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

Experts

Hans Binnendijk

Distinguished Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

John Blocher

Senior US Air Force Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Matt Brand

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Henrik Breitenbauch

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Ian Brzezinski

Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Content

NATO leaders pose for a group photo

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

NATO’s China challenge

China has emerged as the most formidable challenge that has ever faced NATO.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China National Security

Wed, Dec 4, 2019

NATO leaders disperse the storm clouds in London

Despite a litany of high-profile disagreements between allies over the last few weeks, the NATO Leaders’ Meeting in London on December 4 “ended on a very positive note,” with a “pretty substantial declaration and agenda for the future,” according to Alexander Vershbow. The meeting, Vershbow observed, “went in like a lion and out like a lamb.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Don’t be fooled: Russia is still NATO’s greatest challenge

“Russia has shown with its actions that it is a serious security threat,” Estonian defense minister Jüri Luik said during a panel discussion on Baltic and Black sea security during the NATO engages event in London on December 3. “For Lithuania, [Russia] is the only external existential threat we have,” added Lithuanian defense minister Raimundas Karoblis.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO Northern Europe

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Norwegian PM explains how NATO can help combat climate change

Solberg admitted that she doesn’t think “we will solve this by our defense part of NATO,” but stressed that NATO leaders can help spur greater action. “What we really have to do,” she said, “is [to] stop climate change [and] make sure that we invest now instead of having to invest a lot in the future to work on the damages. It is much less costly to prevent climate change than it will be to adapt to it – on all levels of our society.”

New Atlanticist by Om Arvind

Climate Change & Climate Action NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Trudeau and Rutte say NATO’s future is “bright,” not “brain-dead”

Trudeau said that “NATO has survived for seventy years because we’ve always had frank, real conversations. There have been disagreements that we’ve worked through. There have been differences and prospective differences in priorities that have ended up with a more resilient, more flexible, more agile organization that has adapted to the times we’ve had.”

New Atlanticist by John Burton

NATO United States and Canada

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: In conversation with the prime ministers of the Netherlands and Canada

H.E Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada and H.E. Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands speak to Amb. Rasitslav Káčer, Globesec chairman at NATO Engages 2019.

Transcripts by Atlantic Council

NATO United States and Canada

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Heating up: The impact of climate security on the Alliance

H.E. Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway speaks to Ambassador Boris Ruge, vice chairman of the Munich Security Conference at NATO Engages 2019.

Transcripts by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO Engages transcript: Setting the stage for the 2019 Leaders’ Meeting

NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg speaks with BBC correspondent Lyse Doucet about what to expect at the 2019 Leaders' Meeting.

Transcripts by Atlantic Council

NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

NATO secretary general: The Alliance is delivering

When French President Emmanuel Macron warned of “the brain death of NATO” last month, it was widely seen as yet another damaging public rift for the Alliance. But NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a clear message on December 3, one day before NATO leaders meet in London: actions speak louder than words.

New Atlanticist by Max J. Rosenthal

NATO

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

Ukraine faces a decisive December in a rapidly deteriorating geopolitical climate

With a NATO summit in London and long awaited peace talks in Paris, December is shaping up to be a decisive month for Ukraine, but the geopolitical climate is far from favorable and could deteriorate further.

UkraineAlert by Stephen Blank

Conflict France

Events

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

The transatlantic partnership in 2020: A European perspective

The Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative welcomes Ambassador Philippe Étienne, Ambassador of France to the United States, and Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov, Ambassador of Estonia to the United States, for a conversation on the European outlook for the transatlantic relationship.

3:00pm Washington DC