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The Scowcroft Center honors the legacy of service of General Brent Scowcroft. The Center 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.
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Our new ACTV original series, ‘So what’s the strategy?’ with Matthew Kroenig, dives into whether the United States and its allies have an effective strategy to address today’s global challenges. Tune in to watch US and UK officials evaluate the strategy for China.
Featured commentary and analysis
New Atlanticist Sep 15, 2023
The pathway to NATO’s ‘2/20’ goal is through real growth of defense spending
By Wayne Schroeder
Next year’s NATO Summit in Washington is a golden opportunity for the Alliance to endorse a defense real growth pathway to its “2/20” guideline.
New Atlanticist Sep 13, 2023
What the Putin-Kim authoritarian get-together means for Russia’s war and North Korea’s capabilities
By Atlantic Council experts
Experts react to Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia.
New Atlanticist Aug 25, 2023
Here’s what F-16s will (and will not) mean for Ukraine’s fight against Russia
By Clementine G. Starling, Jacob Mezey, and Holly Ryan
The Netherlands and Denmark have announced they will send F-16s to Ukraine as soon as training is complete, and the United States has unveiled new plans to train Ukrainian pilots and ground crew.
New Atlanticist Aug 23, 2023
Experts react: What the Prigozhin plane crash reveals about Putin, the Wagner Group’s future, and the war in Ukraine
By Atlantic Council experts
Experts weigh in on what the mercenary leader’s apparent death will mean for the Russian state and Wagner’s operations abroad.
Featured in-depth research and reports
Issue Brief Sep 11, 2023
The draft ended fifty years ago. Can the all-volunteer force survive another fifty?
By James L. Jones, Jr., Arnold Punaro
Retired Marine Corps Generals James L. Jones and Arnold Punaro argue that in its current form the United States’ all-volunteer force is on an unsustainable path.
Issue Brief Sep 6, 2023
Alternative security futures in the High North
By David Auerswald
Climate change, combined with increasing geopolitical competition and hostilities, has focused renewed attention on national security interests in the Arctic. By 2035, how will those variables combine to influence the High North?
Issue Brief Aug 16, 2023
Biases blind us to the risk of Chinese military intervention in Korea
By Jonathan Corrado
This paper examines the historical record of cognitive biases, focusing on the US intelligence community’s failure to forecast PRC intervention in the Korean War, despite collecting information and evidence indicative of that outcome.
Report Aug 16, 2023
The United States and its allies must be ready to deter a two-front war and nuclear attacks in East Asia
By Markus Garlauskas
This report highlights two emerging and interrelated deterrence challenges in East Asia with grave risks to US national security: 1) Horizontal escalation of a conflict with China or North Korea into simultaneous conflict; 2) Vertical escalation to a limited nuclear attack by either or both adversaries to avoid conceding.
Report Aug 14, 2023
How modern militaries are leveraging AI
By Tate Nurkin, Julia Siegel
Tate Nurkin and Julia Siegel explore the implications of incorporating artificial intelligence into military operations and the challenges of the US Department of Defense’s adoption of human-machine teaming.
Issue Brief Jul 10, 2023
We don’t really know which NATO allies are pulling their weight. Here’s how to fix that.
By John R. Deni
As NATO allies gather in Vilnius, there will be much discussion about burden-sharing and who’s living up to the 2014 Defense Investment Pledge. But exclusive statistical analysis by John R. Deni shows that spending more on defense doesn’t necessarily add up to contributing more to NATO missions.