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. CSP was founded in 1988 by Frank Gaffney, Jr. and advocates policies based on a philosophy of "Peace through Strength". Their belief is the well guided use of America's force to both enforce peace and to protect the United States as a whole.[1]

CSP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.[1] Media organizations describe the organization as conservative or right of center.[2][3][4][5]

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and President of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C.


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]


The Center for Security Policy's motto is "Peace through strength". According to the CSP, "The philosophy of 'Peace through Strength' 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."[8][9] The phrase was first used by Ronald Reagan during his elections against Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Keeper of the Flame Award[edit]

"Since 1990, the Center for Security Policy has recognized individuals for devoting their public careers to the defense of the United States and American values around the world. Those extraordinary individuals are the Keepers of the Flame."[10] 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. 
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  10. ^[dead link] Center for Security Policy, Annual Report 2001

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