The Afghanistan Rising initiative seeks to solidify international support for Afghanistan as the new government takes steps necessary to meet the country's security, development and economic challenges. The initiative will tap into the Atlantic Council's extensive network to convene thought leadership and policy-makers from all over the world to help clarify issues and policy options, to generate public and political support for continued investment, and to sustain and accelerate the momentum required to generate impactful change in the country.

Economic Sanctions Initiative

The Atlantic Council's Economic Sanctions Initiative is galvanizing the transatlantic private and public community to stimulate thinking on economic sanctions and improve their design and implementation process. The Initiative convenes influential minds to identify best practices and promote more effective economic sanctions with fewer unintended consequences for the private sector. We provide a forum for new and innovative ideas, energizing key stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic with a broader business perspective beyond purely national security issues.

Emerging Leaders of Pakistan

Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) seeks to empower the next generation of Pakistan's leaders. Each year, ELP selects fifteen young leaders from Pakistan who embody Pakistan's ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity. The fellowship provides the opportunity to collaborate, address misperceptions, and glean best practices to foster creative ideas and lessons to apply in Pakistan.

EuroGrowth Initiative

The Atlantic Council ‘EuroGrowth Initiative’ is galvanizing the transatlantic community to stimulate thinking about the path to sustainable economic development in Europe. By convening influential minds to identify best practices for long-term growth, build effective economic policy solutions to boost capital inflows, and by providing a forum for new and innovative ideas, we plan to energize key stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic to facilitate a healthier European economy. F

Future Europe Initiative

The Future Europe Initiative promotes the transatlantic leadership and strategies required to ensure a strong Europe.

Future of Iran

The South Asia Center's Future of Iran Initiative aims to promote US-Iran engagement despite recent setbacks. The Initiative seeks to promote a deeper understanding of Iran to inform US policymakers as they formulate new approaches to the Islamic Republic. This project provides a political safe space and a rigorously analytical point of departure in which both the most skeptical critics and the most optimistic assessors of Iran's intentions and ambitions can work together to build a bipartisan consensus on policy toward Iran, Iranians and the wider Middle East.

Iraq Initiative

The Atlantic Council is leading a new, long-term initiative on Iraq, conducting research, publishing expert analysis, engaging in public commentary and private consultations and convening events on the most significant challenges faced by Iraq beyond its military confrontation with ISIS. The Iraq Initiative seeks to look past the current, narrow security lens to examine Iraq’s potential to develop the drivers of any successful society: inclusive politics, economic development, and a vibrant civil society.

Middle East Strategy Task Force

Under the bipartisan Co-Chairmanship of former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, the Atlantic Council convened the Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) in February 2015 to examine the underlying issues of state failure and political legitimacy that drive extremist violence and threaten fundamental interests broadly shared by the peoples of the region and the rest of the world. The Task Force brings together a broad array of regional stakeholders and international experts to collaborate in identifying ways in which people in the Middle East can build and support governing institutions that offer legitimacy, opportunity, and an alternative to violence. The Task Force is an initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in cooperation with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Rebuilding Syria Initiative

The Rafik Hariri Center’s Rebuilding Syria project, directed by Senior Fellow Faysal Itani, aims to inform and advance transatlantic policy to foster a transition toward legitimate public order in Syria through economic reconstruction. At the end of the two-year project, the Hariri Center has pooled expertise from multiple specialists to cover the many challenges of rebuilding Syria, including in economics, finance, development, infrastructure, political economy, civil society, food security, energy, law, and employment.

Religion, Identity, and Human Rights in the Middle East

The Atlantic Council’s Religion, Identity, and Human Rights in the Middle East initiative, a project of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, seeks to connect the dots between practitioners, academics, and religious authorities on the issue of the human rights discourse and Muslim communities.

Transatlantic Finance

The Global Business & Economics Program works to build upon and strengthen the already deep economic integration between Europe and the United States as well as promote transatlantic leadership in the global economy.

Ukraine in Europe Initiative

The Ukraine in Europe Initiative is designed to galvanize international support for an independent Ukraine within secure borders whose people will determine their own future. To advance this, the Council's work aims to strengthen Ukraine's security, preserve its territorial integrity, and advance transformational democratic, economic, and governance reforms.



Scowcroft Center Initiatives


Cyber Statecraft

To preserve global prosperity and stability, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative promulgates strategies and policies where the consequences of cybersecurity failure have direct public safety and national security implications.

Foresight, Strategy, and Risks

The Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative (FSR) provides actionable foresight and innovative strategies to a global community of policymakers, business leaders, and citizens. Using cutting-edge tools like data analytics, scenario modeling, and simulation exercises, as well as engaging experts and the public, FSR makes clear how today’s weak signals become the driving force in tomorrow’s reality.

Asia Security

The Asia Security Initiative equips the transatlantic community to "pivot" to the Asia-Pacific and to position the Atlantic Council to serve as the essential link between high-level transatlantic and Asian leaders and thinkers on crucial current and future issues in international security.

Transatlantic Security

The Transatlantic Security Initiative shapes and influences the debate on the greatest security challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance and its key partners.

Emerging Defense Challenges

Among the security challenges and opportunities facing the Atlantic community around the globe are several that arise at the interface of defense ministries and industries. Led by the Council's M.A. and George Lund Fellow, this practice focuses on clarifying tough business and managerial issues that affect international security and on cultivating a constituency for constructive solutions to these problems. To address this mandate, the practice engages governments, militaries, and corporations in deliberations that promote critical thinking and provoke action. In 2015, the activities of this initiative are focused on two objectives: Shaping the evolution of defense-industrial resources for the 21st century and changing how the defense establishment plans for the future or warfare. In addition to sustaining the three enduring initiatives of the practice, the Corporate Strategy Forum, Captains of Industry Series, and Defense-Industrial Policy Series in 2015, it also will establish the Art of Future Warfare project.

Middle East Security

Established in 2012 as a core practice area of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, the Middle East Security Initiative brings together thought leaders and experts from the policy, business, and civil society communities to design innovative strategies to tackle present and future challenges in the region.

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