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).

Dr. Alejandro A. Chafuen, the former president and CEO of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and current President of the Philadelphia Society and Senior Fellow at the Acton Institute, is the founder of the Center for a Secure Free Society. Dr. Chafuen dedicated most of his life to researching security and defense issues as it relates to a free society. The interest sparked after witnessing terrorism erupt in his native Argentina, in addition to the increasing insecurity across Latin America.

Once Dr. Chafuen recognized that terrorism was on the rise and counterterrorism efforts left many holes, he began to recruit and support security and defense experts worldwide. The September 11th terrorist attacks further elucidated the problem. It was evident that in order to advance a free society, we cannot allow governments to monopolize research and analysis of national security issues nor divorce the efforts of freedom champions from national security. Independent efforts are needed to analyze security and defense issues and these efforts must be connected to the global freedom movement.

While acting as president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Dr. Chafuen encouraged think tanks around the world to develop capabilities in areas where economics intersects with security, intelligence, and defense. This gap in ideas and policy led to the 2004 creation of the “Think Tanks for a Secure Free Society (SFS)” program within the Atlas Network, which conducted workshops and seminars in Lisbon, Prague, New York, Dallas, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, 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.

Over the last six years, SFS has transformed into a leading research and educational think tank, publishing scholarly reports and organizing various workshops and programs globally. Discovering and developing top talent from around the world, our senior and international fellows produce groundbreaking research and analysis that has been featured in major media outlets, on the floors of congress and parliament’s around the world and has become a “go-to” resource for numerous policymakers in the Americas.  This global talent is the backbone of SFS and what sets us apart from other think tanks in the United States and abroad.