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Thu, Nov 29, 2018

NATO priorities after the Brussels summit

In Brussels, allies committed not only to increased spending to meet the NATO 2-percent pledge, but to important improvements in readiness and reinforcement for air, land, and naval forces. They also agreed to adopt an increased focus on the challenges of cyber and hybrid conflict. The commitments are comprehensive, but the results of these decisions will depend on effective implementation. This paper sets forth a policy and programmatic framework for that implementation, proposing four sets of actions that NATO should undertake.

Report by Franklin D. Kramer, Hans Binnendijk, Lauren M. Speranza

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Sat, Mar 3, 2018

#ElectionWatch: How Russia-Italy Relations are Impacting the Italian Elections

Covert influence operations are not as necessary when overt influence already exists Russian interference in Western democratic elections remains a top concern for the transatlantic community following a series of recent consequential votes on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the past several months, campaigns in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, and elsewhere […]

New Atlanticist by Lauren Speranza

Italy Russia

Thu, Mar 1, 2018

#ElectionWatch: A Guide to Italian Elections

Italy’s notoriously complicated electoral system has long made the country’s elections interesting to watch, but several factors add chaos this year.

Article by Lauren Speranza and Graham Brookie

Disinformation Elections

Lauren M. Speranza is the associate director for the Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing a robust portfolio of NATO and European security and defense programming, policy research, and business development. Lauren’s research focuses on defense and deterrence in Europe, hybrid warfare, and NATO-European Union relations. She is co-author of the report Meeting the Russian Hybrid Challenge: A Comprehensive Strategic Framework, and her work has been featured in several publications and media outlets, including Newsweek, US News and World Report, and Real Clear Defense. Prior to joining the Council, Lauren worked with the start-up Horizon Intelligence as a political and security risk analyst. Previously, Lauren worked in the Executive and Protocol Offices of the US Consulate General in Milan, Italy. Other past work experiences include the International Affairs Council, the German Marshall Fund’s Brussels Forum, and several local North Carolina State political campaigns. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Elon University in North Carolina with a BA in political science and international studies and a concentration in European studies. Lauren also received an MA in international conflict and security from the Brussels School of International Studies in Belgium, where she focused on European foreign and security policy, NATO-EU cooperation, and crisis management. She speaks Italian.