Center for Security Policy

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Center for Security Policy
Center for Security Policy logo.png
Abbreviation CSP
Motto Peace through Strength
Formation 1988
Type National security think tank
Headquarters 1901 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Location Washington, D.C., U.S.
Founder and President Frank Gaffney

The Center for Security Policy (CSP) is a Washington, D.C. think tank that focuses on national security issues. The Center was founded in 1988 by Frank Gaffney, Jr.. The CSP advocates policies based on a philosophy of "Peace through Strength," which "is not a slogan for military might but a belief that America's national power must be preserved and properly used for it holds a unique global role in maintaining peace and stability."[1]

CSP is a non-profit organization and describes itself as non-partisan.[1] Media organizations describe the organization as conservative.[2][3][4][5]


The CSP's operations are organized into project areas that correspond to what it sees as the principal national security challenges facing the United States. Each project is designed to inform policymakers and the public about what the CSP sees as near and long range threats, devise appropriate actions, and then promote those ideas within the government, Capitol Hill, newspapers, radio, the internet, and television.

The following is a partial list of the CSP's projects:

  • Divest Terror - The primary objective of Divest Terror is to force governments to choose between their sponsorship of terrorism and critical partnerships with publicly traded firms. To achieve this goal, it aims at encouraging companies to divest from those regimes designated by the State Department as state sponsors of terrorism.
  • The Strategic Defense and Deterrence Project - Through this project, the Center advocates the creation of a national missile defense system, the modernization of America's nuclear capabilities, and the abrogation of U.S. participation in arms control treaties.
  • The War of Ideas Project - The War of Ideas project has the goal of educating policymakers about the political and ideological realms of international relations. It seeks to equip decision makers with the understanding they need to use the tools of influence of and persuasion to confront and defeat foreign ideological adversaries.
  • Menges Hemispheric Security Project - The Hemispheric Security project focuses on threats to the Western Hemisphere.
  • The Islamist Project - The Islamist Project is aimed at publicising what CSP sees as the growing influence of radical Islam within the United States, and highlighting the voices of moderate, non-violent Muslims.
  • The Security and Democracy in Asia Project - This project is a reflection of the Center's belief that Asia has the potential to be an area of substantial geostrategic conflict in the 21st Century.


The Center does most of its advocacy work behind the scenes. However, its fellows routinely appear in the media for radio and TV interviews, and all publish widely in newspapers, journals, and other online news outlets.

CSP's official publications fall into a number of different categories:

  • Decision Briefs - These policy papers reflect the Center's official position on a wide range of policy issues. After publication, they are distributed to national leaders and the media for immediate action.
  • Security Forums - These publications are part of the Center's effort to ensure that important, timely articles on national security issues are given the proper attention and consideration. They reflect the views of the author, and not the Center for Security Policy
  • CSP Occasional Papers - This series of papers is intended to function as timely and incisive original research. Preference is given to topics relevant to the national security of the United States and broadly congruent with CSP's research agenda and its motto "peace through strength." Occasional Papers are published with a minimum of editing and do not reflect the views of the Center for Security Policy.


CSP is a 501(c)(3) organization. It gets funding from private individuals and an assortment of philanthropic foundations.[6]

Global warming[edit]

The Center does not take an official position on global warming – it focuses its work on domestic and international politics. However, it is a member organization of the Cooler Heads Coalition which seeks to "dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed scientific, economic, and risk analysis."[7]

Family Security Matters and controversial writings[edit]

The Center sponsors "Family Security Matters." On August 3, 2007, Family Security Matters published an opinion piece by Philip Atkinson, which advocated for making George W. Bush president for life, because "the inadequacy of Democracy, rule by the majority, is undeniable." Furthermore, after giving Atkinson's interpretation of Julius Caesar's treatment of Gaul, the article called for emptying Iraq of its Arabs:

If President Bush copied Julius Caesar by ordering his army to empty Iraq of Arabs and repopulate the country with Americans, he would achieve immediate results: popularity with his military; enrichment of America by converting an Arabian Iraq into an American Iraq (therefore turning it from a liability to an asset); and boost American prestige while terrifying American enemies.[8]

The website removed all articles by Atkinson and references to the writer the next day after complaints were received, but several bloggers found similar passages in other articles by means of Google Cache.[9][10] The president of Family Security Matters told The New York Sun that she had sent the submission from Atkinson to the webmaster without reading the essay.[11]

Anti-Park 51 Mosque protest involvement[edit]

The progressive[12][13] public policy research and advocacy organization Center for American Progress reported in a blog post,[14] quoting from Glenn Greenwald[15] that the registration of the Coalition to Honor Ground Zero’s website[16] to Center for Security Policy[17][18] indicated that defense contractors and conservative donors were bankrolling the mosque opposition.[19]

The Center for Security Policy has also produced a Web ad[20] opposing the mosque for the Ground Zero coalition, had a $4 million budget in 2008 (the last year for which it has filed tax returns).[21]


Fellow Washington, D.C. think tank American Security Council Foundation (ASCF) registered the Center for Security Policy's motto, the phrase "Peace through strength", as a US trademark in April 2011.[22] In May, ASCF President Henry A. Fischer sent a letter to Frank Gaffney of CSP claiming ownership of the slogan. The ASCF sent a cease-and-desist order to Gaffney later that year. In September 2012, ASCF filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against CSP and Gaffney.[23][24]

Keeper of the Flame Award[edit]

"Since 1990, the Center for Security Policy has recognized individuals for devoting their public careers to the defence of the United States and American values around the world. Those extraordinary individuals are the Keepers of the Flame."[25] The majority of awards have gone to senior military figures and Republican politicians. A notable exception to this pattern is world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.

Prominent members[edit]

Recent publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b Center for Security Policy, "About Us,",
  2. ^ Towell, Pat (January 21, 2000). "The Limits of Intervention". Congressional Quarterly Weekly. 
  3. ^ Merica, Dan (March 2, 2012). "Muslim campaign looks to repair Sharia's reputation". CNN. 
  4. ^ Kurtz, Howard (October 23, 2009). "Armchair Quarterbacks". Washington Post. 
  5. ^ Gross, Terri (August 9, 2011). "Who's Behind The Movement To Ban Shariah Law?". Fresh Air. National Public Radio. 
  6. ^[dead link] Center for Security Policy grant listing, Media
  7. ^ "About". Competitive Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Cadenhead, Rogers (20 August 2007). "Conservative Group Calls for Bush Dictatorship". Watching the Watchers. Retrieved 16 October 2009. [self-published source?]
  9. ^ Rhodes, E. Stewart (19 August 2007). "Neocon Think Tank Calls for Enslaving or Killing All Mexican Immigrants and Invading Mexico. Philip Atkinson & Family Security Matters at it Again!". Dirt Rhodes Scholar. Retrieved 16 October 2009. [self-published source?]
  10. ^ Faryn Balyncd (14 August 2007). "1581802, Here's Mr. Atkinson calling for NUCLEAR GENOCIDE - Family Security Matters calls it 'powerful....'". Democratic Underground. Retrieved 16 October 2009. [unreliable source?][self-published source?]
  11. ^ Lake, Eli (28 August 2007). "Web Site Faulted for Nuke Iraq Plan". The New York Sun. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ Center for American Progress mission statement. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  14. ^ Seitz-Wald, Alex (August 24, 2010). "Anti-Mosque Coalition's Website Owned By Neo-Conservative Islamophobe Frank Gaffney". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  15. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (August 23, 2010). "The "mosque" debate is not a "distraction"". Salon. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  16. ^ "Coalition to Honor Ground Zero — Stop the Ground Zero Mosque". Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  17. ^ " WHOIS domain registration information". Network Solutions. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  18. ^ registrant information
  19. ^ "Latest mosque issue: The money trail". Moderate Observer. September 5, 2010. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  20. ^ "No Mosque at Ground Zero". YouTube. 2010-07-21. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  21. ^ Center for Security Policy 990 form from 2008 (PDF).
  22. ^ "Peace Through Strength". United States Patent and Trademark Office. April 5, 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  23. ^ "American Security Council Foundation v. Center for Security Policy, Inc. et al". District of Columbia District Court. Justia. September 7, 2012. 
  24. ^ Sommer, Will (September 14, 2012). "No Peace for Hawkish Think Tanks Over Reagan Slogan". Washington City Paper. 
  25. ^[dead link] Center for Security Policy, Annual Report 2001

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