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Issue Spotlight

Coronavirus

Upcoming events

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Code red

ONLINE EVENT – Extreme heat threatens people across the globe – What can be done to stop this “silent killer”?

10:00am ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Aug 5, 2020

On-orbit AI & cloud computing

ONLINE EVENT – A live public panel discussion about On-Orbit AI and Cloud Computing.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream: Hydrogen fuel cell technology and infrastructure in the commercial transportation industry

ONLINE EVENT – Elizabeth Fretheim, the head of business development at Nikola Motor Company, discusses how the company plans to commercialize hydrogen fuel cell technology and infrastructure in the transportation industry.

10:30am ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

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Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Breaking trust: Shades of crisis across an insecure software supply chain

Software supply chain security remains an under-appreciated domain of national security policymaking. Working to improve the security of software supporting private sector enterprise as well as sensitive Defense and Intelligence organizations requires more coherent policy response together industry and open source communities.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Trey Herr, William Loomis, Stewart Scott, June Lee

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Troubled vision: Understanding recent Israeli–Iranian offensive cyber exchanges

Reported Iranian intrusions against Israeli critical infrastructure networks and alleged Israeli actions against Iranian proliferation-associated targets pose substantial new challenges to understanding ongoing competition and conflict in the Middle East.

Issue Brief by JD Work and Richard Harknett

Cybersecurity Iran
demonstrators in Honk Kong

Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Annual Report 2019/2020: Shaping the Global Future Together

As the Atlantic Council negotiates the historic disruptions of 2020, our Annual Report for 2019 shows how our past year’s performance was preceded by a dozen years of growth and innovation.

Annual Report by The Atlantic Council

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, Aug 3, 2020

How to overcome Ukraine’s IT industry brain drain

Ukraine’s booming IT industry is fueling the country’s economic growth. The future of the sector depends on creating a professional climate that will convince talented young Ukrainian IT professionals to stay.

UkraineAlert by Bill Brown

Entrepreneurship Internet

Mon, Aug 3, 2020

For Ukraine, endless Putin means endless hybrid war

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent constitutional amendments will allow him to extend his reign until 2036. This undermines faint hopes for an end to the six-year Russo-Ukrainian War.

UkraineAlert by Mark Temnycky

Conflict Defense Policy

Mon, Aug 3, 2020

Melbourne extends restrictions, a new phase in US; grim milestones in Latin America

Melbourne in Australia extended coronavirus measures still further, while the United States entered a new phase, with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in towns and rural areas. Latin America reached grim milestones but Pakistan presented grounds for optimism.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus

Sun, Aug 2, 2020

China focus might distract the U.S. from the possibility of a Putin surprise in Belarus and beyond

For all the legitimate focus on rising US-China tensions, this summer’s sleeper surprise for the West is more likely to emerge from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The question is: will it grow from Russia’s strength, its weakness or some combination of the two?

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Belarus Russia
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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