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Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Rumors of Ukraine’s death on Capitol Hill are greatly exaggerated

Ukraine’s role at the heart of the Trump impeachment process has raised concerns that bipartisan support for the country could suffer but John E. Herbst argues that US backing for Ukraine remains strong.

UkraineAlert by John E. Herbst

Politics & Diplomacy Ukraine

Fri, Jan 24, 2020

China’s Persian Gulf strategy: Keep Tehran and Riyadh content

The current tensions between Washington and Tehran have been a major stress test for China’s Persian Gulf strategy.

MENASource by Julia Gurol and Jacopo Scita

China Iran

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Ukraine’s economic target: From stabilization to growth

Ukraine has staged a strong economic recovery over the past few years but the question in 2020 is whether the new Zelenskyy government can lead the country’s economy from stabilization to sustainable growth.

UkraineAlert by Vladislav Inozemtsev

Economy & Business Fiscal and Structural Reform

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

Oman’s new sultan and US-Iran tensions

In the region today there are incredibly turbulent waters which will further test Muscat’s ability to strike a delicate balance in its foreign policy of non-alignment.

IranSource by Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jan 23, 2020

A year in, the United States still stands behind Venezuela’s interim government

As the interim government of Venezuela continues to fight for freedom and democracy against the regime of Nicolás Maduro, the United States is “unwavering in [its] commitment” to helping Interim President Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green said on January 23.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions Human Rights

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Ukraine can feed Brexit Britain

The UK is Europe’s biggest food importer and Ukraine is one of the continent’s top agricultural producers. This makes a post-Brexit free trade deal a potentially big win for both countries.

UkraineAlert by Bate C. Toms

Trade Ukraine

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Bipartisan US support for Ukraine at risk as Republicans echo Kremlin

Republicans seeking to defend President Trump have taken to accusing Ukraine of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. This echoes Kremlin talking points and puts longstanding bipartisan US support for Ukraine at risk, says former US Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.

UkraineAlert by Steven Pifer

Politics & Diplomacy Ukraine

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Europe to take center stage in global trade talks

With the “phase one” trade deal behind them, the United States and China will now probably shift attention to sorting out their economic and trade relationships with Europe. Caught in the middle of the US-China trade war and geopolitical competition, the European Union (EU) has tried to steer an independent course, balancing security and geopolitical concerns with economic and business needs. Doing so, however, has exposed many differences vis-a-vis the United States as well as China.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China European Union

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

Perennial repression, mourning, and despair consume Iran

With no hint of reform on the horizon, demonstrations, counter-demonstraions, and repression will remain a component of an unstable Islamic Republic of Iran.

IranSource by Masoud Mostajabi

Iran Middle East

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Trump hails “time for optimism” on climate change, but US leadership still missing

While “Trump is right [that] this is a time for both optimism and action,” John E. Morton, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, said, Trump “is wrong to suggest that the future lies in fossil fuels.” By emphasizing fossil fuel production, Livingston said, “Trump missed a key opportunity to sell the story of a United States that can still—with the right policies—commercialize zero-carbon technologies as well as any other country in the world.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions