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In the News

Aug 1, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford debate Speaker Pelosi’s Taiwan trip and strategic ambiguity

On July 29, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" 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 debate Speaker Pelosi's upcoming Taiwan trip, US strategic ambiguity towards China and Taiwan, and the future of Sino-US relations.

Conflict Crisis Management

Reality Check

Jul 22, 2022

Reality Check #13: Great-power competition threatens climate disaster response

By Evan Cooper and Alec Evans

Today’s military planners must contend with two potentially conflicting demands: growing requirements for the US military to respond to climate-driven disasters and the effort to restructure the force for great-power competition.

China Climate Change & Climate Action

In the News

Jul 21, 2022

Davidson in The National Interest: Has Draghi’s fall broken Western unity on Ukraine?

By Atlantic Council

On July 21, nonresident senior fellow Jason Davidson wrote in The National Interest about how the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi may have consequences for Western unity on the war in Ukraine. “Draghi’s resignation will likely fundamentally change Italy’s stance on the war and posture toward Russia. Current polling suggests that the Right is likely […]

Defense Policy Elections

In the News

Jul 21, 2022

Preble on Net Assessment: Active denial or in denial?

By Atlantic Council

On July 21, Christopher Preble joined his co-hosts on the War on the Rocks Net Assessment podcast to debate the Quincy Institute’s new report on US defense strategy in Asia. They applaud the report for presenting a detailed plan and for highlighting the areas of both agreement and disagreement among the authors. They questioned the political […]

China Crisis Management

In the News

Jul 18, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford debate Biden’s Middle East policy

On July 15, 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 Biden's Middle East policy on his first trip to the region as president.

Energy & Environment Middle East

In the News

Jul 7, 2022

Preble on Net Assessment: An energy strategy to defeat Russia?

By Atlantic Council

On July 7, Christopher Preble joined his co-hosts on the Net Assessment podcast to consider the economic measures taken by the United States and Europe to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, especially those pertaining to oil and natural gas. Preble and his co-hosted inquired: to what extent are these policies responsible for rising […]

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

In the News

Jul 4, 2022

Ashford in The National Interest: Ukraine and the return of the multipolar world

By Atlantic Council

On July 4, The National Interest published an article by Emma Ashford about how the war in Ukraine demonstrates the persistence of spheres of influence and signals an ongoing shift to a multipolar world. “A sphere of influence is not a normative concept, nor something a state cedes to another out of courtesy or pity. It is […]

Conflict English

In the News

Jul 1, 2022

Grieco in Defense News: NATO touts country pairings as key to defending the eastern flank

By Atlantic Council

On July 1, Kelly Grieco was quoted in a Defense News article addressing NATO’s announcement that it would pre-assign allied forces to specific countries for territorial defense. Grieco explained the intent of NATO’s posture change to change the character of their eastern deployments from a ‘tripwire force,’ intended to hold invading Russia forces up long enough […]

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Jun 28, 2022

Manning in The Hill: No longer ‘Groundhog Day’ in North Korea

By Atlantic Council

On June 28, Robert Manning published his biweekly column in The Hill, raising alarm at the advancements of North Korea’s missile testing and nuclear program. “Like the classic movie “Groundhog Day,” North Korea’s seemingly endless ballistic missile tests occur, a mostly inured world condemns then moves on. Passive acceptance. Rinse. Repeat. No more,” Manning warned. […]

China East Asia

In the News

Jun 28, 2022

Grieco in Defense News: NATO summit is chance to wean Europe off US military might

By Atlantic Council

On June 28, Kelly Grieco published an article in Defense News on the NATO summit in Madrid.  She argued Biden should use the summit as a chance to wean European allies off American military might, so Washington can shift its attention and resources to the Indo-Pacific. “NATO member countries ought to resist the temptation turn back the […]

China Conflict