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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, Aug 10, 2020

Navigating Pakistan’s national security challenges

ONLINE EVENT – The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosts Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on National Security Division and Strategic Policy Planning, to discuss Pakistan’s shifting national security objectives and how the country plans to navigate regional challenges. Monday, August 10 at 11 a.m. EDT / 8 p.m. PKT

11:00am ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Breakthrough in Belarus: A democratic opening?

ONLINE EVENT – As thousands take to the streets in protest, can popular will bring about a genuinely democratic election to Belarus?

10:00am ONLINE EVENT

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Practical steps societies can take to pilot data trusts

ONLINE EVENT – A live discussion on how societies can pilot Data Trusts for public good.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Tue, Aug 4, 2020

Alliance power for cybersecurity

There is only one internet, and cybersecurity is therefore an inherently international challenge that countries cannot tackle alone. Alliances like NATO and the EU give democratic countries a cyber edge over their authoritarian challengers.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Kenneth Geers

Cybersecurity Europe & Eurasia
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Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Breaking trust: Shades of crisis across an insecure software supply chain

Software supply chain security remains an under-appreciated domain of national security policymaking. Working to improve the security of software supporting private sector enterprise as well as sensitive Defense and Intelligence organizations requires more coherent policy response together industry and open source communities.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Trey Herr, William Loomis, Stewart Scott, June Lee

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies

Wed, Jul 22, 2020

Troubled vision: Understanding recent Israeli–Iranian offensive cyber exchanges

Reported Iranian intrusions against Israeli critical infrastructure networks and alleged Israeli actions against Iranian proliferation-associated targets pose substantial new challenges to understanding ongoing competition and conflict in the Middle East.

Issue Brief by JD Work and Richard Harknett

Cybersecurity Iran

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

Sun, Aug 9, 2020

Europe’s last dictator: The rise and (possible) fall of Alexander Lukashenko

Alexander Lukashenko has ruled Belarus for 26 years and earned the dubious title of “Europe’s last dictator” but his country has experienced a pro-democracy awakening during this year’s presidential election campaign.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Soldier, scholar, statesman: Remembering General Brent Scowcroft

Many have walked the halls of power, but few are deserving of the title of statesman. General Brent Scowcroft embodied statesmanship and leaves a legacy that will survive his passing to shape US foreign and national security strategy and policy for generations to come. Indeed, the country and the world have lost an historic force for stability and security, a legendary strategist who ended the decades-long Cold War without a shot.

New Atlanticist by Barry Pavel and Matthew Kroenig

Defense Policy National Security

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Trump’s TikTok ban is bad policy

There are real security questions to ask about Chinese government influence over technology companies; but the idea of broadly banning TikTok is a bad one that steps in the wrong direction on protecting a free and open internet.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

China Cybersecurity

Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Ammonium nitrate didn’t belong to Hezbollah, but they knew about its dangers

Hezbollah is acutely aware of the danger that such chemicals—even if not of a military grade—pose to nearby civilians, perhaps more so than any other entity in Lebanon.

MENASource by David Daoud

Lebanon Middle East
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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