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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 […]

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Latest commentary and analysis

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

Evaluating Macron’s pitch for enlargement reform

French officials hope the proposal can open the door to a real debate over how the European Union adds new members, while also limiting the political blowback for the Western Balkan countries

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union
Oil rig

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Finding a path forward for oil and gas companies in the energy transition

2019 appears to be ending bleakly for the old guard of the energy sector—recent third quarter (Q3) reporting paints a gloomy picture: across the industry, profits have plummeted despite rising oil production. Observers have blamed those results on several potentially transitory headwinds, but are they actually what’s driving the concerning outlook?

EnergySource by Reed Blakemore and David Yellen

Energy Transitions Oil and Gas
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Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Another conference, another incomplete solution for Libya

Libya should be created by and for Libyans. There is no place for external interventions or conferences without full participation of all Libyans.

MENASource by Karim Mezran and Federica Saini Fasanotti

Corruption Libya

Latest in-depth research and reports

Fri, Nov 22, 2019

What do we know about cyber escalation? Observations from simulations and surveys

Do cyber operations alter how states respond to international crises in a way that creates incentives for decision makers to cross the Rubicon and use military force to settle disputes? This question is central to current cyber strategy debates and the idea of persistent engagement and defending forward in cyberspace. The answer is surprising: no. Based on the evidence, cyber operations offer a valuable escalatory offramp.

Issue Brief by Benjamin Jensen and Brandon Valeriano

Cybersecurity

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Over the horizon: NATO joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in the Baltic Sea region

NATO joint intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance is about getting the right information to the right person at the right time in the right format.

Report by Task Force Co-Chairs: ADM Mark E. Ferguson, III, USN (Ret.) and AM Sir Christopher Harper, RAF (Ret.) Project Director: Dr. Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Drones Intelligence

Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Thinking foreign policy in Russia: Think tanks and grand narratives

Russia’s post-Crimean foreign policy does not exist in a vacuum. Its ramifications are colliding with regional and global trends that are effectively destabilizing the post-Cold War international order.

Report by Anton Barbashin & Alexander Graef

Civil Society International Norms