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NATO 20/2020 Podcast

NATO 20/2020 is a weekly podcast that explores 20 bold ideas to push NATO to be more visionary, more capable, and more self-evidently valuable to the security of more people.

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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.

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Fri, Jun 18, 2021

How Russia, China, and Iran will shape Afghanistan’s future

Each country in the region has specific interests that influence its engagement in Afghanistan’s future, and the relations of regional powers demonstrate the realpolitik at play.

New Atlanticist by Nilofar Sakhi

Afghanistan China

Fri, Jun 18, 2021

Colombia’s National Strike: Overview of the Situation and Strategies Moving Forward

Amid the third peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colombia faces the longest and most destructive mass protests in recent history. The protests, which began on April 28, 2021, were triggered by a tax-reform bill proposed by the government to stabilize public debt and fiscal deficit. Despite the bill’s removal on May 2, 2021, protests continued […]

Issue Brief

Americas Civil Society

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Why the Arctic matters

The Arctic may appear a faraway place with little significance to most societies, but its safety and security are vital to the entire planet. Its unique yet fragile ecosystem, abundance of natural resources and opportunities, and wealth of human history and cultures make it absolutely essential.

EnergySource by Julia Nesheiwat

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

MARKUP: Our experts annotate the NATO communiqué

But what were they really saying amid all the jargon? And what was missing? Atlantic Council experts combed through the document and left their insights in the margins.

New Atlanticist by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Kroenig testifies before the Senate on US Nuclear Deterrence Policy and Strategy

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Deputy Director and Global Strategy Initiative Director Matthew Kroenig speaks with the London School of Economics IDEAS in a lecture titled "Can the United States effectively formulate and practice a national strategy?"

In the News by Atlantic Council

National Security Nuclear Deterrence

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

Biden-Putin summit review: Good news for Ukraine?

Few countries were as anxious as Ukraine ahead of Wednesday’s summit in Geneva between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but can Kyiv regard the outcome as favorable?

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

The secret to NATO’s survival: Get political

Why has NATO failed to be an effective political forum and what signs of progress must emerge from this week's summit? There are six core areas to watch over the next eighteen months.

New Atlanticist by Jamie Shea and Michael John Williams

Conflict Defense Policy

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Are dual-capable weapon systems destabilizing? Questioning nuclear-conventional entanglement and inadvertent escalation

Some fear that nuclear-conventional entanglement--the use of the same weapons or sensors for nuclear and conventional weapons--could lead to nuclear war. Are they right? This issue brief argues that fears of entanglement leading to nuclear war are misplaced and rest on poor logical and empirical foundations.

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa

China Conflict

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing May 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

Africa Belarus

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Biberman in Instick: “Do as I Do” Diplomacy

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Democratic Transitions


Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Fight and flight in modern air warfare: A conversation with Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen Charles Q. Brown, Jr.

Online Event US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Charles Q. Brown, Jr. discusses the Department's priorities in preparing for twenty-first century warfare as a part of Forward Defense’s Commanders Series.

3:30pm Cybersecurity Defense Industry Defense Policy Defense Technologies