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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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Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President and Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center For Strategy and Security

Matthew Kroenig

Deputy Director for Strategy, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center For Strategy and Security

Miyeon Oh

Director & Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative

Asia Security Initiative

Trey Herr

Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Christopher Skaluba

Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Transatlantic Security Initiative



Iranian Weapons Materiel on Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Avenues for conflict in the Gulf: A matrix game simulation

Iran faces increasing pressure domestically and internationally, while simultaneously perceiving a historic opportunity to reshape regional dynamics through multiple regional conflicts. This convergence creates conditions that could lead to a strategic shock, and which warrant serious consideration.

Issue Brief by John Watts

Conflict Crisis Management

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Lessons from Apollo: industry and great-power competition

The Apollo moon landing was not only a momentous scientific achievement, but also a grand strategic instrument of the Cold War

New Atlanticist by Christian Trotti and Mark Massa

Space Technology & Innovation

Wed, Jul 24, 2019

Will the UK’s new prime minister take Trump’s side on Iran?

In recent months, a host of developments have fueled significant tension between the United Kingdom and Iran. The UK Parliament’s decision to classify Lebanese militant group Hezbollah “in its entirety” as a terrorist organization earlier this year, London siding with the Trump administration against Iran in the June 20 drone incident, and the tanker detainment episodes in Gibraltar and the Strait of Hormuz this month have driven this downward trajectory in UK-Iran relations.

IranSource by Giorgio Cafiero and Andreas Krieg


Sat, Jul 20, 2019

Daragahi quoted in the Washington Examiner on the risk of conflict with Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Jul 18, 2019

Atlantic Council Announces Trey Herr as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative

The Atlantic Council today announced Trey Herr as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative in its Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Dr. Herr will be central to further strengthening the Initiative’s continued work on cyberspace as a tool of statecraft in an era of expanding great-power competition where geopolitics and cybersecurity increasingly overlap.

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Collective defense of human dignity: the vision for NATO’s future in cyberspace

An alliance under tension, NATO today faces the challenges of burden sharing, a multipolar world full of old adversaries and emerging challengers. In “Collective Defense of Human Dignity: The Vision for NATO’s Future in Cyberspace,” Christopher Porter, a nonresident senior fellow in the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council analyzes member states struggling with […]

Issue Brief by Christopher B. Porter

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani visiting an oil refinery in Bandar Abbas (Photo: baorco.ir)

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Iran’s crude oil exports: what minimum is enough to stay afloat?

With the US aiming to bring Iran’s petroleum exports to a complete stop through imposed sanctions, and Iran’s dependence on petroleum revenues, the Iranian government will do its utmost to secure the minimum required oil exports. But, what is that minimum? In order to perhaps find an answer, one needs to understand current Iranian macroeconomics.

IranSource by Mohsen Tavakol

Economy & Business Iran

Fri, Jul 12, 2019

Sultoon quoted in RFE/RL on US Treasury’s ‘oligarch’ designation

In the News by Atlantic Council

Wed, Jul 10, 2019

Engelke in Nikkei Asian Review: Himalayan states must unite to protect mountain environment

In the News by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action South Asia

Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Priority-based approach to the North Korean nuclear issue—An enlightened dose of self-centeredness

From the time Chairman Kim Jong-Un started his “charm offensive” early last year until the fallout of the second summit meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February 2019, officials and experts have debated whether North Korea is ready for denuclearization on the terms of the United States and its allies. Rather […]

Report by Taisuke Mibae

Economic Sanctions Korea


Mon, Sep 16, 2019

The New Battle for the Atlantic

As the world enters the 'maritime century,' mounting tensions between Russia and the NATO Alliance and an increasingly sophisticated Russian navy have begun to reshape the maritime security environment in the North Atlantic. Convening a panel of noted European security experts, this public discussion will evaluate how the United States and NATO must rebuild and adapt their strategy and capabilities to secure the strategic link between the United States and Europe.

3:00pm Washington DC

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Key Sanctions Risks and Trends with Kharon

The event will feature presentations by sanctions experts from the Atlantic Council and Kharon, a panel discussion, and an audience Q&A.

3:30pm Washington DC

Mon, Sep 30, 2019

Reenergizing Transatlantic Space Cooperation in Security and Beyond

The next event in our Defense-Industrial Policy Series and launch of a new Issue Brief, "Reenergizing Transatlantic Space Cooperation in Security and Beyond" by Stephen Ganote, features keynote remarks by Scott Pace, the Executive Secretary of the US National Space Council and a panel discussion of the report by four distinguished business and government executives.

4:30pm Washington DC