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Issue Spotlight

Coronavirus

Upcoming events

Tue, Jul 14, 2020

MH17 and the elusive search for justice

ONLINE EVENT – After years of investigation, the MH17 trial in the Netherlands seeks to indict those responsible and hold them to account.

10:00am ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Jul 14, 2020

Argentina’s debt negotiation: Is a deal within sight?

ONLINE EVENT – Under what conditions could an agreement be reached, and what would be the immediate and long-term implications of the deal? Deal or no deal: what are the implications for economic growth and investment in Argentina?

2:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Jul 15, 2020

The future of trust and sensemaking online and in digital transactions

ONLINE EVENT – An expert panel exploring how we address widening distrusts both online and with regards to digital transactions.

12:30pm ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

refugee resilience

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Turkey’s Refugee Resilience: Expanding and Improving Solutions for the Economic Inclusion of Syrians in Turkey

Since 2014, Turkey has not only hosted the world’s largest refugee population but has also modeled a best practice for the global refugee policy discussion. Turkey’s experience on the key issues such as jobs and employment should be examined as lessons for both refugee hosting countries and donor countries alike.

Report by Bastien Revel

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

Economic might, national security, and the future of American statecraft

Given the many significant challenges America faces today — including high levels of debt, political discord, the rise of China, and the emergence of Asian economies as the drivers of global growth — what is the United States’ plan for preserving its great power primacy?

In-Depth Research & Reports by David H. McCormick, Charles E. Luftig, James M. Cunningham

Thu, Jul 9, 2020

II. The convergence of national security and economics

National security and economics have long been connected, and, since its earliest days, the United States has leveraged that reality to advance its national objectives.

In-Depth Research & Reports by David McCormick, Charles E. Luftig, James M. Cunningham

Flagship events

The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum is the go-to conference on the geopolitics of the energy transformation, where energy and foreign policy leaders come together to set the energy agenda for the year and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy system. Held in Abu Dhabi 10-12 January under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, the forum is held in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, ADNOC, and Mubadala, and is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Duda wins, but must now govern a divided Poland

Duda won his election. He’s the president of a closely divided country. Trzaskowski almost beat him with a message that was inclusive and appealed to many Poles who, demographically and socially, probably represent Poland’s future. It’s now Duda’s move, hopefully to demonstrate that he is a unifying force in Poland.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Elections Poland

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Event recap: Increasing resilience by assuring trust in medicine, credentials, and supply chains

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and Nanotronics hosted Yves Daccord, Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Philippe Gillet, Chief Scientific Officer of SIPCA, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former President of the Republic of Estonia, Idris Guessous, MD and PhD, Head of the Division of Primary Care Medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director of the Geoeconomics Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Danielle Tavino, VP and Co-Founder of Code-X, and Dr. Divya Chander, MD and PhD, CEO and Founder of lucidify.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

Coronavirus Digital Policy

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Event recap: Actionable steps in turbulent times

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted a panel discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, to discuss potential solutions to the supply chain threat.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

Digital Policy Resilience & Society

Mon, Jul 13, 2020

East Ukraine’s European roots and the myths of Putin’s Russian World

Moscow has sought to justify the war in eastern Ukraine by claiming it historically belongs within the “Russian World”, but this ignores the region’s deep Ukrainian roots and cosmopolitan heritage.

UkraineAlert by Alvydas Medalinskas

Conflict Disinformation
Program Spotlight

Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative

Critical Issues

Resilience

The growing threats of climate change, migration, natural disasters, and spillover from violent conflict are forcing policy makers to focus on the resilience of their societies and institutions. While not all crises can be avoided, societies can be made more resilient through proper preparation before, during, and after a disaster or shock occurs. 

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Disinformation

The rise of the internet and online social networks has altered the scope and scale at which people access, consume, and communicate information. But the same technologies that have democratized access to information have also enabled malicious actors who seek to undermine our democratic values and processes. Disinformation is false or misleading information spread with the intention to deceive.

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NATO

NATO is the bedrock of transatlantic security, encompassing nearly thirty democracies across North America and Europe. Created to defend against the Soviet Union, the Alliance today protects member states against conventional attack, engages in peacekeeping and stabilization operations, and leads counterterrorism and piracy efforts. NATO works with partner countries around the world and continues to promise an “open door” for countries to become members if they fulfill the Alliance’s democratic and operational standards.

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Critical Regions

Africa

A continent of fifty-four nations, Africa holds vast opportunity and promise. Its 1.2 billion population is expected to double by 2050 and become the world’s largest region. Alongside this demographic boom, Africa is home to almost half the world’s fastest-growing economies as its leaders are taking steps to expand the movement of goods, people, and capital within the continent. Demand for democracy is high and protest movements have proven that citizen activism can unseat consolidated African strongmen.

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Europe & Eurasia

Stretching from the shores of the Atlantic to the mountains of Central Asia, the European and Eurasian landmass contains both some of the most stable and wealthy countries in the world, as well as some of the poorest and those led by repressive regimes. After centuries of devastating conflicts, new institutions and organizations for economic, political, and security integration provide an opportunity to bring stability

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Middle East

Stretching from the Western Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, the Middle East continues to be a region struggling with violent conflict, political repression, and poor development. Numerous pro-democracy protest movements, a burgeoning youth population, and efforts to reform governments and lessen economic dependence on oil, however, are causes for optimism. The United States and the international community must remain engaged with the region to provide support for these positive moves and to address the many remaining challenges.

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