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Neil-R.-Brown

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.

Featured work

Featured commentary and analysis

Featured in-depth research and reports

Scowcroft Center initiatives

Leadership

Barry Pavel

Senior Vice President and Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Matthew Kroenig

Deputy Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Miyeon Oh

Director & Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative

Asia Security Initiative

Trey Herr

Director, Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Christopher Skaluba

Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Experts

Jorge Benitez

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Hans Binnendijk

Distinguished Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

John Blocher

Senior US Air Force Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

Matt Brand

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Kate Brannen

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative

Transatlantic Security Initiative

Content

Tue, Jan 7, 2020

US-Iran in crisis: Strategic ambiguity and loud weapons in cyberspace

Iran’s government will feel the need to retaliate against the United States, but it does not wish to ignite a prolonged war with the United States. The regime’s near-term aim is to demonstrate to its domestic and regional constituencies that it has the capability and the resolve to avenge Soleimani’s killing and, more strategically, to drum up support for hardliners ahead of legislative elections next month. While Iran has a number of options available, its cyber toolkit not one to be overlooked.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler, Will Loomis, and Katherine Wolff

Cybersecurity Iran

Mon, Jan 6, 2020

Shaping the global future together: the Council’s “Top fifteen hits” of 2019

We look back at the Atlantic Council's top work of 2019 galvanizing US leadership alongside partners and allies to tackle the most pressing challenges confronting our nation and our world.

New Atlanticist by Frederick Kempe

Africa Americas

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Herr quoted in Cheddar on Iranian threat to U.S. grid

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Kroenig interviewed on Bloomberg to discuss how Iran will react to the death of Soleimani

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Iran

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

Ullman in UPI: Don’t provoke a ‘Bay of Goats’ in Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Sun, Dec 29, 2019

Experts react: United States retaliates against Iran-backed forces in Iraq and Syria

The United States launched a series of airstrikes against the Iranian-backed group Kata'ib Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria on December 29, 2019.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Conflict Iraq

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Leading the free world: How America benefits

Americans have been the unconscious beneficiaries of a world order that would not exist without them. Just as we take for granted electricity and plumbing, so to we take for granted the peace and prosperity of our system.

Report by Paul D. Miller

China Nationalism

Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Top ten risks of 2020

2020 will likely bear more resemblance to the 1930s, as some of the developments which did not reach a denouement in the past year cross the finish line. Several simmering conflicts, symptoms of a global system under strain from US President Donald J. Trump’s “anti-globalist” America First doctrine, could well reach breakpoints in 2020. This may include a shift from the mere corroding of multilateral institutions and US alliances toward total dysfunction.

New Atlanticist by Robert A. Manning, Mathew J. Burrows

China International Norms

Mon, Dec 16, 2019

War Words: A stage play about men and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Conflict

Mon, Dec 16, 2019

Cyber 9-12: A training ground for future leaders

Given the rapidly changing threat environment, cybersecurity is both a grand puzzle and a Sisyphean task. This year’s New York Challenge, hosted at Columbia SIPA with a scenario co-developed by the Atlantic Council, SIPA, and New York City Cyber Command, was a fascinating blend of these challenges.

Blog Post by Ben Ballard, Melanie Barlow, Jackie Faselt, and Andrew Seligson

Cybersecurity

Events

Tue, Jan 28, 2020

Professionals discuss logistics: The role of TRANSCOM in great-power competition

In this installment of the Commanders Series, TRANSCOM Commander Stephen R. Lyons discusses the challenge of preparing for the future of conflict while maintaining logistical commitments to current US deployments worldwide.

11:00am Washington DC

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Looking north: Conference on security in the Arctic

A discussion on the trends shaping the future security environment in the Arctic and developing strategies for Allied cooperation on key security issues.

9:00am Washington DC

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

What Do We Know About Cyber Escalation?

A discussion on how cyber operations can impact escalation as we know it.

3:00pm Washington DC