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Jan 13, 2022

FAST THINKING: A big week of diplomacy with Russia is over. What’s Putin’s next move?

By Atlantic Council

Is war in Europe more likely after this week's diplomatic flurry? Our experts weigh in on what to expect next.

Crisis Management NATO

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Jan 6, 2022

FAST THINKING: Is Kazakhstan’s crisis the Kremlin’s next opportunity?

By Atlantic Council

Our experts explain what this moment means for the authoritarian, energy-rich Central Asian nation—and why Russia is watching with equal parts interest and unease.

Central Asia Crisis Management

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Dec 17, 2021

FAST THINKING: Russia calls for a Cold War-style Europe. Will NATO give in?

By Atlantic Council

As tensions tick up on the eastern front, our experts break it all down for you.

Conflict Crisis Management

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Dec 14, 2021

FAST THINKING: What the US-UAE arms dispute reveals about influence in the Gulf

By Atlantic Council

Can these partners resolve their differences? Our defense insiders swooped in with their insights.

Defense Technologies Security & Defense

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Dec 10, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden just held the biggest gathering of democratic world leaders ever. What are the results?

By Atlantic Council

Our experts—former US government officials with frontline democracy experience—share their insights on what to make of the big event and what to expect next.

China International Norms

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Nov 24, 2021

FAST THINKING: Germany finally gets a (colorful) new government

By Atlantic Council

Nearly two months after they handed a narrow victory to the Social Democratic Party (SPD)‚ German voters finally have their next chancellor.

Democratic Transitions Elections

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Nov 16, 2021

FAST THINKING: Breaking down the Biden-Xi virtual summit

By Atlantic Council

While the three-and-a-half-hour talk reportedly covered trade, Taiwan, and human rights, it produced no major breakthroughs. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a big deal.

China Climate Change & Climate Action

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Nov 6, 2021

FAST THINKING: What will the infrastructure bill actually do?

By Atlantic Council

What does this soon-to-be law mean for the US economy and its place in the world? Our crack economics team is here to break down what matters.

Digital Policy Economy & Business

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Nov 4, 2021

FAST THINKING: China’s stunning military buildup

By Atlantic Council

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) could field one thousand nuclear warheads by 2030. What should the US do about it?

Arms Control China

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Nov 3, 2021

FAST THINKING: Ethiopia is on the brink

By Atlantic Council

What moves does Abiy have left? What role is US policy playing? What other dominos may fall in the region? Our experts keep you ahead of the curve on this fast-moving story.

Africa Conflict