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​1949

​A European Policy for the United States:

Problems and Objectives of the Next Decade

Dr. Grayson L. Kirk

Mr. Paul G. Hoffman

RADM Arthur C. Davis

The Honorable Dean Rusk

​1950

​The Far Eastern Policy of the United States:

Problems and Objectives of the 1950's

​LTG A.M. Gruenther

Dr. Edward Mead Earle

Dr. Joseph E. Johnson

​1951 ​United States Policy for the Rimland of Europe

​LTG Charles L. Bolte

Dr. Grayson L. Kirk

Dr. William Y. Elliott

​1952 ​A United States Policy Against Soviet Communism

​LTG Lyman L. Lemnitzer

Dr. Hardy C. Dillard

Mr. Edwin M. Wright

​1953 ​The National Security Policy of the United States

​ADM Arthur W. Radford

Mr. John J. McCloy

Mr. W. Averell Harriman

​1954 ​The National Security Policy of the United States

​MG James M. Gavin

Mr. Paul H. Nitze

Mr. Robert Cutler

​1955 ​The National Security Policy of the United States

GEN J. Lawton Collins

Mr. C.D. Jackson

​1956 ​The National Security Policy of the United States

​Mr. C. Tylor Wood

GEN Maxwell D. Taylor

​1957

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

Problems of Peaceful Change

Honorable William C. Foster

Honorable Chester Bowles

​1958

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

The Struggle for the Middle Billion

​Honorable Christian A. Herter

Dr. Henry M. Wriston

​1959

The National Security Policy of the United States:

Foreign Assistance as an Instrument of Policy

​Honorable William H. Draper Jr.

Mr. W. Averell Harriman

​1960

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

Possible Initiatives and Advances in the Sixties

​Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller

Honorable Dean Rusk

​1961

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

The Atlantic Community

​Honorable John J. McCloy

Honorable George C. McGhee

​1962 ​The Atlantic Community

​Honorable Dean Acheson

Honorable Allen W. Dulles

1963​ ​Problems of Developing Nations

​Honorable W. Averell Harriman

Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands

​1964

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

Problems of Developing Nations

​Mr. Kenneth T. Young Jr.

Honorable Orville L. Freeman

​1965 ​New Dimensions in Foreign Policy

​Honorable Frank Pace Jr.

GEN Maxwell D. Taylor

​1966

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

New Dimensions in Foreign Policy

​Professor Henry Kissinger

Honorable Lincoln Gordon

​1967

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

The Sputnik Decade

​Honorable Paul Nitze

Dr. Joseph E. Johnson

​1968

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

The Challenges of Change

​Mr. Bill Moyers

Honorable Nicholas Katzenbach

​1969

​The National Security POlicy of the United States:

Foreign Policy Directions for the Seventies

​Honorable U. Alexis Johnson

Honorable Kenneth T. Young Jr.

​1970

​The National Security Policy of the United States:

U.S. Foreign Policy for the 1970's

​Professor George C. Lodge

Honorable William H. Sullivan

​1971

​Unites States Role in World Affairs:

Changing Patterns of Power

​Professor Hans J. Morgenthau

Mr. Seymour Topping

​1972

​United States Foreign Affars:

Emerging Roles in a Transitional International Environment

​Ambassador George Bush

Honorable Curtis Tarr

​1973 ​Building a Generation of Peace

​Goverrnor Nelson A. Rockefeller

Professor Zbigniew Brzezinski

​1974 ​The Realities of Global Interedependence

​Professor Richard N. Gardner

Mr. James P. Grant

​1975 ​The Politics of a Changing Global Economy

​Honorable Frank G. Zarb

Mr. Eugene P. Kopp

​1976

​The Political Economy of National Security:

A Bicentennial Reappraisal

​Mr. Herman Kahn

Honorable Robert W. Komer

​1977 ​An American Foreign Policy of Constructive Global Involvement

​Mr. Leslie H. Gelb

Honorable W. Averell Harriman

​1978 ​The Advanced Industrialized World in American Foreign Policy

​Honorable Elliot L. Richardson

Honorable Jahangir Amuzegar

​1979

​U.S. Foreign Policy for the 1980's:

The Evolving Order

​Honorable George S. Vest

Professor Richard A. Falk

​1980 ​A Global Strategy for the 1980's

​Professor Stanley Hoffman

Ambassador William Sullivan

​1981

​The Quest for Consensus:

Guidelines for American Foreign Policy

​Honorable William P. Clark
​1982

​Emerging Social Forces:

Challenges for American Foreign Policy

​Ambassador Vernon Walters
​1983

​The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy:

Domestic Constratins, National Interests, and International Challenges

​Honorable Lawrence S. Eagleburger

Mr. Adam Yarmolinsky

​1984

​American Foreign Policy:

Reassertiveness or Retrenchment? Implications for the Future

​Mr. Albert Wohlstetter

LTG John Chain

​1985

​U.S. Foreign Policy Consensus:

Prognosis and Implications

​GEN Alexander M. Haig Jr.

