About the Center for a Secure Free Society

The Center for a Secure a Secure Free Society (SFS) is an independent, next-generation, global think tank pursuing a society of free, responsible and vigilant individuals advancing global security and economic 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 foreign policy 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 work advancing a free society was devoted to addressing rising insecurity and terrorism in Latin America.  

Recognizing that counter-terrorism efforts in the region also left many wounds, Dr. Chafuen began to identify, recruit and support experts in the field of security and defense. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, it became clearly evident that in order to promote a free society, a government monopoly over the research and analysis of security and defense issues was insufficient – independent efforts were needed.

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

In early 2012, Thinks Tanks for a Secure Free Society 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 emerging threats facing global peace and prosperity. This talent is the human capital and backbone of SFS.