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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Video recap: Using data for good in the fight against COVID-19

On March 27, 2020 — Anthony Scriffignano, Chief Data Scientist at Dun and Bradstreet and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a live video discussion hosted by Michael Krigsman, Founder of CxOTalk on “How Can Data Science Help With Crisis Responses?”

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Civil Society Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: COVID-19’s impact on societies, economies, tech, data, and geopolitics

On March 31, 2020 — Bob Gourley, Co-Founder of OODAloop and Director David Bray, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director participated in a video discussion on COVID-19’s impact on societies, economies, tech, data, and geopolitics.

GeoTech Cues

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Reconciling sanctions and humanitarian need during COVID-19

As the world economy shuts down to try to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the humanitarian collateral effects of sanctions become more pronounced and potentially deadly. But the argument that the United States should unilaterally roll back sanctions draws a false dichotomy; sanctions do not have to be suspended or rolled back for the United States to better address humanitarian concerns.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Cuba Economic Sanctions

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Cities “on the front lines” of the coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic worsens and deaths increase around the world, national and local governments are racing to prepare their healthcare systems, infrastructure, and economies to weather the current storm. “The world writ large was not adequately prepared to see what has come,” former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on April 1, adding that now it is up to mayors and local officials who “are really on the frontlines,” to take action to protect their citizens.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Resilience
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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: Global food security during COVID-19

Much has been written about the economic consequences of such policies; less attention, however, has been paid to emerging issues like food security in the age of a global pandemic. Food security is certainly a crucial issue because COVID-19 is also a crisis of logistics – whether it is with regard to necessary medical equipment, labor availability, or food supplies.

GeoTech Cues by Sara-Jayne Terp

Civil Society Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Iranian New Year in the time of coronavirus

The high number of deaths in Iran compared to the number of those infected reflects poorly on the level of treatment.

IranSource by Tahereh Hadian-Jazy

Coronavirus Iran

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

The coronavirus economic crisis: Supporting the weak links

In the present pandemic crisis, major countries have moved more quickly, offering more substantial monetary and fiscal support packages, including better targeted programs than in 2008-09. The challenge now is to quickly deliver the help to the weak entities which need liquidity the most. After all, any system is only as strong as its weakest link.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

The battle for 5G leadership is global and the US is behind: The White House’s new strategy aims to correct that.

The West has fallen behind in the competition for leadership of the 5G transition, a reality that has huge economic implications and also risks the West facing the reality of a global telecommunications backbone that not only has serious security flaws, but is also shaped by political values incompatible with our own. A new White House strategy aims to close the 5G transition gap.

New Atlanticist by John T. Watts

Defense Technologies Internet

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Trump exhorts US to face grim weeks ahead; coronavirus daily deaths worst by far

US President Donald J. Trump said the United States faces a crisis without precedent and, in a notable change of tone, exhorted Americans to face a grim couple of weeks ahead at least. The federal government raced to build field hospitals to take pressure off health systems beleaguered by the coronavirus pandemic as the United States had by far its biggest tally of deaths in one day.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council


Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Europe needs a quick economic coronavirus response: The ESM can provide it

A rapid and flexible deployment of the €410 billion lending capacity of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is urgently needed to support the policy initiatives launched to combat the coronavirus crisis throughout Europe. The sooner the Eurogroup of finance ministers can return to something akin to this sensible compromise position suggested by its President Mario Centeno last week, the better.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union