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Program Spotlight

GeoEconomics Center

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


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, Dec 2, 2020

2020 Atlantic Council – Korea Foundation Forum

Online Event The Forum brings together current and former US and ROK officials and senior experts to develop forward-looking recommendations for the most pressing issues facing the bilateral security alliance and economic partnership.
The event will take place Wednesday, December 2nd through Thursday, December 3rd.

8:00am Economy & Business Korea Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Food system sustainability in 2021 and beyond

Online Event A live discussion focused on creating a strategy for technology and data applications to agriculture and food systems challenges in 2021 and beyond.

12:00pm Energy & Environment Resilience & Society Technology & Innovation

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Will the Russian economy ever grow again?

Online Event Russia’s economy has faced some of its greatest challenges in decades this year. With the coronavirus continuing to rage, persistently low oil prices, and sanctions still in place for the foreseeable future, does the Russian economy have any path forward?

12:00pm Eastern Europe Economic Sanctions Economy & Business Macroeconomics

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Democratic Offense Against Disinformation

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Democratic offense against disinformation

While democratic states have made great progress in defending against disinformation and foreign interference, this report suggests it is time to go on the offensive to stop bad information actors in their tracks.

In-Depth Research & Reports

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

The Five Revolutions: Examining defense innovation in the Indo-Pacific region

The Indo-Pacific region has become a center of gravity for innovation in defense technologies and emerging military capabilities. This report explores major drivers of modernization and advances a new framework to capture defense technology and investment efforts in the region.

Report by Tate Nurkin

China Defense Industry

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

The geopolitical impact of accelerated decommissioning of Japan’s nuclear plants

Atlantic Council Global Energy Center senior fellow Dr. Phyllis Yoshida discusses the unintended consequences of Japan’s decision to decommission part of its nuclear reactor fleet in her new report.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Phyllis Yoshida

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

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

2021 budget reveals the depth of Syria’s economic woes

Unless a political settlement is reached and the sanctions are lifted to enable reconstruction, the economy of regime-held Syria will continue to struggle.

MENASource by William Christou and Karam Shaar

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

ECB President outlines her plans for overcoming the second wave of economic damage from COVID

Although lockdowns are beginning to ease across Europe after a brutal second wave of coronavirus infections in October and November, governments need to prepare for a second economic hit, Christine Lagarde said on December 1.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Digital Policy

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

It’s time to start treating Ukraine’s corrupt judiciary as a criminal syndicate

Ukraine’s justice system currently operates as a criminal syndicate and requires a complete overhaul if the country is to have any hope of achieving fundamental reform, argues Mykhailo Zhernakov.

UkraineAlert by Mykhailo Zhernakov

Corruption Political Reform

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

Global QE Tracker

This Global QE Tracker allows users to compare the major central banks’ different quantitative easing policies, offers in-depth breakdowns of each institution’s specific QE measures, and explains in clear terms how QE and interest rates work together to produce successful monetary policy.

EconoGraphics by GeoEconomics Center

Economy & Business European Union

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.