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.

China Civil Society

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

In the News

Jun 6, 2023

Kroenig and Ashford debate the role of the US in European Security

On June 2, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center Vice President and Senior Director Matthew Kroenig and Emma Ashford assessing the latest news in international affairs.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

In the News

Jun 5, 2023

Alden discusses US-EU relations to commemorate Europe Day

On May 9, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative nonresident senior fellow Alexander Alden was hosted by the Rome-based Center for American Studies to discuss United States-European Union relations on the occasion of “Europe Day”.

Europe & Eurasia Italian

In the News

May 30, 2023

Kroenig in Foreign Policy analyzing Niccolò Machiavelli’s views on democracy

On May 27, Scowcroft Vice President and Director Matthew Kroenig penned an article for Foreign Policy assessing the efficacy of democracy and autocracy by invoking the international relations perspectives of renowned diplomat and author Niccolò Machiavelli. While Machiavelli is most famous for The Prince, a “guidebook for dictators”, his perspectives were best conveyed in Discourses […]

China Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

May 30, 2023

Kroenig on Foreign Policy discussing Machiavelli’s preference for democracy

By Atlantic Council

On May 27, Scowcroft Center senior director Matthew Kroenig analyzed Niccolò Machiavelli’s works in Foreign Policy based on his chapter in The New Makers of Modern Strategy. He argues that Machiavelli assessed tyranny as an unstable system that is prone to extremes, whereas democracy imposes institutional guardrails that allow for the pursuit of long-term strategy. […]

Freedom and Prosperity Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

May 24, 2023

Deputy Director Colleen Cottle quoted in the National Journal on China’s response to debt-ceiling negotiations in Washington

Nonresident Senior Fellow Dexter Tiff Roberts was quoted in Deutsche Welle, on China's domestic security policies and foreign investment.

China Economy & Business

In the News

May 24, 2023

Kroenig and Ashford debate the implications of Turkey’s elections

On May 19, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and Emma Ashford assessing the latest news in international affairs.

Democratic Transitions Elections

In the News

May 22, 2023

Jones and Stefanini in The Guardian discussing the need for continued support to Ukraine

On April 17, Atlantic Council Executive Chairman Emeritus James Jones and Transatlantic Security Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Stefano Stefanini, along with other experts, co-authored an article for The Guardian arguing for democratic cooperation and unity in providing support to Ukraine. The co-authors make the case that a Russian victory in Ukraine would be disastrous for […]

China NATO

In the News

May 19, 2023

Quirk in Just Security on adapting the US strategy towards hybrid regimes

On May 17, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick Quirk co-authored a piece for Just Security on the importance of developing a US strategy towards hybrid regimes that promotes US interests whilst remaining steadfast in the US' commitments to democratic values.

Africa Americas

Blog Post

May 16, 2023

State of the Order: Assessing April 2023

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

China Economy & Business

In the News

May 16, 2023

Alden in Formiche discussing Speaker McCarthy’s visit to Rome

On May 3, in Formiche, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative nonresident senior fellow Alexander Alden’s commented on Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s visit to Rome, emphasizing the expectation that Italy will rescind its participation in the PRC’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia