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.

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

Content

Memo to the president

Sep 16, 2022

Memo to the president: How to deter Russian nuclear use in Ukraine—and respond if deterrence fails

The US should issue vague public threats of serious consequences should Russia use nuclear weapons and be prepared to follow through with conventional military strikes if deterrence fails.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Sep 16, 2022

Kroenig on CNBC discussing the Xi- Putin meeting in Uzbekistan

By Atlantic Council

On September 15, Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig was interviewed on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” discussing Xi and Putin’s meeting in Uzbekistan and the Sino-Russian relationship.

China Politics & Diplomacy

Blog Post

Sep 12, 2022

State of the Order: Assessing August 2022

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

Eastern Europe Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Sep 9, 2022

Kroenig in Foreign Policy on what Biden’s speech means for US foreign policy

On September 9, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig. In it, he discussed what Biden's recent speech means for US foreign policy and the "democracy-versus-autocracy" framing.

China Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Sep 7, 2022

Kroenig on CNBC discussing Russia’s military supply lines and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

By Atlantic Council

On September 6, Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig was interviewed on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” discussing the potential Russian purchase of North Korean artillery and threats to the Zaporizhzhia power plant.

Arms Control China

In the News

Sep 2, 2022

Kroenig on CNBC discussing the prospect of great-power conflict

By Atlantic Council

On September 1, Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig was interviewed on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” discussing why the chances of great-power conflict between the US, Russia, and China may be increasing.

China Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Sep 1, 2022

Kroenig in Foreign Policy on IR theory and great-power conflict

By Atlantic Council

On August 27, Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig published an essay in Foreign Policy on how IR theory suggests great-power war is coming.

China Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

Aug 26, 2022

Kroenig in Foreign Policy on a potential new Iran nuclear deal

On August 26, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig assessing the latest news in international affairs.

Arms Control Iran

In the News

Aug 15, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford debate developments in Crimea and the war in Ukraine

On August 12, 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.

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy

Blog Post

Aug 9, 2022

State of the Order: Assessing July 2022

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

Americas China