Tue, Oct 22, 2019

More in the Med: Revitalizing NATO’s Southern Strategy for an Era of Great Power Competition

Over the last 5 years, NATO has made huge strides to defend and deter against Russia in Europe’s northeast, but its work in Europe’s south continues to fall short. To help reinvigorate NATO's southern strategy, the Transatlantic Security Initiative is hosting a panel discussion on its new report, which argues that NATO's south is not just about projecting stability, but also defense, deterrence, and containment.

3:00pm Washington DC


Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Meeting the Russian conventional challenge

The buildup and threatening exercise of Russian conventional forces has been an important component of Russia’s multifaceted anti-Western campaign. NATO has the inherent capacity to deter, or if necessary prevail in, a conventional conflict. Its forces, however, while large, are currently neither adequately ready nor oriented to ensure that such deterrence is fully credible or […]

Report by Franklin D. Kramer and Hans Binnendijk

NATO Russia

Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Raising the Curtain on MSC: 5 Things to Watch

February 16 marks the start of the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC)—the “Davos of international security”—in Germany. A Rolodex of top defense and foreign affairs leaders from Europe, the United States, the Middle East, and elsewhere will convene to take on a wide array of pressing global security issues. While the issues on the 2018 […]

New Atlanticist by Barry Pavel and Lauren Speranza

Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Speranza Joins Defense One to Discuss Russia Wargame

Watch the full discussion here.

In the News by Lauren Speranza


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.