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Event Recap

May 17, 2023

How NATO can take a 360-degree approach to the Vilnius summit

By Joslyn Brodfuehrer, Zelma Sergejeva

According to officials and experts at a recent Atlantic Council event, Russia will remain at the top of NATO’s Vilnius agenda—but that doesn’t mean the Alliance shouldn’t have its eye on challenges posed by China and emerging technologies.

Conflict Defense Industry


Apr 17, 2023

Clementine Starling and Stephen Rodriguez write op-ed in Defense News on the Atlantic Council Commission Defense Innovation Adoption’s interim report

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense Director Clementine Starling and FD Senior Advisor Stephen Rodriguez emphasize that the United States does not have an innovation adoption, but the US Department of Defense has an innovation adoption problem. To address this, they discuss in this Defense News piece the findings and key recommendations of the Atlantic Council Commission on Defense […]

Americas Defense Industry

Strategy Memo

Apr 13, 2023

Memo to NATO leaders

NATO’s upcoming Vilnius summit has to produce more than a rhetorical expression of support for Ukraine. Allied leaders must leverage the opportunity to drive forward a NATO defense and deterrence posture that underscores NATO’s resolve to support Ukraine and begins the process of fully integrating Ukraine within the transatlantic community, including as a NATO member.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Apr 6, 2023

Courtney and Binnendijk in The Hill: Europe is Ukraine’s essential ally

By Hans Binnendijk

Courtney and Binnendijk argue that while the United States is Ukraine’s primary military backer, Europe is sharing the war’s overall burden. Ukraine’s future lies in Europe.

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Mar 19, 2023

Binnendijk in Global Politics and Strategy: Towards Nuclear Stewardship with China

By Hans Binnendijk

Binnendijk and Gompert argue that with the rising risk of complex crises and military escalation in the Pacific region, the United States should invite China into a process of nuclear restraint and confidence-building, called ‘nuclear stewardship.’ This process could start with a joint bilateral declaration that neither superpower would use nuclear weapons first against the other or its formal allies.

Arms Control Defense Policy


Feb 23, 2023

Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo on Italy’s role in unifying Europe and ‘selective decoupling’ from China

Profumo joins the Atlantic Council to share his perspective on the implications of Russia’s war in Ukraine for Europe, Italy, and the continent’s defense sector, how Leonardo has responded to the ongoing invasion, and its most recent expansion within the space sector.

China Defense Industry

Blog Post

Jan 24, 2023

State of the Order: Looking Back on 2022

This special edition of State of the Order breaks down the most important events that shaped the democratic world order last year.

China Europe & Eurasia

Event Recap

Dec 22, 2022

Integrating women’s agency in strategic planning: the missing element of power from US national security strategies

On December 19, the Scowcroft Center’s Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a public discussion on the missing element from the recently released US NSS and NDS: the role gender plays in foreign and defense policy to help the United States achieve its goals and ensure collective security.

National Security Security & Defense


Dec 7, 2022

Zelenskyy’s appeal for a special tribunal for the crime of aggression

By Atlantic Council

With due process of law now, justice will bring the power of peace in the future, was the Ukrainian president’s message to an event co-hosted by the US Institute of Peace and the Atlantic Council.

NATO Politics & Diplomacy


Dec 7, 2022

Minister of Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström: Sweden’s EU presidency will push for a ‘stronger’ Europe

By Atlantic Council

Here’s how Sweden plans to address the world’s growing instability as the new EU president—and, eventually, the newest NATO member.

NATO Northern Europe