Power of Partnership and Narrative in National Security Strategy

April 29, 2021

Jason T. Phillips, Ed.D. a retired naval officer who researches transformative partnerships and the power of narrative, first connected with Dr.Eisler when he was working at the U.S. Naval War College. His vision then was “to inform strategic level leaders from around the world how the work of CPS can provide a new approach to understanding international peace and security.”

Phillips published an article centered on this vision titled Partnership and Narrative in National Security Strategy in The Strategy Bridge Journal, a publication by The Strategy Bridge, a non-profit organization focused on the development of people in strategy, national security, & military affairs.

“I believe it is important for U.S. and international strategic-level leaders to understand that it is through your Partnership Model of Humanity that Peace, Security, and Stability can be achieved. It is my hope that the Biden Administration sees your work as a way forward for the United States and the world.”—Jason T. Phillips 

Phillips calls for a strategic narrative rooted in a partnership model of humanity.

“Narrative cannot be relegated to side-projects at the operational or tactical level. Narrative is how human beings understand the world.”—Jason T. Phillips

Phillips mentions the work of Dr.Riane Eisler and the Center for Partnership Studies when emphasizing the necessity for an American narrative strategy that establishes the field of women, peace, and security as instrumental to who America is and what America values.

“…the decades of work and research of Dr. Riane Eisler and her Center for Partnership Studies can serve as a foundation for a Biden administration narrative strategy. Dr. Eisler provides a simple, compelling, meaningful way to understand human interactions. Dr. Eisler explains that individuals, institutions, organizations, corporations, and nations can be understood to reflect either a partnership or domination model of humanity. A National Security Strategy, then, rooted in a core narrative of a partnership model of humanity is a way to easily tell the story of the U.S. as a clear alternative to other strategic competitors on the world stage.”—Jason T. Phillips 

Jason T. Phillips, Ed.D teaches Writing as well as Character Development at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI. His article reflects the personal views of the author and does not represent the views of the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Navy, or the Department of Defense.

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See also: “Human Infrastructure”: The term Riane Eisler has emphasized for years

See also: Riane Eisler Article Archive


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