The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.



Thu, Jul 2, 2020

What Poland wants when it comes to US troops

It's not a place the Polish government wants to be: caught between its crucial transatlantic ally the United States and its neighbor, Europe's most powerful country, Germany.

New Atlanticist by Teri Schultz

Defense Policy Germany

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

Germany may not like the American messenger. But it should heed his message.

The US president and the German government have given up on one another and withdrawn to their own camps, ignoring the growing structural issues in their bilateral ties that promise to linger no matter who wins the US presidential elections this fall.

New Atlanticist by Jeffrey Lightfoot

Defense Policy Germany

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

What’s at stake in Trump’s plans to withdraw troops from Germany

On June 15, US President Donald J. Trump confirmed press reports that he is planning to pull 9,500 US troops out of Germany, leaving 25,000 in the country. Here’s how the Atlantic Council’s experts are assessing the decision and its significance.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Defense Policy Germany

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

War stories from the future: Launch of new Forward Defense practice

On Tuesday, June 2, at the inaugural event for the Atlantic Council’s newly-established Forward Defense practice, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the importance of thinking creatively about national security and defense.

Event Recap by Andrew Farnsworth

Coronavirus Defense Industry

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

An affordable defense of Asia

US military advantages over China are steadily eroding. Therefore, in this inaugural report for Forward Defense, T.X. Hammes crafts a new strategy and corresponding operational concepts which leverage geography and emerging technology to improve the US and allied warfighting posture in Asia.

Report by T.X. Hammes

China Conflict

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Kroenig’s new book reviewed in the National Interest

Army officer Sam Wilkins reviews Matthew Kroenig's new book, "The Return of Great Power Rivalry," and notes that it "represents a much-needed lesson in the hard power advantage of democracies."

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Packard and Jensen in War on the Rocks: Washington needs to rethink its China strategy

Reviewing the Trump administration's current China strategy, Marine Corps University Assistant Professor Nathan Packard and Forward Defense Senior Fellow Benjamin Jensen advance points of convergence and divergence, while examining critical flaws.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Conflict

Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Increase NATO’s operational reach: Expanding the NATO SOF network

NATO cannot safeguard the coalition’s interests unilaterally. Strategic investments in NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) to expand the NATO SOF Network will provide political and military leaders the full range of options in response to emerging threats—both hybrid and conventional—through strong partnerships within the Alliance and with partners.

New Atlanticist by Thang Q. Tran

Defense Policy NATO

Fri, Jun 5, 2020

Nawaz in The Friday Times: Review of Maria Rashid’s book “Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Defense Policy

Tue, Jun 2, 2020

Max Brooks on non-military threats to the homeland

China, Russia, and Iran learned a very different lesson from the one the United States learned after the hundred hour-campaign in 1990-1991 to liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein. Writer Max Brooks, author of World War Z, put it this way:

Future of DHS

Defense Policy National Security