Center for a New American Security


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit organisation that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defence policies. CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.


A techno-diplomacy strategy for telecommunications in the Indo-Pacific

This paper argues that the Quad has an opportunity to shape the telecommunications ecosystem in the Indo-Pacific, so that key 5G and undersea cable infrastructure are more secure, resilient and open. The authors recommend that a concrete, techno-diplomatic strategy – developed in partnership between Australia...

China’s digital currency

This report explains China’s domestic and international ambitions in developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), reviews the main technical framework of Digital Currency/Electronic Payment (DCEP) and discusses how the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and private firms are working to implement it. The report...

Indirect cost imposition strategies in the South China Sea: U.S. leadership and ASEAN centrality

This report assesses the implications of China’s assertions of control over the South China Sea for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and offers ideas for how the United States can work with Southeast Asian nations to stanch coercive behaviour.