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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Jun 30, 2022

Our experts decipher NATO’s new Strategic Concept

By Atlantic Council experts

What were the allies really saying amid all the jargon? And what did they leave out? Our experts carefully combed through the document and dropped their insights in the margins.

Crisis Management Defense Policy


Jun 29, 2022

Where does NATO go from here? Top US and Spanish diplomats look beyond summit.

By Atlantic Council

At the NATO Public Forum, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel Albares and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken talked about NATO's role in a future of scaling challenges.

Europe & Eurasia NATO


Jun 29, 2022

Foreign ministers from France, Italy, and Sweden dissect NATO’s new Strategic Concept

By Atlantic Council

The Alliance has a couple of new members in its lineup. How should member countries work together to tighten the transatlantic bond?

Europe & Eurasia NATO


Jun 29, 2022

How NATO allies can keep Ukraine a top priority for the public

By Atlantic Council

In the face of inflation, how should government leaders keep public enthusiasm and support for NATO climbing?

Europe & Eurasia NATO

New Atlanticist

Jun 29, 2022

Blinken: NATO is ‘more united, more focused’ after historic summit

By Nick Fouriezos

The Atlantic Council teamed up with civil society organizations at the NATO Public Forum, convening top US and global leaders for their take on NATO's priorities in a changing security environment.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

New Atlanticist

Jun 28, 2022

Stoltenberg takes on climate change and Turkey’s blockade of Sweden and Finland as NATO summit opens

By Daniel Malloy

Opening the NATO Public Forum, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg vowed to slash the organization's emissions in response to the climate challenge and said Turkey's terrorism concerns are "legitimate."

Climate Change & Climate Action Defense Policy

In the News

Jun 27, 2022

Binnendijk and Vershbow in Brookings: Rebalancing European and trans-Atlantic defense

By Hans Binnendijk, Alexander Vershbow

Hans Binnendijk and Alexander Vershbow write that Europe and the US must find a balance between complete European strategic autonomy and hefty reliance on US defense spending.

Conflict Eastern Europe

In the News

Jun 23, 2022

Stefanini quoted in Financial Times: Ukraine weighs up impact of EU leaders’ trip to Kyiv

By Stefano Stefanini

Stefano Stefanini was quoted in a Financial Times article: although Ukraine's priority is obtaining weapons, Draghi, Scholz, and Macron's support for the country's EU membership bid is symbolically significant.

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Jun 23, 2022

Hooker quoted in The Washington Post: Putin May Win in Ukraine, But the Real War is Just Starting

Richard Hooker was quoted in an op-ed in The Washington Post expressing that NATO must have the will to continue deterring Russia, and that the US must lead and encourage its allies.

Conflict NATO

In the News

Jun 22, 2022

Binnendijk and Hamilton in Defense News: The North Atlantic and Indo-Pacific are linked

By Hans Binnendijk

Hans Binnendijk and Daniel Hamilton write that security issues of the North Atlantic and Indo Pacific are interconnected and argue that the new Strategic Concept must address the question of China.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia