The Transatlantic Security Initiative (TSI) brings together top policymakers, government and military officials, business leaders, and senior experts from Europe and North America to share insights and develop innovative approaches to the key challenges facing NATO and the transatlantic community. Building on the Scowcroft Center’s mission, TSI focuses on developing strategies for the United States and its NATO allies and partners on both sides of the Atlantic. Through high-profile public convenings, off-the-record strategy sessions, war-gaming, digital engagement, and in-depth research publications, TSI directly informs the transatlantic security debate, galvanizes public support around NATO and key institutions that build peace and collective security, and provides practical, nonpartisan solutions for transatlantic leaders at this critical time in the Alliance’s history. The initiative honors Brent Scowcroft’s legacy by advocating for US leadership and by fostering the next generation of transatlantic leaders—striving to diversify, inform, and expand the network of support for transatlantic cooperation and the NATO Alliance.
To address the most pressing security challenges facing the transatlantic community, TSI focuses on several strategic issues. The Initiative tackles the security threats posed to the Alliance by great power competition with Russia and China through various research projects, events, and study trips. With Russia’s increased assertiveness on NATO’s eastern and northern flanks, the Initiative has built a robust portfolio of in-depth research, cutting-edge analysis, and high-level programming on a wide-ranging set of Nordic-Baltic issues. These projects include an in-depth look at the security challenges in the High North and Arctic, as well as a particular focus on force posture and mobility, capabilities, and the role for the Alliance and its partners in the region. The Initiative has also spearheaded work on NATO’s southern flank, which poses a unique set of challenges for the transatlantic community. Given recent political discourse questioning the value of the NATO Alliance and the role for the United States in European security, TSI has reinvigorated the discussion on NATO by increasing awareness of and support for the Alliance beyond Washington, identifying effective new messages – rooted in concrete policy proposals about NATO’s mission – about the enduring value of NATO to American interests.