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Presenting the launch of the

GeoEconomics Center

At the intersection of economics, finance, and foreign policy, the GeoEconomics Center is a translation hub with the goal of helping shape a better global economic future.

Leadership through crisis

A keynote conversation with Christine Lagarde

Tuesday, December 1
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

A special event with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, to mark the launch of the new GeoEconomics Center.

Program Spotlight

GeoEconomics Center

Elections 2020

#ACElections2020 events

Elections 2020: America’s Role in the World is a series of conversations on the top foreign policy priorities for the next four years, featuring the most prominent voices shaping the national dialogue. From the Conventions to the Elections, the series will explore key questions concerning America’s role and interests in the world, bringing a foreign policy perspective to the conversation and addressing the most critical issues at the intersection between the domestic and international spheres.

Join the global giving movement!

As a global organization dedicated to working with friends and allies to create policy solutions, the Atlantic Council is delighted to be a part of this year’s #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform the world.

Issue Spotlight
Issue Spotlight

Coronavirus

Upcoming events

Atlantic Council Front Page

#ACFrontPage harnesses the convening power and expertise of the Council’s fourteen programs and centers to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors. The virtual platform engages new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted 45-minute program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming each week.

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

Unearthing potential: The future of US geothermal energy

Online Event US and Icelandic experts discuss the future of geothermal energy in the United States and the policy mechanisms and technologies that could facilitate geothermal development across the country.

10:00am Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Northern Europe Renewables & Advanced Energy

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

Leadership through crisis: A keynote conversation with Christine Lagarde

Online Event A keynote conversation with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, to mark the launch of the new GeoEconomics Center.

12:00pm Economy & Business European Union Eurozone Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

The five revolutions: Examining defense innovation in the Indo-Pacific region

Online Event In this launch event for Forward Defense’s latest report, experts discuss the defense innovation trends, emerging technologies, and operational concepts that will define the future of competition and warfare in the Indo-Pacific region.

3:00pm Australia China Conflict Defense Industry

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

The Five Revolutions: Examining defense innovation in the Indo-Pacific region

The Indo-Pacific region has become a center of gravity for innovation in defense technologies and emerging military capabilities. This report explores major drivers of modernization and advances a new framework to capture defense technology and investment efforts in the region.

Report by Tate Nurkin

China Defense Industry

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

The geopolitical impact of accelerated decommissioning of Japan’s nuclear plants

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center senior fellow Dr. Phyllis Yoshida discusses the unintended consequences of Japan’s decision to decommission part of its nuclear reactor fleet in her new report.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Phyllis Yoshida

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

A guide to illicit Iranian weapon transfers: The Bahrain file

A new report, Tim Michetti,offers a comprehensive, field-based case study on illicit Iranian weapon flows.The report is based on a confidential assessment of the materiel procurement networks of militants operating inside Bahrain.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Tim Michetti

Iran Middle East

Flagship events

2020 Distinguished Leadership Awards

Among the most significant events on the Washington calendar celebrating global leaders, the Distinguished Leadership Awards is one of the Atlantic Council’s flagship convenings – bringing together a global audience of over 800 guests from more than fifty countries–including global policymakers, business leaders, military brass, and top-tier media.

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

No IMF funding for Ukraine until Zelenskyy earns trust

Unless Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy comprehensively changes his policies and staff, the IMF is extremely unlikely to offer his government any more credits, says Anders Åslund.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Can China’s digital yuan really challenge the dollar?

The DCEP will certainly bolster the Renminbi’s international position, but the weaknesses in China’s financial markets will prevent the Chinese currency from dethroning the US dollar anytime soon.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy

Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Which Trump Administration-era policies should the incoming Biden-Harris Administration continue?

Amidst the Trump Administration’s empty talk of “energy dominance,” “freedom gas,” and “the cleanest air, the cleanest water,” the Administration developed a number of good policies that align with President-elect Biden’s climate, energy security, and foreign policy objectives. If the Senate remains in Republican hands, these areas might be some of the best opportunities President-elect Biden has to advance his climate and energy goals.

EnergySource by Global Energy Center

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Sun, Nov 29, 2020

Russia loses patience with Belarus dictator Lukashenka

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s recent visit to Minsk created the strong impression that the Kremlin is fast losing patience with Belarus dictator Lukashenka and seeks a managed transition.

UkraineAlert by Vladislav Davidzon

Belarus Crisis Management

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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