Issue Spotlight: NATO

Commentary and analysis

Flagship events

Watch one of the highlights from the Atlantic Council’s 2019 Global Citizen Awards

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Tue, Oct 15, 2019

Iranian women fans rejoice at stadium access

A combination of domestic and international pressure resulted in the decision by the Iranian government to finally allow women to attend soccer matches at Iranian stadiums.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Iran Middle East

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Seven takeaways from Zelenskyy’s marathon press conference (and one surprise) 

At the press conference, Zelenskyy said he was ready to “sit down and talk” with Kolomoisky.

UkraineAlert by Iryna Matviyishyn

Civil Society Conflict

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

US-China trade war reaches a pause, but still a long way to resolution

While the current trade war pause is good news for many concerned about a damaging escalation in tensions between two of the world’s most important economies, there remains a long road ahead before either Beijing or Washington is ready to fully commit to trade peace.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Trade

Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Ukraine’s $50 billion challenge

UkraineAlert by Andy Hunder

Fiscal and Structural Reform International Financial Institutions

Spotlight: Cyber Statecraft 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. 

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE