CSBA Release - CREDIBILITY MATTERS by Hal Brands, Eric Edelman, Thomas G. Mahnken


Credibility--the degree to which an actor's threats and promises are believed by other actors in the international system--is an inherently intangible concept.

Yet American credibility is nonetheless crucial to the stability of an international system that ultimately rests on U.S. alliance commitments and security guarantees. 

Today, America confronts a deepening crisis of credibility in global affairs, due to the military buildups and revisionist strategies being pursued by U.S. adversaries--and no less to the missteps of the United States itself. This report outlines a multi-pronged agenda for shoring up the credibility on which so much of U.S. foreign policy and the international order depends. 


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