Issue Brief Oct 8, 2021
Global Britain: An American review
By Dame Karen Pierce, Max Bergmann, Peter Rough, Rachel Ellehuus, Yakov Feygin, Nate Sibley, Livia Godaert, Leah Scheunemann, Safa Shahwan Edwards, Margaret Jackson, Olivier-Remy Bel, Damir Marusic, Jörn Fleck, Julia Friedlander, Frances Burwell, James Batchik
What is happening to Britain in the world? Since 2016, when Brexit began with the United Kingdom’s shock “leave” vote to quit the European Union, the conversation has become almost impossible to have without entering into a fierce and polemical debate surrounding the country’s departure.
BelarusAlert Nov 9, 2021
Belarus border crisis: Lukashenka weaponizes human misery
By Daniel Fried, Michal Baranowski, Ben Judah
Kremlin-backed Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has weaponized migrants from across the Middle East and is using them to create a border crisis in his escalating hybrid war against the EU.
New Atlanticist Jan 14, 2021
Britain’s foreign-policy debate is back
By Ben Judah
It can no longer be said that the only foreign-policy debate in the United Kingdom is about Brexit. There are now two distinct visions emerging of Britain’s role in the world: one positioned in the political center and the other on the right.
Experts reactOct 20, 2022
Experts react: What the resignation of UK Prime Minister Liz Truss means for Britain and the world
By Atlantic Council experts
Our experts tell us what this political shuffling means for the United Kingdom—and whether there's truly a "unity candidate" in the running to take the helm.
Britain DebriefOct 13, 2022
#BritainDebrief – How do historians view the long road to war in Ukraine? | A Debrief from Mary Elise Sarotte
By Ben Judah
Senior Fellow Ben Judah spoke with Johns Hopkins University SAIS's Dr. Mary Elise Sarotte on the historical perspective on the war in Ukraine.
Ben Judah is director of the Transform Europe Initiative, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center, and a foreign-policy writer based in New York. His current research focus is on the European consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, transnational kleptocracy, European energy and decarbonization politics, and Britain’s attempts to reset its diplomatic posture after Brexit. In Washington, DC, he has worked closely with the offices of Democratic senators, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), in seeking to develop a global anti-money-laundering agenda as a central plank of US foreign policy.
He was previously a fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, leading research on the institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative. He was also previously a fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London and the European Stability Initiative in Istanbul.
He has interviewed and profiled global figures including French President Emmanuel Macron, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, and former First Lady Melania Trump. As a journalist, he has reported on the Russo-Georgia War; unrest in Central Asia, the Arab Spring, and elections in the United Kingdom, France, and United States.
He is the author of two acclaimed books: Fragile Empire, a study of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and This is London, a book on the British capital. In 2023, he will release his third book with Picador, an imprint of Pan Macmillan.
He has been commended as British Feature Writer of the Year at The Press Awards (formerly known as the British Press Awards), has been selected as a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe, was a finalist for the 2019 Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage, and most recently was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors.