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Mon, Mar 22, 2021

The China plan: A transatlantic blueprint for strategic competition

China presents the United States and its partners with the most serious set of challenges they have faced since the Cold War. To manage this challenge, transatlantic nations need a blueprint to build a common approach.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Hans Binnendijk, Sarah Kirchberger, James Danoy, Franklin D. Kramer, Connor McPartland, Christopher Skaluba, Clementine G. Starling, Didi Kirsten Tatlow

China Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Why NATO should adopt a feminist foreign policy

As an alliance, NATO plays an important role in advancing equity within foreign policy. When NATO foreign ministers meet later in March, they should take the natural next steps toward adopting a feminist foreign policy.

New Atlanticist by Gabriela R. A. Doyle, Madeline Olden, Leah Sheunemann, and Christopher Skaluba

NATO Resilience

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

The big takeaways from Biden’s first foreign-policy speech

President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise of renewed American engagement with the world after the era of “America First”—and the president’s remarks were designed to show that this shift is already underway.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

China Cybersecurity

Christopher Skaluba is an expert lecturer and writer on international relations, national security, and defense policy. After leaving his role as a senior executive in the federal government, Skaluba joined Syracuse University as an adjunct professor—teaching foreign policy as part of the team inaugurating the Executive Master’s in International Relations (EMIR) program in Washington. The EMIR partnership between Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Center for Strategic and International Studies is the first advanced degree in international relations offered by a major research university in cooperation with a leading global think tank.

From 2001 to 2016, Skaluba served as a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from presidential management fellow to the Senior Executive Service. Immediately before leaving government, Skaluba served as the principal director for Strategy & Force Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for assessing the future of international security and crafting the Defense Department’s strategies for navigating that future in order to develop a prepared, capable, and effective US military. Prior to this assignment, Skaluba served as the acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, the principal advisor to the Department’s leadership with respect to crisis management in the Middle East.

Skaluba served a lengthy tenure as the principal director for European & NATO Policy, where he formulated and implemented US defense policy for Europe. Accordingly, he conducted defense relationships with thirty-one European nations and, in the wake of  Russian revanchism, helped inaugurate the European Deterrence Initiative.In this capacity, and in his previous role and as the director for European Policy, Skaluba frequently represented the Secretary of Defense and the Department at bilateral, multilateral, and interagency negotiations associated with transatlantic security.

Prior to his work on Europe, Skaluba served in the Pentagon’s Policy Planning office, working primarily on long-term competitive strategy development and the Defense Policy Board. He also served on secondment to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense where he managed London’s defense relations with Japan and South Korea. Before his assignment in Whitehall, Skaluba helped craft the Pentagon’s inaugural Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support. As a presidential management fellow, he completed developmental assignments at the US Mission to NATO and on Capitol Hill. His private sector experience includes completion of the Walt Disney Company’s management development program.

Skaluba is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations. He also hold a Master of Arts in English (Cultural Studies) from Syracuse, where he taught numerous classes in writing and rhetoric while pursuing his degrees. He proudly holds a Bachelors’ degree in English and History from the Pennsylvania State University. Among his professional honors, Skaluba was twice awarded the Defense Department’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, was chosen Leader of theYearby the staff of the Pentagon’s Policy organization, and honored with the Order of the Cross of theTerra Mariana by the Republic of Estonia.Skaluba has recently published multiple essays on foreign and defense policy in War on the Rocks.