The Tower Center currently manages three inter-related programs on a foundational theme of Political Economy & Security: National Security & Defense; International Politics & Economics; and U.S. Economy & Politics.
National Security and Defense
The ultimate objective of the Tower Center’s National Security & Defense program is to increase awareness of emerging national security threats while examining the impact of global economic, political and technological changes on national security. This program concentrates on how global economic and political trends and developments in particular countries create conflicts and generate instability that threaten U.S. security and economic interests, with special emphasis on conflicts generated by, or affecting, competition for scarce resources such as energy and, increasingly, water; and the impact of new technologies and changing economic and political conditions on the choice of “soft” and “hard power” strategies and instruments for managing the conflicts with discussion of possible ethical solutions to the conflicts.
International Politics and Economics
This program explores the interconnections between politics and economics by focusing on issues of 1) international trade and finance and its effect on the well-being and security of people in the U.S.; 2) the intensifying competition for resources (particularly energy, water, and human capital); 3) climate change; 4) international migration; and 5) economic and political development in Latin America (especially Mexico), Asia (with a focus on Japan and China), the Middle East, and Africa with emphasis on the ethics of development.
U.S. Economy and Politics
This program focuses on the way in which the changing economic and security environments affect America’s institutions and policies; the well-being of its people and traditional American liberties. It also examines the way America’s approaches to its political, economic, and cultural challenges at home affects its ability to promote U.S. interests abroad.