Jon Dunne

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Erich Frandrup

US Navy Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Beware the lure of sanctions for Russia’s latest aggression

While sanctions may be useful to threaten Russia to rectify this situation, any imposition of them needs to be more strategically deployed—ideally with the EU—and lifted only for more strategic gains, vice resolution of this specific incident.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole

Conflict Economic Sanctions

Mon, Nov 26, 2018

Another Ukraine crisis tests US resolve

The United States should also work quickly and quietly to engage both the Russian and Ukrainian governments on the incident, warning them of the risks of further provocations and the need to find a way to ensure full and responsible Ukrainian access to its cities on the Sea of Azov.  

New Atlanticist by Mark David Simakovsky

Economic Sanctions Maritime Security

Sun, Nov 25, 2018

Russia-Ukraine conflict heats up the Sea of Azov: Echoes of Russia’s war with georgia?

“For months, Russian forces have been working to make the Azov Sea an internal Russian body of water in order to both cut off Ukraine’s eastern ports and cement Moscow’s hold on Crimea,” said Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council.

New Atlanticist by Ashish Kumar Sen

Conflict Maritime Security
Murky Waters: Maritime Security in the East and South China Seas

Thu, Apr 5, 2018

Murky waters: Maritime security in the East and South China Seas

What is the state of play in the East and South China Seas, and what might be the future of maritime rules and norms in the region? To answer these questions, the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security convened several experts for a public panel discussion on March 30, 2018. With panelists representing […]

Event Recap by Shaun Ee

China International Norms

Mon, Mar 19, 2018

Kremlin aggression in Ukraine: the price tag

“Since the annexation, Russia has carried out extensive confiscation of public and private property, which it has referred to as ‘nationalization’ under Russian Federation legislation,” writes Dr. Anders Åslund, in Kremlin Aggression in Ukraine: The Price Tag, a new report by the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. If Kyiv loses the occupied Crimea and Donbas forever, […]

Report by Anders Åslund

Conflict Defense Policy

Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Maritime defense for the Baltic states

The maritime domain is increasingly a priority for NATO as the alliance seeks to bolster its defense and deterrence posture in Europe’s north and east. Much work remains to be done in terms of NATO’s maritime posture and the maritime capabilities and capacities of its members. The maritime domain presents a unique challenge for NATO’s […]

Issue Brief by Magnus Nordenman

Maritime Security NATO

Tue, Nov 7, 2017

The Sino-Indian clash and the new geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific

On June 18, 2017, an Indian patrol disrupted construction of a Chinese road along the disputed border of Sikkim, a remote state in northeast India, reigniting a border conflict between China and India. This incident rapidly evolved into a standoff, with the apparent threat of militarized escalation between the two countries. The tension dissipated without […]

Report by Bharath Gopalaswamy and Robert Manning

Indo-Pacific Maritime Security

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

The military implications of Catalonian secession—an update

assuming that Catalonia was admitted to NATO, what would the newly independent country contribute? At the 2014 Strategic Foresight Forum at the Atlantic Council, Anne Marie Slaughter of the New America Foundation opined that an independent Catalonia would do a fine job of defending itself. After all, Catalonia is a country of over 7 million people, with more than $300 billion in GDP. Spending just 1.6% of that—well below the widely-ignored NATO threshold, of course—provides over $4.5 billion annually. y de-emphasizing the military forces that any landlocked country will have, and instead steering investments towards those it is comparatively positioned to provide, Catalonia could punch above its weight in European political affairs.

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Policy Eastern Europe

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

An EU air force is impossible; Fortunately, it’s not necessary.

To rebuild robust air forces, Europeans should just get back to basics. Early last month, as David Cenciotti of the Aviationist reported, A-10Cs of the Maryland Air National Guard were again practicing landings and take-offs from stretches of highway in Estonia, though with occasional casualties amongst the roadsigns. About a year prior, it was A-10Cs of the […]

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Technologies

Wed, Apr 5, 2017

Back to the North

The European security environment is at its most volatile since the Cold War, and much of the friction between NATO and a newly assertive Russia can be found in the maritime domain, particularly in the Baltic Sea region. This means that NATO must once again address the role of the maritime domain in collective defense […]

Issue Brief by Magnus Nordenman

Maritime Security NATO