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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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New Atlanticist

Nov 6, 2023

How to keep NATO relevant into 2024 and beyond

By Giedrimas Jeglinskas, Zelma Sergejeva

As the 2024 Washington Summit gets closer, allies should stand up for freedom, ensure continuous support to Ukraine, and credibly boost their defense spending and capabilities.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

New Atlanticist

Nov 2, 2023

NATO needs a plan for military and nonmilitary instruments of power to work together

By Ann Marie Dailey

The Alliance's planning must include nonmilitary parts of government as well as the private sector to reflect the realities of modern warfare.

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

In the News

Oct 31, 2023

Feldman-Piltch in Non-State Actress on definition of terrorism and its application in the US, addressing case of Hamas

By Maggie Feldman-Piltch

On October 31, Transatlantic Security Initiative nonresident senior fellow Maggie Feldman-Piltch wrote the latest edition of her project “Non-State Actress,” which provides a brief overview of the definition of a terrorist organization, act, and individual and how the additional requirements of designation are met and applied in the United States, addressing case of Hamas.

Europe & Eurasia Security & Defense

New Atlanticist

Oct 27, 2023

NATO’s greatest advantage over adversaries is its network of allies and industry partners. Here’s how to use it.

By Joslyn Brodfuehrer

Government officials and defense industry leaders meeting this month mapped out the opportunities available to accelerate defense and technology cooperation between NATO allies.

Defense Industry Europe & Eurasia


Oct 26, 2023

Continued US and allied integration is essential to deter Russian CBRN use

By Natasha Lander Finch, Ryan Arick, Christopher Skaluba

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Atlantic Council project Conceptualizing Integrated Deterrence to Address Russian Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Escalation. The objective of this project was to develop an approach for incorporating European allies and partners into the US model of integrated deterrence against Russian CBRN use.

Arms Control Defense Policy

New Atlanticist

Oct 19, 2023

As NATO grows, it needs new ways to expedite its decisions

By Ira Straus

A widening of the bloc requires a deepening of its decision-making procedures. Here are some ways to avoid a single-member veto of big decisions.

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Sep 20, 2023

Makanju featured in Fast Company on generative AI technology

By Anna Makanju

On September 11, Fast Company published a story about Transatlantic Security Initiative’s nonresident senior fellow Anna Makanju and her efforts as vice president of global affairs for OpenAI. The article explores how Makanju has advocated for the benefits of generative AI and possible applications for public policy, while partnering with government institutions to alleviate potential […]

Defense Technologies Europe & Eurasia
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses the 78th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 19, 2023. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

New Atlanticist

Sep 19, 2023

With the UN General Assembly underway, keep freedom at the forefront

By Nina Dannaoui, James Storen

Data from the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Indexes show that freedom is both present and actively pursued all over the world.

Africa Americas

New Atlanticist

Sep 15, 2023

The pathway to NATO’s ‘2/20’ goal is through real growth of defense spending

By Wayne Schroeder

Next year’s NATO Summit in Washington is a golden opportunity for the Alliance to endorse a defense real growth pathway to its “2/20” guideline.

Defense Policy National Security

Issue Brief

Sep 6, 2023

Alternative security futures in the High North

By David Auerswald

Climate change, combined with increasing geopolitical competition and hostilities, has focused renewed attention on national security interests in the Arctic. By 2035, how will those variables combine to influence the High North?

China Climate Change & Climate Action