International and Non-Governmental Organizations

Entities outside of the U.S. government also impact U.S. national security policies and approaches. Alliances, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and international organizations, such as the United Nations provide forums to advance U.S. policy objectives and provide capabilities that can be used to address national security issues. Targeted partnerships, such as the G-8 Global Partnership against Weapons of Mass Destruction are also national security forums used to advance U.S. policy and address common issues. View more information on international organzations.

Private sector entities can also have a significant impact on U.S. policy goals, particularly with respect to foreign assistance and development programs and by contributing research and intelligence products on national security issues. Coordination with think tanks, academia, individuals and non-governmental organizations is helpful in making effective policy decisions. Go to for more informatioin on how the U.S. government partners with private sector entities in foreign assistance.

G8 Group Photo. President Bush with international leaders.

While this course focuses on the government's processes, roles, and resources, it must be noted that international and non-governmental organizations play a very important role in national security affairs.