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Elisabeth Braw

Visiting Fellow, AEI

Elisabeth Braw
Elisabeth Braw is a Visiting Fellow at AEI, specializing in defense against gray-zone aggression. She previously directed the Modern Deterrence program at the Royal United Services Institute. She's a columnist for Foreign Policy and regularly also writes about European security for publications including the Financial Times, Politico, and The Times (of London).
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Put Societal Resilience at the Center of Defense Planning

It’s already foolish to focus too narrowly on military attack and response. Soon it will be fatuous.

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The West Is Surprisingly Well-Equipped for Gray-Zone Deterrence

Authoritarian officials and oligarchs interact with Western nations in ways that give democratic governments leverage.

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A 21st-Century Reality Is Dawning on NATO

In today’s security environment, non-kinetic threats pose as grave a danger as kinetic ones.

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A Foreign General Is Helping to Lead US Army Europe. Other Commands Should Take Heed

The German military sends its best to serve as an American general’s chief of staff, to everyone’s benefit.

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No Military Has Done More for Corona-Stricken Allies Than Germany’s

The Bundeswehr has been flying supplies to, and medevacing patients from, its European neighbors.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Should Be NATO’s Moment

There’s one multinational organization that has command-and-control for contingencies, the staff to execute operations, and exists to defend its member states.

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How Climate Change Will Help China And Russia Wage Hybrid War

Increased refugee flows, weather threats, and declining food security will deepen tensions already being exploited to divide and weaken the U.S. and its allies.

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Sweden’s Raging Forest Fires Show the Value of Allies

As wildfires raged through the country’s northern reaches, EU allies dispatched hundreds of firefighters and scores of trucks and aircraft.

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NATO Needs More Big Exercises, Too

More multinational training events would go a long way towards improving European defense – and it would strengthen the transatlantic relationship, too.

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Let’s Talk about Food — and What Happens In a Crisis

Sweden is telling its citizens to be ready to feed themselves for a week. Other nations should follow suit.

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We Need a NATO for Infowar

Western countries have pitifully few defenses against ever-more-powerful disinformation campaigns. Banding together can help.

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For Not-Quite-Wars, Italy Has a Useful Alternative to Traditional Troops

More nations should consider creating police-cum-military forces for hybrid stabilization missions.

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How to Deal With Russian Information Warfare? Ask Sweden's Subhunters

Other nations can learn from the Swedes’ long experience with mysterious incidents followed by disinformation campaigns.

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There Are More and More Threats that Militaries Can't Stop. People's Forces Can Help

Populations are not fragile flowers – far from it. Treating them as a national-security resource can boost a society's resiliency, and even its deterrence.

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The US Military Needs a Teacher Corps to Train Its Partners

Much of the $70 billion spent to train Afghan armed forces has been wasted. Here’s how to do better.

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When the War Comes, What Should We Civilians Do?

The military can’t do it all. The US needs a national civilian emergency corps, trained and ready to help in case of the next disaster, be it cyber, nuclear, or natural.

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For NATO, True Interoperability Is No Longer Optional

Here are nine ways to ensure That alliance members could fight together to defend Europe.

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The 2% Benchmark Is Blinding Us to NATO Members’ Actual Contributions

It is far more revealing to look at the forces and capabilities each country sends abroad on alliance missions.

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Russia Has 100K Troops On the Move. Here's Why NATO Can't Do the Same

From mismatched rail lines to red tape, a host of obstacles show why NATO needs its own version of Russia's upcoming Zapad 2017 exercise.