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Exploring five big questions for the administration

NATO 20/2020: Twenty bold ideas to reimagine the Alliance after the 2020 US election

NATO 20/2020

More than two decades after NATO’s inspired decision to invite former adversaries to join its ranks, the Alliance is in need of equally captivating ideas. Read our twenty essays on the future of NATO.

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Research and analysis


Mon, Nov 16, 2020

We must face up to what is happening in the United States of America

Despite Joe Biden’s victory, the fallout from the 2020 election is posing a mortal threat to American democracy from within. We must not sugarcoat what is happening in our country. Instead, we should face up to it and the responsibility we all bear—whether we are Republicans, Democrats, or Independents—for our present predicament.

Elections 2020 by Mathew Burrows

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Energy and the environment


Fri, Jun 11, 2021

The case for a Comprehensive Approach 2.0: How NATO can combat Chinese and Russian political warfare

Kathleen J. McInnis and Clementine G. Starling outline how NATO’s Comprehensive Approach program can serve as a model to counter political warfare at the strategic level.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Kathleen J. McInnis, Clementine G. Starling

Cybersecurity Disinformation
Women in Swiss security

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

NATO partnerships for Women, Peace, and Security

Lisa A. Aronsson outlines the achievements and the implementation challenges NATO faces, and offers three sets of recommendations for overcoming institutional hurdles, leveraging non-NATO members, and reviving NATO's sense of purpose on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Lisa Aronsson

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

FAST THINKING: Breaking down Biden’s big climate moves

President Joe Biden came into office promising to make big moves to address climate change. Yesterday he got to work with a bevy of executive orders designed to take some of the new administration’s first major steps. What do they mean?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

FAST THINKING: Five big takeaways from Joe Biden’s inaugural address

Joe Biden’s inaugural address was a call for unity—and also resilience. What did the speech signal about where his presidency is headed? Here's key takeaways from five leading experts on international affairs.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden’s $1.9 trillion message to Congress

Joe Biden is unveiling a nearly two trillion dollar package aimed at beating back the pandemic and economic crisis. What’s the key thing to know?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

FAST THINKING: A diplomat to lead the CIA

The choice is conventional and unorthodox at once: but Bill Burns has thirty-plus years of experience. Can he make it work?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Jan 8, 2021

FAST THINKING: What Biden can do with a Democratic Congress

Democrats have control of both Congress and the executive branch for the first time in a decade. That really opens things up for the incoming Biden administration, not least when it comes to its policy agenda on the economy, climate change, and national security. What can we expect?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections National Security

Tue, Dec 8, 2020

FAST THINKING: Biden’s surprise pick for defense secretary

The biggest surprise of the Biden transition so far is here: The president-elect has picked retired general Lloyd Austin as his nominee for secretary of defense. Is he the right person for the job? And what does the historic selection mean?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

FAST THINKING: The next stage of Venezuela’s power struggle

The Trump administration recognized opposition figure Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president and mobilized nations around the world to do the same. But Nicolás Maduro is still in power—and perhaps even more entrenched after winning control this weekend of the National Assembly in an election boycotted by Guaidó and his allies. What does the election mean for the opposition’s future?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

How Joe Biden can put US-Turkey relations back on track

Turkey and the United States need to work to establish a fresh dialogue, compromise on their outstanding issues, and prepare the way for an active and beneficial partnership in the future.

TURKEYSource by Pinar Dost and Grady Wilson

Elections Politics & Diplomacy


Thu, Nov 12, 2020

The way forward: America’s role in the world after the US presidential election

Online Event A discussion about what the results of the 2020 elections portend for the United States and the international community.

12:00pm China Coronavirus Economy & Business Elections

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Initial Reactions: Disinformation in the 2020 Elections

Online Event Leaders of the Election Integrity Partnership discuss the mis- and disinformation they saw on election day and how the partnership is fighting against election-related disinformation.

11:00am Disinformation Elections Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

2020 road to the White House: Why Latin America and the Latino vote matter

Online Event The 2020 US presidential election is around the corner and the US Latino population is set to play a crucial role in electing the next US president, accounting for 13.3 percent of all eligible voters.

3:00pm Elections Latin America United States and Canada

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Domestic violent extremism and the 2020 election

Public Event With the 2020 election approaching, threats of domestic violence and extremism have escalated across the United States. Extremism experts join the DFRLab to contextualize the growth of these organizations and explain how they leverage the internet to plan and engage in violent actions.

4:00pm Disinformation Elections Extremism United States and Canada

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The future of US national security

Public Event An #ACELECTIONS2020 and COMMANDERS SERIES Event: Former National Security Advisors Gen James L. Jones, the Hon. Robert McFarlane, and Amb. John R. Bolton address key security threats and priorities for the next Presidential administration and beyond.

10:00am China Coronavirus Crisis Management Defense Policy

Wed, Sep 30, 2020

A conversation with Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Public Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - Mayor Pete Buttigieg discusses the future of US leadership, reigniting support for American engagement and diversity in foreign policy.

10:00am ONLINE EVENT Civil Society Coronavirus Defense Policy Elections

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

2020 Election integrity and foreign interference

Public Event 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.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT Disinformation Elections United States and Canada

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

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

Public Event 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.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT Disinformation Elections Media United States and Canada

Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Elections 2020: Foreign policy half-time report

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

10:00am ONLINE EVENT Elections

Thu, Aug 27, 2020

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

Public Event 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.

4:00pm ONLINE EVENT Elections

Wed, Aug 26, 2020

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

Public Event 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.

10:00am ONLINE EVENT Elections

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

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

Public Event 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.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT Disinformation Elections United States and Canada

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

The next four years: American leadership on the global stage

Public Event 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.

10:00am ONLINE EVENT Elections

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Democracy vs. authoritarianism: The role of American foreign policy

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

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT Elections

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

Cyber-insecurity: The coming digital disruption

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

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT Elections

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Digital crossroads: World choices for 2021 and onward

Public Event 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.

3:00pm ONLINE EVENT Cybersecurity Democratic Transitions Digital Policy Elections

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Energy and environment in the next administration

Public Event 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.

12:30pm ONLINE EVENT Elections

Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Divergent threats and emergent powers

Public Event 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?

11:00am ONLINE EVENT Elections Security & Defense

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

A conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Public Event 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.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT China Europe & Eurasia Politics & Diplomacy Russia

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Kathy Baughman McLeod

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

Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

Randolph Bell

Senior Director and Richard Morningstar Chair for Global Energy Security

Global Energy Center Global Energy Forum


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