WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 30, 2023 – The Atlantic Council announced today the creation of the Indo-Pacific Security Initiative (IPSI), a new program focused on Indo-Pacific strategy, alliance, and security issues. The initiative, housed in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, will be led by Markus Garlauskas, a former senior US intelligence official and current Atlantic Council nonresident senior fellow.
IPSI replaces the Council’s previous Asia Security Initiative. The name reflects the program’s expanded ambition and matches the language US and allied officials use for the region. IPSI will work with US, allied, and partner governments and other key stakeholders to shape strategies and policies to mitigate the most important rising security challenges facing the region, including China’s growing threat to the international order and North Korea’s destabilizing nuclear weapons advancements. The program will also address opportunities for cooperation in the region, such as transforming regional security architectures, harnessing emerging technologies, and developing new mechanisms for deterrence and defense cooperation.
Markus Garlauskas will lead the new program, bringing a wealth of experience in developing innovative analysis and actionable recommendations on top security issues in the Indo-Pacific for US and allied government officials. As a nonresident senior fellow, he has led studies, multinational strategic dialogues, and tabletop exercises on topics ranging from deterrence cooperation between East Asian and European allies to the risk of simultaneous conflicts with China and North Korea. Before joining the Council, he led the US intelligence community’s strategic analysis on Korea as the National Intelligence Officer for North Korea from July 2014 to June 2020, advising two different presidential administrations.
“Markus brings a wealth of substantive expertise and leadership skills to the Indo-Pacific Security Initiative: deep knowledge of key regional security issues, strategic vision, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thought leadership, and a passion for mentorship,” said Fred Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council. “His role in IPSI will be vital to providing action-oriented recommendations at this inflection point in the region and beyond.”