Lisa Aronsson

  • Brexit Bargain Should Not Include Defense

    One might have hoped that the United Kingdom’s security relationship with Europe could be kept out of the Brexit negotiations, which will be difficult enough without an added layer of political complexity. Alas, just a week after the UK fired the starting gun on its departure from the European Union, it is already clear that this won’t be the case. The security relationship has already been politicized by Brexit, and it is largely London’s fault.

    In British Prime Minister Theresa May’s letter formally activating the EU exit process on March 29, she suggested that if an agreement couldn’t be reached between the UK and the EU-27, “cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened.” This did not go over well in Europe. The Brexit negotiator for the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, warned Mayagainst haggling with the UK’s military assets, and the European Parliament subsequently published guidelines stating, explicitly, that tradeoffs between security and economics will not be acceptable

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  • Transatlantic Unity Faces a Stress Test

    Challenges emanating from the Mediterranean region, including those posed by failed states, terrorism, and a historic flow of migrants, have contributed to a surge in populism on both sides of the Atlantic that could imperil transatlantic unity and the European project itself, Alexander Vershbow, a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council, said on February 1.  

    Vershbow, who previously served as deputy secretary general of NATO from February 2012 to October 2016, said that these challenges “threaten to undermine the traditional values of openness and tolerance on both sides of the Atlantic.” Consequently, these conditions necessitate a fresh look at the security situation in the Mediterranean, focusing in particular on drivers of instability.

    “The security interests of the transatlantic community and the Mediterranean have been closely intertwined for centuries… but never more intertwined than today,” he said.  

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  • Mediterranean Futures 2030

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    A region in flux, the Mediterranean of today–and tomorrow–faces an array of complex challenges. Demographic shifts, evolving political and security contexts, economic uncertainty, and climate change have created massive migration flows and regional instability, straining resources in southern Europe. These and other drivers of change have highlighted the increased importance of developing a transatlantic security strategy for the region. 


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  • Aronsson Quoted by Business Insider on Trump's Foreign Policy Stance on NATO

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  • Aronsson Quoted by Business Insider on the Biggest Problems Facing European Militaries

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  • Aronsson on NATO Defense Agreements

    Business Insider quotes Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Visiting Fellow Lisa Aronsson on the challenges facing European militaries struggling to meet their commitments to NATO defense agreements:

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  • Aronsson on NATO's Spending Inefficiencies

    Business Insider quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Visiting Fellow Lisa Aronsson on inefficiencies in NATO spending and what that means for the two percent spending target:

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  • Aronsson on NATO's Defense Spending

    International Business Times quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Visiting Fellow Lisa Aronsson on NATO's defense spending and what it means for an increasingly hostile Europe:

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  • Aronsson: Is NATO's Two Percent Spending Call Realistic?

    Brent Scowcroft Center Visiting Fellow Lisa Aronsson writes for Carnegie Europe's blog on why NATO's two percent spending target is not realistic:

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  • Atlantic Council Announces New Scowcroft Center Fellows

    WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security has added new senior fellows who will advance the Center’s mission of serving as Washington’s premier thought leadership institute on the role of the transatlantic community in shaping global strategy and security policy.

    These fellows bring decades of experience in government, business, and academia focused on global trends, transatlantic security, Asia security, deterrence, cyber security, missile defense, and strategy.

    For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Taleen Ananian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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