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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

After the Khashoggi report: How the US can respond and avoid blowback

There is a wide array of options available to the United States as a response to the Khashoggi report. But some carry more potential for blowback than others. When assessing the range of options, the Biden administration should choose those that mitigate the negative impact on long-term US interests.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Middle East Saudi Arabia

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Why Ukraine sanctioned Putin’s ally Medvedchuk

Ukraine has introduced a number of measures during February 2021 to restrict the influence of Vladimir Putin’s closest Ukrainian ally, Viktor Medvedchuk.

UkraineAlert by Andriy Yermak

Conflict Disinformation

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Months until herd immunity

EconoGraphics by Nitya Biyani

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

MENASource by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Senior State Department official says US is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East

The Joe Biden Administration is committed to supporting entrepreneurship in the Middle East and deepening economic cooperation between the United States and the region

MENASource by Allison Holle

Economy & Business Middle East

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

How to deploy economic tools against Putin’s aggression

Life doesn’t wait for any administration—and neither will Putin. Here’s how the US government can deploy sanctions and other tools of economic statecraft as part of a broader Russia policy.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Why tactical bargaining won the EU-China Investment Deal

In the CAI, traditional political proclivities, institutional dynamics, and tactics superseded Europe’s strategic interest in transatlantic coordination and its consideration of communist China as a ‘systemic rival.’ The EU-China investment agreement was thus neither a strategic embrace of Beijing, nor a European rejection of Washington.

Blog Post by Dr. Elmar Hellendoorn

China Economy & Business

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Russia’s collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars is a war crime

As Ukraine seeks international justice over the Russian seizure and occupation of Crimea, Kyiv should consider holding the Kremlin to account for the collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars.

UkraineAlert by Wayne Jordash and Anna Mykytenko

Conflict Human Rights

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

With Iran, nuclear diplomacy comes first

Iranian officials at all levels have shifted their talking points regarding the US. They have been clear that they are willing to reengage the US despite the bitter experience of the past four years. It is past time that the Biden foreign policy team implements what they have been preaching and reaches out to Iran in a constructive manner.

IranSource by Mehran Haghirian

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Biden must freeze Putin’s pipeline and prevent this “bad deal for Europe”

By taking steps to block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, US President Joe Biden has a real opportunity to build a new transatlantic security consensus while revitalizing the US-German relationship.

UkraineAlert by Benjamin Schmitt

Geopolitics & Energy Security Germany