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2021 Global Energy Forum

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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, Mar 8, 2021

International Women’s Day 2021: The future of defense and security

Online Event The Honorable Michèle Flournoy and a diverse group of next-generation leaders analyze the unique impact of gender in the security challenges of the next decade and strategies to empower women in international security careers. 

9:00am Politics & Diplomacy Resilience & Society Security & Defense Women

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

Bridging the gender gap across the clean energy innovation ecosystem

Online Event In this a special edition of EnergySource Innovation Stream series, the speakers discuss the progress made to date as well as remaining challenges faced by women entering the clean energy and cleantech industries.

1:00pm Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Nuclear Energy Renewables & Advanced Energy

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

A conversation with Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Markus Dohle discusses the publishing industry and the important role that storytelling plays in strengthening our social discourse, lifting diverse voices and experiences, and promoting democratic values around the globe.

3:00pm Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia European Union International Organizations

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Biden and Ukraine: A strategy for the new administration

The United States has been an essential partner for Ukraine since the Kremlin’s invasion in 2014. Now that Joe Biden has taken office, he has a real chance to move past the difficult detour that US-Ukraine relations took under his predecessor.

Issue Brief by Anders Åslund, Daniel Fried, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, William B. Taylor, Alexander Vershbow,

Conflict Corruption

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

It’s time to get serious about a pressure strategy to contain North Korea

A Biden administration North Korea Strategy should continue dialogue with Kim’s government, backed by a variety of pressure and enforcement tactics, in order to strive for the goal of arms reduction.

Issue Brief by Andrea R. Mihailescu

Arms Control Economic Sanctions

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

New Atlantic Council poll: Insights on Venezuelan and Cuban American sentiments regarding US policy toward Venezuela

Venezuelan-American and Cuban-American voters support an alternative policy approach that places the alleviation of human suffering at the core of US efforts.

Report by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Corruption Democratic Transitions

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

Sat, Mar 6, 2021

The post-COVID world this week: A new scientific consensus, the vaccine challenge in Asia, and a new role for the WTO

What can we expect from a post-COVID world after a pandemic that has reshaped international affairs? A world in which the WTO plays a new role as global trade intertwines with COVID-19.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Malala Yousafzai: The pandemic is endangering long-term education for millions of girls

COVID-19 is keeping over 130 million girls out of school worldwide, and an estimated twenty million of them may never return to their classrooms once the pandemic is over, warned female-education activist Malala Yousafzai.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Education Pakistan

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

The 5×5—Questioning basic assumptions in the cyber domain

Challenging assumptions in cyberspace also means challenging assumptions about the theorists and strategists themselves. International Women’s Day, coming up on March 8, serves as a reminder to include female voices as a means of enriching policy discussions, producing more insightful work, and driving impact.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder

Cybersecurity Internet

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Multiple elections could boost hardline victories in Iran

There are no definite candidates yet in the reformist-moderate camp for obvious reasons—they are likely to lose. Unless there is a drastic change in the political or economic atmosphere that can guarantee a bigger turnout, the candidates of this camp do not have any chance of winning.

IranElections2021 by Anonymous

Iran Middle East

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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