The Scowcroft Strategy Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, serves to directly advance the Scowcroft Center’s core mission by developing sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and its allies and partners. Its competencies in long-range foresight and strategy development are vital assets to government and business leaders as they navigate a complex and unpredictable world. Through its work, the initiative strives to revitalize, adapt, and defend a rules-based international system in order to foster peace, prosperity, and freedom for decades to come.

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.

Practice areas

Strategy

Foresight

The new decade is in rapid flux and is characterized by geopolitical turbulence, economic complexity, technological disruption, demographic shifts and social interconnectedness. In this changing environment, we focus on identifying the key trends and risks which will fundamentally shape the future of humanity and global affairs. Our work encompasses a wide range of issues, from demography and urbanization to migration, power transitions and global governance, but is always driven by the principle that foresight is a key mindset for decision-making.

Technology and innovation

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already underway. Technological development will fundamentally alter the global geopolitical landscape by changing governance structures, challenging human ingenuity and demanding innovative policy responses. Our team analyzes the political, socioeconomic, ecological, and security implications of emerging technologies, maps the evolution of innovation ecosystems and distills blueprints for entrepreneurship, in the Unites States and globally.

Geopolitics

The global power shift towards Asia, the United States’ relative decline and the emergence of transnational threats such as climate change are pulling at the threads of the post-World War II international system. Our team’s research discerns the outline of the dawning multipolar order by exploring power transitions, geopolitical shifts, and civil society movements. At the same time, we seek to challenge the assumptions which have been underpinning US foreign policy for the last 70 years and adapt them for current times.

Non-traditional security challenges

In the 21st century, the definition of security and its global architecture are changing under the pressure of transnational, non-traditional threats such as migration, climate change and inequality, in an unresponsive global governance system. SSI is reframing security policy paradigms by bringing into the fold cutting-edge issues such as environmental security, peacebuilding, resilience and illicit trade, and providing policy solutions for the international community, states and citizens.

What world post-COVID-19? interview series

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Blog Post

Jul 20, 2020

What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Dr. Kim Roberts

By Anca Agachi, Peter Engelke

Dr. Kim Roberts, security studies expert, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed thinking around national security and the US role in the world, and outlines the uncertainties ahead.

China Coronavirus

Blog Post

Jul 29, 2020

What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Dr. Joe Mascaro

By Peter Engelke, Anca Agachi

Dr. Joe Mascaro, director of education and research at Planet, discusses the effects of the pandemic on the environment, and its implications for energy transitions and earth sciences research.

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Blog Post

Aug 20, 2020

What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Dr. Conrad Tucker

By Peter Engelke, Anca Agachi

Dr. Conrad Tucker, professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, explains how the pandemic is changing the conversations around higher education and emerging technologies.

Coronavirus Education

Blog Post

Sep 3, 2020

What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Mr. John Raidt

By Peter Engelke, Anca Agachi

Mr. John Raidt, security and public policy expert and practitioner, discusses political dysfunction in the US and the need for democratic renewal in light of the pandemic.

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Democratic Order

Team

Experts

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.

Content

Blog Post

Oct 15, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing September 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Afghanistan Belarus

In the News

Oct 12, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford address the specter of war over Taiwan

By Atlantic Council

On October 8, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss recent Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), Taiwan’s strategic significance to the United States, and the possibilities for […]

China Conflict

In the News

Oct 8, 2021

Kroenig and Cimmino in The Dispatch: Washington should deter an attack on Taiwan

By Atlantic Council

On October 8, The Dispatch published a piece by Matthew Kroenig and Jeffrey Cimmino arguing that the United States and its allies should work to establish a more effective deterrent in the Taiwan Strait by ending a policy of ambiguity and developing a military strategy and capabilities to deny a Chinese invasion of the island.

China Security & Defense

In the News

Oct 7, 2021

Stephen Rodriguez in the America’s future series on technological innovation

By Atlantic Council

Stephen Rodriguez discusses technological innovation and great-power competition at an event run by the America's Future Series

China Defense Technologies

Article

Oct 7, 2021

Workshop on freedom and prosperity in Latin America

By Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, on September 28, in collaboration with the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Brazilian think tank Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV), hosts the first in a series of virtual workshops on strengthening economic freedom, rule of law, and representative government in different regions across the world. The […]

In the News

Sep 24, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the consequences of AUKUS

By Atlantic Council

On September 24, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the consequences of AUKUS, including its implications for Indo-Pacific security and US relations with France.

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Event Recap

Sep 22, 2021

EVENT RECAP: The future of counterterrorism: Twenty years after 9/11

By Yaseen Rashed

On September 8, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Forward Defense practice area and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative hosted an event with US national security experts to discuss counterterrorism twenty years after 9/11 and reimagine the future of the terrorist threat.

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Sep 21, 2021

Kroenig at the Foreign Policy Research Institute on Western alliances

By Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig speaks at the Foreign Policy Research Institute on Western alliances.

Europe & Eurasia European Union

In the News

Sep 16, 2021

Kroenig discusses AUKUS agreement on BBC World News

By Atlantic Council

On September 16, BBC World News interviewed Matthew Kroenig about the new AUKUS security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Kroenig argued that the partnership is important for deterring or defending against a Chinese attack in the Indo-Pacific. He also noted that AUKUS signals that democracies can work together to address […]

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Fast Thinking

Sep 16, 2021

FAST THINKING: Can Australian nuclear subs help corner China?

By Atlantic Council

What impact will this deal have on competition with China? What about the allies left high and dry? Our experts emerged from the deep with the answers.

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