Jan Lodal

  • Terror in Nice: Another Challenge to Transatlantic Leadership

    The deadly attack in Nice on the evening of July 14 made clear the difficulty of preventing such lone-wolf acts of terrorism. But that doesn’t mean that nothing can or should be done. I was with my wife, Elizabeth, in the middle of the attack in Nice on the night when eighty-four people were killed and more than 300 injured after an assailant ploughed a cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais.

    Our host, Philippe Auguin, the acclaimed music director of the Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, had arranged for us to cross the security barricades to park in the garage of the Palais de la Méditerranée on our way to his concert. We were to give the police his name and room number, say we were registered with the hotel, and they would let us through. We arrived at the barricade about 7:30 p.m. and informed the policeman manning the portable metal “crowd barrier” (no more formidable barricades were in evidence anywhere) only that we were headed to the hotel. He let us right through. Were we “profiled” as white, American-accented, in a new car and therefore let in? Or was the security just that lax? 

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  • US Should Provide Arms, Military Aid to Ukraine, Eight Ex-Officials Say

    'We Face a Critical Juncture' in Halting Russian Aggression in Eastern Europe, Group Says

    Eight former senior US officials—diplomats, ranking Pentagon and State Department office-holders, military commanders and US appointees to NATO—today urged the Obama administration and its NATO allies to strengthen support for Ukraine by urgently providing military aid, including defensive weapons, for its defense against Russia’s invasion.

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  • Report Calls on US to Provide Lethal Defensive Military Aid to Ukraine

    Goal Is to Make Further Aggression ‘Too Costly’ for Russia

    The United States must provide Ukraine with defensive weapons -- and $3 billion in military aid over three years -- to oppose Russia's invasion of the country and deter further Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, according to a new report.

    The report, Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do,made several specific recommendations:

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  • Former Senior US Officials Urge US and NATO to Increase Military Assistance to Ukraine Including Defensive Arms

    The Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs today released a report entitled, “Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do.”The report, authored by eight former senior U.S. diplomatic and military officials, urges the U.S. and NATO to bolster Ukraine’s defense and deter further Russian aggression by providing military, including lethal defensive assistance to Ukraine.

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  • The New York Times Highlights Atlantic Council Report on Ukraine

    The New York Times highlights "Preserving Ukraine’s Independence, Resisting Russian Aggression: What the United States and NATO Must Do," a report issued jointly by the Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs:

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  • Top NATO Commander Supports Providing Weapons to Defend Ukraine

    With Russian-backed separatists pressing their attacks in Ukraine, NATO's military commander, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, now supports providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev's beleaguered forces, and an array of administration and military officials appear to be edging toward that position, American officials said Sunday.
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  • Lodal: Five Ways for NATO, United States to Support Ukraine

    Brent Scowcroft Center Distinguished Fellow Jan Lodal writes for the Washington Post on five ways that NATO and the United States can support Ukraine:

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  • Atlantic Council Announces New Scowcroft Center Fellows

    WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security has added new senior fellows who will advance the Center’s mission of serving as Washington’s premier thought leadership institute on the role of the transatlantic community in shaping global strategy and security policy.

    These fellows bring decades of experience in government, business, and academia focused on global trends, transatlantic security, Asia security, deterrence, cyber security, missile defense, and strategy.

    For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Taleen Ananian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • The Next Step for Arms Control: A Nuclear Control Regime

    On May 14, 2012, the Atlantic Council hosted a roundtable with Richard Burt and Jan Lodal to discuss proposals put forward in their recent joint paper ‘The Next Step for Arms Control: A Nuclear Control Regime.’

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