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In the News

Jan 13, 2022

Ashford in The New York Times: “It will certainly produce more militarization of the alliance’s eastern flank.”

By Atlantic Council

On January 13, Emma Ashford was quote in the New York Times on the Russia-Ukraine standoff. “It will certainly produce more militarization of the alliance’s eastern flank,” Emma Ashford, a researcher at the Atlantic Council research group wrote of NATO’s likely response to Russia’s threats against Ukraine. “Just because we think it’s a stupid, self-defeating […]

English Europe & Eurasia

Strategic Insights Memo

Jan 12, 2022

Strengthening the OSCE’s role in strategic stability

By Marina Favaro

Over the past year, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security has hosted a private workshop with several international experts and officials to discuss how to strengthen the OSCE’s role in strategic stability. In this strategic insights memo, the Transatlantic Security Initiative advances a new understanding for policymakers regarding how emerging technologies should factor into forthcoming arms control regimes.

Arms Control Defense Technologies

New Atlanticist

Jan 11, 2022

What will Putin do? An expert guide to this week’s high-wire diplomacy with Russia

By Atlantic Council experts

As the tensions ratchet up, our experts parse through the details, signals, and developments to distill what this moment means for Europe and beyond.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

In the News

Jan 11, 2022

Pavel and Cimmino in The National Interest: America and Europe defeated authoritarians before, and can do so again

By Atlantic Council

On January 11, The National Interest published a piece by Barry Pavel and Jeffrey Cimmino arguing that the United States needs to strengthen and adapt its alliances to navigate the challenge presented by two continental great-power rivals in China and Russia. The piece sketches the contours of a refreshed European-American alliance relationship to tackle the challenges […]

China Economy & Business

In the News

Jan 10, 2022

Ashford in Politico: “Emma Ashford and Matthew Kroenig debate whether the unrest will inflame tensions between Russia and the West.”

By Atlantic Council

On January 10, Ashford and Matthew Kroenig’s “It’s Debatable” column was featured in Politico’s Global Insider newsletter. “Kazakhstan’s main military relationship is with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which replaced the Warsaw Pact for Russia and some Central Asian states. Tokayev has appealed for the CSTO to intervene in the ongoing unrest, and small […]

Central Asia English

In the News

Jan 9, 2022

Ashford on NPR: “Even if we wanted to intervene … we just don’t have that much leverage in Kazakhstan.”

By Atlantic Council

On January 9, Emma Ashford was interviewed by NPR Morning Edition on the Russian intervention in Kazakhstan. “Even if we wanted to intervene, even if there was a clear side upon which we thought we could intervene – which I don’t think there is – we just don’t have that much leverage in Kazakhstan. We […]

Central Asia English

In the News

Jan 8, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford discuss unrest in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine-Russia crisis

On January 6, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford assessing the latest news in international affairs. In their latest column, they discuss ongoing protests in Kazakhstan and Russia’s continued threats against Ukraine.

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Jan 7, 2022

Preble in Vox: “I can’t point to anyone who was sanctioned for supporting the war”

By Atlantic Council

On January 7, Christopher Preble was quoted in a Vox article on the rehabilitation of the careers of those who served in the Trump administration. Preble made the point that many who were involved in the justification for going to war in Iraq were similarly able to secure jobs in Washington after their time in […]

English Iraq

In the News

Jan 7, 2022

Kroenig’s op-ed on Iran quoted in Politico’s National Security Daily newsletter

By Atlantic Council

On January 7, Politico‘s National Security Daily newsletter quoted Matthew Kroenig and Mark Dubowitz’s recent Wall Street Journal op-ed encouraging the Biden administration to prepare military options if diplomatic negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program falter.

Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation


Jan 7, 2022

I’m the former foreign minister of Yemen. My country is starving and needs the international community’s help.

By Khaled H. Alyemany

The situation in Yemen cannot be permitted to continue on its current trajectory. The international community must act immediately to remedy its issues and change the country’s course from disaster to diplomacy.

Conflict Middle East