National security and the next US president



19 September 2016


USSC Boardroom


Public forum


PoliticsForeign policy, defence and strategy

Every US president needs a decisionmaking system that harnesses the full capabilities and accumulated wisdom of the US government and the nation's many stakeholders. But are structural problems hindering national security professionals from delivering effective policy making?

With a new president inbound and turbulent times around the world, the strength of US decisionmaking and oversight of policy implementation has never been more important.

Vice President, International of the RAND Corporation, Charles P. Ries, is an expert on national security policy and decisionmaking systems. He gave an address on the challenges ahead and the crucial role a President Clinton or President Trump will play in delivering much-needed reform. It was followed by a Q&A session with the Centre’s Research Director, James Brown.


  • Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown
    Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown
    Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    James Brown is a Senior Fellow in the United States Studies Centre's Foreign Policy, Defence and Strategy Program. He is also the President of the RSL NSW.

  • Ambassador Charles Ries
    , RAND Corporation

    Ambassador Charles Ries is Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, where he oversees RAND's international offices and growing international presence, and a senior fellow whose research has focused on the economics of development. While on a leave of absence from RAND in 2010, Ries was executive vice president of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.

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