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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Trackers and Data Visualizations

Jun 16, 2022

Visualizing the NATO Strategic Concept: Five ways to look at the Alliance’s future

By Atlantic Council experts

We asked our experts: With so much happening in the global arena, what topics will be featured in NATO's Strategic Concept - and how should the Alliance think about addressing them?

Climate Change & Climate Action Cybersecurity

In the News

Jun 16, 2022

Williams in the New York Times: middle power nations want to maintain strategic autonomy and will not easily cozy up to the US regarding Russia

By Michael John Williams

Michael John Williams was quoted in the New York Times asserting that middle power nations such as Brazil, India, Israel, and South Africa want to maintain their strategic autonomy and will not easily side with the US in opposing Russia.

Conflict Eastern Europe

In the News

Jun 16, 2022

Vershbow in NBC News: Biden administration must warn Russia that US will respond swiftly and decisively if Putin goes nuclear

By Alexander Vershbow

Alexander Vershbow discusses what Biden administration must do if Putin uses nuclear weapons.

Conflict Eastern Europe

New Atlanticist

Jun 16, 2022

How NATO can stick together and keep the pressure on Russia, according to four former Alliance chiefs

By Katherine Walla

Four former NATO chiefs gathered at the Atlantic Council to weigh in on the Alliance's response to the war in Ukraine, enlargement, and the next plays in its playbook.

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Event Recap

Jun 16, 2022

Experts: Long neglected, the Black Sea is now a crucial piece of strategic puzzle

By Alvina Ahmed

On June, the Scowcroft Center's Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a public conference discussing the importance of securitizing the Black Sea Region and US-Romanian bilateral relationship in light of the war in Ukraine.

Conflict Defense Industry

Issue Brief

Jun 13, 2022

NATO priorities: Initial lessons from the Russia-Ukraine war

By Franklin D. Kramer, Barry Pavel

At the June 2022 NATO summit it will be important to implement four key operational priorities, each derived from initial lessons underscored by the Russia-Ukraine war, to maintain the Alliance's long-term capacity for defense and deterrence.

Europe & Eurasia National Security

In the News

Jun 13, 2022

Zysk quoted in Euronews: Russian appetite may not with Luhansk and Donetsk

By Katarzyna Zysk

Russia "can take or try to take Mykolaiv, or the port city of Odessa. And if successful, Russia would probably go back and try to conquer Kyiv."

English Europe & Eurasia

In the News

Jun 13, 2022

Scheunemann quoted in Politico to discuss nomination of Gen. Christopher Cavoli for the role of supreme allied commander for Europe

By Leah Scheunemann

General Cavoli "has so much on his plate."

English Europe & Eurasia

In the News

May 29, 2022

Stefanini quoted in Financial Times: Europeans wish they knew what was America’s end game plan in Ukraine

By Stefano Stefanini

Stefanini quoted in Financial Times about European confusion regarding America's end plan in Ukraine.

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Issue Brief

May 23, 2022

Toward a framework for transatlantic cooperation on non-state armed groups

By Lauren Mooney and Patrick Quirk

This policy brief examines how transatlantic cooperation regarding NSAGs can be strengthened. It describes the proliferation of NSAGs and the threat they pose to stability in the Sahel specifically. It then explores US-European policies toward engaging NSAGs, highlighting how these frameworks remain underdeveloped on both sides of the Atlantic— pointing to opportunities for greater coordination.

Africa Europe & Eurasia