Ian Brzezinski

  • "NATO is at a Crucial Decision Point"

    Open letter to their Excellencies the gathered heads of state and government of the NATO nations from the GLOBSEC NATO Adaptation Team

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  • Defining Success at NATO’s Summit: Political Unity and Military Readiness

    NATO’s July 11-12 summit in Brussels will be defined by two basic objectives: demonstrating political unity and resolve and advancing military readiness. The latter provides the means necessary to deter and defeat adversaries. Only with the former can this community of democracies fully leverage those capabilities. Both are critical to the effectiveness and long-viability of NATO, history’s most effective military alliance.

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  • Strengthening US Alliances: A Conversation with the Secretary of the Air Force

    The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted US Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather A. Wilson on Tuesday, May 29 for a discussion on her top priorities, which include restoring readiness, cost-effectively modernizing, driving innovation, developing exceptional leaders, and strengthening alliances.
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  • Reviewing the Nuclear Posture Review: Here’s What You Need to Know

    US President Donald J. Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) calls for enhanced deterrence and a larger nuclear arsenal.

    The administration released the new review on February 2. Outlined in the strategy is Trump’s decision to pursue a path toward augmenting nuclear capabilities against the backdrop of increasing tensions with North Korea—as it moves ever closer to its own nuclear weapons—as well as nuclear-armed adversaries such as Russia. He has advocated for increasing the number of low-yield nuclear weapons to bolster US deterrent capabilities. 

    Read the full review here

    We asked our analysts their thoughts on the new nuclear strategy. Here is their take:

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  • Brzezinski Quoted by POLITICO on Pence's Visit to Estonia

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  • Addressing Twenty-First-Century Threats

    Conventional forces called critical component of NATO’s toolkit

    Though the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign poses a significant threat to Western security, NATO allies working to counter Russian aggression must remember the importance of bolstering conventional forces, according to an Atlantic Council analyst.

    “Conventional forces are back,” said Ian Brzezinski, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Citing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014, he described how “yes, there was hybrid warfare, but there were also 30,000 Russian special forces that were sent into Crimea.”

    Russia’s military is “a much more capable force than they were ten years ago,” according to Brzezinski, whereas NATO troops are now stretched thin.  

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  • Trump in Europe: What's Next?

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  • The Three Seas Summit: A Step Toward Realizing the Vision of a Europe Whole, Free, and at Peace?

    On July 6, heads of state from across Central Europe will convene in Warsaw, Poland, to address how to drive forward regional infrastructure projects. They will be joined by US President Donald J. Trump. The Three Seas Summit, convened by the presidents of Poland and Croatia, involves nations situated between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas. The participants will be driven by a shared determination to complete the vison of a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.

    Twenty-eight years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, much progress has been made toward fulfilling that vision. The accession of Central Europe’s countries to NATO and the European Union (EU) contributed to the security, stability, and prosperity of the entire continent as well as the transatlantic alliance.

    These have been remarkable successes, yet the task is far from complete. Europe’s economic and social woes, as well as new security challenges, add to the urgency of completing and consolidating the European integration project—a project that is critical to catalyzing and reinforcing the prosperity and resilience of the EU as a whole.

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  • Zbigniew Brzezinski: Scholar, Statesman, Father

    Zbigniew Brzezinski Tribute

    On Friday, May 26, my father, Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski passed away at the age of eighty-nine. He lived a long and impactful life. 

    He came from a family of courageous Polish diplomats who saw firsthand Hitler’s brutality in Germany and stood up against it. The Nazis’ carnage and subsequent Soviet occupation prevented his family from returning to their cherished homeland, Poland. He later became a scholar in the United States who examined the structures of authoritarian regimes and empires. He was a strategist who leveraged that knowledge to help roll back the Iron Curtain.

    He was a counselor to presidents, both Republican and Democratic.  As national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter he helped steer the course of the transatlantic relationship amidst a dangerous confrontation with the Soviet Union, craft the Camp David Accords, and deepen US relations with China. Every US president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama called upon him for his advice and perspective on multiple issues of national security.

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  • Brzezinski Quoted by Express on the Trump Administration's Relationship with Europe and NATO

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