Where statecraft embodies the skilful, strategic leadership and management of state affairs; governance is understood to be the means by which those who govern respond effectively to the needs of the governed; security is achieved by a combination of good governance and statecraft, enabling a society to cope with the dangers and threats it faces without losing its essential values.
- We hold that good statecraft, governance & security are universally benign qualities in all cultural and traditional contexts, and are a prerequisite for the common good.
- We hold that, in all cultural and traditional contexts, the next generation needs to be equipped and trained to promote good statecraft & governance which will ensure security at an acceptable level of social cost.
- We hold that, in all cultural and traditional contexts, for any nation to enjoy good statecraft, governance & security it requires healthy national institutions, which, if sufficiently robust and adaptable, act as the medium of exchange between those who are governed and those who govern in a continually evolving virtuous circle.
- We hold that, in most cultural and traditional contexts, the two most common obstacles to good statecraft, governance and security are: 1) the natural accumulation of vested interests, which collide and limit the ability of a nation to pursue its national interests; and, 2) the absence of national strategic goals, or the lack of ability to communicate national strategic goals within national institutions and to the people more widely.
- We hold that, if left unattended, the absence of good statecraft, governance & security can create a dangerous vacuum, a national strategic deficit. In relatively stable political environments a national strategic deficit is a precursor to national decline. In less stable political environments a national strategic deficit is all too often a precursor to conflict.
- We hold that national strategic deficits are self-perpetuating and require independent, non partisan advice and engagement, as well as governmental intervention, to address, to which purpose this Institute is dedicated.
- We hold that any approach to statecraft, governance or security which does not conform to the highest standards of integrity and service cannot be described as good and ought to be vigorously resisted. Justice can never be left wanting. Ends can never be held to justify immoral means.