Truman National Security Project

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The Truman National Security Project describes itself as being 'dedicated to forging a Democratic foreign policy founded on strength and security, grounded in a strong military and active diplomacy, and committed to furthering the American ideals of freedom, dignity, and opportunity worldwide.'[1]

One of its founders, Rachel Kleinfeld, described the impetus for the project as national security as being an asset for the Republicans. 'We decided there really was a need to create a movement of Democrats to stand up for these ideas and to really start to think about it, very much as a counterpart to the neoconservatives of the 1970s,' she told Forward. The group aims to change the Democratic Party so that national security is seen as a strength rather than as a weakness. [2]

At its 2005 conference one of the panel discussions was on 'what Democrats did wrong, Republicans did right, and neo-cons did better' and 'the need to increase the size of the deployable military.'[3]

European links

In September 2006, The Euston Manifesto website reprinted an article on the '9/11 Generation' by Rachel Kleinfeld and Matthew Spence of the Truman National Security Project.[4]

In December 2006, Alan Johnson and Abdullah Muhsin met with Rachel Kleinfeld during a visit to the United States.[5] Johnson would go on to edit the anthology Global Politics After 9/11: The Democratiya Interviews published by the Foreign Policy Centre in 2008. In the acknowledgements, he credited "Rachel Kleinfeld of the Truman Security Project who offered encouragement, and the idea for the book, after a warm meeting on a frosty Washington DC morning."[6]



Board of Directors

Stephen Bailey - Senior Vice President, Frontier Strategy Group | Pierre Chao - Managing Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors | Derek Chollet - Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security | John P. Driscoll - President, New Markets, Medco Health Solutions, Inc. | Joy Drucker - Senior Vice President, Glover Park Group | Rachel Kleinfeld - President and Executive Director, Truman National Security Project | Sally Painter Principal, Dutko Worldwide | Dr. Matthew Spence Co-Founder and Director, Truman National Security Project

Board of Advisors

The Honorable Dr. Madeleine K. Albright - Principal, The Albright Group LLC | Dr. Kurt M. Campbell - CEO and Co-Founder, Center for a New American Security | Gregory B. Craig - Partner, Williams and Connolly LLP | Dr. Leslie H. Gelb - President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations | William Marshall - President, Progressive Policy Institute | The Honorable Dr. William J. Perry - Professor and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, Stanford University | John D. Podesta President and CEO, Center for American Progress | The Honorable Wendy R. Sherman - Principal, The Albright Group LLC | Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter - Dean, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Senior Fellows

Wendy R. Anderson | Ronald D. Asmus | Scott Bates | Peter Beinart | Cory Booker | Janet Breslin-Smith | Rachel Bronson | Pierre A. Chao | Andrei Cherny | Derek Chollet | Paul Clarke | Nelson Cunningham | Ivo H. Daalder | William C. Danvers | Janine Davidson | Larry Diamond | William Dobson | Joy Drucker | Michèle A. Flournoy | M. Taylor Fravel | Lukas Haynes | Chris Howard | Erez Kalir | Brian Katulis | Lorelei Kelly | Ronald A. Klain | Michael McFaul | Mark Medish | Thomas Melia | Derek Mitchell | Steven J. Nider | Suzanne Nossel | Michael O'Hanlon | Sally A. Painter | Jay M. Parker | Alan Platt | Jeremy Rosner | Kathryn Roth-Douquet | David Rothkopf | David Samuels | Peter Singer | Jeffrey H. Smith | Andrew S. Weiss | Kenneth Wollack

Contact details

Truman National Security Project
P.O. Box 11575
Washington, D.C., 20008-1575

External links


  1. Truman National Security Project Homepage, 2 February 2005, accessed via the Web Archive on 27 April 2009
  2. E. J. Kessler, 'Putting National Security on the Democratic Agenda,' The Forward, June 3, 2005, accessed 27 April 2009
  3. E. J. Kessler, 'Putting National Security on the Democratic Agenda,' The Forward, June 3, 2005, accessed 27 April 2009
  4. Rachel Kleinfeld and Matthew Spence, Generation 9/11,, 9 September 2006.
  5. Cutting Edge Reesearch Newsletter Edgehill University Spring 2008, accessed 23 June 2008.
  6. Global Politics After 9/11: The Democratiya Interviews, edited by Alan Johnson, Foreign Policy Centre, 2008,