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Center for America's Purpose

The Center for America’s Purpose (CAP) was launched to promote America’s leadership role in the world. Headed by Sagamore Institute Senior Fellow Alan W. Dowd, CAP identifies historical guideposts to bolster national-security strategy in the 21st century, applies the lessons of history to the challenges of today and seeks to remind the American people that as civilization’s first-responder and last line of defense, the United States is a force for good in the world. Drawing from history, CAP is idealistic about America’s purpose in the world, optimistic about what America and its allies can achieve in the world, and realistic about how and where to employ American power in the world. To share CAP’s message and mission with engaged citizens and policymakers, Dowd authors essays for leading magazines, journals and websites, and publishes Capstones, the Center’s monthly publication covering national defense and international security.

In Focus

Capstones: All Hands on Deck to Meet the China Challenge

President Joe Biden’s China policy is coming into focus. As some of us predicted before his inauguration, it looks to be a continuation of the previous administration’s hardline stance with Beijing—suggesting that the COVID-19 crisis marks a turning point akin to how the communist bloc’s attempt to seize West Berlin and South Korea solidified bipartisan commitment to waging the Cold War. In a similar way, Beijing’s criminal mishandling of COVID-19 seems to be galvanizing a new consensus at home and abroad as we wade deeper into Cold War 2.0.