In the latest issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, "NATO's Framework Nations: Capabilities for an Unpredictable World," Atlantic Council Distinguished Fellow and Board Director Franklin D. Kramer proposes building the framework nations concept around the three core NATO objectives whose achievement will guide the requisite capabilities.
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Through a combination of stable technology, dedicated technicians and, resistance to random outages, the Internet has been resilient to attacks on a day-to-day basis, creating an extended period of prosperity. Yet, as we approach nearly absolute dependence on the Internet, cyber attacks of the future can and will affect globally interconnected systems like electrical grids and worldwide logistics systems. This Internet of tomorrow will be a source of global shocks for which risk managers, corporate executives, board directors, and government officials are not prepared.
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After an exciting first year marked by renewed economic dynamism and impressive efforts to enhance Japan’s global strategic posture, Abe’s pragmatic streak appears to have been overshadowed by his conservative nationalism, marked by his Dec. 26 visit to Yasukuni Shrine to pay homage to Japan’s war dead.
Atlantic Council's New Eurasia Center Director is Former Envoy to KyivJohn Herbst, the newly appointed director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, served as the US ambassador to Ukraine from 2003 to 2006. Here, he offers an overview of the crisis in Ukraine.
Russia-Ukraine Crisis Is Now Unlikely to Let Russian Gas Keep Flowing Smoothly to EuropeEuropean countries from Germany and Poland to Italy and Turkey now need to ensure they have emergency plans in place to deal with a possible cut-off of Russian gas supplies. At risk are the roughly one-fifth of their supplies delivered via pipelines through Ukraine, and even greater volumes if other Russian pipelines are affected. Any one of several events could reduce or halt this flow, which amounts to around 86 billion cubic meters a year.
By the end of March, some accouterments of post-Soviet sovereignty had changed. The peninsula in dispute switched flags and currencies. But despite epochal foreboding, few lives had been lost; with Russian pride assuaged, the remainder of Ukraine was lurching into the European Union’s embrace—barring a Putin effort to destabilize it. The issue kicking off the crisis in the first place—Ukraine’s edging towards the EU—had now given Eurasia another tilt towards Mother Europe.
Manufacturing Institute Releases New Report with Atlantic Council and Alcoa Foundation Outlining Four Challenges to Closing the Skills Gap
The Manufacturing Institute, together with the Atlantic Council and the Alcoa Foundation, released the report, Global Responses to the Skills Gap: Emerging Lessons, which outlines four major challenges to closing the skills gap: managing demographics, building flexible skills, expanding work-based learning, and partnering to achieve scale.
The report states that to address the issue of creating a successful talent pipeline "national quality standard for certifications" is needed and should be led by a cross-national training methods institute. The findings are based on the assessments of the strengths and challenges of methods used in a variety of countries, such as Finland, Germany, Hungary, and the United Kingdom, as well as in South Korea and Mexico, which are used to develop a framework for discussion.
Compiled by Atlantic Council Global Business & Economics Senior Fellow Alexei Monsarrat, the report is a critical outcome of a global symposium hosted by the Manufacturing Institute, Alcoa Foundation, and Deloitte in 2012, where participants exchanged best practices and generated strategic manufacturing insights and recommendations for senior executives and policymakers. This is an initial effort to gather those lessons and looks at the evolution of government programs over the last several years, with special focus on the trends in how businesses and government are increasingly working together.
Such cheerleading is to be expected—bureaucracies facing problems of diminished relevance are wont to fall back on PR—but the reality is this: What NATO is likely to face in the years ahead is even less strategic coherence and comity, deeper divisions about means and ends, and decreased security for its post-Cold War members, particularly those nearest Russia.