Shaping the post-COVID-19 world together

Tue, Jul 7, 2020

What world post-COVID-19? Three scenarios

This paper is a preliminary look at the geopolitical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and sketches three scenarios for the possible direction of the global system post-COVID-19.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mathew Burrows, Peter Engelke

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Shaping the post-COVID-19 world together
Scenario 1:
Great accelerator downwards
Scenario 2:
China first
Scenario 3:
New Renaissance

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world.


Wed, Dec 2, 2020

America’s fleeting second-mover advantage is here

Though Chinese initiative has upset the status quo, their first move clarifies their vulnerabilities and exposes potential effective counterweights. By acting promptly to exploit these opportunities, the United States can take the second-mover advantage.

New Atlanticist by Matthew R. Crouch

China Coronavirus

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Six former and acting secretaries of Homeland Security sign open letter on consolidating Congressional oversight of DHS

On November 4, six former and acting secretaries of Homeland Security signed an open letter to Congressional leadership calling for action to consolidate and strengthen oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to the convening of the 117th Congress.

Future of DHS by Atlantic Council

China Coronavirus

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Ashford quoted in the New York Times: 9 ways Biden could change America in January

Emma Ashford’s commentary on potential action of Biden’s foreign policy is quoted in the New York Times. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Ashford quoted in Vox: The 3 elements of Trump’s foreign policy Biden should keep

Emma Ashford was quoted in Vox regarding the importance of President-elect Joe Biden questioning foreign policy shibboleths. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Mon, Nov 9, 2020

Biden will think globally to solve domestic issues. The post-COVID world will demand it.

The president-elect’s commitment to looking for global solutions to common issues is all the more important as the United States faces a changed and more difficult global landscape.

New Atlanticist by Erica Borghard

Coronavirus International Organizations

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: China

As China adopts a more assertive diplomatic, economic, and military footing in the Indo-Pacific and beyond, the United States has been accelerating efforts to coordinate a global response to China’s rise.

Elections 2020 by Asia Security Initiative

China Coronavirus

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Warrick quoted on election security in AP

Thomas Warrick, the former deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for counterterrorism policy and and nonresident senior fellow with Forward Defense, was quoted in an AP article on risks to election security and the role of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency (CISA) within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in countering those threats.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Cybersecurity

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Warrick and Future of DHS Report quoted in Washington Post on DHS pandemic response

On October 20, Forward Defense’s Future of DHS report and Non-Resident Senior Fellow Tom Warrick were quoted in a Washington Post article on the absence of DHS in the coronavirus response. The article includes findings from the report, including the economic and health costs of the US response.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

Future of DHS Project identifies new threats to the homeland

On Wednesday, September 9, the Scowcroft Center’s Forward Defense practice launched the Future of DHS Project Final Report, building on its Key Findings and Recommendations released in August. Following the report release, Forward Defense hosted three panels of distinguished speakers to discuss the future of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a changing threat landscape.

Event Recap by Julia Siegel

China Coronavirus

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

Effective resilience and national strategy: Lessons from the pandemic and requirements for key critical infrastructures

A US national strategy for "effective resilience," the capacity to prepare for and withstand shocks of the magnitude of a major pandemic or equivalent such as a major cyberattack with any resulting disruption significantly less than that caused by COVID-19.

Report by Franklin D. Kramer

Coronavirus Crisis Management