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.

Scowcroft Strategy School

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

Blog Post

May 16, 2022

State of the Order: Assessing April 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

May 15, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford in Foreign Policy on endgames in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and senior fellow Emma Ashford debate desirable outcomes for the war in Ukraine.

Conflict Crisis Management

In the News

May 4, 2022

Kroenig in Politico Pro on Nuclear Weapons Council testimony

By Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig anticipates testimony from the Nuclear Weapons Council.

Defense Policy Missile Defense

In the News

May 2, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford in Foreign Policy: Is There a Risk of a NATO vs. Russia War?

By Atlantic Council

On February 24, Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and NAEI senior fellow Emma Ashford discussed the risk of a NATO war with Russia.

Arms Control China

In the News

May 2, 2022

Kroenig interviewed on BBC radio about Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

By Atlantic Council

On March 03, Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig spoke with BBC Radio 5 live about Russia’s seizure of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

Arms Control China

In the News

May 2, 2022

Kroenig interviewed on CBS News about China’s approach to the war in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

On March 21, Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig spoke on CBS News about China’s response to the war in Ukraine and its attempt to balance between Russia and the West.

Arms Control China

In the News

May 2, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford in Foreign Policy: does the new US national defense strategy make any sense?

By Atlantic Council

On April 08, Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and NAEI resident senior fellow Emma Ashford discussed the Pentagon’s new national defense strategy in Foreign Policy magazine.

Arms Control China

In the News

May 2, 2022

Kroenig and Ashford in Foreign Policy: is weakening Russia a bad idea?

By Atlantic Council

On April 29, Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and NAEI resident senior fellow Emma Ashford discussed recent proposals to weaken Russia in the long term.

Arms Control China

In the News

Apr 28, 2022

Kroenig in Byline Times on Russian nuclear threats

By Atlantic Council

Matthew Kroenig outlines scenarios where Russia may use nuclear weapons.

Conflict Crisis Management

In the News

Apr 20, 2022

Kroenig in the Wall Street Journal on tactical nuclear weapons

By Atlantic Council

Matthew Kroenig argues for the United States to invest in tactical nuclear weapons by outlining a scenario where Russia invades Estonia, which triggers NATO's Article V.

China Conflict