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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, Sep 28, 2020

Infrastructure, investment, & Central Europe: The Three Seas Initiative

ONLINE EVENT – In the run up to the October 19 Three Seas Summit hosted by the President of Estonia in Tallinn, the Atlantic Council hosts a discussion on the Three Seas Initiative and the opportunities the region’s economic vitality presents for investment.

11:00am ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Central America economic reactivation: Finding opportunities in a COVID-19 world

ONLINE EVENT – As Latin America’s health and economic systems are being pushed to the brink, Central American countries – with most seeing lower case and death rates overall – can use this moment to advance a transformative recovery.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

2020 Election integrity and foreign interference

ONLINE EVENT – Disinformation and foreign interference pose an existential threats to the future of American democracy. The DFRLab has launched the Foreign Interference Attribution Tracker, an open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference in U.S. elections and political processes.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

The chosen people vs. their chosen people

As Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s court trial and the Knesset’s deadline to negotiate a fiscal deal draw near, the Israeli government faces a crisis of accountability. A bloated bureaucracy and constant competition have impaired the government’s ability to formulate and implement sound diplomatic, security, and economic decisions. A new Atlantic Council issue brief, “The Chosen […]

Issue Brief by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

The trip from Donbas: Ukraine’s pressing need to defend its veterans

Ukraine’s veterans from the war in the Donbas are at the crossroads of major changes occurring within Ukrainian society today, but a lack of support for veterans creates a critical void in Ukraine’s national security and hobbles its transition to democracy.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Lauren Van Metre & John Boerstler

Security & Defense Ukraine

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Wechsler in ISPI: The US and the Middle East in 2021: Disengagement or Re-engagement?

Report by Atlantic Council

China Middle East

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, Sep 26, 2020

Lukashenka’s rapid decline is giving Putin nightmares

Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s worsening predicament is setting off alarm bells in the Kremlin, where events in neighboring Belarus are viewed as a possible blueprint for future unrest inside Russia itself.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

The ‘big three’ now rule the global energy market, says Daniel Yergin

Pulitzer Prize winner and energy expert Daniel Yergin’s insights into the progress of the energy transition worldwide are pivotal with the 2020 elections around the corner and the pandemic that has disrupted the energy industry.

ACFrontPage by Katherine Walla

China Coronavirus

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Transfer of EU user data to the United States halted

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, an EU privacy regulator, has issued a preliminary order to Facebook Inc. that demands a suspension of the transfer of EU user data to the United States, where regulations on user data are less stringent.

GeoTech Cues by Richard J. Cordes

Digital Policy European Union

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Shaping the post-COVID world this week: Russian vaccine diplomacy, big hits to jobs, and an unplanned climate experiment

What can we expect from a post-COVID world after a pandemic that has reshaped international affairs? A future that is, well, economically fractured. What will unequal growth mean for the future of geopolitics?

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus
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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