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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, Oct 31, 2019

Present at the Re-Creation: A Global Strategy for a World at Risk

How can the rules-based international system be re-created for the 21st century? Can and should the US re-build a liberal, rules-based international system? What goals should the US, and its allies, pursue in a changed world, where emerging risks and enduring challenges persist? Those were some of the key questions which animated the event Present […]

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China European Union

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

Blockchain Report Launched At Private Roundtable Alongside UN General Assembly

On September 23, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting and Climate Week activities in New York City, the Global Energy Center hosted a private roundtable launching its latest report, Assessing Blockchain’s Future in Transactive Energy, authored by David Livingston, deputy director, climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Mon, Sep 23, 2019

MLP at the 2019 Global Citizen Awards

On Monday, September 23, fourteen Millennium Fellows from the 2018 and 2019 classes joined the Atlantic Council for the tenth anniversary of the Global Citizen Awards. Millennium Fellows had the pleasure of joining tables with DFR Lab, the Middle East Programs, the Global Energy Center, and Goldman Sachs, among others. In attendance from the 2018 […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

Latest commentary and analysis

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

“Go Forth and Set the World on Fire”

St. Ignatius Loyola, a Catholic Priest, theologian and founder of the Jesuit Order of the Catholic Church in the 16th Century, said, among his many inspiring sayings, “Go forth and set the world on fire.” Well, we’ve done it. Although I’m quite sure this is not what he had in mind. He could never have […]

Blog Post by Kathy Baughman McLeod

Australia Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Trump hails “time for optimism” on climate change, but US leadership still missing

While “Trump is right [that] this is a time for both optimism and action,” John E. Morton, a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, said, Trump “is wrong to suggest that the future lies in fossil fuels.” By emphasizing fossil fuel production, Livingston said, “Trump missed a key opportunity to sell the story of a United States that can still—with the right policies—commercialize zero-carbon technologies as well as any other country in the world.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Transitions

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

The Pakistani courts strike back

The historic sentencing in December of former dictator and president Pervez Musharraf was a blow to the military’s image and directly questions its unequivocal authority over shaping Pakistan’s political life—even if it is only symbolic. In a rare streak of defiance, the country’s courts are pushing back against a traditionally powerful and popular establishment hoping to inch the country from a seemingly illiberal to a more liberal democracy.

New Atlanticist by Fatima Salman

Democratic Transitions Pakistan

Latest in-depth research and reports

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

PeaceGame Venezuela: Pathways to Peace

In October 2019, PeaceGame Venezuela convened global leaders in Washington, D.C. to advance thinking around how Venezuelans and the international community should prepare for the potential of complete state collapse in Venezuela. This undesirable scenario must be considered as the domestic situation and the regional and global implications further deteriorate. This high-level crisis simulation was a collaboration between Foreign […]

In-Depth Research & Reports by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

Mon, Jan 13, 2020

Spotlight: Alejandro Giammattei’s first 100 days

Guatemala will begin a new chapter today with the presidential inauguration of Alejandro Giammattei Falla. At the center of the incoming pro-business administration: ushering in a new era of economic growth and job creation. With 59 percent of Guatemalans living in poverty, Central America’s largest and most populous country is also one the poorest and most unequal nations in Latin America. What are the priorities of President Giammattei to address such longstanding challenges? With the termination of the CICIG and ever-present migration challenges, can President Giammattei improve the living conditions for the millions of Guatemalans who seek a better future in their own country?

Issue Brief by María Fernanda Pérez Argüello and Domingo Sadurní

Latin America Migration

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

Democracy under siege: Advancing cooperation and common values in the Indo-Pacific

“Democracy under Siege: Advancing Cooperation and Common Values in the Indo-Pacific” examines challenges and opportunities for advancing cooperation and common values in the Indo-Pacific as the region faces an increasing challenge from China.

Issue Brief by Dr. Kharis Templeman

Australia China