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



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.


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




In the News

Jan 30, 2023

Kroenig and Ashford debate the impact of German and US tanks on the war in Ukraine

On January 27, 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

Jan 24, 2023

State of the Order: Looking Back on 2022

This special edition of State of the Order breaks down the most important events that shaped the democratic world order last year.

China Europe & Eurasia

Blog Post

Jan 13, 2023

State of the Order: Assessing December 2022

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

China Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Jan 13, 2023

No ‘pivot’ needed: The US can secure Europe and Asia at the same time

By Andrew Michta

The argument for a “pivot to Asia” at the expense of the European pillar of American grand strategy reflects a fundamental misreading of US history and interests.

Defense Policy Indo-Pacific

Blog Post

Dec 13, 2022

State of the Order: Assessing November 2022

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

China Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Dec 2, 2022

Polymeropoulos on MSNBC discussing missile strike in Poland

By Atlantic Council

MSNBC hosts Marco Polymeropoulos to discuss the significance of the missile strike that landed in Poland

Crisis Management Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Nov 28, 2022

Kroenig on Fox News Sunday discussing North Korea and Iran

By Atlantic Council

On November 27, Scowcroft Center acting director Matthew Kroenig was interviewed by Jennifer Griffin on Fox News Sunday discussing North Korea’s latest missile test and protests in Iran.

Arms Control Civil Society

Future of Tech Competition

Nov 15, 2022

Designing domestic and multilateral strategies for maintaining technological superiority

By Peter Engelke, Emily Weinstein

This fall, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Global China Hub convened experts and officials in a private workshop to discuss how the United States, in conjunction with allies and partners, might design strategies to maintain technological superiority over China. The workshop explored the necessary components of a competitive strategy via both “protect” and “run faster” policies. This memo draws from insights gathered during the workshop to give policy makers a better understanding of the potential tools in the strategic arsenal.

China Defense Technologies

New Atlanticist

Nov 14, 2022

Memo to the G20: The fierce urgency of food security

By Peter Engelke

The G20 must have the foresight and courage to embrace innovative and transformative solutions to the challenge of global hunger.

G20 Politics & Diplomacy

Blog Post

Nov 14, 2022

State of the Order: Assessing October 2022

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

Belarus China