Issue BriefOct 18, 2021
Recasting Pakistan’s water scarcity challenge
By Fazilda Nabeel
Pakistan’s water situation is at a crossroads. The country has been increasingly cited by international organizations for being on the brink of water scarcity because of its declining per capita water availability. At the same time, the architecture of water resource governance in the country is undergoing a major overhaul.
Issue BriefOct 15, 2021
Designing decentralized finance for financial inclusion
By Nikhil Raghuveera
The next iteration of DeFi must be developed toward an intentional vision for financial inclusion. Financial inclusion means that everyone has the tools to not only meet their daily needs, but to also build wealth for themselves, their families, and their communities. And in turn, greater financial inclusion supports more resilient and robust economies.
Issue BriefOct 7, 2021
Una squadra vincente: The US-Italian defense-industrial partnership
By Mauro Gilli and James Hasik
The United States needs to more closely integrate its own defense-industrial base with those of its allies, including Italy. This issue brief focuses on the US-Italian defense-industrial partnership to enable policymakers to better understand this relationship, leverage it more comprehensively to meet key strategic objectives, and secure the supply chains necessary to ensure US national security.
Issue BriefAug 31, 2021
Trusted connectivity: A framework for a free, open, and connected world
By Kaush Arha
As democracies address the global demand for a free, open, and connected world while ensuring that local and global emissions targets are met, they need an organizing framework: the concept of “trusted connectivity.”
Issue BriefAug 30, 2021
Pitching Abraham’s tent: The human dimension of UAE-Israeli normalization
By Yoel Guzansky, Shalom Lipner, Jonathan H. Ferziger, Sarah Feuer, Tomer Fadlon, Ari Heistein, Ebtesam Al Ketbi, and Noura Al Breiki
In the past year, many have written on the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab states, focusing on economic interests and emphasizing shared security interests in the region. Case studies, however, indicate that relations between countries are improved when they encompass aspects related to the lives of citizens. Incorporating an element of cultural affinity […]
Issue BriefAug 26, 2021
Countering ransomware: Lessons from aircraft hijacking
By Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder, Frances Schroeder, and Trey Herr
Ransomware has plagued organizations for more than a decade, but the last three years have experienced a surge in both the number of incidents and the ransoms demanded. To more effectively counter ransomware, the US government should develop a strategy that draws on lessons learned from addressing a surge in aircraft hijackings through the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Issue BriefAug 16, 2021
EU-US Future Forum 2021: A path forward for transatlantic relations
By Benjamin Haddad, Jörn Fleck, Livia Godaert, Michaela Nakayama Shapiro
From May 5 to 7, the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and the EU Delegation to the United States partnered to organize the first EU-US Future Forum (EUFF), a three-day open conference bringing together policy makers, experts, and the private sector to address the key challenges facing the transatlantic relationship in the coming decades.
Issue BriefAug 4, 2021
Beyond Pakistan’s 2021-22 budget: The economy and growth
By Uzair Younus
Recently appointed to his position, Shaukat Tarin has positioned the budget as being growth oriented in focus, with significant increases to subsidies, public-sector development, and salaries of government employees.
Issue BriefAug 4, 2021
Hezbollah blames Lebanon’s economic collapse on the United States
By David Daoud
One year from the August 4 Beirut port explosion, Lebanon continues to free-fall into utter dysfunction as it unravels under the pressure of its worst economic crisis in decades, high rates of COVID-19 infections, an indifferent political class, and Hezbollah's control over critical junctures of the Lebanese state.