Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Securing Northern Europe: Toward a comprehensive approach

As Northern Europe finds itself on the front line of systemic great-power competition it has the consider three main challenges: an assertive Russia, changing dynamics in the transatlantic link and the development of a European defense. This present a unique window of opportunity to develop a comprehensive regional approach, bringing together the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

Issue Brief by Anna Wieslander and Elin Shiffer

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Secondary sanctions’ implications and the transatlantic relationship

The term secondary sanctions provokes strong reactions from allies and markets. Due to the power of the US dollar, breadth of the US market, and dominance of the US financial system, even the threat of secondary sanctions prompts many non-US companies to change their behavior to avoid the risk of such sanctions. Although this approach has furthered US policies, it has resulted in transatlantic political divergence and enhanced compliance uncertainty among private sector actors.

Issue Brief by Samantha Sultoon & Justine Walker

China Economic Sanctions

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A transatlantic agenda for the new European Commission

The new European Commission will take office on November 1, 2019, at a time of intensifying great power competition and new strain for transatlantic relations. This memo gathers the contributions of several Atlantic Council experts on a variety of issues such as defense, foreign policy, trade, and energy policy

Issue Brief by Benjamin Haddad and Jörn Fleck (Eds)

Cybersecurity Economy & Business

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

Tue, Sep 10, 2019

Dynamic stability: US strategy for a world in transition

We have entered a new era in world history, a post-post-Cold War era that holds both great promise and great peril for the United States, its allies, and everyone else. We now can call this a “Westphalian-Plus” world, in which nation-states will have to engage on two distinct levels: dealing with other nation-states as before, […]

Report by By Barry Pavel, Peter Engelke, and Alex Ward

Fri, Sep 6, 2019

Alternate Cybersecurity Futures

If the national security community continues to focus on immediate threats and managing current emergencies, it will never escape a cycle of crises, nor manage to impose a strategy to shape tomorrow’s environment.

Report by John Watts, Ben Jensen, JD Work, Nina Kollars, and Chris Whyte

Cybersecurity

Wed, Aug 21, 2019

Repeal of Article 370: Implications for India, Pakistan, and the United States

The articles have institutionalized a unique constitutional relationship between Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and the Central Government since 1954.

Issue Brief by Kyra Kocis, Nidhi Upadhyaya, and Irfan Nooruddin

Conflict India

Tue, Aug 13, 2019

The future of northeast Syria

Executive Summary The future of northeast Syria is unsettled after eight years of civil war and the US intervention to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). It also faces the various divergent interests of powerful external actors, including Russia and Turkey. In mid-April 2019, the Atlantic Council, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and the Foreign Policy […]

Report by Aaron Stein and Emily Burchfield

Rule of Law Syria

Wed, Aug 7, 2019

Spotlight: President Bukele’s first six months

As Bukele continues to settle into office, what policies from his proposed Plan Cuscatlán should his administration prioritize?

Issue Brief by María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila and Domingo Sadurní

Elections Latin America
Iranian Weapons Materiel on Display at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Avenues for conflict in the Gulf: A matrix game simulation

Iran faces increasing pressure domestically and internationally, while simultaneously perceiving a historic opportunity to reshape regional dynamics through multiple regional conflicts. This convergence creates conditions that could lead to a strategic shock, and which warrant serious consideration.

Issue Brief by John Watts

Conflict Crisis Management

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Chile against corruption: What can the region learn?

The 2018 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index shows that, despite global efforts to curb corruption, cultural changes and the announcement of positive results have been slow.

Issue Brief by Laura Albornoz Pollmann

Corruption Latin America

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Trade at a crossroads: A vision for the US-India trade relationship

Both countries should prioritize efforts to manage current tensions, reach an early agreement and build on successes to initiate a series of cooperative projects in areas such as intellectual property rights, digital trade and regulatory coherence, mirroring previous successes on the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Report by Mark Linscott, Trevor Cloen, and Nidhi Upadhyaya

India Trade

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Collective defense of human dignity: the vision for NATO’s future in cyberspace

An alliance under tension, NATO today faces the challenges of burden sharing, a multipolar world full of old adversaries and emerging challengers. In “Collective Defense of Human Dignity: The Vision for NATO’s Future in Cyberspace,” Christopher Porter, a nonresident senior fellow in the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council analyzes member states struggling with […]

Issue Brief by Christopher B. Porter

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

After Sistani and Khamenei—Looming successions will shape the Middle East

As Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei age, the international community of Shia Muslims faces a looming void in religious and political leadership.

Issue Brief by Abbas Kadhim and Barbara Slavin

Iran Iraq

Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Deconstructing the Dragon: China’s commercial expansion in Africa

The Trump administration has raised the alarm about China’s domination of large infrastructure projects in Africa, diagnosing the growing indebtedness of African nations to China as a threat to US national security, as well as the sovereignty of the countries affected. They also correctly bemoan the unfair advantages conferred on Chinese firms by Beijing’s multi-billion dollar […]

Issue Brief by Aubrey Hruby

Africa China

Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Priority-based approach to the North Korean nuclear issue—An enlightened dose of self-centeredness

From the time Chairman Kim Jong-Un started his “charm offensive” early last year until the fallout of the second summit meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February 2019, officials and experts have debated whether North Korea is ready for denuclearization on the terms of the United States and its allies. Rather […]

Report by Taisuke Mibae

Economic Sanctions Korea

Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Beyond control: Iran and its opponents locked in a lopsided confrontation

While facing sobering external challenges, Iran has not lost sight of its domestic and expatriate political opposition.

Issue Brief by Borzou Daragahi

Iran

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

INFOGRAPHICS – Disinformation in democracies: Strengthening digital resilience in Latin America

2018 saw political tides turn in three of Latin America’s largest democracies. These elections also saw deep polarization and distrust in institutions among Brazilians, Mexicans, and Colombians in an information environment ripe with disinformation. And while disinformation and misinformation are nothing new, the spread of false information at alarming rates is more effective and worrisome […]

2018 Elections in Latin America by Roberta Braga

Brazil Colombia