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Thu, May 13, 2021

Putin’s key Ukraine ally charged with treason

Ukraine’s leading pro-Kremlin politician, Viktor Medvedchuk, has been charged with treason this week as the Zelenskyy administration escalates its efforts to counter Russian influence in the country.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, May 13, 2021

Exclusive poll: Europeans are warming to the US in the Biden era

There’s “hope and optimism” about the transatlantic policies that the United States and EU can create today, said Benjamin Haddad, but there are also “some concerns on some disagreements that have not disappeared with the [US presidential] election.”

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

European Union Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, May 13, 2021

Colonial Pipeline attack demonstrates that a more coherent cybersecurity strategy is necessary

With the announcement that the Colonial Pipeline will reopen soon, the short-term effect of the Colonial cyberattack on gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum product prices is likely to be mildly escalatory and short-lived, but it exposes the soft underbelly of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure and the need for a more robust cybersecurity strategy to protect it.

EnergySource by Cynthia Quarterman

Cybersecurity Energy & Environment

Thu, May 13, 2021

Iran’s ‘reformists’ contemplate their post-election future

It would require a miracle to revive the fortune of the reformists or moderates based on the current attitude of many Iranians.

IranSource by Ali Fathollah-Nejad and Amin Naeni

Elections Iran

Thu, May 13, 2021

The escalation between Israel and Hamas: What’s new—and what’s not

While the intensity of the fighting appears to have caught some veteran practitioners of Middle East conflict and diplomacy by surprise, a trail of discernable factors led to this fraught outcome.

MENASource by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Thu, May 13, 2021

Putin’s Ukraine War: EU warns Russia is “de facto integrating” occupied east

The European Union has warned that Russia is seeking to “de facto integrate” the Kremlin-controlled separatist republics of east Ukraine. The EU raised the alarm in a note to member states, Bloomberg reported on May 12.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict European Union

Thu, May 13, 2021

A new vision for Ukraine’s Prosecution Service

Since Ukraine regained independence in 1991, successive attempts to reform the country’s prosecution service have met with only limited success. Efforts are now underway to change this disappointing picture.

UkraineAlert by Iryna Venediktova

Democratic Transitions Human Rights

Wed, May 12, 2021

Time to sanction the Putin-Lukashenka “axis of autocrats”

Callings are growing for the international community to impose sanctions against the Putin-Lukashenka axis rather than just on the Belarusian regime.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Economic Sanctions

Wed, May 12, 2021

Event recap | Exploring the future of data, human rights, speech, and privacy

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted a panel of experts to explore “Exploring the future of data, human rights, speech, and privacy.” The panel included Alex Feerst, General Counsel at Neuralink; Chris Hazard, PhD, Co-founder and CTO at Diveplane; and Nathana Sharma, General Counsel at Labelbox.

Event Recap by the GeoTech Center

Digital Policy Disinformation

Wed, May 12, 2021

Reading list: Central bank digital currencies

A comprehensive collection of the most relevant articles on central bank digital currencies.

Blog Post by Niels Graham

China Digital Currencies