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Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Energy security in the era of hybrid warfare

On July 2, 2020, the Atlantic Council hosted a kickoff workshop to help scope and define a study authorized by the NATO Science and Technology Board (STB) to analyze hybrid warfare’s impact on the Alliance’s energy security. As an actor in international security, NATO has a vital role to play in the nexus between energy security and hybrid warfare. For this reason, the STB has placed emphasis on the study, designated as Systems Analysis and Studies-163 (SAS-163), “Energy Security in the Era of Hybrid Warfare.”

EnergySource by Arnold C. Dupuy, PhD

Geopolitics & Energy Security NATO

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

What got you here won’t get you there: To succeed in Cold War II, America needs to avoid the wrong lessons from Cold War I

One danger today is that the history of Cold War will be misinterpreted, as if one or two major foreign policy initiatives will enable the United States to “contain” a rising China. Instead, the appropriate lesson is that nations stagnate when they cling to outmoded policies, while those that innovate can gain a renewed but temporary lease on life.

New Atlanticist by Christopher M. England and Sina Azodi

China Economy & Business

Wed, Aug 12, 2020

Cases increase in France, Germany amid vacations; Singapore at months-long low

Germany and France face fresh outbreaks of coronavirus, caused in part by vacationers and party-goers. Singapore’s new cases were the lowest in months, while Russia’s new vaccine garnered more reactions worldwide. The UK economy contracted by the most among major European nations.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council


Wed, Aug 12, 2020

The Syrian regime wheels and deals minorities to remain in power

The Bashar al-Assad regime operates merely to preserve itself, undermining chances of Syrians uniting across religious and ethnic lines.

MENASource by Ayman Abdel Nour

Politics & Diplomacy Syria

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

It doesn’t matter who wins in November, Iran will not renegotiate the JCPOA

Whatever the outcome of the US presidential elections, there is broad consensus within the Iranian government that Tehran will not renegotiate the terms of the JCPOA because it believes that the nuclear program file was closed after it signed the agreement.

IranSource by Saheb Sadeghi

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Zelenskyy’s old new faces

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power in 2019 promising a new era in Ukrainian politics but the recent appointment of figures from the discredited past raises questions about this fresh start.

UkraineAlert by Adrian Karatnycky

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Averting crisis: leveraging the energy transition to revitalize the coal belt

America is undergoing an energy transition away from coal that will leave coal-producing communities in crisis in the absence of policy action to help transition these regions to new and cleaner industries. Until leadership at the federal level arrives, local initiatives and regional coordination will be critical to leading this effort.

EnergySource by Craig Hart

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Trump’s tariffs on Canada are about more than aluminum

Just five weeks after the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) went into force, the United States slapped a 10 percent national security tariff on aluminum from Canada, its closest ally. The dispute between the two countries has now dominated the trade relationship, but it has nothing to do with aluminum per se.

New Atlanticist by Marc L. Busch

International Markets Trade

Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Russia registers world’s first coronavirus vaccine; Auckland in lockdown, UK jobs fall

Russia registered the first coronavirus vaccine, greeted with caution on concerns over clinical trials, as the number of cases globally topped twenty million. Auckland, New Zealand re-imposed a short lockdown after detecting local cases, a first in more than a hundred days. UK job figures declined and Scottish soccer was thrown into disarray after a quarantine breach.

Coronavirus Alert by Atlantic Council


Tue, Aug 11, 2020

Under second Tsai administration, Taiwan looks to champion global democracy

Taiwan’s priorities will be strengthening cooperation with allies, accelerated development of asymmetrical defense capabilities, and managing tense cross-strait relations.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

Defense Policy Politics & Diplomacy