Truman National Security Project

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The Truman National Security Project is a United States Democratic Party-aligned national security and leadership development organization based in Washington, D.C. It serves to organize American progressives on issues of national security and foreign policy. The organization is named after President Harry S. Truman. [1] It was founded in 2004 by Rachel Kleinfeld, an international relations scholar and Democratic activist, and Matthew Spence. [2] [3]

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Activities

The Project provides training and messaging programs on national security issues for congressional and executive agency staff in Washington. [1] It appoints fellows from among young Democrats interested in foreign policy and provides networking opportunities for its fellows. [1] [2]

According to Kleinfeld, the Truman Project avoids discussion of Israel policy because it is already covered by other groups. [1]

The Truman Project endorsed the For the People Act of 2019. [4]

Funding

In 2011, the Truman Project's budget was around $4 million. It has received grants from Herbert and Marion Sandler, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Ploughshares Fund. [1]

Personnel

Co-founder Matthew Spence remains active on the Board. [5] Hunter Biden is a former Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Truman National Security Project. [6] [7] [8]

Reception

According to Tablet Magazine , some progressives are uncomfortable with the Truman Project’s pro-military stance which they describe as "Republicanism lite". [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Hoffman, Allison (October 24, 2011). "Rachel Kleinfeld's Truman Project Is Building a New Democratic Foreign-Policy Establishment". Tablet Magazine . Retrieved September 24, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 1 2 Kessler, E. J. (3 June 2005). "Putting National Security on the Democratic Agenda". The Forward . Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  3. "Rachel Kleinfeld". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  4. "Official letter" (PDF). U.S. House of Representatives. January 29, 2019. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  5. "The Truman National Security Project | Board".
  6. "Board Truman Project". March 16, 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-03-16.
  7. "Support for Obama's Iran deal heats up in Colorado". THE DENVER POST. Its board of directors includes Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden
  8. Jesse Ventura (2016). Jesse Ventura's Marijuana Manifesto: How Lies, Corruption, and Propaganda Kept Cannabis Illegal. Skyhorse. ISBN   9781510714267 . Retrieved 16 February 2020. what's Hunter doing now? Well, he isn't sitting in prison. He's sitting on the Chairman's Advisory Board for the National Democratic Institute; he's chairman of the Board of World Food Program USA; he's a director on the boards of the US Global Leadership Coalition, the Truman National Security Project