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About Us

The Truman Vision
We envision an inclusive US foreign policy that makes American lives better because it
advances democracy, human rights, prosperity, and security at home and abroad.
Our Mission
We offer timely, principled, and innovative solutions to pressing national security challenges.

The Truman Center pursues this work in concert with its sister organization, the Truman National Security Project (TNSP).
Our History
The Truman Center for National Policy works in tandem with the Truman National Security Project, which unites and equips a diverse community of American leaders to produce innovative and principled solutions to complex national security challenges.

Until 2013, Truman Center for National Policy operated on its own as the Center for National Policy (CNP), an organization founded in 1981 with the goal of promoting national security ideals around the world. In 2013, CNP merged with the Truman National Security Project and became what is today the Truman Center for National Policy, a 501c3 non-partisan organization. Past CNP leaders include: former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Cyrus Vance, and Ed Muskie; and Deputy Secretary of State Scott Bates.

In both incarnations, we have remained an independent voice in an increasingly partisan political environment, bringing together decision-makers focused on strengthening U.S. national security and democracy at home and across the globe.