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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Press Release

Jan 27, 2023

Atlantic Council, Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands announce new partnership on defense technology innovation

Washington DC – January 27, 2022: The Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative (TSI) has launched a new partnership with the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands to collaborate on key policy issues related to transatlantic cooperation on defense technology innovation.

Fast Thinking

Jan 25, 2023

What Western tanks will mean for Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

With Leopard 2 tanks on the way to Ukraine, our experts rumble in with their takes on what the move signals about Germany's approach to the war effort.

Conflict Defense Industry


Jan 24, 2023

Auerswald for Foreign Policy Analysis: Explaining Variations in Legislative Oversight over the Armed Forces

On November 15, TSI NRSF John Deni was quoted on NATO Articles 4 and 5 commitments in the wake of missiles straying into Poland. Quotes from the article were also picked up by Al Jazeera.

Europe & Eurasia Poland


Jan 20, 2023

China and the new globalization

By Franklin D. Kramer

The unitary globalized economy no longer exists. Driven in significant part by security considerations, a new and more diverse globalization is both required and being built. The transition is ongoing, and its final form is yet to be determined.

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jan 18, 2023

Dutch prime minister talks Leopard 2 tanks and other assistance to Ukraine: ‘The ask from Kyiv is completely clear’

By Nick Fouriezos

Prime Minister Mark Rutte spoke at an Atlantic Council Front Page event on Tuesday, where he discussed Ukraine, the Caribbean, China, and more.

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Jan 18, 2023

Scheunemann in Global National: momentum is building in support of sending tanks for Ukraine

By Leah Scheunemann

Leah Scheunemann was quoted in Global National around 5:58 discussing how momentum is building in support of sending tanks for Ukraine to use in defense of its homeland.

Conflict Defense Policy

Press Release

Dec 27, 2022

Atlantic Council announces task force focused on Black Sea security

The Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security is pleased to announce the formation of a task force focused on Black Sea security, in partnership with the Romanian National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNPSA).

Europe & Eurasia

Event Recap

Dec 22, 2022

Integrating women’s agency in strategic planning: the missing element of power from US national security strategies

On December 19, the Scowcroft Center's Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a public discussion on the missing element from the recently released US NSS and NDS: the role gender plays in foreign and defense policy to help the United States achieve its goals and ensure collective security.

National Security Security & Defense

In the News

Dec 14, 2022

Agachi interviewed by Politico on the biggest unexpected threats to the United States

By Anca Agachi

Anca Agachi was interviewed by Politico on non-traditional security threats, serious national security hazards that aren’t nukes, tanks and bombs.

Conflict Crisis Management

New Atlanticist

Dec 13, 2022

Investing in innovation can help NATO rally Asian democracies

By Giedrimas Jeglinskas

The NATO Innovation Fund, the world’s first multi-sovereign venture capital fund, offers the Alliance a unique opportunity to mobilize other democratic countries.

Indo-Pacific NATO