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Learn more about the Atlantic Council’s insights & impact through these stories of how our regional and thematic programs are making a difference not only in shaping how we view global issues but also in shaping their outcome.

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Peering Around the Corner: The Geopolitics of Coronavirus

On February 11, 2020 the DFRLab hosted “Peering Around the Corner: The Geopolitics of Coronavirus,” a timely series of panels on the potential geopolitical and economic consequences of Coronavirus, and how misinformation about the crisis may influence its impact.

Insights & Impact by Atlantic Council

China Disinformation

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

US energy priorities abroad: A conversation with US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette

On Friday, February 7, 2020, the Atlantic Council hosted newly appointed US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for a public address and moderated discussion about US government energy priorities abroad.

Program Impact Story by Global Energy Center

Panel of speakers

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

The global status of CCS: The next wave of carbon capture

On February 4, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted an event showcasing the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute’s most recent report, Global Status of CCS 2019: Targeting Climate Change, in tandem with a lively discussion about the current status of carbon capture and storage (CCS), the next generation of CCS projects, policies, and technologies taking shape around the world, as well as the role of CCS facilities in global decarbonization.

Program Impact Story by Global Energy Center

Latest commentary and analysis

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Lebanon’s collapse is Hezbollah’s slow unraveling

Hezbollah has been working for years on integrating itself into the Lebanese state. Now that the country is falling apart, Hezbollah’s assimilation into the state apparatus, which was initially meant to protect the organization against international pressure, could pose a direct threat to the group’s future.

MENASource by Mona Alami

Coronavirus Middle East

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Addressing Hungary’s coronavirus emergency legislation

Many in Europe and the United States who consider themselves friends of Hungary have struggled over what to do with what can be increasingly interpreted as an authoritarian drift in that country. Hungary was one of the early leaders of Central Europe’s democratic transformation after its overthrow of communist rule in 1989; this is the tradition we would prefer to be celebrating today. Instead, we struggle to find a way forward.

New Atlanticist by Denise Forsthuber and Daniel Fried

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

While he stems the spread of the coronavirus, Orban is spreading the virus of illiberalism.

Viktor Orban had the opportunity in the last weeks to choose between becoming a statesman or a general. He opted for the latter. One wishes him well in dealing with the crisis. But this last decision is not really about handling the crisis.

New Atlanticist by András Simonyi

Coronavirus European Union

Latest in-depth research and reports

gtc food empty shelves

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
AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Making the most of Prosper Africa: Leveraging US competitiveness in African markets

Global powers are jockeying for access to opportunities in African markets. In this environment, how can the United States ensure US commercial success in Africa?

Report by Aubrey Hruby

Africa Economy & Business

Content

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Public Sector Podcast: David Bray, Leadership in Exponential Times

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

Haring and Klain in The National Interest: How Will the Poorest Country in Europe Deal with the Coronavirus?

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Grundman quoted in Vox on Defense Production Act and pandemic mitigation

Senior Fellow Steve Grundman explains why the coronavirus requires greater intervention by the federal government.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Industry

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 11: Economy and Coronavirus

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Coronavirus Economy & Business

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Real Leaders Podcast: The Impact of Pandemics with Dr. David Bray

In the News by Atlantic Council

Resilience & Society Security & Defense

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Association for Computing Machinery: Interview with Dr. David Bray: Director, GeoTech Center

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Economy & Business Technology & Innovation

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Grundman quoted in Bloomberg on Defense Production Act and COVID-19

On March 26, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Steven Grundman explained how the administration can use the Defense Production Act to align industry priorities and better combat the coronavirus.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Defense Industry

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Riaz quoted in Scroll.in on Bangladesh’s decision to free ex-PM Khaleda Zia amidst Covid-19

In the News by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh Coronavirus

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Ullman in Daily Times: Beyond Corona: three other political viruses

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Aman in Responsible Statecraft: Without international aid, the coronavirus crisis in Iran will spread throughout South Asia

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Bangladesh