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In the News

Jun 27, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford debate Lithuania’s land blockade of Kaliningrad

On June 24, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and NAEI resident senior fellow Emma Ashford. In their latest column, they debate the implications of Lithuania's blockage of Russian overland supply to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Europe & Eurasia Russia

Engagement Reframed

Jun 16, 2022

Engagement Reframed #8: How to avoid anarchy in space

By Robert A. Manning

There is a dangerous deficit of governance with regard to human activities in our space, which presents an opportunity for mutually beneficial cooperation among rivals.

China Economy & Business

In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Ashford in The New Arab: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates

By Atlantic Council

On June 15, Emma Ashford’s new book, Oil, the State and War, was reviewed in The New Arab. The reviewer wrote, “Oil, the State, and War is a book that helps understand the times we live in. It will be a great addition to the library of both the general reader interested in global affairs […]

Corruption Defense Policy

In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Saeed in World Politics Review: Biden’s Indo-Pacific economic ‘whatever’ misses the mark

By Atlantic Council

On June 15, Nonresident Senior Fellow Ferial Saeed published an article in World Politics Review that critiqued the Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for its lack of specifics and failure to make meaningful progress on trade policy. “Biden officials are betting that a “nontraditional” trade pact will be an easier sell domestically, but the negative […]

China East Asia

In the News

Jun 15, 2022

Grieco in War on the Rocks: Why Ukraine’s air success should worry the West

By Atlantic Council

On June 15, Kelly Grieco published an article in War on the Rocks with co-author Col. Max Bremer (USAF) on what Western air forces should learn from the Russia-Ukraine air war. They argue Ukraine’s success in contesting the skies turns the West’s airpower paradigm on its head — it offers an alternative vision for pursuing airspace denial over […]

China Defense Policy

In the News

Jun 14, 2022

Grieco and Jourdain in World Politics Review: Democracy versus autocracy is the wrong framing for the war in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

On June 14, Kelly Grieco and NRSF Marie Jourdain wrote in World Politics Review on why the wrong framing for the Ukraine War is democracy versus autocracy. They point out that while this strategic narrative has been very effective in mobilizing the United States, European Union, and other like-minded democracies, it has fallen flat in the rest of […]

Africa Americas

In the News

Jun 10, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford debate US policy toward the Persian Gulf

On June 10, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and NAEI resident senior fellow Emma Ashford. In their latest column, they debate President Biden's shifting policy toward US Gulf partners as Iran works to build the bomb.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

In the News

Jun 9, 2022

Preble on Net Assessment: Competition in the Pacific

By Atlantic Council

On June 9, Christopher Preble and his co-hosts discussed the Pacific Islands on the Net Assessment podcast. Beijing has sought, but thus far failed, to strike a deal with 10 of the islands. Meanwhile, US leaders are promising to devote more time and attention to the region. What is at stake? Can US leaders deliver […]

Australia China
Man carries a sack of wheat at World Food Program warehouse in Gode

Engagement Reframed

Jun 9, 2022

Engagement Reframed #7: Defending democracy and countering China requires US and Western support for a beleaguered developing world

By Mathew Burrows

The war in Ukraine has become a turning point for developing countries, many of whom could give up the gains made in economic growth and reduction in poverty over the past three decades.

Africa Americas

In the News

Jun 7, 2022

Burrows in New Security Beat: Youth disillusionment as a danger to democracy

By Atlantic Council

On June 7, an article co-authored by Mathew Burrows was published by the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat, which discussed the dangers of a growing cohort of youth who feel disillusioned by political failures. “Failing to examine youth engagement trends may be a serious blind spot— and thus a threat to democracy. It is a question […]

Africa Americas