Founded in 1961, when the Kennedy administration was finding its foreign-policy footing and seeking to unite a disparate group of Atlanticists, the Atlantic Council is now one of the world’s premier think tanks—known for convening high-level decision-makers, producing groundbreaking research, and providing rapid insight across a wide range of issues and regions. Celebrate with us as we mark sixty years of impact.
The Atlantic Council at 60
By John F.W. Rogers and Frederick Kempe
We are fortunate that the Atlantic Council our founders created six decades ago has never been more robust, but the array of challenges we face has never been more daunting. Here’s how we are shaping the global future together.
The Atlantic Council’s origin story
N. W. Collins
The tale of an organization founded at a delicate moment for a young administration, with international crises swirling and a need for a coherent Atlanticist voice.
The early years
In 1998, as part of a research fellowship, the historian Melvin Small prepared a report for NATO on the early years of the Atlantic Council, which was then thirty-seven years old. His investigation captures in rich detail the roots from which today’s Atlantic Council has sprung.
How the Atlantic Council reinvented itself
By James Joyner
The vision of a “Think Tank for the Twenty-First Century” seemed wildly ambitious back in 2007. No longer.
The Atlantic Council’s certificate of incorporation
The Atlantic Council’s beginnings
From climate change to digital currencies to great-power competition, our work is shaping policy and sparking debate in Washington and around the world.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Jan 28, 2021
The Longer Telegram: Toward a new American China strategy
China presents the most important challenge to the United States in the twenty-first century. To address this challenge, the United States urgently needs “an integrated, operational, and bipartisan national strategy.”
Dec 14, 2021
Central Bank Digital Currency Tracker
Our flagship Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Tracker takes you inside the rapid evolution of money all over the world. The interactive database now features 114 countries— triple the number of countries we first identified as being active in CBDC development in 2020.
COP26 Aug 31, 2021
Heat is killing us—and the economy too
By Kathy Baughman McLeod
Most people know the knock-on effects of global warming by now: rising sea levels, mass extinction of plants and wildlife, worsening floods, fires, and hurricanes. But heat itself is too often overlooked as a destructive force in its own right.
From its launch as a platform for like-minded Atlanticists during the Cold War to its present-day work around the globe, journey through the sixty-year history of the Atlantic Council.
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Distinguished Leadership Awards
Each year, the Distinguished Leadership Awards salutes an exemplary group of individuals who have contributed to the Atlantic Council mission of shaping the global future together.