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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

Democracy

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 J. Burrows

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Energy and the environment

Content

Sun, Nov 22, 2020

In states with key clean energy wins, utilities have a strong hand in driving or stalling progress

The 2020 US elections delivered some notable state and city-level wins for clean energy across the United States, notably in Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio. However, even in states that delivered victories for clean energy, utilities will still play a key role in driving—or stalling—the clean energy transition. The complex history of clean energy policy in each of these states points to the divergent paths both cities and states can take to decarbonize and the importance of striking a delicate balance between government, utilities, and public interests.

EnergySource by Emily Burlinghaus

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections

Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Record Asian trade deal is ‘wake-up’ call for Biden about declining US global leadership

The Biden administration has made as one of its top priorities the reinvigoration of common cause alongside global partners and allies. Reversing current trends, however, needs to begin with an understanding of where US “no-shows” have been most significant.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

International Financial Institutions International Organizations

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The Trump administration can still seal a trade deal with India—and cement a legacy

An agreement may not be objectively huge in scope but it should be deemed sufficiently significant in resolving difficult market access issues on both sides, warranting a rapid conclusion during this lame-duck moment.

New Atlanticist by Mark Linscott

India Trade

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

The risk of a too comprehensive deal with Iran

Any attempt to enforce restrictions on Iran’s regional activities under a new and more comprehensive JCPOA is likely to encounter several significant challenges.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

FAST THINKING: Trump fires top DHS cybersecurity official over election protection

Donald Trump escalated his attacks on the integrity of the US election process Tuesday night, firing a top Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity official who spent the last weeks debunking many of the president’s false claims about election fraud.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

FAST THINKING: Trump’s plan to bring US troops home by Inauguration Day

First he shook up the leadership at the Pentagon. Now, as his new acting defense secretary announced on Tuesday, Donald Trump is planning to withdraw significant numbers of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq. How should we weigh the noble cause of ending wars against the president’s rush to do so as his term comes to an end? And how will these moves affect the Biden administration’s options when it takes office in January?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Industry

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

US sanctions policy: Lessons learned and recommendations for the new administration

WTO reform is especially important now since it would provide an efficient way to tackle China’s unfair trade practices head-on. This paper proposes concurrent measures that the United States and European Union can take to revitalize the WTO.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Daniel Fried

China Economy & Business

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 J. Burrows

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Trump poses enduring challenge for President-elect Biden

President Donald Trump’s continued refusal to concede the 2020 election poses a host of national security dangers. However, the most hazardous of them all won’t be found on the conventional list of threats that occupy Washington’s legion of foreign-policy experts.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Nov 14, 2020

What can Ukraine expect from a Biden presidency?

Joe Biden’s US presidential election victory was welcomed by many Ukrainians who felt that bilateral ties had suffered during the Trump presidency despite continued bipartisan US support for Ukraine.

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson

Conflict Elections

Events

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

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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Geopolitical strategy, security, and risk

Disinformation, foreign interference, cybersecurity

Defense, military, security

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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

Economy

Josh Lipsky

Director, Programs and Policy, GeoEconomics Center

GeoEconomics Center

Julia Friedlander

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

GeoEconomics Center

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Relations with Asia

Relations with Middle East

Relations with Latin America

Relations with South Asia

Relations with Africa