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In the News

Jan 20, 2022

Kroenig and Cimmino reflect on President Biden’s approach to dictators

By Atlantic Council

On January 20, The Dispatch published a piece by Matthew Kroenig and Jeffrey Cimmino reflecting on how President Biden has approached authoritarian rivals during his first year in office. They argue that the president has been tough on China, but has not adequately confronted Russia, Iran, or international terrorism.

China Iran

New Atlanticist

Jan 3, 2022

The United States must ensure semiconductor supply-chain resilience—not allocate short supplies

By Robert Dohner

The current semiconductor shortage, now expected to persist well into 2022, stands out both for its longevity and consequences. The United States and its partners, like South Korea and Taiwan, can set the global standard for resiliency.

Economy & Business International Markets


Dec 23, 2021

Proactively countering North Korea’s advancing nuclear threat

By Markus Garlauskas

Markus Garlauskas suggests a strategy to counter North Korean nuclear weapons by impeding the growth of its arsenal, investing to stay ahead of new nuclear threats, and adjusting operations on the Korean Peninsula.

Defense Policy Defense Technologies

Issue Brief

Dec 15, 2021

Nuclear priorities for the Biden administration

By John Harvey and Robert Soofer

Former nuclear deterrence policymakers John Harvey and Robert Soofer, from Democratic and Republican administrations, respectively, propose a path for the Biden administration's nuclear strategy and policy.

China Defense Policy

Issue Brief

Dec 14, 2021

Missile defense: The end of the interim solution

By Patrick O’Reilly

Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow and former US Missile Defense Agency director Patrick O'Reilly argues that the time is now to invest in directed energy missile defense.

China Defense Policy

In the News

Dec 9, 2021

Manning in Voice of America: Beijing Winter Olympics test US-South Korea cooperation on China

By Atlantic Council

On December 9, Robert Manning was quoted in a Voice of America article on how the Beijing Olympics challenge the relationship between the United States and South Korea. “While the US would not be happy [if the South Korean government participated in the Olympics], especially if most US allies also boycott official presence at the […]

China Korea


Dec 7, 2021

An Alliance of Democracies: From concept to reality in an era of strategic competition

By Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig, and Jonas Parello-Plesner

With the rules-based democratic order under threat, the United States and its allies need new entities that facilitate cooperation not just across the transatlantic, but among larger groups of democracies worldwide.

Australia Economy & Business


Dec 3, 2021

The RCEP ratification and its implications

By Niels Graham

On January 1, 2022 the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement will go into effect. When it enters into force, the partnership will be doubly historic: it will be both China’s first multilateral trade agreement and the world’s largest free trade agreement.

China Economy & Business

Issue Brief

Nov 30, 2021

Forward Defense symposium on deterring Chinese strategic attack

By Hans Binnendijk, Rebeccah Heinrichs, and Christopher Twomey

Hans Binnendijk, Rebeccah Heinrichs, and Christopher Twomey contribute issue briefs to a Forward Defense symposium on Chinese nuclear weapons and deterring Chinese strategic attack.

China Defense Policy

In the News

Nov 9, 2021

Manning in VOA: Should Biden ease humanitarian sanctions on North Korea?

By Atlantic Council

On November 9, Robert Manning was quoted in a Voice of America article on US sanctions on North Korea. Manning argued that the United States does not need to ease sanctions for humanitarian goods to reach North Koreans, but rather there is a need to streamline the process. Robert Manning, a senior fellow at the […]

Indo-Pacific Korea