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The Scowcroft Center honors the legacy of service of General Brent Scowcroft, who has died at age 95. The Center embodies his ethos of nonpartisan commitment to the cause of security, support for US leadership in cooperation with allies and partners, and dedication to the mentorship of the next generation of leaders. The Center has over 40 full-time staff.

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Mon, Sep 27, 2021

The military, intel, and law enforcement must collaborate in this new counterterrorism era

Addressing emerging threats means adopting an interagency and international approach to fighting them.

New Atlanticist by R. Clarke Cooper

Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Sep 27, 2021

Roberts featured in CNN International on Evergrande’s debt crisis

On September 20, Dexter Tiff Roberts was featured in CNN International on Wall Street’s reaction to China’s Evergrande crisis. He argued that the Chinese government has a very firm hand on financial sectors and “would like to make an example of Evergrande” by injecting politics into the country’s economy.  Read more about the author:

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China Economy & Business

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Preble in the Washington Examiner: The US drone program has psychological costs

On September 21, Christopher Preble was quoted in a Washington Examiner article on lawmakers reactions to the 10 civilian deaths caused by a US drone strike on August 29 in Kabul. “There’s obviously cost paid by the people on the ground,” Preble said. “And there’s a psychological effect on the American servicemen and women who […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Drones

Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the consequences of AUKUS

On September 24, 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 the consequences of AUKUS, including its implications for Indo-Pacific security and US relations with France.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia China

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

What the Arab Gulf is thinking after the Afghanistan withdrawal

Three Gulf heavyweights are calculating what they stand to gain—or lose—in their relationship with the United States.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Afghanistan Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

The US can’t fix Afghanistan, but it can still fix NATO

Now is not the time for Europe to raise its defense spending or for NATO to extend its reach beyond Europe—especially into the Indo-Pacific region. Rather, it's time to get back to the core focus of NATO.

New Atlanticist by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Afghanistan Crisis Management

Thu, Sep 23, 2021

The special role of US nuclear weapons

The United States needs to maintain a robust, flexible, and modernized nuclear deterrent. That means that United States needs to continue with nuclear modernization, reject a no first use (NFU) policy, and examine further nuclear capabilities.

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig

China Defense Policy

Wed, Sep 22, 2021

EVENT RECAP: The future of counterterrorism: Twenty years after 9/11

On September 8, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Forward Defense practice area and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative hosted an event with US national security experts to discuss counterterrorism twenty years after 9/11 and reimagine the future of the terrorist threat.

Event Recap by Yaseen Rashed

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 21, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden’s UN reality check

President Biden spoke of "relentless diplomacy” at the UN on Tuesday. But can that relentlessness overcome transatlantic strains, not to mention a still-raging pandemic and climate crisis?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Africa Crisis Management

Tue, Sep 21, 2021

Kroenig at the Foreign Policy Research Institute on Western alliances

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig speaks at the Foreign Policy Research Institute on Western alliances.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia European Union


Tue, Sep 28, 2021

2021 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum

Online Event The Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum is an annual conference hosted by the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative that brings together US and ROK officials and experts to develop forward-looking recommendations for the US-ROK alliance.

10:45am Climate Change & Climate Action East Asia Economy & Business Indo-Pacific

Wed, Sep 29, 2021

Europe’s response to the Uyghur genocide

Online Event A conversation featuring two European parliamentarians taking action to address atrocities being committed against the Uyghur population.

11:30am China Europe & Eurasia European Union Human Rights