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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

In the News

Jun 27, 2022

Manning in Global Asia: Ukraine and US Asia-Pacific policy

By Atlantic Council

In the June 2022 issue of Global Asia, Robert Manning authored an article about how the war in Ukraine affects US Asia-Pacific policy. “Few have yet to fathom just how deep in uncharted waters we are — and why it is a hinge of history, like the Sept. 11 attacks, reshaping world affairs,” Manning predicted. […]

China Economy & Business

In the News

Jun 24, 2022

Ashford on the Chicago Council’s Deep Dish podcast: How different foreign policy approaches assess the war in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

On June 24, Emma Ashford appeared on the Chicago Council’s Deep Dish podcast as a guest. Alongside James Goldgeier, visiting scholar at Stanford University, Ashford discussed the war in Ukraine and divergent views on it in Washington. “If you look at the responses of most people who are realists or restrainers to this war, they’ve been in many […]

Conflict Defense Policy

In the News

Jun 23, 2022

Preble on Net Assessment: Is Biden’s approach to Latin America a problem?

By Atlantic Council

On June 23, Christopher Preble co-hosted a new iteration of the Net Assessment podcast in the War on the Rocks network about the Summit of the Americas. By all accounts, the Summit was poorly organized, and attending leaders were unimpressed with the lack of consultation before the event and with the initiatives set forth by […]

Americas Democratic Transitions

In the News

Jun 22, 2022

Manning in International Economy: The world after Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

The Spring 2022 edition of International Economy featured Robert Manning’s take on the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the Western-led response to it, including sanctions, on the international order and globalization. Manning highlighted the potential impacts of disruptions to “the world’s eleventh-largest economy, a major exporter of oil, gas, wheat, metals, and fertilizer” […]

China Conflict

In the News

Jun 21, 2022

Ashford at the German Marshall Fund: The G7 reborn

By Atlantic Council

On June 21, Emma Ashford participated in a virtual panel at the German Marshall Fund previewing the G7 summit in Bavaria next week. Alongside Bruce Stokes, the executive director of the Transatlantic Task Force: Together or Alone? Choices and Strategies for Transatlantic Relations for 2021 and Beyond at the German Marshall Fund, Ashford discussed the […]

Economy & Business English

In the News

Jun 19, 2022

Ashford in Foreign Policy: The problem with being a petrostate

By Atlantic Council

On June 19, Foreign Policy published an excerpt of Emma Ashford’s new book, Oil, the State and War, entitled “The Problem with Being a Petrostate.” In the excerpt, Ashford discusses the phenomena of oil-wealthy states being more likely than other countries to start wars. Then, Ashford rebuts the idea of the oil weapon, concluding “it is thus […]

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

In the News

Jun 17, 2022

Grieco in Task & Purpose: Why Ukraine’s wins against Russian aircraft should worry the US Air Force

By Atlantic Council

On June 17, Task & Purpose covered Kelly Grieco’s recent article in War on the Rocks with Col. Maximilian Bremer (USAF) explaining why the war in Ukraine suggests the future of air warfare is denial.  “There’s an old sports cliché that offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships — and the U.S. Air Force may learn a thing or two […]

China Conflict

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