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.

Our pillars

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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NATO 20/2020 Podcast

NATO 20/2020 is a weekly podcast that explores 20 bold ideas to push NATO to be more visionary, more capable, and more self-evidently valuable to the security of more people.

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Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Transatlantic Security Initiative – Fall 2021 Young Global Professionals


Based on the fundamental understanding that today’s most pressing global security challenges are most effectively managed with allies, the Transatlantic Security Initiative conducts research and project activities on topics related to NATO and European security and defense.

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Thu, Jul 22, 2021

Why ‘human security’ matters for tomorrow’s conflicts

NATO leaders are finally focusing on human security, a major step toward a broader vision of crisis management.

New Atlanticist by Sarah Dawn Petrin

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Benitez in Stars and Stripes: Russian actions in Black Sea show ‘increasing aggression,’ says top US admiral in the region

Jorge Benitez was quoted in a Stars and Stripes article regarding the escalation of Russian military aggression in the Black Sea against US and NATO warships conducting exercises in the region.

In the News by Jorge Benitez

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Binnendijk in Notes from Poland: Purchase of US Abrams tanks strengthens Poland and NATO against Russia

Hans Binnendijk explains the importance of Poland's purchase of M1A2 Abrams tanks from the United States in shoring up Warsaw's military capabilities on NATO's eastern flank.

In the News by Hans Binnendijk

Central Europe Defense Policy

Mon, Jul 19, 2021

FAST THINKING: A turning point on Chinese hacking

What does NATO’s buy-in mean for the world’s response to Chinese hacking? What tools do these allies have to fight back? Our experts messaged us (securely) with the answers.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Australia China

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

MARKUP: Our experts annotate the NATO communiqué

But what were they really saying amid all the jargon? And what was missing? Atlantic Council experts combed through the document and left their insights in the margins.

New Atlanticist by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Thu, Jun 17, 2021

The secret to NATO’s survival: Get political

Why has NATO failed to be an effective political forum and what signs of progress must emerge from this week's summit? There are six core areas to watch over the next eighteen months.

New Atlanticist by Jamie Shea and Michael John Williams

Conflict Defense Policy

Wed, Jun 16, 2021

Breitenbauch in MSN Denmark: Putin and Biden’s meeting makes future dialogue possible

Henrik Breitenbauch was quoted in MSN Denmark on the impact of the Biden-Putin Summit on US-Russia relations.

In the News by Henrik Breitenbauch

Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jun 15, 2021


The band is back together: NATO allies gathered at a Monday summit in Brussels. How will the meeting shape NATO’s future, and what cracks did it reveal in the Alliance?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Vershbow in NBC News: The Biden-Putin summit features high stakes, low expectations

Ambassador Alexander Vershbow was quoted in NBC News on the Biden-Putin Summit and explained that the Russian president does not necessarily want the more stable or predictable relationship that the US seeks.

In the News by Alexander Vershbow

Arms Control Eastern Europe

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

Three priorities for NATO partnerships in a contested world

NATO should double down on what works—capacity-building—while expanding political consultations with partners and forging new frontiers in science and technology cooperation.

New Atlanticist by Lisa Aronsson and Brett Swaney

Europe & Eurasia Indo-Pacific