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Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Idlib ceasefire is holding and could open door to long-term Syria solution, US envoy says

The ceasefire negotiated between Russia and Turkey to halt fighting in the Syrian province of Idlib appears to be holding, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS Ambassador James F. Jeffrey said on April 30. “We have heard from many sources, even many Russian [ones], that there is a general feeling that this ceasefire is living up to expectations,” according to Jeffrey.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Conflict Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Pandemic response should not equal isolationism, Swedish FM argues

International cooperation will be crucial not only to “fight the pandemic” of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but also “to get us back on track afterwards,” Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde said on April 29. She stressed that while leaders remain focused on containing outbreaks in their own countries, they must avoid the temptation to shun the benefits international trade and cooperation can bring as a much-needed economic recovery begins.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

How testing can provide a way out of coronavirus shutdowns

Testing “is really the only way out without having a vaccine or an easy therapeutic…to reopen parts of our economy and [stop] the ricocheting between either being shut down and therefore safe, or being active in the economy and therefore in tremendous risk for rebound,” according to Dr. Rajiv Shah

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

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David A. Wemer is associate director, editorial, at the Atlantic Council, where he writes, edits, and produces the Council’s short-form written content. Prior to his work at the Atlantic Council, Wemer was DC program coordinator for the Eisenhower Institute. In 2018, Wemer was the director and managing editor of the Fellowship Program at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, where he previously served as the 2016 Europe Fellow. In 2014, Wemer interned in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Office of International and Interagency Relations.

In addition to Council publications, Wemer’s writings have appeared in The Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, Charged Affairs, Euractiv, The Kyiv Post, The Daily Star Lebanon, Real Clear Defense, and Real Clear World. His analyses and reporting have also been cited in numerous outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, National Public Radio (NPR), Vox, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg, Slate, Quartz, Al-Jazeera, The National Review, The Daily Beast, Project Syndicate, and The Washington Times.

In 2013, Wemer was awarded the American Historical Association’s Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for his work on economic transition in Slovakia. Wemer received a MSc in European Union politics from the London School of Economics, a certificate in Russian politics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, and a BA from Gettysburg College.