Mr. Ian Smart

​1986

​The U.S. Constitution:

A Bicentennial Reappraisal

​Judge Irving R. Kaufman

Honorable Edwin Meese III

​1987

​Global Change:

Implications for U.S. Leadership

​ADM Stansfield Turner

Ambassador Richard N. Gardner

​1988 ​Continuty and Change in American Foreign Policy

​Honorable William P. Bundy

Dr. Dimitri K. Simes

​1989

Contemporary Problems of U.S. Foreign Policy:

A World in Transition

​ADM William Crowe

Professor Joseph Nye

​1990

Celebrating the Eisenhower Centennial:

A Strategic Vision for the 1990s - Moving Beyond Containment

​Ambassador Paul H. Nitze

Dr. Madeleine K. Albright

​1991

​After the Cold War:

One World or Many?

​Mr. Richard L. Armitage
​1992

​Forgin the Future:

Redefining Priorities and Policies

​Mr. Thoedore Sorensen
​1993

​Interests, Imperatives and Mechanisms:

Rethinking U.S. Foreign Policy

​His Excellency Boutros Boutros-Ghali
​1994

​Facing the Foreign Policy Future:

Interests, Instruments, and Implementation

​Honorable Strobe Talbott
​1995

​U.S. Foreign Policy for the Twenty-First Century:

The Challenges of Global Integration and Framentation

​Honorable Lawrence S. Eagleburger
​1996

​The United States on the World Stage:

Themes, Actors and Roles

​Honorable Richard G. Lugar
​1997

​Plotting a Course for a New Century:

Global Challenges, National Choices

​GEN Barry R. McCaffrey
​1998 ​Learning from the Past, Leading to the Future ​Professor John J. Mearsheimer
​1999

​Beyond 2000:

Leadership in an Uncertain World

​Honorable Henry Kissinger
​2000

​U.S. Leadership into the New Century:

Defining the Puzzle

​Dr. Fareed Zakaria
​2001 ​2001: A Global Odyssey -- Charting a Path for the New Millenium

​LTG Brent Scowcroft

GEN Barry R. McCaffrey

​2002

​U.S. Foreign Policy Post 9/11:

Challenges, Concerns and Opportunities in a Changed World

​GEN Wayne A. Downing
​2003

​U.S. National Security:

Balancing Self Interests with International Responsibilities

​Mr. Brian Williams
​2004

​Beyond Hegemony:

The Goals and Consequences of American Action at Home and Abroad

​Dr. Rohan Gutaratna
​2005

​U.S. Responsibility and the Global Community:

Interests, Opportunities and Ethics

​Dr. Bruce Hoffman
​2006

Challenges to Security:

Extremism, Resources and Globalization

​Senator Jack Reed
​2007

​Uncertain Future:

Freedom, Security and Responsibility

​Dr. Kori N. Schake

GEN John P. Abizaid

​2008 ​Measuring Progress and Defining New Challenges ​Ambassador Zalmay Kahalizad
​2009

​Advancing as a Global Community:

Scarcity, Instability and Opportunity

​Dr. Leslie H. Gelb
​2010

​Reconsidering American Hegemony:

Facing 21st Century Challenges and the Limits of U.S. Force and Power

​ADM James G. Stavridis
​2011

​Thinking Beyond Boundaries:

Contemporary Challenges to U.S. Foreign Policy

​Dr. Raj Shah
​2012

​Leading in Lean Times:

Assuring Accountability amd Assessing American Priorities in an Age of Austerity

​Ms. Susan Eisenhower
​2013

​Navigating Demographic Flows:

Populations, Power and Policy

​LTG Scrowcroft
​2014

​What's the Worst That Could Happen?

The Politics and Policy of Crisis Management

​Ambassador Pickering
​2015

​Confronting Inequality:

Wealth, Rights and Power

​Honorable Madeleine Albright
​2016

​Democracy and Democratization:

Challenges and Opportunities

​Dr. Richard Haass