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The Scowcroft Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and 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 Scowcroft Center currently houses four major practice areas: the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative; the Transatlantic Security Initiative; the Asia Security Initiative; and the Cyber Statecraft Initiative. It also collaborates on the Regional Security Program housed within the Council’s Middle East Programs. The Scowcroft Center also houses the growing Emergent Futures Lab.

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Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Closing the cyber skills gap: Nine perspectives on Cyber 9/12

Cyber 9/12 was a resounding success, with twenty-two teams, over forty-five judges, and six keynote speakers participating virtually from across the United States. We asked nine individuals who contributed to Cyber 9/12 DC in different ways to share their insights, experiences, and takeaways from the event.

New Atlanticist by Will Loomis


Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Jensen writes article on systems, pandemics, and cyberspace for War on the Rocks

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Benjamin Jensen advocates for enhanced and robust resilience to mitigate against cascading systemic shocks, such as COVID-19 and cyber disruptions.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Cybersecurity

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Learning on the fly through Cyber 9/12

In the rapidly changing climate of cybersecurity today, the field is about far more than technical lessons and education. For our team, Cyber 9/12 opened brand new doors in the cyber policy and strategy space.

New Atlanticist by Jocelyn Murray, Andrew Milligan, David Mendez, and Puneet Singh


Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Six reasons NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre is important for our future security

Even as the Alliance continues to focus on its core defense and deterrence efforts—and rightly so—it should not dismiss capabilities like the EADRCC as bureaucratic side projects. Instead, with an eye to the future, transatlantic policymakers should rethink how to empower and reinforce these types of capabilities to meet different types of threats.

New Atlanticist by Lauren Speranza

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Lessons from Taiwan’s experience with COVID-19

Early intervention, a flexible command structure, a comprehensive epidemic prevention strategy, integrated medical big data, and proactive information disclosure allowed Taiwan—which at its closest point is only eighty-one miles (130 kilometers) away from China and has a very high population density—to record only a few confirmed cases in recent months. There are a number of lessons to be learned from the Taiwanese government’s effective response to COVID-19 that should be shared with other parts of the world fighting the ongoing pandemic.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

Coronavirus Taiwan

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

New British carriers can transform Europe’s NATO naval capabilities

In the wake of economic calamity, now is the perfect time for European militaries to work together to maximize their resources and military readiness. No better opportunity exists than to use HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales as hubs for a European carrier strike group.

New Atlanticist by Michael John Williams

Maritime Security NATO

Sun, Apr 5, 2020

Robert Manning in Global Times about the necessity of US – China cooperation on Coronavirus

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Mat Burrows quoted in Politico Nightly Coronavirus Special Edition

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

China’s failing coronavirus strategy

While it is too early to understand the impact of the coronavirus on geopolitics, it is not too early to recognize China as a rising power that is aggressive, opportunistic, and susceptible to mistakes.

New Atlanticist by Joe Bodnar

China Coronavirus

Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Kroenig writes article on democratic advantages for The Atlantic

Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig argues that democracies possess inherent advantages over autocracies.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China National Security


Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Moving out: Military mobility in Europe

ONLINE EVENT - As NATO, the EU, and nations work to overcome barriers to military reinforcement in Europe, senior defense and security officials from Europe and the United States join the Atlantic Council’s task force on military mobility to discuss the task force’s recommendations and the way forward for military mobility in Europe.