Finally, a network for security progressives — the National Security Network — is up and running. It seeks to bridge the divide between the foreign policy experts and politicians in Washington aka “wonks” and local community leaders and the general public. An affiliated organization provides a communications hub where you can sign up and discuss ideas.
Good stuff. My sadly neglected March 2005 masterpiece “Disconnected” was largely about the need for more such bridge-building institutions to create a progressive movement capable of doing the politics of national security in, to use some military jargon, a full-spectrum manner featuring copious quantities of jointness. Relatedly, it’s good to see that the New America Foundation has recently hosted a couple of events — including one going down this afternoon — seeking to foster some constructive debate among progressives as to what our general foreign policy orientation should be.