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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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John Blocher

Senior US Air Force Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Matt Brand

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Kate Brannen

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Henrik Breitenbauch

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Max Brooks

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


Wed, May 20, 2020

How the coronavirus impacts Japan’s prospects for constitutional revision

Whether or not the Japanese public will face a choice on revising the constitution in the near future now seems inextricably tied with the coronavirus; either it will scuttle efforts to hold a constitutional referendum before the end of Abe’s term or it will be the impetus for an accelerated effort.

New Atlanticist by Mirna Galic

Coronavirus Japan

Tue, May 19, 2020

Seven perspectives on securing the global IoT supply chain

Many IoT devices are manufactured abroad and many of these are extremely low cost with little consideration made for security. There is nothing inherently untrustworthy or insecure about foreign manufacturing, and individual firm and product lines are much more fruitful levels of analysis in establishing good security practices from bad. Importantly however—the United States has limited means to enforce its standards in foreign jurisdictions, like China, where the bulk of IoT products are manufactured.

New Atlanticist by Trey Herr

Cybersecurity Internet

Mon, May 18, 2020

Mathew Burrows quoted in Newsweek on governmental watchlists

In the News by Atlantic Council

English Intelligence

Sat, May 16, 2020

Anca Agachi in Defense One on the rise of non-traditional security threats

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus English

Fri, May 15, 2020

Robert Manning in Foreign Policy on China’s control of the South China Sea

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Coronavirus

Wed, May 13, 2020

Kroenig in Foreign Policy: The United States Should Not Align with Russia to Counter China

On May 13, Foreign Policy published an op-ed by Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig in which he argues the United States should not align with Russia to counter China. Instead, the United States should leverage its democratic advantages and work with allies to counter both Russia and China.While Russia and China may be growing […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, May 13, 2020

Forging national renewal from the wreckage of coronavirus

As we mourn the lives lost from pandemic, the United States is presented with a new and profound national mission—to emerge from crisis better and stronger. Perhaps the lessons learned and reforms spurred by COVID-19 can help unify the nation and make our public institutions more cohesive, functional and agile, propelling American excellence in this still young century. Perhaps history may even record that seizing this opportunity prevented disasters more destructive than coronavirus.

New Atlanticist by John Raidt

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Tue, May 12, 2020

Nurkin writes article on DoD innovation for Defense iQ

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Tate Nurkin discusses the strengths and weaknesses of recent innovation efforts by the US Department of Defense.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, May 12, 2020

Jensen and Inglis write article on layered cyber deterrence in The Conversation

After serving as senior research director for the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Benjamin Jensen discusses the essential elements of a layered cyber deterrence strategy.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Resilience

Tue, May 12, 2020

Cyber crises need strong collaboration: Reflections from Cyber 9/12

Cyber 9/12 sharpened our ability to analyze an evolving situation and identify its key issues, adapt to unexpected changes, and recommend effective responses to manage the crisis.

New Atlanticist by Alexis Montouris Ciambotti, Manuel Hepfer, Matthew Rogers, and Yashovardhan Sharma.

Cybersecurity United Kingdom


Thu, May 28, 2020

War against the invisible: Heroism and sacrifice in the National Guard’s response to the coronavirus

ONLINE EVENT – Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, joins the Atlantic Council’s Commanders Series to discuss stories of heroism from the National Guard’s response to the Coronavirus and the Guard’s plans to move forward while the pandemic continues.


Tue, Jun 2, 2020

War stories from the future

ONLINE EVENT - In the inaugural event for the Atlantic Council's newly-established FORWARD DEFENSE practice area, General James Cartwright, Max Brooks, August Cole, and Valerie Jackson join us for a contemporary exploration of narrative and the future of warfare.