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Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Zelenskyy puts Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic future at risk

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised to end an era of corruption. Instead, he stands accused of reversing the limited progress of recent years and opening the door to Russian revenge.

UkraineAlert by Mykola Vorobiov

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Ukraine’s booming IT sector can drive positive change

As the international community seeks ways to strengthen Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration, private sector investment in the country’s attractive IT industry could have a significant and positive role to play.

UkraineAlert by Yuliya Rimsky and Filip Sasic

Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

James Clyburn: The question now is whether America can ‘repair our faults’

The pandemic has “demonstrated that there are some significant fault lines in the country,” US House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn told the Atlantic Council. “The question now becomes whether or not we’re going to be able to repair those faults.”

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Coronavirus Democratic Transitions

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Ahead of the 2020 US elections, the disinformation threat is more domestic than foreign

Three top journalists and editors working at the intersection of national security, technology, and elections discussed the challenges they’re facing on a daily basis with the conspiracy theories, misinformation, and lies percolating online ahead of the US elections.

Elections 2020 by Larry Luxner

Civil Society Disinformation

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Now let’s see an agreement in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Trump administration has demonstrated its ability to bring allies together and promote regional peace and cooperation. The United States should keep up this momentum by helping to reach an agreement between Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, and de-escalate the conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

TURKEYSource by Brenda Shaffer

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Solving the Eastern Mediterranean crisis requires compromise

France, Greece, and the entire EU should embrace this de-escalatory approach, recognizing that the entire transatlantic community will be strategically better off with a strong Greece-Turkey relationship that ensures a fair system for sharing Eastern Mediterranean energy resources.

TURKEYSource by Matthew Bryza

Geopolitics & Energy Security Greece

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

After snapback sanctions on Iran: A European perspective

As seen from Europe, which has its own continuing embargo on arms transfers to Iran through 2023, the Trump administration will likely not insist on imposing its “parallel reality” on reluctant allies.

IranSource by Michel Duclos

Iran Middle East

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

How the Iranian air force turned the tide of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980

In the case of the Iranian armed forces, one must speak of months of prosecution, summary executions, and an almost complete breakdown of the chain of command following the 1979 revolution. Yet, despite all odds, the Artesh chose to fight bravely when the Iraqi army invaded Iran on September 20, 1980.

IranSource by Ali Dadpay and Sina Azodi

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

How post-election protests are creating a new Belarus

After almost three decades in the post-Soviet doldrums, historic change is finally underway in Belarus. Lukashenka and Putin can still delay this process, but they can no longer derail it entirely.

UkraineAlert by Franak Viačorka

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

The Gordian knot of Kurdish unity talks in Syria

On September 20, US Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey visited northeast Syria for a meeting with delegations of the Kurdish National Council (KNC), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and allied Kurdish parties who have been engaging in so-called unity talks since November 2019.

MENASource by Rena Netjes and Lars Hauch

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy