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 Indo-Pacific Security Initiative aims to produce commentary and analysis from a variety of experts, key regional stakeholders, and voices from the Indo-Pacific directly and consistently in order to provide concrete, actionable policy recommendations that bring together the United States with its European and Indo-Pacific allies and partners to develop a strategic perspective for adapting and revitalizing the rules-based international order.

Indo-Pacific Security Initiative research and reports engage with key regional stakeholders, decision-makers and opinion leaders to produce content incorporating regional voices and develop action-oriented strategies to shape policy of the United States and its allies and partners.

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The Indo-Pacific Security Initiative regularly convenes high-level discussions that engage policymakers, experts, and officials to make real-world impact including changing or informing policies of the US government or its allies and partners, as well as affecting corporate sector policies, by offering concrete, actionable policy recommendations on a range of traditional and non-traditional issues.

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In the News

Mar 10, 2023

Roberts on BBC World News

On March 9, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Dexter Tiff Roberts appeared on BBC World News to discuss the Netherlands joining the ban on semiconductor manufacturing equipment sales to China.

China Economy & Business

Press Release

Mar 6, 2023

Atlantic Council’s Indo-Pacific Security Initiative Adds Nine New Fellows

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 6, 2023 – The Atlantic Council’s Indo-Pacific Security Initiative (IPSI) announced today the addition of a diverse group of nine new fellows, as the new initiative rapidly expands its breadth of regional expertise. The initiative, housed in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, focuses on Indo-Pacific strategy, alliances, and […]


In the News

Feb 22, 2023

Garlauskas in The Washington Post

On February 20, Markus Garlauskas was quoted in a Washington Post article on US and allied efforts to bolster defense in the Pacific, following the Chinese spy balloon incident. Garlauskas highlights Seoul as a key variable, stating, “Whether South Korea supports Taiwan or remains neutral could play a huge role in whether or not China […]

China Security & Defense

In the News

Feb 15, 2023

Roberts on Scripps News

On February 13, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Dexter Tiff Roberts was interviewed on Scripps News regarding moves to block Chinese ownership of US farmland. He warns, “If we don’t pay attention, China will buy… land around sensitive missile sites. Absolutely. And to spy — why wouldn’t they do that?”

China Economy & Business

In the News

Feb 8, 2023

Garlauskas in The Washington Times

On February 7, Markus Garlauskas was quoted in The Washington Times on the growing threat of PRC intervention in a Korean conflict and the potential for simultaneous conflicts with the PRC and North Korea. His quotes were drawn from his appearance as a guest panelist for “The Washington Brief,” a monthly panel discussion on Korean […]

China Korea

In the News

Feb 7, 2023

Roberts Offers Insights on China’s Spy Balloon

On February 3, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Dexter Tiff Roberts was featured in the Daily Montanan, discussing the details on China’s spy balloon. On February 4, he was interviewed on NewsNation on this matter, and spoke to CBC about it. He was also quoted in the New York Post, explaining, “the spy balloon saga came […]

China Security & Defense

New Atlanticist

Feb 6, 2023

NATO is entering a new phase in the Indo-Pacific

By Sara Bjerg Moller

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Japan and South Korea trip was striking both for its timing and for its messaging shift on China.

China East Asia

New Atlanticist

Feb 3, 2023

Five questions (and expert answers) about the curious case of the Chinese spy balloon

By Atlantic Council experts

US fighter jets have shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon, but the tensions linger in the world's most important bilateral relationship. Our experts float their takes.

China Indo-Pacific

In the News

Feb 2, 2023

Roberts Featured in Bloomberg and SCMP

On January 23, IPSI Nonresident Senior Fellow Dexter Tiff Roberts appeared on Bloomberg Businessweek to discuss the implications of China’s reopening for the world economy and markets, and whether Xi Jinping will backtrack on his newly friendly attitude toward private enterprises. On January 31, he was quoted in the South China Morning Post. In a […]

China Economy & Business

Press Release

Jan 30, 2023

Atlantic Council launches new Indo-Pacific Security Initiative, names Markus Garlauskas as director

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 30, 2023 – The Atlantic Council announced today the creation of the Indo-Pacific Security Initiative (IPSI), a new program focused on Indo-Pacific strategy, alliance, and security issues. The initiative, housed in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, will be led by Markus Garlauskas, a former senior US intelligence […]