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The Global Energy Forum gathers government, industry, and thought leaders to set the energy agenda for the year.

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Mon, Jan 18, 2021

The Global Energy Agenda

The inaugural edition of the Global Energy Agenda provides context for the unprecedented year that has passed. It features a survey of thought leaders in the energy sector, as well as a series of essays by the leading figures in energy, to set the energy agenda for 2021.

Global Energy Agenda by Randolph Bell, Jennifer T. Gordon, Paul Kielstra, and Andrew Marshall (Editors)

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

The Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.

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

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.

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Global Energy Forum 2021 press registration

Flagship Event Members of the media are invited to register for the 2021 Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum held January 19-22, 2021.

8:00am Energy & Environment

Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Common Ground on Climate Bipartisan Summit

Online Event As part of the the Global Energy Forum, Congressional leaders from across the aisle sit down to discuss common sense clean energy solutions that address COVID-19, job less, and climate change.

9:00am Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Renewables & Advanced Energy

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

A conversation with foreign policy adviser to President of Azerbaijan, Hikmet Hajiyev

Online Event Foreign policy adviser Hajiyev discusses what is happening on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh, Baku’s position on the conflict, and the prospects for finding a negotiated solution to the conflict.

11:00am Conflict Crisis Management The Caucasus

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Choosing wisely: How the Biden administration can build a better coalition on international energy and climate policy in a post-COVID world

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have inherited a country deep in crisis. After the tumult of 2020, the new administration takes the helm amid high unemployment, a sluggish economic recovery, soaring national debt, and a staggering 360,000 Americans dead from a pandemic that shows few signs of slowing before new vaccines can be distributed. At the same time, President Biden has asserted that the United States will regain its mantle of leadership of the liberal order, reset its international partnerships, and, perhaps most importantly, rebuild as a clean, green superpower putting the global community back on track to meet its climate commitments and securing a sustainable trajectory for future economic growth.

Report by David L. Goldwyn, Andrea Clabough

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

How the rest of the world responds to the US-China split

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated fragmentation of the postwar world order. Its most poignant manifestation is in an intensifying competition between the United States and China for political and strategic influence. How countries respond to this split, unwelcome by most, depends on whether they see themselves as competitors to China, or as “price takers” in the international economic system.

Issue Brief by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy
Abu Dhabi Skyline

Mon, Jan 18, 2021

The Global Energy Agenda

The inaugural edition of the Global Energy Agenda provides context for the unprecedented year that has passed. It features a survey of thought leaders in the energy sector, as well as a series of essays by the leading figures in energy, to set the energy agenda for 2021.

Global Energy Agenda by Randolph Bell, Jennifer T. Gordon, Paul Kielstra, and Andrew Marshall (Editors)

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

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

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

The many new ways energy and national security are intersecting

Oil and gas will still play a crucial role in the world’s economy even as clean-energy “electrostates” rise in prominence, and Biden will prioritize the threat of climate change like no president has before him.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Reimagining a just society pt. 3 | A coming shift in perspective

In retrospect, the COVID-19 pandemic may mark a paradigm shift in global society if governments and their citizens worldwide today embrace its lessons, including many still emerging. One of these lessons concerns the dangers of ignoring knowledge we already had about interconnections between global public health, economic and national security, and ecological degradation.

GeoTech Cues by Carol Dumaine

Civil Society Climate Change & Climate Action

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Addressing African debt burdens

Across the world, COVID-19 has ravaged economies and government revenues. For many sub-Saharan African (SSA) nations, that has tipped the delicate balance of debt. Zambia was the first affected, defaulting on debt obligations in November. Many more must take action to avoid the same fate, including Angola, Gabon, Ghana, and Kenya, among others.

EconoGraphics by Stefan de Villiers

Africa Fiscal and Structural Reform

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Why digitalization is the future of energy as big oil and gas players decarbonize

The way companies handle the rapid transformation caused by digitalization across their value chains—and their resilience and security against cyberattacks—will become a major market differentiator. As the oil and gas industry increasingly relies on digitally connected energy assets, automation, and remote operations, cyber risks will have a direct, and growing, impact on operations. Cybersecurity is quickly becoming a key enabler of companies’ competitive advantage in the digitized energy future, protecting core value by ensuring trust and providing stability of operations and resilience against unplanned outages.

EnergySource by Leo Simonovich and Andrew Gumbiner

Cybersecurity Energy & Environment

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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