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The Scowcroft Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and embodies his ethos of nonpartisan commitment to the cause of security, support for US leadership in cooperation with allies and partners, and dedication to the mentorship of the next generation of leaders. The Scowcroft Center currently houses four major practice areas: the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative; the Transatlantic Security Initiative; the Asia Security Initiative; and the Cyber Statecraft Initiative. It also collaborates on the Regional Security Program housed within the Council’s Middle East Programs. The Scowcroft Center also houses the growing Emergent Futures Lab.

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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

The battle for 5G leadership is global and the US is behind: The White House’s new strategy aims to correct that.

The West has fallen behind in the competition for leadership of the 5G transition, a reality that has huge economic implications and also risks the West facing the reality of a global telecommunications backbone that not only has serious security flaws, but is also shaped by political values incompatible with our own. A new White House strategy aims to close the 5G transition gap.

New Atlanticist by John T. Watts

Defense Technologies Internet

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Grundman joins Aviation Week podcast on defense implications of COVID-19

Steven Grundman joins Aviation Week editors to discuss "What COVID-19 Portends for Defense, Now and in the Future."

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Policy

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

China’s ineffective coronavirus response could create its own Black Swan

At this time of increasing uncertainty, the Chinese Communist Party is facing a severe test of its ability to prevent coronavirus from becoming a “black swan” that severely impacts its political stability and security.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

China Coronavirus

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus and transatlantic security: Implications for defense planning

Once the West gains control over the coronavirus, NATO and its national defense establishments will have to conduct a hard-nosed assessment of the longer-term military implications and requirements that flow from the current reality—that pandemics can, within weeks, debilitate populations, sink economies, shutter borders, degrade military operations, and fragment unity among the closest of allies.

New Atlanticist by Christopher Skaluba and Ian Brzezinski

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Atlantic Council Launches Future of DHS Project

Initiative brings together bipartisan group of former DHS secretaries and national security experts to study how DHS can more effectively manage COVID-19 and other challenges

Press Release

Security & Defense

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Grundman quoted in Vox on Defense Production Act and pandemic mitigation

Senior Fellow Steve Grundman explains why the coronavirus requires greater intervention by the federal government.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Industry
AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Russia orders tech platforms to remove coronavirus “fake news”

The Russian government has been actively engaged in spreading disinformation and misinformation around the pandemic. The Kremlin has also been active in ordering internet platforms operating in the country to remove coronavirus “fake news” from their platforms, which follows previous Kremlin efforts to crack down on independent internet sites offering legitimate news.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

Coronavirus Disinformation

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Grundman quoted in Bloomberg on Defense Production Act and COVID-19

On March 26, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Steven Grundman explained how the administration can use the Defense Production Act to align industry priorities and better combat the coronavirus.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Industry

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Ending the “Endless War” trope

The trope about ending endless wars is really a way of arguing that the US foreign policy establishment has failed, that the supposed doctrine of interventionism is ineffective and counterproductive, and that the United States should retrench, withdraw, and do less in the world. It is the latest talking point in a long-running debate between advocates of restraint and advocates of engagement. The debate is not whether we want wars to end or not, but about what strategy is best suited to end them on the best terms.

New Atlanticist by Paul D. Miller

Afghanistan Conflict