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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.

Blog Post 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 21, 2021

Experts react: The AUKUS deal has shaken the transatlantic alliance. What should the US and its allies do now?

The Biden administration's sunny declarations about America being "back" are facing a sobering reality check.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council Experts

Defense Policy European Union

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

Beyond the peninsula: Prospects for US-ROK regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

This report assesses the prospects of US-ROK regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific under South Korea's New Southern Policy (NSP) and US Indo-Pacific strategy, providing recommendations for policymakers in Washington and Seoul on enhancing US-ROK economic engagement outside of the Korean peninsula.

Report by Miyeon Oh

Digital Policy East Asia

Fri, Sep 17, 2021

How Russia made Apple and Google complicit in its internet crackdown

Just as voting opened in Russia, Apple and Google deleted an app from their stores published by Alexei Navalny's team designed to deliver candidate recommendations. Here's why that signals an international problem.

New Atlanticist by Dylan Myles-Primakoff, Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Elections

Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Pavel in the Hill on counterterrorism post-Afghanistan withdrawal

Scowcroft Center director Barry Pavel speaks on counterterrorism in the Hill

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Extremism


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