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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. […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

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 […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

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.

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Disinformation English

Latest commentary and analysis

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Can global energy markets withstand the attack on Saudi oil?

Atlantic Council experts react to the September 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities and what it means for global energy markets and the wider region.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Geopolitics & Energy Security Iran

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

From overtures for US talks to threats of war with Iran

Rejected again and embarrassed by the escalation in the Persian Gulf his policies have incentivized, Trump is likely to make similar belligerent comments this year and US-Iran relations will only worsen.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Sat, Sep 14, 2019

After Houthi drone attack, everyone should take a deep breath

The ten-drone attack on Aramco’s Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia on September 14 is a sign that the Houthis suffer from false confidence. Snubbing talks and launching attacks is not a way to garner sympathy from the United States or the international community.

New Atlanticist by Kirsten Fontenrose

Geopolitics & Energy Security Saudi Arabia

Latest in-depth research and reports

Mon, Sep 16, 2019

Key principles for economic policy and judiciary in Ukraine

Ukrainian business leaders commit to principles of rule of law and economic policy in Ukraine.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Eurasia Center

Economy & Business English

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

US surveillance on trial in Europe: Will transatlantic digital commerce be collateral damage?

In this issue brief, Kenneth Propp, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, examines the existing transatlantic data-transfer mechanisms, the landmark court case that could invalidate them, and the divergent US and EU approaches to data transfers across borders and privacy standards. On July 9, 2019, Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems challenged […]

Issue Brief by Kenneth Propp

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Russia’s intervention in Venezuela: What’s at stake?

Venezuela is suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory, Russia has become a key actor that has provided a lifeline of support to Maduro and his cronies. Today, Russia’s efforts to prop up Nicolás Maduro have been a relatively low-cost, but high reward strategy for Moscow to sow further instability in the United States’ own hemisphere.

Report by John E. Herbst and Jason Marczak

Democratic Transitions Economic Sanctions