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2020

Distinguished Leadership Awards

Dubbed as Washington’s “Oscars” for international achievement, the Distinguished Leadership Awards celebrates the highest achieving individuals who have contributed to the Atlantic Council mission of shaping the global future together.

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.

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Economic welfare vs. national security: Inclusive growth, the State, and the role of the private sector

ONLINE EVENT – A conversation with professor Mariana Mazzucato and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Megan Greene on economic welfare vs. national security: inclusive growth, the state, and the role of the private sector.

10:00am ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Entrepreneurs and accelerating startup ecosystems amid the pandemic

ONLINE EVENT – An expert panel discussion about policy choices that can help foster startup ecosystems, providing a source of economic resilience and vibrancy. TIMEZONE NOTE – The times listed on this page are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, UTC-04:00).

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Domestic violent extremism and the 2020 election

ONLINE EVENT- With the 2020 election approaching, threats of domestic violence and extremism have escalated across the United States. Extremism experts join the DFRLab to contextualize the growth of these organizations and explain how they leverage the internet to plan and engage in violent actions.

4:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Improving counterterrorism and law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the Arab Gulf States

Thomas S. Warrick and Joze Pelayo present recommendations to improve and increase cooperation in civilian counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security, and aviation security between the United States and the Arab countries of the Gulf.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Thomas S. Warrick, Joze Pelayo

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The United States and Central Europe: A road map for a democratic post-pandemic agenda

“The United States and Central Europe: A Road Map for a Democratic Post-Pandemic Agenda” outlines these themes and advocates for a common US-Central European agenda in seeking a better post-COVID-19 world.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski, Denise Forsthuber, Alena Kudzko

Central Europe Coronavirus

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Revitalizing the WTO

WTO reform is especially important now since it would provide an efficient way to tackle China’s unfair trade practices head-on. This paper proposes concurrent measures that the United States and European Union can take to revitalize the WTO.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Clete R. Willems

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

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

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Defense Secretary unveils a new strategy for bolstering allies and partnerships in an era of great-power competition

As the United States prepares for long-term competition with adversaries such as China and Russia, the Department of Defense is unveiling new plans to strengthen America’s network of alliances and partnerships. “Our global constellation of allies and partners remain an enduring strength that our competitors and adversaries simply cannot match,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said during an Atlantic Council Front Page event on October 20.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Defense Industry

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Meet three entrepreneurs creating impact in African markets

The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) invests in companies and projects in lower and middle income countries, including emerging economies in Africa, to address critical global and regional challenges. Mr. Terry Kier, Mr. Ziad Oueslati, and Ms. Sheeba Philip joined Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby to share about their companies, their models, and how the DFC’s support has impacted their companies’ growth.

AfricaSource by Africa Center

Africa Economy & Business

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Battle for borshch: Ukraine lays claim to soup dish amid identity war with Russia

Popular soup dish borshch has recently emerged as the latest battleground in Ukraine’s struggle to assert an independent national identity and shake off centuries of Russian imperial domination.

UkraineAlert by Mark Raczkiewycz

Conflict Disinformation

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Time for Europe to rethink the Trans-Balkan pipeline

A strategic asset with a transit capacity of 27 bcm per year, the Trans-Balkan gas corridor can and should be a guarantee of energy security for Southeastern Europe. It is time for the EU to rethink its approach.

UkraineAlert by Sergey Makagon

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security
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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