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NAEI events explore key underlying assumptions that have guided US foreign policy to embrace new perspectives in the way the United States engage with the world. These discussions convene experts from traditionally underrepresented groups in Washington foreign policy circles and those who represent a range of viewpoints.

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Mon, Jun 28, 2021

New American Engagement Initiative – Fall 2021 Young Global Professionals Program


The New American Engagement Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, challenges prevailing assumptions governing US foreign policy and helps policymakers manage risks, set priorities, and allocate resources wisely and efficiently.

New American Engagement Initiative Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Mon, Apr 19, 2021

Senior Fellow, New American Engagement Initiative


The Atlantic Council seeks a dynamic, non-mainstream intellectual entrepreneur to staff and build the New American Engagement Initiative (NAEI), an exciting new effort to challenge conventional foreign policy thinking, question tired assumptions in particular regarding military engagement, and help US government policy-makers to manage risks in decision-making and resource allocation in a manner that fits the times and is at the same time thoughtful and provocative.

New American Engagement Initiative Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security



Fri, Jul 23, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford consider the future of war in outer space and cyber space

On July 23, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the future commercialization and militarization of space, calling for cooperation and international standards to help guide future space exploration and […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arms Control China

Mon, Jul 12, 2021

Preble in Politifact: U.S. continues its military drawdown in Afghanistan

On July 12, Christopher Preble was quoted in a Politifact article examining President Biden’s promises to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. “The American people’s continued support for withdrawal, including a number of veterans groups, appears to have had much more of an impact than the worsening security situation inside of Afghanistan. Most Americans recognized some […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Policy

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

NAEI in Inkstick: Adults in a Room

On July 9, Inkstick Media published the first of NAEI’s Adults in a Room series, which features insights from participants in NAEI’s private monthly networking sessions. The topic of this month’s installment was the outcomes of the Biden-Putin summit and included submissions by Trey Herr, Julian Mueller-Kaler, Miranda Preibe of RAND, and Olya Oliker of […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

Ashford in H-Diplo: Roundtable 12-12 on Orders of Exclusion

On July 9, Emma Ashford’s book review of Kyle Lascurettes’ new book on the history of World Order, entitled “Orders of Exclusion: Great Powers and the Strategic Sources of Foundational Rules in International Relations”, was published in an ISSF/HDiplo roundtable. “The book offers a number of important lessons for today’s policymakers. Lascurettes is clearly correct […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

English International Norms

Fri, Jul 9, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford debate China’s nuclear build-up

On July 9, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they debated the future of Chinese nuclear posture and utilization, the Sino-Russian relationship, US-China economic decoupling, and prospects for US action in Haiti […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arms Control Caribbean

Thu, Jul 8, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: Solving the Russia riddle

On July 8, Christopher Preble and co-hosts discussed Samuel Charap’s article, “Expanding the Scope for Statecraft in US-Russia Policy.” They considered what it means for the United States to “gird itself for sustained competition” with Russia, what kind of leverage the United States has in negotiating with Putin, and how to best work with allies […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy English

Sun, Jul 4, 2021

Manning in The National Interest: The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is consolidating its power against China

On July 4, Robert Manning and James Przystup published an article in The National Interest detailing the Biden administration’s new approach the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (also known as the Quad), which they say puts the institution at the forefront of its Indo-Pacific strategy. “In a region of staid, ritualized, bureaucratically inert multilateral institutions, this shift […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia China

Fri, Jul 2, 2021

Cooper in Inkstick: Donald Rumsfeld’s Legacy of Ruin

On July 2, Evan Cooper published an article on the legacy of Donald Rumsfeld. “The tributes from Bolton, Whiton, and Card carried on the history of Rumsfeld avoiding responsibility for what he wrought. He never displayed contrition for hundreds of thousands lives taken by the wars he helped orchestrate. Confronted with evidence of widespread looting […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Fri, Jul 2, 2021

Manning in the Hill: The CCP at 100

On July 2, Robert Manning published an editorial in the Hill examining what the 100th anniversary celebrations of the CCP by Xi Jinping reflected about the state of China. “Xi’s CCP anniversary speech had few surprises and much bravado. But despite China’s remarkable economic and technological success, there is a sense of underlying fear and […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China English

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Ashford in H-Diplo: When Donald Met Washington

On July 1, Emma Ashford’s essay on Donald Trump’s foreign policy legacies was published in the ISSF/H-Diplo series on America and the world after Trump. “It is not true that America has nothing to fear from China and Russia, or that the U.S. can be sure of their benign intentions.  Yet Trump’s time in office […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China English