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In the News

Jan 8, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford discuss unrest in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine-Russia crisis

On January 6, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford assessing the latest news in international affairs. In their latest column, they discuss ongoing protests in Kazakhstan and Russia’s continued threats against Ukraine.

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Jan 6, 2022

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: A heavy price to pay?

By Atlantic Council

On the January 6 edition of the podcast, Preble and his co-hosts talked about the massing of Russian troops near Ukraine’s eastern border and the Biden administration’s efforts to deter Putin from invading Ukraine. What is Putin’s motivation for the actions of the last several months? Are the Biden team’s threats of crippling economic sanctions […]

English Politics & Diplomacy

Fast Thinking

Jan 6, 2022

FAST THINKING: Is Kazakhstan’s crisis the Kremlin’s next opportunity?

By Atlantic Council

Our experts explain what this moment means for the authoritarian, energy-rich Central Asian nation—and why Russia is watching with equal parts interest and unease.

Central Asia Crisis Management

New Atlanticist

Jan 5, 2022

Kazakhstan is in chaos. Here’s why the West should be watching.

By Dan Peleschuk

Atlantic Council experts break down what's at stake for Russia, energy supplies, and the future of the strategically located Central Asian nation.

Central Asia Europe & Eurasia

Press Release

Jan 4, 2022

Kelly Grieco joins Atlantic Council as senior fellow

Grieco brings deep foreign policy and defense expertise to Council’s New American Engagement Initiative

In the News

Jan 3, 2022

Manning in Straits Times: US-China relations, when hawks rule

By Atlantic Council

On January 3, Manning was quoted in a Straits Times article on the consequences of hawkish foreign policy between the United States and China. “The US has become obsessed with endlessly punishing China for Xinjiang and Hong Kong. However horrible their behaviour, these are internal issues, which US agency will have zero impact in changing. […]

China Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Dec 29, 2021

Manning in The Hill: Is China’s power peaking?

By Atlantic Council

On December 29, Robert Manning’s column in The Hill highlighted the findings from the recent Atlantic Council’s Global Foresight 2022 report. “Some fear that Xi may divert attention from stagnation with a more aggressive military policy toward Taiwan to shore up the CCP’s nationalist legitimacy. But an economically struggling China could also unravel global stability: […]

Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

In the News

Dec 23, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: A slavish devotion to presence?

By Atlantic Council

On December 23, Christopher Preble and co-hosts debated US global posture in the Net Assessment podcast. How can the National Defense Strategy bring resources and requirements into alignment? With the Defense Department having just completed its global posture review, is Bob Work right that the U.S. Navy needs to shed its attachment to presence? Is […]

English Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Dec 17, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford reflect on US foreign policy in 2021 and debate the year ahead

By Atlantic Council

On December 17, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford assessing the latest news in international affairs. In their last column of 2021, they reflect on major foreign policy events that shaped the year, debate the limits of US power and leadership, […]

Afghanistan Arms Control

In the News

Dec 14, 2021

Ashford in Foreign Affairs: “If dictators fear Western interventions, nuclear development is an unfortunate yet likely outcome”

By Atlantic Council

On December 14, Ashford was featured in a Foreign Affairs “Ask the Experts” roundup on the future of nuclear proliferation. “Two factors seem likely to push proliferation in the near term. First, the balance of power is shifting toward a more multipolar world, in which it is likely that smaller states may feel more threatened […]

English Iraq