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Mon, Sep 23, 2019

The Kremlin is betting we will forget these names

The release of prisoners was a big win, but activists worry that those who remain behind will be forgotten.

UkraineAlert by Vitalii Rybak

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Make way for Chile: Latin America’s next climate frontrunner

Since being elected for a second presidential term in December 2017, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has placed climate action at the top of his political agenda, building upon a strong legacy of climate leadership and legislative action undertaken by the previous Bachelet administration. Over the past two years, Piñera has firmly pulled his country to […]

EnergySource by Zachary Strauss

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Ukraine’s place in the geopolitical puzzle is shifting. That was the point.

We don’t know what Zelenskyy gave up to get the prisoners back, but it probably wasn’t small. Ukrainian detainees have been one of Putin’s major pressure points on Ukraine for five plus years.

UkraineAlert by Maksym Panchenko

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

De-escalating the Iran crisis via a 31-year-old UN resolution

The roots of the current crisis in the Persian Gulf go back more than three decades to a devastating war between Iran and Iraq. So does a potential face-saving way to begin to de-escalate that crisis.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Iraq

Spotlight: Future Europe Initiative

Critical Issues


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. 



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.



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.


Critical Regions


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.


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


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.