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.

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Defense and deterrence in Europe

Developing policy recommendations for deterring and defending against Russian aggression aimed at allies and partners in the European theater.

Emerging challenges to transatlantic security

Creating strategies to harness emerging and disruptive technologies to maintain NATO’s competitive advantage and cohering a transatlantic approach to hybrid threats from Russia and China.

China and transatlantic security

Identifying areas of divergence and convergence between the United States and Europe with respect to China and proposing ideas to collectively counter China’s malign activities.

NATO and the new south

Analyzing the security impacts of great power competition in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions and developing strategies to improve stabilization missions beyond Europe’s borders.

Arctic security

Assessing the unique geopolitical and defense challenges of the High North to bridge perspectives between European and North American allies and partners on Arctic security issues.

NATO in America

Identifying bold policy ideas that demonstrate the enduring value of NATO to US interests in order to engage a new community of American champions for the Alliance.

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In the News

May 19, 2022

Hindrén in Breaking Defense: What Finland will bring to NATO – and how it might change the alliance

By Rasmus Hindrén

Rasmus Hindrén writes that while the public has been focused on whether Finland will join NATO. there are five key areas to watch if it does

Defense Policy Eastern Europe

New Atlanticist

May 18, 2022

Sweden would strengthen NATO with fresh thinking and an able force

By John R. Deni

Sweden’s unique characteristics could make it a serious security provider—not merely a security consumer—in the heart of Northern Europe. 

Crisis Management Defense Policy

New Atlanticist

May 18, 2022

Dashboard: Tracking the Western response to the war in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

Explore the Atlantic Council's interactive trackers for how the world has responded by sending humanitarian and military aid, redeploying forces, and hammering Russia's economy.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Trackers and Data Visualizations

May 17, 2022

NATO Forward Forces Tracker

By Transatlantic Security Initiative

In the lead-up to and following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the United States and NATO allies have taken numerous steps to bolster allied force posture in Eastern Europe. The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Transatlantic Security Initiative has been tracking it all. Check out its interactive table and charts to visualize the changes over time.

Ukraine

In the News

May 16, 2022

Binnendijk and Vershbow in Defense News: A prolonged ceasefire may be the likely endgame in Ukraine

By Hans Binnendijk, Alexander Vershbow

Hans Binnendijk and Alexander Vershbow write that the West must provide Ukraine with the ability to thrive in a post-war environment.

Conflict Eastern Europe

New Atlanticist

May 13, 2022

Why Finland and Sweden can join NATO with unprecedented speed

By Christopher Skaluba, Anna Wieslander

Both have put in the prescient and painstaking work to make a potential transition from partner to member so straightforward.

Defense Policy European Union

Fast Thinking

May 12, 2022

FAST THINKING: Why Finland and Sweden are feeling secure about NATO membership

By Atlantic Council

How did the two countries arrive so quickly at this juncture? And what opportunities and dangers lie ahead? Our experts in Helsinki, Brussels, and Washington have the answers.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Event Recap

May 11, 2022

How can the US and NATO help bring about Russia’s ‘strategic failure’ in Ukraine?

By Connor McPartland

On May 2, the Scowcroft Center's Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a public conference discussing priorities for the upcoming NATO Summit and next steps for security in Europe.

Conflict Defense Industry

In the News

May 9, 2022

Vershbow in Fox News: Putin may soon face one of his worst strategic nightmares

By Alexander Vershbow

Alexander Vershbow discusses the strategic implications of Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

Conflict Eastern Europe

In the News

May 8, 2022

Deni in the Wall Street Journal: NATO should admit Finland and Sweden ASAP

By John R. Deni

John Deni argues for the Wall Street Journal that Finnish and Swedish membership in NATO enhances the Alliance’s security and sends a powerful message to Russia.

Conflict Eastern Europe