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The International Security System faces great challenges at the opening of the 21st century. SGE adopts a “policy perspective” approach to analyze those challenges and the strategic options to reduce them.


SGE's analysis focus on the identification and strategic pursuit of national interests; establishment of priorities among potential security threats; global and regional security strategies; the use of military force in circumstances ranging from full-scale war to humanitarian relief; and the force structure and alliances needed to accomplish these missions.

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with major corporations and governments to provide political risk products tailored to their specific needs.




Sample Presentations:

The Geopolitical Landscape: A 25 years long-range projections


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This project is designed for policy-makers seeking to understand key on-the-ground developments in the Asia Pacific Region.

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This project seeks to provide an understanding of the many issues related to building a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that recognizes the threat as one of the major national security problems facing states and corporations while respecting the core ethics and values related to privacy and civil liberties.



Geostrategic Insights

  • While the post-Cold War period has seen tensions between the West, the Islamic world, and rising powers, for the most part the period has been characterized not by a clash of civilizations but rather by greater global economic integration and conflict within societies.The post-Cold War period has become increasingly peaceful, which combined with a technological revolution has allowed for an unprecedented period of global economic growth.
  • The end of the US-dominated unipolar era has been brought about by a confluence of factors: globalization and the rapid economic growth of other rising powers, the increasing role of non-state actors, and, ironically, by the structure of the liberal order itself.
  • As China, India, and Brazil continue their rise relative to a lagging West, the focus of geopolitics will shift from Europe and the Middle East to South and East Asia while conflict may center not on territory but on control of sea lanes.
  • The United States, China, and other rising powers will either renegotiate the liberal order while maintaining its structures intact or face a less predictable nonpolar world in which states may find it increasingly difficult to control non-state actors and address global challenges effectively


The Rise of China

“Never before in history has a power risen so far, so fast, and along so many dimensions.”

  • China’s economic growth is the most extraordinary in modern world history and has positioned it for Great Power status.
  • The rise of China as a global power is a central strategic challenge of our time.
  • With greater economic and political power, China will face increasing pressure to assume the role of a responsible stakeholder in the international system.
  • But China, more often than not, follows a mercantilistic strategy.
  • China will face uncertainty, in which rising middle incomes may lead to calls for more substantive political reform. Instability could be the result.
  • Even as China’s economic growth slows, its geographic location provides it with a powerful international presence. The Indian Ocean looks primed to become the new international theater in which geopolitical events unfold. China, India, Japan and the U.S. will share and contest for power there.




Sample Presentations:


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  • North Korea: Retrenchment and defiance will hasten the demise of the regime.
  • Lybia: Potential outcomes and policy implications.
  • China: Managing the Rise of a Great Power.
  • Afghanistan: Toughing it out and debunking myths.
  • War on Terror: A Strategic Re-assessment.
  • Defense and security spending under Barack Obama.
  • A Foreign Policy Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan


Sample Memo

The increasing political influence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the continued existence of al-Qaeda sanctuaries in volatile border areas, and Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities pose an international security threat that extends beyond south Asia.In light of this dynamic, how could the CIA maintain cooperation and strong ties in the short term while  increasing influence over ISI and bolster civilian institutions in the medium term


Events of the past year underscore the uncertainty and volatility of relations between North Korea and its neighbors in Northeast Asia, heightening security concerns for South Korea, Japan, and the United States in particular. As North Korea’s most important economic and political partner, China will continue to play a central role in influencing North Korean choices both at home and in its foreign policy. The United States and China have a strong common interest in stability and peaceful outcomes on the Korean peninsula. Hence it is vital that the United States and its allies in the region have a clearer understanding of the current influences and interests shaping Chinese North Korean policy.



Sample Presentations

Provides an updated Brief analysis of the threat posed by key proliferator, and the extent to which these countries really do pose a near to mid-term threat to the US and its key allies.

Defense is likely to be part of the deficit conversation, but the real source of budgetary pressure is unconstrained growth in entitlement spending.Addressing the new realities of the Security Environment will require a reconfiguration of forces and radical rethinking of priorities.