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. The Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and 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.
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.
Commentary & quick analysis
Press Release May 17, 2022
Atlantic Council’s Matthew Kroenig Appointed to Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States
Director of Studies and Deputy Director of Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security will bring expertise in nuclear strategy and policy to high-level commission
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.
Reports & issue briefs
Report Apr 24, 2018
A strategy for deterring Russian de-escalation strikes
By Matthew Kroenig
The United States and its NATO allies have not developed a clear strategy for deterring limited Russian nuclear strikes. Specifically, in the event of a limited Russian nuclear attack, how would the United States and its NATO allies respond?
Report Nov 2, 2021
Deterring Chinese strategic attack: Grappling with the implications of China’s strategic forces buildup
By Matthew Kroenig
To counter the increasing threat from China’s assertive foreign policy and growing nuclear capabilities, Matthew Kroenig outlines a strategy for Washington and allies to reliably deter Chinese strategic attack.
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