ReportMar 28, 2023
Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave: A playbook for countering the authoritarian threat
By Hardy Merriman, Patrick Quirk, Ash Jain
This report seeks to catalyze support for nonviolent pro-democracy movements fighting against authoritarian rule by proposing new approaches and tools to support civil resistance movements, advancing a new international norm — the “Right to Assist” pro-democracy movements — and developing strategic and tactical options to constrain authoritarian regimes.
In the NewsOct 28, 2022
Kroenig and Jain report on ally shoring cited in Foreign Policy
By Atlantic Council
On October 23, a recent report by Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig and Director for Democratic Order Ash Jain, titled “A Democratic Trade Partnership: Ally shoring to counter coercion and secure supply chains,” was cited in Foreign Policy.
New AtlanticistOct 12, 2022
Experts react: The hits and misses in Biden’s new National Security Strategy
By Atlantic Council experts
We put the call out to our experts from across the Atlantic Council: Does this document deliver? What does it get right and what’s missing?
Ash Jain is currently serving as a senior policy advisor with the US Department of Homeland Security. He was previously director for Democratic Order with the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, where his work focused on strengthening cooperation among democracies and advancing a rules-based order in an era of strategic competition. He also led coordination of the D-10 Strategy Forum. Prior to this, Mr. Jain served as a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, focusing on US alliances and partnerships, international norms, and challenges to the democratic order — including those posed by Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
Jain was a Bosch public policy fellow with the German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Academy and executive director for the Project for a United and Strong America, where he coordinated a bipartisan foreign policy task force to produce a blueprint for a values-based national security strategy. He also served as an adviser for the White House Office of Global Communications and with the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
He is the author or co-author of several publications, including Present at the Re-Creation: A Global Strategy to Revitalize, Adapt, and Defend the Rules-Based International System (with foreword by Madeleine Albright and Stephen Hadley); An Alliance of Democracies: From Concept to Reality in an Era of Strategic Competition; Countering China’s Challenge to the Free World; Strategy of Constrainment: Countering Russia’s Challenge to the Democratic Order; and Nuclear Weapons and Iran’s Global Ambitions: Troubling Scenarios (Washington Institute for Near East Policy). His published articles and commentary have appeared in various news outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Economist, Nikkei Asia, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting, CNBC India, and France 24.
Jain has also taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He earned a JD/MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan.