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Program Spotlight
Flagship event

2021 Global Energy Forum

Elections 2020

#ACElections2020 events

Elections 2020: America’s Role in the World is a series of conversations on the top foreign policy priorities for the next four years, featuring the most prominent voices shaping the national dialogue. From the Conventions to the Elections, the series will explore key questions concerning America’s role and interests in the world, bringing a foreign policy perspective to the conversation and addressing the most critical issues at the intersection between the domestic and international spheres.

Issue Spotlight

Issue Spotlight

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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.

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

The rebirth of Ukrainian film: Politics, personalities, and possibilities

Online Event Ukraine’s national cinema has blossomed since 2014, developing into an important outlet for political and artistic discourse. How can this robust cinematic culture reinforce Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic trajectory?

12:00pm Eastern Europe Media Nationalism Ukraine

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Weaponized: Understanding the COVID-19 narrative arms race

Online Event A briefing by the authors of DFRLab’s report “Weaponized: How rumors about COVID-19’s origins led to a narrative arms race.”

3:00pm China Coronavirus Disinformation Iran

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Meet the Council: Black History Month edition

Online Event Atlantic Council staff share their experiences during Black History Month as the organization continues to build on its strengths to better reflect a more global and diverse workforce.

4:30pm

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Russia after Putin: How to rebuild the state

We do not know when and how President Putin’s regime will end, but there are signs that it is struggling and the end could come in the foreseeable future. We need to start discussing now how a new state should be built on the ruins of the old system.

Report by Anders Åslund and Leonid Gozman

Civil Society Corruption

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

The North Atlantic community renewed: Challenges, trends, and solutions

With 900 million people and $1 trillion in defense spending, the United States and Europe represent by far the largest, oldest, and most capable economic and security community in the world.

Issue Brief by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Iraq: A road map for recovery

In a new report, Iraq: A roadmap for recovery, Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff outlines some of the most important discussions, findings, and recommendations of the dialogue.

In-Depth Research & Reports by C. Anthony Pfaff

Arabic English

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

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Questions remain after Putin hosts Lukashenka

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed his Belarusian counterpart Alyaksandr Lukashenka to Sochi this week but it remains unclear exactly what was agreed during their summit meeting.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Event recap | Synthetic data, privacy, and the future of trust

A live GeoTech Hour where panelists discussedartificial intelligence and how to address the legal and ethical privacy concerns associated with synthetic data.

Event Recap by the GeoTech Center

Africa Coronavirus

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Josep Borrell outlines the EU’s priorities in a multipolar world

“Today we’re in a multipolar world and [the EU will] have to look outwards because the problem is no longer among us; it’s among us and the rest of the world,” Josep Borrell told the Atlantic Council. The problems ahead: the pandemic, Russia, China, and more.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

China European Union

Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Experts react: What’s behind the crisis in Georgia?

On February 23, Georgian authorities arrested a top opposition leader, sparking a new political crisis for the country. Experts react to the latest developments and what it means for the young democracy’s future.

UkraineAlert by Doug Klain and Shelby Magid

Democratic Transitions Human Rights

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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