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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.

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

A conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses the key foreign policy priorities for the next presidential administration and the future of US leadership.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Aug 18, 2020

The status of the fight against ISIS

ONLINE EVENT – Discussion on the challenges facing US and European policymakers to avoid an ISIS revival and ways to support local partners and communities to ensure their protection against the Islamic State.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Emerging defense technologies in the Indo-Pacific and the future of US-Japan cooperation

ONLINE EVENT – A discussion of how emerging defense technologies are reshaping strategic dynamics in the Indo-Pacific in an era of US-China great power competition and implications for US-Japan cooperation, featuring keynote remarks from General James E. Cartwright, USMC (Ret.).

8:00am ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Evolving news media landscapes in India and Pakistan: Implications for regional peace and stability

India and Pakistan recognize the utility of the press in contemporary conflicts, and seek to deploy it as an offensive weapon in a larger information war. Both countries have utilized digital, print, and broadcast media to shape international perceptions and public opinion domestically.

Report by Fatima Salman

India Media

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The Maduro Regime’s Illicit Activities: A Threat to Democracy in Venezuela and Security in Latin America

Introduction By Diego Area and Domingo Sadurní Two months after the internationally recognized interim government marked its first year, Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, the worst ever in the Western Hemisphere’s modern history, entered a new phase. The coronavirus pandemic, which has rattled even the most developed nations, is further straining a crippled health system already unable […]

Issue Brief by Douglas Farah

Conflict Corruption

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Alliance power for cybersecurity

There is only one internet, and cybersecurity is therefore an inherently international challenge that countries cannot tackle alone. Alliances like NATO and the EU give democratic countries a cyber edge over their authoritarian challengers.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Kenneth Geers

Cybersecurity Europe & Eurasia

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

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The geopolitics of Russia’s vaccine claim

President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that a coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Moscow had been granted regulatory approval. The claim however has geopolitical ramifications.

GeoTech Cues by Claire Branley

Coronavirus Disinformation

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Front line communities and Ukraine’s local elections

Ukraine plans to hold nationwide local elections in October 2020, but areas close to the front lines of the conflict with Russia in the east of the country will not participate. How can these regions be best managed?

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Ukraine must address the legal ambiguity enabling Putin’s not-so-secret war

Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is one of the world’s worst-kept secrets, but a failure to end the legal ambiguity shrouding Russia’s role in the ongoing conflict makes progress towards peace impossible.

UkraineAlert by Wayne Jordash

Conflict Disinformation

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Europe must not abandon the new Belarus to Putin

Protests in Belarus over a rigged election have grabbed the world’s attention this week. However, this geopolitically important democratic awakening has little chance of success without Western support.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Belarus Democratic Transitions
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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