About the Center for a Secure Free Society

The Center for a Secure Free Society (SFS) is a global, next-generation, national security think tank pursuing a society of free, responsible, and vigilant individuals advancing peace and prosperity based on the shared values of limited government, free enterprise, and strong national security.


To discover, develop, and support a global network of security scholars and practitioners advancing freedom and security worldwide.


Dr. Alejandro “Alex” Chafuen, SFS founder and Chairman of the International Freedom Educational Foundation (IFEF).

Witnessing the drama of terrorism in his native Argentina, some of Dr. Alejandro Chafuen’s initial studies advancing a free society was devoted to addressing the rising insecurity throughout Latin America.  

Recognizing that terrorism was on the rise, while counterterrorism efforts also left many wounds, Dr. Chafuen began to recruit and support experts in the field of security and defense. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, it became evident that in order to advance a free society, we cannot allow governments to have a monopoly over the research and analysis of security and defense issues worldwide – independent efforts are needed.

As President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Dr. Chafuen began encouraging think tanks around the world to develop capabilities in areas where economics intersects with security, intelligence, and defense. This gap in the marketplace of policy and ideas gave birth, in 2004, to the “Think Tanks for a Secure Free Society (SFS)” program within Atlas, which conducted workshops and seminars in Lisbon, Prague, New York, Dallas, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santiago and other major cities around the world.

In early 2012, SFS became the Center for a Secure Free Society, spinning off from Atlas to its new home at the International Freedom Educational Foundation (IFEF), presided by Dr. Chafuen.

SFS is now an independent research and educational center publishing scholarly reports and organizing various workshops and other programs from Canada to Colombia to the Czech Republic. Discovering and developing top talent from around the world, our senior and international fellows produce leading research and analysis on some of the most pressing national security issues threatening peace and prosperity. This global talent is the human capital and backbone of SFS.