Human Security Unit
Nonstate Actors Program
Nonstate actors have a disproportionate importance in Muslim geopolitics, filling a vacuum created by the low legitimacy and poor governance of many regimes.
The Human Security unit focuses on a broad spectrum of nonstate actors, including militant groups, nonviolent Islamists, political parties, organized crime, and civil society organizations.
Just as weak states leave legitimacy vacuums, they also leave strategic vacuums in which regional powers and armed groups compete. The Human Security unit analyzes geopolitical competition in contested and ungoverned spaces and the implications for U.S. interests and policy options.
State Resilience and Fragility
The State Resilience and Fragility Program analyzes how democracies, autocracies, hybrid regimes, and other states adapt to external and internal changes and pressures. It seeks to understand how states manage social, political, socioeconomic, and security challenges to maintain power and the ensuing implications and options for U.S. interests and policy. This program pays special attention to transnational learning, in which different states adopt strategies and techniques from one another to maintain control over territory and populations.