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Issue Spotlight

Coronavirus

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: Global food security during COVID-19

Assuming the intensification of the Covid19 crisis, which countries, islands, and areas are at risk of running out of food, and potentially need “aliment airlifts” during the Covid19 pandemic?

GeoTech Cues by Sara-Jayne Terp

Civil Society Coronavirus
AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Making the most of Prosper Africa: Leveraging US competitiveness in African markets

Global powers are jockeying for access to opportunities in African markets. In this environment, how can the United States ensure US commercial success in Africa?

Report by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

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.

Atlantic Council in the news

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Grundman joins Aviation Week podcast on defense implications of COVID-19

Steven Grundman joins Aviation Week editors to discuss “What COVID-19 Portends for Defense, Now and in the Future.”

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Policy

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Public Sector Podcast: David Bray, Leadership in Exponential Times

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Grundman quoted in Vox on Defense Production Act and pandemic mitigation

Senior Fellow Steve Grundman explains why the coronavirus requires greater intervention by the federal government.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Industry

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Reconciling sanctions and humanitarian need during COVID-19

As the world economy shuts down to try to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the humanitarian collateral effects of sanctions become more pronounced and potentially deadly. But the argument that the United States should unilaterally roll back sanctions draws a false dichotomy; sanctions do not have to be suspended or rolled back for the United States to better address humanitarian concerns.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Cuba Economic Sanctions

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Cities “on the front lines” of the coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worsens and deaths increase around the world, national and local governments are racing to prepare their healthcare systems, infrastructure, and economies to weather the current storm. “The world writ large was not adequately prepared to see what has come,” former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on April 1, adding that now it is up to mayors and local officials who “are really on the frontlines,” to take action to protect their citizens.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Resilience
gtc food empty shelves

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: Global food security during COVID-19

Assuming the intensification of the Covid19 crisis, which countries, islands, and areas are at risk of running out of food, and potentially need “aliment airlifts” during the Covid19 pandemic?

GeoTech Cues by Sara-Jayne Terp

Civil Society Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Iranian New Year in the time of coronavirus

The high number of deaths in Iran compared to the number of those infected reflects poorly on the level of treatment.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Coronavirus Iran
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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