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Fri, May 14, 2021

Kroenig discusses Israel and Gaza violence with Times Radio

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig appeared on Times Radio to discuss escalating violence in Israel and Gaza. Kroenig argued that both sides see incentives for continued escalation, with Israel trying to reestablish deterrence.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, May 14, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford delve into the latest round of violence in Israel and Gaza

On May 14, 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 discussed at length the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, along with the merits of sharing vaccine IP, a defense hotline between […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Crisis Management

Fri, May 14, 2021

Rothschild in Newsweek: A middle class foreign policy must address universities’ China dependence

Nonresident senior fellow Amanda Rothschild argues the United States must address American universities’ financial dependence on China, contending that this reliance harms the middle class in part by keeping tuition costs high.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Education

Fri, May 14, 2021

Ashford in InkStick: The cautionary take of the pipeline

On May 14, Emma Ashford wrote an article in Inkstick on the national security implications of the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack. “But while the broad particulars of this story are correct — the Colonial Pipeline was indeed the victim of a ransomware attack which halted transit and caused gasoline shortages up and down the East […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Oil and Gas

Fri, May 14, 2021

Reality Check #6: The consequences of an ‘America First’ vaccine policy

The Biden administration has been slow to distribute surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries in need or to facilitate foreign manufacturing of vaccines, squandering a diplomatic opportunity and potentially endangering US security.

Reality Check by Evan Cooper, Mathew Burrows

China Coronavirus

Thu, May 13, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: Building a new defense strategy

On May 13, Christopher Preble and co-hosts discussed what would go into building a new defense strategy, focusing on Frank Hoffman’s recent essay “US Defense Strategy after the Pandemic.” Hoffman makes the case for adjusting US strategic objectives in light of flat or declining Pentagon budgets over the next few years. While the Pentagon might […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy English

Thu, May 13, 2021

Manning in Voice of America Korea: Meeting of the heads of information agencies between Japan and the United States… Sharing evaluation of North Korea information and strengthening trilateral cooperation [translated from Korean]

On May 13, Robert Manning was interviewed by Voice of America Korea about trilateral cooperation between the United States, South Korea, and Japan on North Korea. “President Biden has made the U.S.-Korea-Japan trilateral intelligence and security cooperation as a cornerstone of his North Korea policy. And given the threats of North Korea continuing development of […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Japan Korea

Wed, May 12, 2021

Falling in: The deterrent value of Host Nation Support in the Baltic Sea region

Host Nation Support plays a vital, yet often overlooked, role in enabling NATO’s overall deterrence strategy for the Baltic Sea region.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Kathleen McInnis and Connor McPartland

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Wed, May 12, 2021

Ashford in War on the Rocks: Open letter in support of free inquiry and discussion

On May 12, Emma Ashford joined a number of other national security specialists in signing an open letter arguing in favor of vigorous debate and inquiry in the foreign policy conversation. “We, the undersigned, watched with worry the recent flurry of media and social-media speculation about a possible appointment to the National Security Council. This […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Wed, May 12, 2021

Ashford on Britain Debrief with Ben Judah: How would Scottish independence impact UK foreign policy?

On May 12, Emma Ashford joined Europe Center nonresident senior fellow Ben Judah on his Britain Debrief podcast to discuss the Scottish parliamentary elections and the national security implications of a new Scottish independence referendum. “How would Scottish independence impact the UK as a global actor? With the Scottish National Party and the Greens having […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

National Security Politics & Diplomacy


Mon, May 17, 2021

Future Foreign Policy series featuring Wendy Cutler

Online Event A discussion with Wendy Cutler, Vice President at the Asia Society Policy Institute, on the present and future of US trade policy.

12:00pm Economy & Business Trade

Wed, May 19, 2021

Enabling the global green hydrogen economy: A fireside chat with Dr. Andrew Forrest

Online Event Dr. Andrew Forrest joins the Atlantic Council for a conversation on building the hydrogen economy on a global scale amid the accelerating energy transition and renewed interest in global climate cooperation.

9:00am Australia Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Renewables & Advanced Energy