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The Scowcroft Center’s namesake, General Brent Scowcroft, was the chairman of the 1983 Scowcroft Commission that established the foundation for US nuclear deterrence and arms control policy through the present day. As the United States enters a new era of strategic challenges, the Scowcroft Center is proud to play a central role in crafting an effective and nonpartisan strategic forces strategy and policy for the twenty-first century

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Memo to the president

Sep 16, 2022

Memo to the president: How to deter Russian nuclear use in Ukraine—and respond if deterrence fails

The US should issue vague public threats of serious consequences should Russia use nuclear weapons and be prepared to follow through with conventional military strikes if deterrence fails.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Commentary & quick analysis

Reports & issue briefs


Apr 21, 2022

Climbing the ladder: How the West can manage escalation in Ukraine and beyond

By Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and NATO’s response increase the possibility of purposeful or inadvertent escalation in Europe. Understanding how these dynamics might impact the war and further degrade transatlantic stability is critical.

Cybersecurity Defense Policy

Issue Brief

Mar 9, 2022

Defending every inch of NATO territory: Force posture options for strengthening deterrence in Europe

By The Scowcroft Center Task Force on Deterrence and Force Posture

Deterrence in Europe can be enhanced through a range of US and NATO force posture enhancements.

Conflict Defense Policy


Dec 23, 2021

Proactively countering North Korea’s advancing nuclear threat

By Markus Garlauskas

Markus Garlauskas suggests a strategy to counter North Korean nuclear weapons by impeding the growth of its arsenal, investing to stay ahead of new nuclear threats, and adjusting operations on the Korean Peninsula.

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Issue Brief

Dec 15, 2021

Nuclear priorities for the Biden administration

By John Harvey and Robert Soofer

Former nuclear deterrence policymakers John Harvey and Robert Soofer, from Democratic and Republican administrations, respectively, propose a path for the Biden administration’s nuclear strategy and policy.

China Defense Policy

Issue Brief

Dec 14, 2021

Missile defense: The end of the interim solution

By Patrick O’Reilly

Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow and former US Missile Defense Agency director Patrick O’Reilly argues that the time is now to invest in directed energy missile defense.

China Defense Policy

Past events

In the news

In the News

Sep 7, 2022

Kroenig on CNBC discussing Russia’s military supply lines and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

By Atlantic Council

On September 6, Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig was interviewed on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” discussing the potential Russian purchase of North Korean artillery and threats to the Zaporizhzhia power plant.

Arms Control China

In the News

Aug 26, 2022

Kroenig in Foreign Policy on a potential new Iran nuclear deal

On August 26, Foreign Policy published its biweekly “It’s Debatable” column featuring Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig assessing the latest news in international affairs.

Arms Control Iran

In the News

Aug 7, 2022

Kroenig discusses nuclear risk on NHK World-Japan

By Atlantic Council

Matthew Kroenig discusses the risks of nuclear escalation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the implications of China’s nuclear build up, and the evolution of US nuclear posture.

Arms Control China

In the News

Aug 7, 2022

Kroenig in CNBC on Chinese military adaptation

By Atlantic Council

Matthew Kroenig discusses how China has improved its military capabilities and doctrine since the 1995 Taiwan strait crisis.

China Conflict

In the News

Jul 6, 2022

Garlauskas discusses significance of ROK relationship with NATO on Voice of America’s “Washington Talk”

On July 2, Markus Garlauskas was featured on the “Washington Talk” show for Voice of America. Garlauskas spoke on the significance of the Republic of Korea’s growing relationship with NATO, in the context of President Yoon’s recent visit to the NATO Summit, during which European and Asian allies strategized collective deterrence strategies against threats from […]

China Defense Policy

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