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Thu, Sep 19, 2019

The logic of Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia

While previously mere threats against the safety of shipping were enough to send tremors through oil markets and spook past US presidents, Iranian leaders have seemed powerless to respond to the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign.

New Atlanticist by Henry Rome and Robert Johnston

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A geopolitical European Commission: Can the incoming president make it work?

The selection process and presentation have been received relatively well and signal a new Commission leadership adept at messaging and politics. But questions remain whether Ursula von der Leyen can make the complex Commission work

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel and Jörn Fleck

European Union Politics & Diplomacy
Israel election netanhayu

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Netanyahu teetering after inconclusive Israeli election

Results were disappointing for the incumbent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but still inconclusive. The next phase promises to be no less tortuous.

New Atlanticist by Shalom Lipner

Elections Israel

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Talks in Riyadh on Iran: What happens next?

Trump is more than likely hoping that Saudi officials agree to economic pressure on Iran, but oppose an all-out war.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Iran Saudi Arabia

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Great Power Competition in Southeast Europe

In the past decade, the United States and the European Union (EU) became more ambivalent about our commitments in the Western Balkans. Moscow and Beijing, sensing an opening, have become more determined in their efforts to gain influence and leverage in the region.

New Atlanticist by Damon Wilson

China Russia
Putin Saudi Arabia

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

He’s serious: Putin offers to sell air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia

While Iran’s president and foreign minister laughed at the Russian president’s statement, Putin offer should been seen as a serious one.

New Atlanticist by Mark N. Katz

Iran Missile Defense
Cyber security official

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

The American way of cyber warfare and the case of ISIS

The Cyber Vault collection shows the complexity in design and executing offensive cyber operations which help distinguish an ‘American way’ of cyber warfare—one that is no doubt closely mirrored by many of our allies.

New Atlanticist by JD Work

Cybersecurity

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Can global energy markets withstand the attack on Saudi oil?

Atlantic Council experts react to the September 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities and what it means for global energy markets and the wider region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

After Houthi drone attack, everyone should take a deep breath

The ten-drone attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia on September 14 is a sign that the Houthis suffer from false confidence. Snubbing talks and launching attacks is not a way to garner sympathy from the United States or the international community.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Geopolitics & Energy Security Saudi Arabia

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Europe moves to curb ISIS antiquity trafficking

Global trafficking of fake and stolen antiquities is worth a whopping forty-five billion dollars a year, of which twenty billion is generated in Europe alone.

New Atlanticist by Brooks Tigner

European Union Terrorism
Baltic Sea Security, NATO

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

The importance of Baltic navies ensuring Baltic Sea security

The commander of US Naval Forces Europe and Africa and NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples argues that “a strong alliance of navies will enable us all to maintain the most basic human rights: freedom and safety.”

New Atlanticist by Adm. James G. Foggo III

Maritime Security NATO

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

A potential path forward for Hong Kong?

Beijing needs to give the Hong Kong government “some space” to effectively address the concerns of its citizens, former US general consul to Hong Kong Kurt Tong said.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Rule of Law

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

John Bolton out as national security advisor

“John Bolton has advocated for strategies considered extreme within his own administration, ran a dysfunctional and often nonexistent interagency policy making process, and eventually lost the confidence of the president—so it was always only a matter of time before he had to go,” said William F. Wechler, director of The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Defense Policy Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Sep 9, 2019

Will a new energy minister shift Saudi oil policy?

“The truth is no one knows if there will be any significant implications from the appointment of Prince Abdulaziz as energy minister,” said Ellen Ward, nonresident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

International Markets Oil and Gas

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

Leveraging AI to transform power grid security

Given our acute dependency on an uninterrupted supply of power, it is hardly surprising that power grids are among the most strategically important pieces of infrastructure for economic and national security alike.

New Atlanticist by Lukas Trakimavičius

Cybersecurity Defense Policy

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Purveying arms through carrot and stick

US arms sales to India have risen more than fivefold over the last five years and now account for 12 per cent of India’s defense imports, according to a recent study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

New Atlanticist by Sarosh Bana

Defense Industry India

Thu, Sep 5, 2019

Democratic hopefuls show enhanced dedication to fighting climate crisis

What united all of the candidates was a recognition that climate change would need to be a major focus of the next president.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

Westminster tries to rein Johnson in and avoid no-deal

Arguing that the bill would mean he would lose all leverage with Brussels over a new withdrawal agreement, Johnson said “there is only one way forward for the country…there must now be an election.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Elections European Union

Wed, Sep 4, 2019

Rising regionalism: A new trend or an old idea in need of better understanding?

The success of regionalism in Europe can be an important example for the nations of Central Asia, who remain hesitant about regional cooperation despite their shared economic, cultural, and geopolitical characteristics, and need for greater internal cohesion.

