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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Press Release

Dec 1, 2021

Atlantic Council announces multi-year partnership on Black Sea security with the Romanian National University of Political Studies and Public Administration

Press Release

The Atlantic Council will partner with the Romanian National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA) on a major four-year body of work focused on the Black Sea region, which will familiarize the policy community with the complexities of this strategically important area for NATO and advance recommendations for transatlantic strategists.

Eastern Europe English

New Atlanticist by Ian Brzezinski

Nov 29, 2021

NATO thwarted a Russian invasion in 1980. Could its playbook work today?

New Atlanticist by Ian Brzezinski

As NATO foreign ministers meet this week in Riga, Latvia, they should consider how President Jimmy Carter blocked the Soviets from crushing Poland’s Solidarity movement.

Conflict Crisis Management

New Atlanticist by John R. Deni

Nov 23, 2021

What’s Russia doing in Ukraine? Its latest military drills provide critical clues.

New Atlanticist by John R. Deni

Here's what the Zapad-2021 joint exercise between Russia and Belarus revealed about the Kremlin's strategic plans.

Defense Policy Eastern Europe

In the News by Hans Binnendijk

Nov 23, 2021

Binnendijk and Lindley-French in Defense News: Prioritize NATO’s core task: Collective defense

In the News by Hans Binnendijk

Hans Binnendijk and Julian Lindley-French write that traditional collective defense remains the top priority for NATO, and that it should be reflected in the new Strategic Concept to be released in 2022.

Europe & Eurasia National Security

In the News by John R. Deni

Nov 22, 2021

Deni in Defense News: If the Russian military crashes through a forest, will NATO hear a sound?

In the News by John R. Deni

Deni writes in Defense News on the role that the NATO Response Force might have in responding to Russia's military buildup around Ukraine.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Nov 12, 2021

Romania’s foreign minister on ‘bridging [the] connectivity gap’ with the Three Seas Initiative

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Bogdan Aurescu spoke at an Atlantic Council roundtable on security and cooperation in the Black Sea region.

Central Europe Economy & Business

In the News by Alexander Vershbow

Nov 7, 2021

Vershbow in The National Interest: How NATO can help Ukraine deter Russian aggression

In the News by Alexander Vershbow

Amb. Vershbow argues in The National Interest that NATO’s new Strategic Concept should adopt a more strategic approach to ensuring the security of Ukraine.

English Europe & Eurasia

NATO 20/2020 by Christopher Skaluba, Gabriela R. A. Doyle

Nov 2, 2021

Buscando la adhesión de México

NATO 20/2020 by Christopher Skaluba, Gabriela R. A. Doyle

La membresía de México en la OTAN puede ser la clave para mantener a Estados Unidos que cambia rápidamente y que invierte en la seguridad europea.

Europe & Eurasia Mexico

Testimony by Ian Brzezinski

Nov 1, 2021

Brzezinski testifies to US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Black Sea security

Testimony by Ian Brzezinski

Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Ian Brzezinski testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a US strategy for security in the Black Sea region.

Arms Control Defense Policy

In the News by Atlantic Council

Oct 25, 2021

McInnis in Foreign Policy on organizational culture in the Pentagon

In the News by Atlantic Council

Scowcroft Center nonresident senior fellow Kathleen J. McInnis writes on organizational culture in the Pentagon.

Defense Policy Security & Defense