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Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford debate Biden’s strike against Iranian-backed militia and what it means for US-Iran negotiations

On March 5, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Biden’s retaliatory strike against Iranian-backed proxies, the potential for negotiations with Iran, and what a renewed nuclear agreement with Iran might […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Iraq

Mon, Mar 1, 2021

A primer on the proliferation of offensive cyber capabilities

Offensive cyber capabilities run the gamut from sophisticated, long-term disruptions of physical infrastructure to malware used to target human rights journalists. As these capabilities continue to proliferate with increasing complexity and to new types of actors, the imperative to slow and counter their spread only strengthens.

Issue Brief by Winnona DeSombre, Michele Campobasso, Dr. Luca Allodi, Dr. James Shires, JD Work, Robert Morgus, Patrick Howell O’Neill, and Dr. Trey Herr

Arms Control Conflict

Mon, Mar 1, 2021

Countering cyber proliferation: Zeroing in on Access-as-a-Service

The proliferation of offensive cyber capabilities (OCC) presents an expanding set of risks to states and challenges commitments to protect openness, security, and stability in cyberspace. Access as a Service firms offer various forms of “access” to target data or systems, and through these business practices are creating and selling OCC at an alarming rate. It is imperative that governments reevaluate their approach to countering the proliferation of OCC.

Report by Winnona DeSombre, James Shires, JD Work, Robert Morgus, Patrick Howell O’Neill, Luca Allodi, and Trey Herr

Arms Control Cybersecurity

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford in Inkstick: It’s time to leave Afghanistan

On February 26, Emma Ashford published an opinion piece on the future of U.S. presence in Afghanistan in Inkstick. “It’s not often that President Donald Trump made life better for his successor. But Afghanistan may be the rare exception. After a twenty-year war, the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban offers the opportunity for removal […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan National Security

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Hasik quoted in the Mandarin on Australian government

On February 18, FD NRSF James Hasik was quoted in a piece titled “Opinion: The triumph of the lobbies – Australia’s revolving door and democracy.” Hasik commented on the push by some Democratic leaders in the US Congress to limit connections between the defense industry and government, claiming it would stifle innovation in the Pentagon and lend itself to “miscommunication” between defence contractors and the government. “And whatever these two legislators’ indignation about occasional abuses, building barriers between suppliers and customers is frankly no way to do business”.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia Defense Policy

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Reimagine the Washington Treaty: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Reexamining NATO’s founding charter can be an exercise in creating an Alliance fit for a new geopolitical era.

NATO 20/2020 by Damon Wilson and Will O'Brien

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Feb 22, 2021

LTG Hooper participates in Harvard Kennedy School event

On February 22, FD NRSF LTG Charles Hooper was featured on a panel at a Harvard Kennedy School event titled “Diversity in the Services.” His remarks will focus on his path in the military and how the armed services can improve diversity and combat racism.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Extremism

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

How the next National Defense Strategy can get serious about emerging technologies

US adversaries including China, Iran, and Russia are investing in additional technological capabilities to counterbalance the United States’ advantages in great-power competition—specifically its dominance in kinetic operations and weapons. The next NDS must differentiate among different technologies to create more nuanced strategies.

Seizing the advantage by Justin Sherman, Evanna Hu

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Warrick quoted in Lawfare on Iranian information operations

On February 19, FD NRSF Thomas Warrick was quoted in a piece titled “How to Understand Iranian Information Operations.” In this piece, Warrick claims that Iran is using disinformation tactics as a retaliation tactic, asserting national power without direct escalation.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Disinformation

Thu, Feb 18, 2021

Kroenig speaks at Baylor University on great-power competition

On February 18, SCSS Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig was featured in a discussion with the Alexander Hamilton Society at Baylor University on “The return of great power rivalry: Sino-American relations.”

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Defense Policy

Events

Thu, Mar 11, 2021

Future Foreign Policy series featuring Rep. Ted Lieu

Online Event Rep. Ted Lieu joins Alexandra Toma, executive director of the Peace and Security Funders Group, for a conversation about presidential authority to initiate the use of nuclear weapons and the future of US nuclear weapons policy.

2:30pm Arms Control National Security Nuclear Nonproliferation

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