Issue Spotlight: Russia

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Atlantic Council in the news

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Binnendijk in Defense News: A guide to how the US and Finland can enhance defense cooperation

In the News by Atlantic Council

Europe & Eurasia Northern Europe

Wed, Sep 11, 2019

Bell quoted in BBC Mundo on the role of oil in the Russia- Saudi Arabia relationship

In the News by Atlantic Council

Oil and Gas Spanish

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Arsht in Miami Herald on Miami-Dade joining new ‘resiliency center’

Atlantic Council Board of Directors Executive Vice-Chair Adrienne Arhst penned an Op-Ed in the Miami Herald highlighting Miami-Dade’s partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.

In the News by Atlantic Council

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

Abu Dhabi dispatch: The great Sino-US decoupling

Delegates at this year’s World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi UAE continued to worry about the US-Chinese trade war. At the same time, however, they were shifting more focus to the more momentous and generational event of a US-Chinese economic decoupling.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Energy Markets & Governance

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

After Houthi drone attack, everyone should take a deep breath

The ten-drone attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia on September 14 is a sign that the Houthis suffer from false confidence. Snubbing talks and launching attacks is not a way to garner sympathy from the United States or the international community.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Geopolitics & Energy Security Saudi Arabia

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Europe moves to curb ISIS antiquity trafficking

Global trafficking of fake and stolen antiquities is worth a whopping forty-five billion dollars a year, of which twenty billion is generated in Europe alone.

New Atlanticist by Brooks Tigner

European Union Terrorism
Baltic Sea Security, NATO

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

The importance of Baltic navies ensuring Baltic Sea security

The commander of US Naval Forces Europe and Africa and NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples argues that “a strong alliance of navies will enable us all to maintain the most basic human rights: freedom and safety.”

New Atlanticist by Adm. James G. Foggo III

Maritime Security NATO

Spotlight: Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

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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