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Exploring five big questions as America votes


Tue, Sep 29, 2020

2020 Election integrity and foreign interference

ONLINE EVENT – Disinformation and foreign interference pose an existential threats to the future of American democracy. The DFRLab has launched the Foreign Interference Attribution Tracker, an open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference in U.S. elections and political processes.


Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Reporting on 2020: Free press, disinformation, and election integrity

ONLINE EVENT – Leading media voices in tech, national security, and politics join the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council to discuss how they are preparing to cover the 2020 election and how to best protect it from any potential attempts to sabotage it.


Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Elections 2020: Foreign policy half-time report

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – Elections 2020 Co-Chairs discuss key foreign policy themes addressed in the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.


Thu, Aug 27, 2020

America’s role in the world: US views on the future, at home and abroad

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – In 2020’s America, public attitudes are in flux. How do Americans see the future of US foreign policy? A discussion on how the next presidential administration can re-energize support for US international leadership.


Wed, Aug 26, 2020

US defense strategy and posture for an era of great power competition

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – Experts discuss how near-term deterrence be strengthened while investing in the next generation of military capabilities for deterrence and defense in the 2030s.


Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Are we ready? Foreign interference, disinformation, and the 2020 election

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – Public and private sector leaders join the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council to discuss what steps they have taken to secure the information space around the 2020 presidential election.


Fri, Aug 21, 2020

The next four years: American leadership on the global stage

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – A discussion about the next US Presidential administration facing the triple challenge of coordinating the post-COVID-19 recovery, kickstarting the global economy and managing a complex set of security challenges.


Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Democracy vs. authoritarianism: The role of American foreign policy

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – A discussion on the United States leading the democratic world and promoting democratic values effectively in the current geopolitical climate.


Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Cyber-insecurity: The coming digital disruption

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – A discussion on how the US will shape the opportunities and challenges of the next decade in cyberspace.


Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Digital crossroads: World choices for 2021 and onward

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – A conversation featuring Mr. KC Choi, Dr. Melissa Flagg, Mr. Derry Goberdhansingh, and Mr. Terry Halvorsen, hosted by Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center Director, Dr. David Bray on tech issues and the future.


Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Energy and environment in the next administration

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – A discussion on the salient energy policies under a potential Biden or Trump 2.0 administration and how each would address the deep and entrenched energy and environmental challenges the United States faces.


Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Divergent threats and emergent powers

AN #ACELECTIONS2020 EVENT – What role does diplomacy have to play in facing a new and changing landscape of global threats, and how can the next Presidential Administration reinforce existing global norms and develop new ones where necessary?


Mon, Aug 17, 2020

A conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses the key foreign policy priorities for the next presidential administration and the future of US leadership.


Top coverage

Research and analysis


Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Adviser on Biden’s foreign policy: Start at home and repair alliances

One of his chief foreign policy advisers said that a future Biden White House would focus its foreign policy on revitalizing the United States at home, rehabilitating frayed alliances, and building a team of democracies to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Elections 2020 by David A. Wemer

China Climate Change & Climate Action

Energy and the environment

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Geopolitical strategy, security, and risk

Disinformation, foreign interference, cybersecurity

Defense, military, security


Climate change and energy

Kathy Baughman McLeod

Senior Vice President and Director, Adrienne Arsht Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

Randolph Bell

Director and Richard Morningstar Chair for Global Energy Security

Global Energy Center


Josh Lipsky

Director, Programs and Policy, GeoEconomics Center

GeoEconomics Center

Julia Friedlander

C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, GeoEconomics Center

GeoEconomics Center

Relations with Europe

Relations with Asia

Relations with Middle East

Relations with Latin America

Relations with South Asia

Relations with Africa


Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: NATO

Although US leadership will continue to be the driving force behind NATO’s strategy, direction, and solidarity going forward, the extent of the United States’ commitment to the Alliance and its future role is still being called into question.

Elections 2020 by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Elections NATO

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: The geopolitical impacts of technology

Rapid developments in technology impact social, political, and economic issues both locally and globally. As the US presidential election nears, it is critical for Americans to consider the ways technology can both provide solutions and create challenges in the future.

Elections 2020 by GeoTech Center

Elections Internet

Tue, Oct 6, 2020

Trump or Biden? Iran weighs the pros and cons of closely watched vote

How Iran views the election outcome will play an important role in determining its security posture in the coming months: whether it decides to escalate tensions with Washington or offer an olive branch to either an incoming Biden administration or a Trump White House with a renewed mandate.

Elections 2020 by Borzou Daragahi

Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

The surprise debate topic: Climate change

Chris Wallace unexpectedly deviated from his agenda to ask pointed questions about the science and economics behind each candidate’s respective climate plans, reflecting a recognition that, more so than in 2016, public pressure is forcing climate action to be a central issue in this year’s election.

Elections 2020 by Margaret Jackson

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

How Pete Buttigieg sees the US restoring its credibility in the world

“America cannot move forward in the way that we need to without cooperation with our partners and allies around the world,” Buttigieg maintained, especially with the pressing challenges of a rising China, climate change, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Elections 2020 by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

US Economy: V shape or K shape recovery?

At last night’s presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace asked the candidates if we are in a ‘V’ shape or ‘K’ shape recovery. What does that mean exactly? A ‘V’ means a rapid rebound bringing economic activity back to its pre-COVID levels. A ‘K’ means an unequal recovery – wealthier Americans do well but poorer Americans remain stuck in recession.

Elections 2020 by Josh Lipsky, Nitya Biyani

Economy & Business Elections

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Making sense of foreign interference claims on the eve of the 2020 US election

The DFRLab launches an interactive, open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference relevant to the 2020 election. It assesses the credibility, objectivity, evidence, transparency, and impact of each claim.

Elections 2020 by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Disinformation Elections

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

If Trump wins, he needs a new approach to Iran

If US President Donald Trump wins re-election, he will have an opportunity to review his failed approach toward Iran.

Elections 2020 by Barbara Slavin

Elections Iran

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Cybersecurity

With the next US presidential election looming, the next administration will face no shortage of substantive cyber policy issues. US adversaries such as China and Russia continue to undermine and fracture the free and open internet, while the technology ecosystem has been altered by the rapid adoption of cloud computing, placing immense power and responsibility in the hands of few technology giants, such as Amazon and Microsoft.

Elections 2020 by Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Cybersecurity Elections