The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security’s Asia Security Initiative equips the transatlantic community to “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific and to position the Atlantic Council to serve as the essential link between high-level transatlantic and Asian leaders and thinkers



Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Confidence in Chinese sovereign debt shows decoupling is a long way off

International investors have also been attracted to China’s domestic Renminbi (RMB)-denominated bond markets, estimated to raise their holdings to 3 trillion yuan ($448 billion) —a 50 percent increase which is quite impressive during the pandemic crisis. Growing confidence in Chinese sovereign debt shows decoupling is a long way off.

EconoGraphics by Hung Tran, Nitya Biyani

China Economy & Business

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Trafalgar offers history lesson for China threat

Over-militarizing policy, as we did from Vietnam to the second Iraq war, almost always induces some form of failure

Blog Post by Harlan Ullman

China Conflict

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Let them eat debt: The G20’s disappointing response to the pandemic in developing countries

On the crucial issue of support for poor countries struggling against the economic impact of the global pandemic, officials described meetings as memorable largely for displays of US-China tension, rather than policy substance.

New Atlanticist by Vasuki Shastry and Jeremy Mark

Africa China

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Defense Secretary unveils a new strategy for bolstering allies and partnerships in an era of great-power competition

As the United States prepares for long-term competition with adversaries such as China and Russia, the Department of Defense is unveiling new plans to strengthen America’s network of alliances and partnerships. “Our global constellation of allies and partners remain an enduring strength that our competitors and adversaries simply cannot match,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said during an Atlantic Council Front Page event on October 20.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Defense Industry

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Transcript: Strengthening US alliances and partnerships with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Secretary Esper discussed how the United States can expand and deepen its global networks of allies and partners, leverage security and defense cooperation to build allied capacity and capability overseas, and improve interoperability to ensure more seamless combined operations against great-power adversaries.

ACFrontPage by Atlantic Council

China Defense Policy

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Kroenig participates in panel on Iran and North Korea proliferation and regional challenges

On October 20, Matthew Kroenig spoke on a panel hosted by the Brookings Institution. The panel, titled "Iran and North Korea: Proliferation and Regional Challenges for the Next Administration," focused on threats the next US administration will need to consider and how to build international and domestic support for countering those threats.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Korea

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

From cyber to China, here’s what has former US national security advisors worried

Whether current US President Donald J. Trump is re-elected or former Vice President Joe Biden becomes the next occupant of the White House, the next US president will be confronted with a growing challenge from China, the lingering danger of an assertive Russia, and a broad range of threats complicated by the proliferation of new technologies.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China National Security

Sun, Oct 18, 2020

Whoever wins the US elections will need to save democratic capitalism through ‘new Bretton Woods’

The underlying story of this week’s IMF and World Bank meetings, held virtually from Washington, is that democratic capitalism is suffering dangerous new blows and autocratic capitalism is enjoying new gains. Whoever is elected on Nov. 3 will be saddled with the task of reversing the slide in public faith for democratic capitalism before it becomes irreversible, and addressing inequalities while at the same time not sacrificing capitalism’s irreplaceable engine of growth and innovation.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Economy & Business

Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Kroenig presents on great power rivalry for Savannah Council on World Affairs

On October 15, Matthew Kroenig gave a virtual presentation for the Savannah Council on World Affairs. He spoke about the ideas in his book: The Return of the Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the US and China.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Garlauskas quoted in Voa News on North Korea’s ICBM capabilities

On October 16, Markus Garlauskas, the former US National Intelligence Officer for North Korea and nonresident senior fellow with the Asia Security Initiative, was quoted in Voa News for his recent analysis on North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities. The quoted analysis, published on the New Atlanticist with Bruce Perry, expresses skepticism towards US missile […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy East Asia


Tue, Oct 27, 2020

2020 Atlantic Council-East Asia Foundation Strategic Dialogue

ONLINE EVENT - A strategic dialogue with US and ROK officials, lawmakers, and opinion leaders on the future of the US-ROK alliance in an era of great power competition.