Belarus Rally

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Pro-Lukashenka Telegram channels amplify each other to smear protesters

Several Telegram channels supporting Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka are actively amplifying each other’s content in an attempt to discredit anti-Lukashenka protesters while mobilizing supporters to attend pro-government rallies.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Kremlin control of Crimea and the occupied Donbas has been disastrous for many religious groups

On September 16, Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and former US ambassador to Ukraine, testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom on the alarming state of religious freedom in the Russian Federation.

Testimony by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Conflict

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Event recap: The Rohingya Crisis: Three Years On, with Chatham House and the Atlantic Council

On Thursday, September 17, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center partnered with Chatham House to host a panel discussion on the Rohingya refugee crisis to discuss the evolution of the crisis as well as potential international solutions. The webinar was moderated by Dr. Gareth Price, Senior Research Fellow of Chatham House’s Asia-Pacific Programme, and included: Dr. Rudabeh Shahid, nonresident senior fellow of the South Asia Center; Dr. Claire Smith and Ms. Susannah Williams of the Department of Politics at the University of York; and Dr. Ellen Stensrud, a researcher at the Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Bangladesh East Asia

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Transcript: Charting a path for Global Britain: A conversation with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

Watch and learn more about the event: Event Transcript: Featuring : The Rt. Hon. Dominic RaabUK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Frederick KempePresident and CEO, Atlantic Council Damon WilsonExecutive Vice President, Atlantic Council FREDERICK KEMPE: Welcome, everyone, across a myriad of platforms, digital platforms in the United States, in the UK, Europe, […]

ACFrontPage by Atlantic Council

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Event recap: A Critical Relationship: Repairing US-Pakistan Relations After Two Decades of Conflict

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, the South Asia Center was in conversation with author and Pakistan Supreme Court Barrister Dawood Ghazanavi discussing relations between the United States and Pakistan in the wake of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha this week. The conversation was moderated by the Director of the South Asia Center Dr. Irfan Nooruddin.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Pakistan Politics & Diplomacy
Maria Kolesnikova

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Belarus state media botch reporting on a botched abduction

After a foiled abduction of three Belarusian opposition members, Belarus state-owned media outlets stuck to the official version of events, despite mounting evidence of inconsistencies in the story.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

State of the Order: Assessing August 2020

The State of the Order breaks down the month’s most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Blog Post

International Norms Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Transcript: A conversation with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on China, the Middle East, and the Trump administration’s foreign policy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joins Frederick Kempe to discuss the United States’ strategies abroad on key issues like Middle East stability, US-Iran tensions, China’s rising influence, NATO’s role in the world, and more.

ACFrontPage by Atlantic Council

China Middle East

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Congress should retire, not reform, the Generalized System of Preferences

Marc Busch writes that the United States’ Generalized System of Preferences has surpassed its usefulness and that signing bilateral free trade agreements presents a better path forward.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Trade

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Europe after COVID

A few weeks after the groundbreaking budget agreement adopted by the European Council on July 21, it would be tempting to say that COVID-19 changed everything in the European Union, in line with the oft-repeated principle: “It takes a crisis for Europe to act.” Like all clichés, there is some truth in this statement.

Feature by Clément Beaune

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, Sep 10, 2020

Forgotten quarter: Beirut blast survivors in the Karantina neighborhood

Journalists Zahra Hankir and Lynn Chaya spoke to dozens of survivors about their experiences before, during, and after the August 4 Beirut blast. Here are some of their stories.

MENASource by Zahra Hankir and Lynn Chaya

Lebanon Middle East

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Event recap: “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on South Asian Economies” with the US Embassy in Delhi

On September 3, 2020, the US Embassy in Delhi hosted a webinar about the effects of COVID-19 on the regional economies of South Asia, featuring Dr Irfan Nooruddin, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Bangladesh
Pro-Lukashenka Gathering

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Incorrect footage exaggerates size of pro-Lukashenka protest in Vilnius

While reporting on a pro-Lukashenka gathering in Lithuania, Belarusian state media broadcast footage from a rally in Belarus instead.

Article by Lukas Andriukaitis

Belarus Disinformation
Маргарита Симоньян

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

Kremlin commentators smear Belarus opposition leaders

An online ecosystem of pro-Kremlin sources, including RT and Sputnik, amplified unsubstantiated rumors to undermine Belarusian opposition leaders and demonstrators.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

Expert panel responds to incidents of North Korean sanctions evasion in the DRC

On Thursday, September 3, the Africa Center hosted a virtual panel to discuss the latest report published by The Sentry: Overt Affairs: How North Korean Businessmen Busted Sanctions in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Sentry’s Director of Illicit Finance Policy Ms. Hilary Mossberg provided opening remarks alongside Africa Center Director of Programs and Studies Ms. Bronwyn Bruton, […]

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Corruption

Thu, Sep 3, 2020

What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Mr. John Raidt

Mr. John Raidt, security and public policy expert and practitioner, discusses political dysfunction in the US and the need for democratic renewal in light of the pandemic.

Blog Post by Peter Engelke, Anca Agachi

China Civil Society

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

California’s blackouts and renewable energy: Culprit or imperative?

In mid-August, California made headlines when several days of rolling blackouts coincided with a massive heatwave, with up to three million residents facing up to four hours of power outages. For Californians, this crisis must prompt an examination of both the grid management practices that contributed to these blackouts, and the optimal way to store or supplement wind and solar power. And while many were quick to blame the blackouts on the states’s growing reliance on renewables, the underlying causes for the crisis can only be mitigated with more clean energy.

EnergySource by Leslie Hayward

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment
Belarus State Media Interference

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

State media English-language coverage of Belarus propagates claims of Western interference

Pro-Kremlin outlets unsuccessfully push narrative that ongoing protests are yet another “color revolution” supported by the West.

Article by Jacqueline Malaret

Belarus Disinformation
Pro-Kremlin Media Belarus

Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Pro-Kremlin media misrepresent Belarusian opposition’s policy platform

An “anti-Russian” national security reform agenda that pro-Kremlin media linked to the opposition was never part of the opposition’s official platform.

Article by Roman Osadchuk

Belarus Disinformation
Pro-Lukashenka Telegram

Tue, Sep 1, 2020

Pro-Lukashenka Telegram channels amplify disinformation

Telegram channels deploy anti-protester narratives to win back public support for Lukashenka.

Article by Nika Aleksejeva

Belarus Disinformation