NATO at 75

Atlantic Council on the road to the Washington Summit

Dive into expert commentary, join engaging events, and explore our special content series celebrating seventy-five years of NATO ahead of this year’s Washington Summit.

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The Transatlantic Security Initiative, in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, shapes and influences the debate on the greatest security challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance and its key partners.



Jun 15, 2024

The view from Kyiv: Why Ukrainian NATO membership is in US interests

By Alyona Getmanchuk

US President Joe Biden recently voiced his skepticism over Ukrainian NATO membership, but enabling Ukraine to join the alliance would be in American interests, writes Alyona Getmanchuk.

Conflict Defense Policy

Inflection Points

Jun 12, 2024

A Putin summer surprise for NATO? Worries are growing.

By Frederick Kempe

The Russian president likely wants to undercut NATO’s upcoming summit in Washington. The Alliance should ready a surprise of its own.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Jun 10, 2024

Building the bridge: How to inject credibility into NATO’s promise of membership for Ukraine

By Ian Brzezinski

Ukraine’s bridge to NATO membership must be built in ways that institutionalize its integration into the Alliance’s structures—starting now.

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Jun 5, 2024

After honoring D-Day, Macron and Biden embark on a diplomatic sprint for Europe’s security

By Léonie Allard

The commemoration in Normandy will be followed by the Group of Seven summit in Italy, the Switzerland peace summit for Ukraine, and the NATO Summit in Washington.

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US Navy sailors operate onboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, in the Adriatic Sea, February 2, 2022.

Issue Brief

Jun 5, 2024

A new NATO command structure

By Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO suggest an urgent need for a revised NATO Command Structure, better suited to the security needs of allies and better organized to deter and defend in light of these new realities.

NATO Security & Defense


May 28, 2024

‘The time has come’: Calls grow to allow Ukrainian strikes inside Russia

By Peter Dickinson

Pressure is building for the US and other NATO allies to lift restrictions on the use of Western weapons for Ukrainian strikes inside Russia, writes Peter Dickinson.

Conflict Defense Technologies
NATO leaders all together on stage.

New Atlanticist

May 28, 2024

Why NATO matters

By Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

The United States supports and leads NATO not out of altruism, but because it is manifestly in its interest to do so.

Crisis Management Defense Policy

In the News

May 24, 2024

Michta in DW News on potential NATO secretary general candidates

On February 24, Andrew Michta, director and senior fellow in the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative, was quoted in DW News about the candidates to replace NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He assessed that a candidate from the Alliance’s eastern flank may be well-suited for the role, as they “understand the existential nature of the threat” from […]

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

May 22, 2024

NATO must accelerate support and secure membership for Ukraine at its Washington summit, transatlantic leaders urge

By Katherine Walla

Former and current officials, as well as top experts, outlined what needs to be accomplished for Ukraine at the NATO Summit.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

New Atlanticist

May 17, 2024

Dispatch from Estonia and Romania: How NATO burden sharing works on the ground

By Léonie Allard, Andrew Bernard, Rachel Rizzo, Lisa Homel

European-led missions on NATO’s eastern flank represent tangible and significant contributions to the Alliance’s security.

Central Europe Eastern Europe