Brent Scrowcroft

  • An Example from the Past Gives Hope for the Future

    In facing the challenges of the world today, leaders and policymakers can draw on examples from the past in order to create hope for the future.  As described by Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council, one such example can be found in the late Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, a military leader and statesman who worked through the twentieth century to help establish the current rules-based global order.

    The Life and Work of General Andrew J. Goodpaster: Best Practices in National Security Affairs by C. Richard Nelson is a biography detailing the renowned general’s life and the ways in which he embodied “the defense of values, the defense of constructive leadership in the world alongside friends and allies to create a more secure future,” said Kempe.

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  • Strategy Session with Robert Scher, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities

    The Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a strategy session for Robert Scher, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, on Thursday, May 14, 2015. This session brought together noted strategists and security and defense experts to discuss the most pressing strategic priorities for the Department of Defense.

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  • Future Communication Landscape for Public Diplomacy

    The use of information has long been a critical element of US foreign policy. In recent years, however, the growing complexity of the communication landscape makes effective global public engagement an increasingly challenging prospect. At the same time, the skills of public diplomacy and the integration of information are lost among many policy makers.

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  • Brent Scowcroft: An Enlightened Realist

    The battleground was a familiar one to General Brent Scowcroft: the White House Cabinet Room where President George H.W. Bush had convened his National Security Council to reach urgent decisions amid an unfolding crisis. It was eight in the morning of August 2, 1990, only thirteen hours after Saddam Hussein had sent his Iraqi army into Kuwait and less than ten months after the Berlin Wall’s fall had signaled the West’s Cold War victory.

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  • Happy Birthday, General Scowcroft

    “Brent has a great propensity for friendship,” former President George H.W. Bush said of his friend and National Security Advisor, Brent Scowcroft.

    On his 90th birthday, some of those friends join the Atlantic Council in wishing General Scowcroft a very happy birthday.

    Fred Kempe, President and CEO of Atlantic Council

    Dear Brent,

    How does one engage in a “job interview” for the Atlantic Council (I thought to myself now nearly a decade ago), as I walked into the office of the only man to ever have served two Presidents as National Security Advisor?

    How I really wanted to use this rare audience was to ask how you pulled off German unification and the Cold War’s end alongside President Bush (without a shot being fired), how you acted with such conviction in steering the decision to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, and how you maintained personal modesty through such heady accomplishment....
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  • US Foreign Policy Falls Victim to Partisan Gridlock Ahead of 2016 Elections

    Atlantic Council launches strategy initiative to boost Washington’s global influence

    With the 2016 presidential elections a little over a year and a half away, analysts agree that the partisan bitterness consuming Washington is hurting US leadership on the world stage.

    That bitterness reached a new low in March when a group of 47 Republican senators sent a controversial letter to the leaders of Iran warning them not to negotiate a nuclear-arms deal with the White House. US President Barack Obama said he was “embarrassed” for the senators.

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  • Hezbollah in a Time of Transition

    With the Middle East in flux and sectarianism on the rise, the Lebanese group finds itself overtaxed and on the defensive.

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    The Syrian conflict is transforming the Lebanese Hezbollah. A movement that long claimed to transcend sectarianism is now the longest pole in the Syrian regime’s tent, and has become a bogeyman to the region’s Sunni community. At the same time, Hezbollah’s deep involvement in the Syrian civil war has damaged its position in Lebanon and even led to questions within its Shi’ite base. The conflict with Israel, while still a focus of rhetoric, has faded to the background. 

    Hezbollah in a Time of Transition, by Brent Scowcroft Center...

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