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Learn more about the Atlantic Council’s insights & impact through these stories of how our regional and thematic programs are making a difference not only in shaping how we view global issues but also in shaping their outcome.

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

Baltic Porcupine: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Defend the Baltic States

On June 27, the Scowcroft Center’s Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted a public discussion on “Baltic Porcupine: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Defend the Baltic States.” The event launched the Scowcroft Center’s latest issue brief, “The Melians’ Revenge: How Small, Frontline, European States Can Employ Emerging Technology to Defend Against Russia” by Dr. TX Hammes. […]

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Eastern Europe NATO

Wed, Jun 26, 2019

Arab Barometer Polling Data Event

On June 26, the Hariri Center, in collaboration with Arab Barometer, held a public event to release Arab Barometer’s latest public opinion survey data from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Following their presentation, Arab Barometer experts Mark Tessler and Kathrin Thomas joined Iraq Initiative Director Abbas Kadhim and Nonresident Senior Fellow Faysal Itani for a panel […]

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Iraq Middle East
360/OS London

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

360/OS Summit 2019

The DFRLab was thrilled to welcome a diverse cohort of participants to London for our annual 360/OS summit on June 20-21, 2019.

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Disinformation English

Latest commentary and analysis

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

To deal, or not to deal: Iran remains divided on the United States

The Iranian leadership has been unable to find a consensus on when the negotiations should begin, or what a final agreement should achieve.

MENASource by Sara Bazoobandi

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Iranian central bank designation: What does it mean?

The only appreciable impact of the September 20 designation will be to further impair the delivery of food and medicine to the Iranian people, who are already struggling to get needed supplies and to antagonize US partners around the globe.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

How to make a lasting regime change: A guide for aspiring (democratic) reformers

Why did the Central Europeans succeed when so many efforts at regime change from within failed – ending in tears, bitter disappointment or bloodshed?

New Atlanticist by Jakub Wiśniewski

Central Europe Democratic Transitions

Latest in-depth research and reports

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Securing Northern Europe: Toward a comprehensive approach

As Northern Europe finds itself on the front line of systemic great-power competition it has the consider three main challenges: an assertive Russia, changing dynamics in the transatlantic link and the development of a European defense. This present a unique window of opportunity to develop a comprehensive regional approach, bringing together the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

Issue Brief by Anna Wieslander and Elin Shiffer

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Secondary sanctions’ implications and the transatlantic relationship

The term secondary sanctions provokes strong reactions from allies and markets. Due to the power of the US dollar, breadth of the US market, and dominance of the US financial system, even the threat of secondary sanctions prompts many non-US companies to change their behavior to avoid the risk of such sanctions. Although this approach has furthered US policies, it has resulted in transatlantic political divergence and enhanced compliance uncertainty among private sector actors.

Issue Brief by Samantha Sultoon & Justine Walker

China Economic Sanctions

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A transatlantic agenda for the new European Commission

The new European Commission will take office on November 1, 2019, at a time of intensifying great power competition and new strain for transatlantic relations. This memo gathers the contributions of several Atlantic Council experts on a variety of issues such as defense, foreign policy, trade, and energy policy

Issue Brief by Benjamin Haddad and Jörn Fleck (Eds)

Cybersecurity Economy & Business

Content

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Ellinas in Cyprus Mail: Challenges to Israel’s Gas Exports

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Energy Markets & Governance Israel

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Sultoon quoted in Reuters on Iran’s central bank sanctions

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Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Lipner quoted in Bloomberg on Netanyahu’s post-election prospects

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Elections Israel

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Bechev in Foreign Policy: Putin is trolling the United States in the Persian Gulf

In the wake of the drone attacks on Saudi Arabia, the Russian president has positioned himself as a peacemaker. But continued conflict is his friend.

In the News by Dimitar Bechev

Conflict Russia

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Slavin joins NPR to discuss US-Iran relations

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Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Lipner quoted in Vice News on the Israeli elections

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Elections Israel

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Wechsler joins BBC to discuss Iran’s denial of involvement in Saudi oil attacks

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Iran Security & Defense

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

Slavin in The American Conservative: Iran and the Poisonous Fruits of ‘Maximum Pressure’

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Economic Sanctions Iran

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Fontenrose joins BBC to discuss recent attacks on Saudi

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Iran Middle East

Tue, Sep 17, 2019

Slavin quoted in NPR on Saudi strike

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Iran Saudi Arabia