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Making a difference

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.

Tue, Mar 3, 2020

Peering Around the Corner: The Geopolitics of Coronavirus

On February 11, 2020 the DFRLab hosted “Peering Around the Corner: The Geopolitics of Coronavirus,” a timely series of panels on the potential geopolitical and economic consequences of Coronavirus, and how misinformation about the crisis may influence its impact.

Insights & Impact by Atlantic Council

China Disinformation

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

US energy priorities abroad: A conversation with US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette

On Friday, February 7, 2020, the Atlantic Council hosted newly appointed US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette for a public address and moderated discussion about US government energy priorities abroad.

Program Impact Story by Global Energy Center

Panel of speakers

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

The global status of CCS: The next wave of carbon capture

On February 4, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosted an event showcasing the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute’s most recent report, Global Status of CCS 2019: Targeting Climate Change, in tandem with a lively discussion about the current status of carbon capture and storage (CCS), the next generation of CCS projects, policies, and technologies taking shape around the world, as well as the role of CCS facilities in global decarbonization.

Program Impact Story by Global Energy Center

Latest commentary and analysis

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Eurozone passes coronavirus rescue plan, but political unity remains elusive

Although European leaders were finally able to agree on a massive rescue package to help the European economy weather the storm of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the lack of unity on display over the protracted negotiations raises deep concerns about Europe’s ability to navigate the difficult road to recovery.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus European Union

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

India’s adoption of facial recognition technology could have serious ramifications

The application of facial recognition technologies in India would almost certainly aid the country’s stretched law enforcement units and may prove useful in future incidents of public rioting or unrest. Given the state of current technologies, however, observers and government officials in India need to critically examine the reliability of this new platform and its potential to wrongfully infringe on the rights of innocent individuals.

New Atlanticist by Vappala Balachandran

Human Rights India

Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Iran’s regional ambitions are not going anywhere

Time and time again, Iran has proved that, despite its limitations and weaknesses, it manages to hold on and turn threats into opportunities that preserve not only the regime’s survival, but its regional influence, as well.

IranSource by Raz Zimmt

Iran Middle East

Latest in-depth research and reports

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

AI & China: Smart Partnerships for Global Challenges

The Atlantic Council is honored to partner with the Rockefeller Foundation via a grant focused on data and AI efforts by China around the world. We started these activities in the middle of 2019. These activities were part of a bigger plan to launch the new Atlantic Council GeoTech Center in 2020 — focused on the geopolitics of new technologies and advances in data.

In-Depth Research & Reports by David Bray, PhD

Americas China
gtc food empty shelves

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Getting ahead of the crisis: Global food security during COVID-19

Much has been written about the economic consequences of such policies; less attention, however, has been paid to emerging issues like food security in the age of a global pandemic. Food security is certainly a crucial issue because COVID-19 is also a crisis of logistics – whether it is with regard to necessary medical equipment, labor availability, or food supplies.

GeoTech Cues by Sara-Jayne Terp

Civil Society Coronavirus
AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy