Transatlantic Security Initiative

  • Permanent Deterrence: Enhancements to the US Military Presence in North Central Europe

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    North Central Europe has become the central point of confrontation between the West and a revisionist Russia. Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is determined to roll back the post-Cold War settlement and undermine the rules-based order that has kept Europe secure since the end of World War II. Moscow’s invasion and continued occupation of Georgian and Ukrainian territories, its military build-up in Russia’s Western Military District and Kaliningrad, and its “hybrid” warfare against Western societies have heightened instability in the region have made...

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  • Atlantic Council Welcomes Hans Binnendijk as Distinguished Fellow and Ambassador Timo Koster as Ambassadorial Fellow

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council is excited to announce the addition of two new fellows to the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Dr. Hans Binnendijk, formerly a NSC Senior Director for Defense Policy, will join as a distinguished fellow, and Timo Koster, Dutch ambassador-at-large for security policy and cyber, will join as an ambassadorial fellow. Both will greatly contribute to the Scowcroft Center’s core work on transatlantic security issues and NATO.

    Said Scowcroft Center director Barry Pavel, “We are delighted that both Ambassador Koster and Dr. Binnendijk, two highly distinguished and widely experienced experts, are joining our team to contribute their expertise at such a critical time for the NATO Alliance. We look forward to engaging Ambassador Koster and Dr. Binnendijk across a wide range of strategic issues, particularly as we approach NATO’s seventieth anniversary.”

    Hans Binnendijk...

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  • Trident Juncture: NATO's Crisis Response Put to the Test

    Trident Juncture 2018, one of NATO’s largest  exercises in recent years, got underway on October 25 in and around Norway in the context of a heightened security environment in Europe. With renewed Russian assertiveness on both sides of the Atlantic, including interference in democratic elections, the use of a chemical nerve agent on British soil, targeted cyber-attacks, and violations of...
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  • The Next Battle of the Atlantic? A Conversation with Admiral James G. Foggo on Transatlantic Security

    On October 5, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative, part of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, hosted a public discussion with Admiral James G. Foggo, III, commander, US Naval Forces Europe; US Naval Forces Africa; and Allied Joint Force Command Naples, on NATO’s deterrence posture and Allied efforts to reinforce the maritime domain. The discussion was held at the Army and Navy Club as part of the Scowcroft Center’s Commanders Series, generously supported by Saab. John Belanger, vice president and head of communications at Saab North America gave welcome remarks, followed by an introduction from Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council. The discussion was moderated by Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center.

    In his prepared remarks, Admiral Foggo outlined the historical importance of defending the Atlantic, as well as the ocean’s role as the main logistical reinforcement line between the United States...

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  • Nordenman Quoted in Military Times on Chinese Airport in Greenland


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  • NATO's New Window to the South

    Despite the high-profile acrimony over defense spending and worries about the United States’ commitment to NATO, the July summit in Brussels showed that the Alliance can still project strength on its eastern flank. The summit declaration included numerous programs, initiatives, and projects to strengthen the Alliance against Russian aggression. When it comes to addressing challenges in NATO’s south, such as destabilizing migration flows, terrorism, and general instability in the region, however, the Alliance has often struggled to demonstrate the same sense of strategic focus.

    And yet, this year in Brussels, NATO planners took several steps towards strengthening the Alliance’s southern strategy. The extension of the commitment in Afghanistan and launch of the training mission in Iraq grabbed headlines, but another southern initiative was one of the quiet successes of the summit.

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  • Benitez Quoted in Stars and Stripes on the Aftermath of the NATO Summit


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  • Nordenman Quoted in Defense News on NATO's New Baltic Command Structure


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  • Benitez Quoted in the New York Times on Trump's Relations with NATO and Putin


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  • The High Politics (and Stakes) of the NATO Summit

    NATO must overcome two forms of discord—US-European and intra-European—in order to ensure the future health and effectiveness of the Alliance. It is not enough to hope for mere platitudes of unity at NATO’s summit in Brussels on July 11 and 12, sentiments that European leaders may not receive from the US president.

    At last year’s “mini-summit,” US President Donald J. Trump publicly berated European allies for not spending 2 percent of GDP on defense—a goal that the allies agreed at their Wales Summit in 2014 to meet “within a decade.” This year, the path toward a successful summit appears equally unharmonious.

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