NATO Washington Summit

During this historic year for the Alliance, the Atlantic Council is leading the charge in shaping the agenda for the Washington Summit, informing the transatlantic community, and demonstrating NATO’s enduring value.

Dive into expert commentary, join engaging events, and explore our special content series celebrating seventy-five years of NATO ahead of this year’s summit.

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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

Jun 20, 2024

Rethinking the NATO burden-sharing debate

By Valbona Zeneli, Philippe Dickinson

As more allies cross the threshold of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense, it’s time for the conversation to evolve.

Europe & Eurasia NATO
US Navy sailors operate onboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, in the Adriatic Sea, February 2, 2022.

Issue Brief

Jun 5, 2024

A new NATO command structure

By Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO suggest an urgent need for a revised NATO Command Structure, better suited to the security needs of allies and better organized to deter and defend in light of these new realities.

NATO Security & Defense

New Atlanticist

Jun 3, 2024

National resilience is a crucial part of defense. Here are the countries doing it right.

By Elisabeth Braw

Learning from the allies that are already taking action will give other NATO members that decide to enhance their resilience a leg up.

Europe & Eurasia National Security
NATO leaders all together on stage.

New Atlanticist

May 28, 2024

Why NATO matters

By Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

The United States supports and leads NATO not out of altruism, but because it is manifestly in its interest to do so.

Crisis Management Defense Policy

New Atlanticist

May 17, 2024

NATO must ‘win up front but be ready to win long’ in modern warfare, says General Christopher Cavoli

By Katherine Walla

At an Atlantic Council Front Page event, Cavoli spoke about the war in Ukraine, NATO's modernization efforts, the China challenge, and more.

Defense Industry Defense Policy

In the News

May 9, 2024

Braw in CBC on Russia’s shadow fleet

By Elisabeth Braw

On May 9, Transatlantic Security Initiative senior fellow Elisabeth Braw was quoted in CBC on the Russian shadow fleet and its effect in circumventing the sanctions.   

Economic Sanctions Europe & Eurasia

In the News

May 8, 2024

Zeneli featured in The National Interest on Italy’s G7 presidency

By Valbona Zeneli

On May 8, Transatlantic Security Initiative non-resident senior fellow Valbona Zeneli wrote an article in The National Interest discussing Italy’s G7 presidency and the future of the Mediterranean region.   

International Organizations Southern & Southeastern Europe

In the News

May 4, 2024

Braw interviewed on Nový svět

By Elisabeth Braw

On May 4, Transatlantic Security Initiative senior fellow Elisabeth Braw was interviewed on Nový svět about her latest book.   

International Markets Politics & Diplomacy

In the News

May 3, 2024

Braw featured in the Double Trouble podcast

By Elisabeth Braw

On May 3, Transatlantic Security Initiative senior fellow Elisabeth Braw was featured on The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s podcast series Double Trouble discussing globalization and her latest book.   

Economy & Business Politics & Diplomacy

New Atlanticist

Apr 29, 2024

Expect a new ‘bridge’ to NATO membership for Ukraine at the Washington summit, says Julianne Smith

By Katherine Walla

Smith spoke at an Atlantic Council curtain-raiser event ahead of the NATO Summit, where she said to expect a measure to "institutionalize" bilateral support to Ukraine.

Europe & Eurasia Indo-Pacific