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.

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, Jul 9, 2020

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

Public Event 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 Americas China Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

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

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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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Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program – Spring 2021 (Paid)


The Young Global Professionals (YGP) Program, the Atlantic Council’s paid internship program, is designed to provide exceptional young people with in-depth exposure to international affairs and an opportunity to play an active role in shaping real-world solutions to global challenges. The Atlantic Council is non-partisan and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. International applicants are encouraged to apply.

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.



Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Christopher Preble discusses the Biden presidency and what it means for America’s ‘forever wars’

On November 24, in partnership with the Charles Koch Institute, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion with Preble and other foreign policy scholars on the future of U.S. foreign policy, war in the broader Middle East, and other issues facing the new administration.

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English Middle East

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Ashford on Vox’s The Weeds: Joe Biden’s World

Emma Ashford joins Vox’s The Weeds to discuss Joe Biden’s foreign policy and what the next four years might look like when it comes to America’s place in the world. More about our expert

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Energy & Environment Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Preble talks foreign policy and the presidential transition on the Defense and Aerospace Report Podcast

On the November 13 Defense and Aerospace Report Podcast, Christopher Preble joined a panel to discuss the transition of power and what the foreign policy priorities of the Biden administration may be. More about our expert

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Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Ashford quoted in the New York Times: 9 ways Biden could change America in January

Emma Ashford’s commentary on potential action of Biden’s foreign policy is quoted in the New York Times. More about our expert

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Coronavirus Elections

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Ashford talks the transition and foreign policy on the Power Problems podcast

On the November 17 episode of the Power Problems podcast, Emma Ashford talks to John Glaser about the transition from Trump to Biden. More about our expert

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Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Ashford quoted in Vox: The 3 elements of Trump’s foreign policy Biden should keep

Emma Ashford was quoted in Vox regarding the importance of President-elect Joe Biden questioning foreign policy shibboleths. More about our expert

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Coronavirus Elections

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Preble in War on the Rocks: How do Americans want to engage the world, Net Assessment

On the November 12 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble and co-hosts convene for the first show after Joe Biden’s election victory to consider how Americans want to engage with the rest of the world, and whether the incoming Biden administration will be able to heal the nation’s wounds while also restoring US global leadership. More […]

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Democratic Transitions Elections

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Ashford previews US foreign policy of a Biden Administration for Voice of America

Emma Ashford joins Voice of America “Encounter” to discuss what the Biden administration may prioritize when it comes to foreign policy. More about our expert

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Energy & Environment Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

Ashford quoted in The Daily Beast: She Helped Escalate an Endless War. Will She End It?

Emma Ashford was quoted in The Daily Beast story about the possibilities of Michele Flournoy becoming the next Secretary of Defense and concerns she will push a Biden administration to be interventionist. More about our expert

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Defense Policy Security & Defense

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

Preble joins Asian Leadership Conference 2020 to discuss US role in the world under Biden

A panel of Atlantic Council experts, including Dr. Christopher Preble, Mr. Ian Brzezinski, and Dr. Miyeon Oh, shared their insights into how domestic political developments are shaping prospects for the future of U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, and ultimately, what that means for the global network of U.S. allies and partners trying to prepare […]

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