a National Commission on Energy Transition Realism.
China’s inroads and influence in Latin America are continuing to grow. If the U.S. is to effectively counter China, it needs a strategy to deal with the continued rise of Chinese influence in its own hemisphere. Here's an effective U.S. response to the PRC challenge in the region.
In the face of Russian saber-rattling, it is imperative that the U.S. show commitment to its own nuclear deterrent and willingness to take no option off the table if Russia attacks its vital interests. Read the report.
AMLO is pursuing a strategic shift away from close bilateral cooperation with the U.S. and the shared values of democracy and free markets, which threatens American national security. Six recommendations for Congress and the Biden Administration.
Policymakers should support the development and implementation of a focused technology policy in key areas where government support can benefit U.S. economic and national security. Read FAL's recommendations.
As Congress considers legislation to bolster the ability of the United States to compete with China, lawmakers should sharpen provisions that have raised concerns for the CCP in Chinese-language commentary on the bills. Doing so will help ensure the final law prioritizes policies that have the highest competitive payoff. Read FAL's recommendations.
Five years have passed since Washington declared China as its primary national-security challenge. Xi Jinping’s approach to Putin’s war underscores the need to get this competition right. Read FAL's six principles for China competition.
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