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2020

Distinguished Leadership Awards

Dubbed as Washington’s “Oscars” for international achievement, the Distinguished Leadership Awards celebrates the highest achieving individuals who have contributed to the Atlantic Council mission of shaping the global future together.

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.

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

2020 road to the White House: Why Latin America and the Latino vote matter

ONLINE EVENT – The 2020 US presidential election is around the corner and the US Latino population is set to play a crucial role in electing the next US president, accounting for 13.3 percent of all eligible voters.

3:00pm Online Event

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: Building regional cooperation

A #CENTRALEUROPEWEEK EVENT – Convinced of the role digitalization can play in Central and Eastern Europe’s economic future and encouraged by new momentum in the debate, the Atlantic Council convened a task force of US and CEE digital innovators, experts, and thought leaders. This event outlines the task force’s key findings and the critical role of regional cooperation to advance CEE digital transformation.

8:00am ONLINE EVENT SERIES

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Strengthening global safeguards and security in an advanced nuclear age

ONLINE EVENT – The Atlantic Council and Third Way co-host a virtual event on the global market for advanced nuclear technologies and the safeguards and security mechanisms critical to ensuring US reactors are ready to compete.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

2020 election scenarios: Implications for American foreign policy

The outcome of the US presidential election in November will reverberate throughout the world. It will have a direct impact on US allies and partners, as well as structural implications for the global system. Will the United States continue to play its post-World War II international leadership role? Or will Washington continue its steady retreat from international commitments?

Issue Brief by Ash Jain, Barry Pavel

China Elections

Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Enhancing US-Japan cooperation on clean energy technologies

Japan’s pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 presents an opportunity to expand the robust US-Japan energy partnership into additional clean energy areas. But with a stark divide on energy policy in the United States, how can the US-Japan energy partnership appeal to disparate visions of the energy transition and is politically durable? In the wake of Japan’s net-zero announcement, the Global Energy Center is launching this new report, “Enhancing US-Japan cooperation on clean energy technologies,” which explores how the United States and Japan can increase the politically durable foundation for clean energy cooperation to their already robust energy partnership.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Reed Blakemore, David W. Yellen

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions
State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business

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, Oct 28, 2020

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani: Women’s rights cannot be ‘the cost of peace’

The progress Afghan women have made in the years since the fall of the Taliban regime could be at risk, Ghani said, should the Taliban be given too much power as part of a peace settlement.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Afghanistan Civil Society

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Hopes dim for reformed Kyrgyzstan as new president consolidates power

“Kyrgyzstan stands at a dangerous crossroads,” Noah Tucker says, “with leadership in parliament and the executive now firmly held by an unelected leader.”

New Atlanticist by Andrew D’Anieri

Central Asia Corruption

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Latin America

Given its proximity to the United States, an economically vibrant and healthy Latin America is in the interest of the next US administration. Now, more than ever, it is important for the United States to lean in on Latin America as a strategic partner and continue growing its existing economic, social, and political ties for mutual benefit.

Elections 2020 by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

For Turkey, the Libyan conflict and the eastern Mediterranean are inextricably linked

The proxy confrontation playing out in Libya has intensified a regional competition for resources in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean, where several overlapping claims for maritime jurisdiction by Turkey, Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus have fueled escalating tensions.

MENASource by Ahmed Helal

Europe & Eurasia Libya
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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