New Atlanticist by Richards Kols

Central Asia International Organizations

Tue, Sep 3, 2019

US-Taliban negotiations: How to avoid rushing to failure

A major troop withdrawal must be contingent on a final peace. The initial US drawdown should not go so far or so fast that the Taliban believe that they can achieve military victory. In that case, they will not make compromises for peace with other Afghan political forces.

New Atlanticist by James Dobbins, Robert P. Finn, Ronald E. Neumann, William Wood, John Negroponte, E. Anthony Wayne, Ryan Crocker, James Cunningham, Hugo Llorens

Afghanistan Democratic Transitions

Sat, Aug 31, 2019

Is Germany going soft on China?

If Germany gets its way, it would be the strongest sign to date that Europe is charting its own course in its ties with China, ignoring pressure from hawks in the Trump administration to pare back economic links.

New Atlanticist by Noah Barkin

China Germany

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Boris Johnson: 1066 and all that

Johnson—’minister for the Union’, as he has styled himself—now only represents one element of the United Kingdom, albeit the largest. When he addresses the House of Commons on Hastings’ Day, he will truly ‘Speak for England,’ and England alone.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

European Union United Kingdom

Fri, Aug 30, 2019

Taking on the Temperature

Paris is certainly a leader in the effort to confront climate change and has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050; it recently released a comprehensive “urban cooling strategy” to prepare for the extreme heat that has cost lives and livelihoods in the recent past.

New Atlanticist by Kathy Baughman McLeod

Climate Change & Climate Action France

Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Will suspending parliament strengthen Boris Johnson’s Brexit hand?

Johnson’s decision to call for a suspension—also known as prorogation—drew fire from MPs across the political spectrum who view it as an attempt to sideline Parliament in the lead-up to the October 31 Brexit deadline.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

European Union United Kingdom

Mon, Aug 26, 2019

Trashing friends puts America last

By tying the national interest to unilateral territorial demands, the US president puts himself in the same camp as Vladimir Putin. Putin’s strategy is also dismissive of international rules and the sovereignty of smaller nations, and appears to hold that only through force and intimidation can Russia advance its interests.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

International Norms Northern Europe

Content

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

The logic of Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia

While previously mere threats against the safety of shipping were enough to send tremors through oil markets and spook past US presidents, Iranian leaders have seemed powerless to respond to the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign.

New Atlanticist by Henry Rome and Robert Johnston

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A geopolitical European Commission: Can the incoming president make it work?

The selection process and presentation have been received relatively well and signal a new Commission leadership adept at messaging and politics. But questions remain whether Ursula von der Leyen can make the complex Commission work

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel and Jörn Fleck

European Union Politics & Diplomacy
Israel election netanhayu

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Netanyahu teetering after inconclusive Israeli election

Results were disappointing for the incumbent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but still inconclusive. The next phase promises to be no less tortuous.

New Atlanticist by Shalom Lipner

Elections Israel

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Talks in Riyadh on Iran: What happens next?

Trump is more than likely hoping that Saudi officials agree to economic pressure on Iran, but oppose an all-out war.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Iran Saudi Arabia

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Great Power Competition in Southeast Europe

In the past decade, the United States and the European Union (EU) became more ambivalent about our commitments in the Western Balkans. Moscow and Beijing, sensing an opening, have become more determined in their efforts to gain influence and leverage in the region.

New Atlanticist by Damon Wilson

China Russia
Putin Saudi Arabia

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

He’s serious: Putin offers to sell air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia

While Iran's president and foreign minister laughed at the Russian president's statement, Putin offer should been seen as a serious one.

New Atlanticist by Mark N. Katz

Iran Missile Defense
Cyber security official

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

The American way of cyber warfare and the case of ISIS

The Cyber Vault collection shows the complexity in design and executing offensive cyber operations which help distinguish an ‘American way’ of cyber warfare—one that is no doubt closely mirrored by many of our allies.

New Atlanticist by JD Work

Cybersecurity

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Can global energy markets withstand the attack on Saudi oil?

Atlantic Council experts react to the September 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities and what it means for global energy markets and the wider region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

After Houthi drone attack, everyone should take a deep breath

The ten-drone attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia on September 14 is a sign that the Houthis suffer from false confidence. Snubbing talks and launching attacks is not a way to garner sympathy from the United States or the international community.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Geopolitics & Energy Security Saudi Arabia

Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Europe moves to curb ISIS antiquity trafficking

Global trafficking of fake and stolen antiquities is worth a whopping forty-five billion dollars a year, of which twenty billion is generated in Europe alone.

New Atlanticist by Brooks Tigner

European Union Terrorism