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Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Pompeo’s Israeli settlements announcement could imperil Middle East peace chances

"The realignment of long-standing US government policy foreshadows the promised, if long delayed, release of President Trump's vision for regional peace, intimating that the blueprint may countenance the extension of Israeli sovereignty to communities whose existence has, until now, been considered illegal per US interpretation of international law," Shalom Lipner says.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Israel

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Australian government takes aim at foreign influence in universities

As China’s regional ambitions grow and its attempts to influence regional policies becomes more aggressive, universities are becoming a contested space. There are increasing concerns that Australian universities are becoming over-reliant on the funding associated with Chinese students studying there, and actively limiting activities on campus because they may upset both the Chinese students and authorities.

New Atlanticist by John T. Watts

Australia China

Fri, Nov 15, 2019

A crisis of commitment in the Middle East. But whose?

While US actions are causing confusion about Washington's commitment, regional actions are also calling into question the region’s commitment to its relationship with the United States and to its own stability.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

NATO leaders set ambitious agenda for London summit

“I would love for there to be no drama,” Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) admitted, but he stressed that there is still a lot of productive work the Alliance can achieve in London. Edward Ferguson, minister counsellor for defense at the Embassy of the United Kingdom in the United States, said that the Alliance is setting an ambitious agenda for the summit “to show that NATO as a septuagenarian is as fit and virile as ever and to highlight the progress we have made in adapting NATO’s deterrence and defense since the 2014 Wales Summit.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

NATO

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Bolivia reflects the deep polarization crisis in Latin America

The departure of former Bolivian President Evo Morales amid allegations of electoral fraud, coupled with political instability in several Latin American countries and the long-standing crisis in Venezuela, means that “the one constant in the region is uncertainty," Jason Marczak says

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions Elections

Tue, Nov 12, 2019

“Brain-dead” or not “brain-dead”? That is not the question.

Macron's interview is not about NATO or the United States, but rather about Europe. His interview reflects deep worries that Europe is gradually being on the menu of global power politics and about the means to ensure that it is at the table instead.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy France

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

We must never stop tearing down walls

If there is one thing to learn from history it is that no accomplishment is complete or forever. There is always some wall, in literal or figurative sense, being built or rebuilt somewhere.

New Atlanticist by Jakub Wiśniewski

Central Europe Democratic Transitions

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

The United States cannot repeat its Syria withdrawal mistake in Afghanistan

President Trump’s sudden withdrawal has opened opportunities for rival powers to exert greater influence in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. Russia and China are swooping in with strategic poise, while Trump’s approach amounts to letting others “fight a little bit.” This is not US leadership, nor will it make the United States safer in an increasingly complex world.

New Atlanticist by Fatima Salman

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Nov 6, 2019

What the US learned from the fall of the Wall

After forty years of the Iron Curtain and a divided Germany, it was clear that the US president was in no hurry to dance atop the wall and claim victory if it came at the cost of the US vision for a Europe whole and free.

New Atlanticist by Jasper Gilardi

Germany United States and Canada

Tue, Nov 5, 2019

Trump abandons US climate leadership with pact withdrawal

While a disappointment, the United States’ notification of intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement was already largely ‘priced in’ to political discourse and expectations. What matters most now is continued bold leadership—and hard, prosaic work—by the entities that have at least as much control over the future US emissions trajectory as the federal government.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action United States and Canada