IssuesDefense Policy NATO Security & Defense
RegionsEurope & Eurasia
In-Depth Research & ReportsMay 12, 2021
Falling in: The deterrent value of Host Nation Support in the Baltic Sea region
By Kathleen McInnis and Connor McPartland
Host Nation Support plays a vital, yet often overlooked, role in enabling NATO’s overall deterrence strategy for the Baltic Sea region.
Issue briefs and reportsMar 22, 2021
The China plan: A transatlantic blueprint for strategic competition
By Hans Binnendijk, Sarah Kirchberger, James Danoy, Franklin D. Kramer, Connor McPartland, Christopher Skaluba, Clementine G. Starling, Didi Kirsten Tatlow
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.
New AtlanticistApr 15, 2020
NATO in the fight against coronavirus: Coordinating, contributing, controlling, and communicating
By Conor Rodihan and Connor McPartland
NATO’s proven capabilities to respond to the call of its Allies and support them in times of greatest need ensures that the Alliance will be able to emerge from this crisis strong and ready to take on the next challenge.
Connor McPartland is an assistant director with the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative where he assists in operationalizing the Scowcroft Center’s programming related to NATO and European security issues. His work at the Council has focused on the future of the transatlantic air domain, Baltic Sea regional security, and China’s impact on transatlantic relations. Originally from Florissant, Missouri, Connor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and German in 2015. During his time at the University of Iowa he spent a year studying at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg where he focused on German politics, history, and linguistics. He received his Master of Public Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2018. His work has been published by the Atlantische Initiative and Law & Liberty. Prior to joining the Council, Connor worked as a research intern with the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis, as a graduate teaching assistant at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and as a legislative aide with the Office of the Revisor of Statutes at the Minnesota Legislature.