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New Atlanticist

Oct 20, 2021

US leaders laid down solid and sensible sanctions policy. Now they need to follow through.

By Daniel Fried, Brian O’Toole

The review is smart in addressing the true root causes of sanctions misuse without indulging in clichés such as that sanctions are overused or never work.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business


Oct 20, 2021

Are Belarus and Russia using migrant crisis to smuggle agents into Europe?

By Brian Whitmore

Elements of a new Iron Curtain are appearing along Belarus’s border with the EU and officials are growing concerned that Putin and Lukashenka may be using the migrant crisis to smuggle agents into Europe.

Belarus European Union

New Atlanticist

Oct 20, 2021

Let them eat communiqués: Rich countries’ pandemic inaction

By Jeremy Mark and Vasuki Shastry

Struggling countries came away with more questions than answers from last week’s IMF and World Bank meetings.

Economy & Business G20


Oct 19, 2021

Putin’s Ukraine war is world’s worst-kept secret but he remains in denial

By Peter Dickinson

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s refusal to acknowledge his country’s involvement in the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine makes progress towards peace virtually impossible.

Conflict Russia


Oct 19, 2021

Russia is the world’s leading exporter of instability

By Iuliia Mendel

Vladimir Putin’s Russia has emerged over the past two decades as the world’s leading exporter of instability via tools ranging from digital disinformation and weaponized corruption to cyber attacks and military mercenaries.

Cybersecurity Disinformation


Oct 19, 2021

Jordan is pushing for rapprochement with Syria. But is it to reinforce artificial stability in the region?

By Laith Alajlouni

The normalization of ties with Syria is assumed to be a part of a broader regional stabilization plan that Jordan’s King Abdullah advocated for during his recent visit to Washington in July.

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

New Atlanticist

Oct 18, 2021

The Powell Doctrine’s wisdom must live on

By Christopher Preble

Colin Powell’s criteria governing the use of force abroad aimed to ensure that war is always a last resort. US leaders shouldn’t forget that as they honor his legacy.

Conflict Politics & Diplomacy

Fast Thinking

Oct 18, 2021

FAST THINKING: What to do about China’s hypersonic weapons

By Atlantic Council

Should US defense officials be worried about the pace of Chinese military modernization? What could China do with such weapons? Our experts fire off their thoughts.

Arms Control China

Event Recap

Oct 18, 2021

New opportunities for MENA women to plug into global commerce

By Stefanie H. Ali

Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative held a workshop on “Women in the global supply chain: The importance of increasing women’s access.”

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship

New Atlanticist

Oct 18, 2021

Africa’s cultural revolution is here. Meet some of its movers and shakers.

By Katherine Walla

The Atlantic Council brought together Africa’s brightest cultural minds—and the policymakers who’ve helped make their achievements possible—to understand Africa’s cultural revolution and rising soft power.

Africa General Africa