The United States confronts a range of national security challenges, but the marketplace of ideas defines these too expansively, fails to prioritize them effectively, and limits the range of options for addressing them. The New American Engagement Initiative challenges prevailing assumptions governing U.S. foreign policy, in particular with respect to the efficacy of military intervention and the lost potential of diplomacy, and helps policymakers manage risks, set priorities, and allocate resources wisely and efficiently, in order to preserve our security and prosperity. Unconventional thinking is needed to help Americans put dangers into perspective, and encourage them to embrace global engagement through diplomacy, trade, and mutually beneficial cultural exchange. The military is an essential tool of U.S. foreign policy, but is inherently limited. The most effective and durable solutions to global problems must be developed in conjunction with allies and partners, and in ways that reduce the risk of conflict.

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Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Challenging convention: Charting a course for the New American Engagement Initiative

ONLINE EVENT — Which of the assumptions guiding US foreign policy are no longer fit for purpose? How can the United States learn from past mistakes and develop more productive and responsible modes of engagement?

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Preble and Burrows in the National Interest: The urgent need to adjust America’s approach to the world

Assessing the use of the military and relying on other capabilities shaping the future. Read more about our experts

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus National Security

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

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Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Manning in The Hill: The beginning of the end of a US role in the Middle East?

Senior Fellow Robert A. Manning writes on President Trump’s withdrawal of troops in Syria. He likens the occasion to Great Britain’s “East of Suez” retreat in 1968. One of the differences is that there is no country with the power to which to pass the baton. Meet the author

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Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: The Revenge of Ideology, Net Assessment

On the September 17 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble and co-hosts debate whether US-China competition should be framed mostly as an ideological competition, or rather as a competition over power in the Asia Pacific and globally. More about our expert

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Thu, Sep 3, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be, Net Assessment

On the September 3 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble discusses the future of US foreign policy after January 20, 2021, with Net Assessment co-hosts Melanie Marlowe and Zack Cooper. More about our expert

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Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Preble in The Hill: “When Brent Scowcroft saved the US-China relationship”

Christopher Preble explores one of Scowcroft’s more sensitive diplomatic missions – in the wake of Beijing’s brutal crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Related reading More about our expert

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Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: Time to rethink US policy towards Putin’s Russia? Net assessment

On the Net Assessment podcast, Chris Preble discusses competing open letters on US-Russia relations with co-hosts Zack Cooper (AEI) and Melanie Marlowe (CSIS). More about our expert

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Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Burrows and Manning in The National Interest: What Happens When America Is No Longer the Undisputed Super Power?

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Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Preble debates how to prevent war in Asia

On August 6, War on the Rocks released the latest Net Assessment podcast, in which Christopher Preble and his co-hosts debate Michèle Flournoy’s recent Foreign Affairs article about how to prevent war in Asia by reinforcing deterrence against China.

In the News by Atlantic Council

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Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Preble and Burrows in Responsible Statecraft: COVID-19 and the health of the global order

Even as the United States struggles with the disease, some countries’ relative success reveals the resilience of the global system.

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Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: Money and Might, Net Assessment

In this episode of Net Assessment, “Money and Might,” Christopher Preble, Zack Cooper, and Melanie Marlowe discuss economic power and national security. More about our expert

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Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Christopher Preble co-hosts Net Assessment podcast episode on COVID-19 and US global leadership

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Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Preble and Burrows in the National Interest: The urgent need to adjust America’s approach to the world

Assessing the use of the military and relying on other capabilities shaping the future. Read more about our experts

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus National Security