Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series

The Atlantic Council Strategy Papers series (ACSP) is the Atlantic Council’s flagship outlet for publishing high-level, strategic thinking. The series seeks to develop and promote sustainable, non-partisan strategies on the most important challenges facing the United States and its allies. The papers are authored by leading authorities and including a range of established and emerging strategic thinkers, from within and outside the Atlantic Council. The series is overseen by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and works in conjunction with other Atlantic Council Centers to create regional strategy task forces focusing on East Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Iran.

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The Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative provides strategic insight, trend evaluation and risk analysis to help elevate and sharpen the assessment of our connected, complex, and rapidly evolving world.

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Fri, Feb 14, 2020

A hardline strategy toward China: a principles-based approach

Vision 2020 builds on the 2017 National Security Strategy and takes the offensive against the Chinese Communist Party’s Stealth War by focusing on the science, technology and economic superiority of America’s free society and that of her allies and partners.

Strategy Consortium by Robert Spalding

China Economy & Business

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Manning quoted in VOA on North Korean denuclearization policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

East Asia Korea

Mon, Jan 6, 2020

Shaping the global future together: the Council’s “Top fifteen hits” of 2019

We look back at the Atlantic Council's top work of 2019 galvanizing US leadership alongside partners and allies to tackle the most pressing challenges confronting our nation and our world.

New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe

Africa Americas

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Leading the free world: How America benefits

Americans have been the unconscious beneficiaries of a world order that would not exist without them. Just as we take for granted electricity and plumbing, so to we take for granted the peace and prosperity of our system.

Report by Paul D. Miller

China Nationalism

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Top ten risks of 2020

2020 will likely bear more resemblance to the 1930s, as some of the developments which did not reach a denouement in the past year cross the finish line. Several simmering conflicts, symptoms of a global system under strain from US President Donald J. Trump’s “anti-globalist” America First doctrine, could well reach breakpoints in 2020. This may include a shift from the mere corroding of multilateral institutions and US alliances toward total dysfunction.

New Atlanticist by Robert A. Manning, Mathew J. Burrows

China International Norms
Candle in the Dark Destruction Cole

Tue, Dec 10, 2019

A candle in the dark: US national security strategy for artificial intelligence

AI is expected to have a transformational impact on the future of geopolitics, defense, and security. In this fluctuating environment, where the US is engaged in a high-stakes competition with is near-peer adversaries, and AI is enabling paradigm-shifting changes in public and private sector operations, how should the US respond?

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Tate Nurkin; Stephen Rodriguez

China Conflict

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Present at the Re-Creation: A Global Strategy for a World at Risk

How can the rules-based international system be re-created for the 21st century? Can and should the US re-build a liberal, rules-based international system? What goals should the US, and its allies, pursue in a changed world, where emerging risks and enduring challenges persist? Those were some of the key questions which animated the event Present […]

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China European Union

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Building support for US global engagement

It is in our own best interest—and the interest of a peaceful and prosperous future for the world—that our diplomacy and the example of our democracy once again become our greatest strengths. That is the message we need to convey to the American people.

New Atlanticist by Stephen B. Heintz

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Present at the re-creation: A global strategy for revitalizing, adapting, and defending a rules-based international system

We need a new strategy—one that is both ambitious and innovative, geared towards meeting the challenges and opportunities that the new decade brings.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig

China NATO

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Global risks 2035 update: Decline or new renaissance?

Our conclusion in 2016’s Global Risks 2035 was that state-on-state conflict posed a bigger threat than terrorism. In the two years since, the post-Cold War order has continued to unravel without a “new normal” emerging.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Mathew J. Burrows

China NATO