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Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Breadbasket Ukraine must not prohibit grain exports

Ukrainian policymakers are reportedly discussing the prohibition of grain exports. This could have a disastrous impact on the economy while also damaging ties with Ukraine’s international partners.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

International Financial Institutions Trade

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Eurozone passes coronavirus rescue plan, but political unity remains elusive

Although European leaders were finally able to agree on a massive rescue package to help the European economy weather the storm of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lack of unity on display over the protracted negotiations raises deep concerns about Europe’s ability to navigate the difficult road to recovery.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

India’s adoption of facial recognition technology could have serious ramifications

The application of facial recognition technologies in India would almost certainly aid the country’s stretched law enforcement units and may prove useful in future incidents of public rioting or unrest. Given the state of current technologies, however, observers and government officials in India need to critically examine the reliability of this new platform and its potential to wrongfully infringe on the rights of innocent individuals.

New Atlanticist by Vappala Balachandran

Human Rights India

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Iran’s regional ambitions are not going anywhere

Time and time again, Iran has proved that, despite its limitations and weaknesses, it manages to hold on and turn threats into opportunities that preserve not only the regime’s survival, but its regional influence, as well.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Global death toll nears 100,000, United Nations chief warns of global threat to peace and security

As the global death toll from coronavirus approaches 100,000, the Easter weekend is marked by continuing lockdowns and virtual acts of worship. The pandemic is a threat to international peace and security, the United Nations’ secretary general warned. Europe finance chiefs finally agreed on a stimulus package, but tensions remain over pooled debt arrangements.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council


Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Fighting COVID-19 side by side with migrants

In uncertain times humanity historically comes together to embrace our commonalities. In the case of COVID-19, we can achieve more together if we include migrants as active participants in our efforts to quell the spread and impact of this disease.

New Atlanticist by Walter Cotte and Rebecca Scheurer

Colombia Coronavirus

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Third time’s the charm for a new Iraqi PM?

“Iraq needs a prime minister with a mandate from the parliament and the people,” Thomas Warrick says, “and al-Kadhimi represents the best chance in a long time for an Iraqi leader who understand the needs of the people for honest, competent, and responsive government.”

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

The compelling incentives for Saudi-Russian rapprochement

The impact of this price war combined with the demand destruction triggered by the impact of the coronavirus are likely to force both Russian and Saudi Arabia back to the negotiating table to agree a deal which will—at least in substance—restore OPEC plus, sooner rather than later.

New Atlanticist by Alan Riley

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Hurdles to OPEC++

This week in oil markets has an air of suspended animation. Will an international production deal materialize? The answer is “perhaps,” but probably not in the volumes necessary to balance the market and only after Moscow extracts concessions.

EnergySource by Phillip Cornell

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Thu, Apr 9, 2020

Closing the cyber skills gap: Nine perspectives on Cyber 9/12

Cyber 9/12 was a resounding success, with twenty-two teams, over forty-five judges, and six keynote speakers participating virtually from across the United States. We asked nine individuals who contributed to Cyber 9/12 DC in different ways to share their insights, experiences, and takeaways from the event.

New Atlanticist by Will Loomis