Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Central America Economic Reactivation in a COVID-19 World: Finding Sustainable Opportunities in Uncertain Times

By: María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, María Fernanda Bozmoski, and Domingo Sadurní Contributing authors: Enrique Bolaños and Salvador Paiz Foreword As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, countries around the world face an unprecedented test: concurrent public health and economic crises coupled with the resulting political and social reverberations. In Central America, the […]

Issue Brief by María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, María Fernanda Bozmoski, and Domingo Sadurní

Americas Coronavirus

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Competitive strategy insights from wargames

Warfighting eclipses the moment of battle. This report assesses the results from a series of competitive strategy wargames in order to explore how US military-modernization investments can shape adversary decisions long before the battle ever begins.

Report by Benjamin Jensen, John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa

China Conflict

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Dude, where’s my cloud? A guide for wonks and users

Cloud computing is transforming society, from interactions between people to the ways by which companies do business, and even how militaries operate. If you have ever been curious about what exactly “the cloud” meant; if you are a policy wonk not a technologist, a user not an admin, then this report is for you.

Report by Simon Handler, Lily Liu, and Trey Herr

Cybersecurity Internet

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

The chosen people vs. their chosen people

As Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s court trial and the Knesset’s deadline to negotiate a fiscal deal draw near, the Israeli government faces a crisis of accountability. A bloated bureaucracy and constant competition have impaired the government’s ability to formulate and implement sound diplomatic, security, and economic decisions. A new Atlantic Council issue brief, “The Chosen […]

Issue Brief by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

The trip from Donbas: Ukraine’s pressing need to defend its veterans

Ukraine’s veterans from the war in the Donbas are at the crossroads of major changes occurring within Ukrainian society today, but a lack of support for veterans creates a critical void in Ukraine’s national security and hobbles its transition to democracy.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Lauren Van Metre & John Boerstler

Security & Defense Ukraine

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Wechsler in ISPI: The US and the Middle East in 2021: Disengagement or Re-engagement?

Report by Atlantic Council

China Middle East

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Trade flows in the age of automation

Innovative digital technologies will alter global value chains (GVCs) in the decade following COVID-19. As new technology re-shapes the nature of services trade, entire value chains will be disrupted. With trade in services growing 60 percent faster than that of goods, it is clear that the impact of new digital technologies will be widespread.

Report by Jack Daly, Nick Brown

Economy & Business Internet of Things

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Aligning India’s data governance frameworks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to usher in another half a billion Indians online is a fitting goal for an ambitious, young digital nation. Yet closing India’s digital divides and developing a robust digital economy will require a moonshot effort that leaves little room for error.

Issue Brief by Mark Linscott and Anand Raghuraman

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Innovation in Nuclear Energy Technologies: Implications for US National Defense

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has the potential to play a significant role bringing advanced reactor technology to demonstration and, ultimately, commercialization. Possible US military applications of advanced reactors—especially micro nuclear reactors (MNRs)—include deployment to remote bases that are challenging to supply with fuel; power systems for directed-energy weapons; and nuclear energy systems for space flight and off-world bases. This issue brief explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in DOD’s procurement of MNRs.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Dr. Jennifer T. Gordon

Defense Technologies Energy & Environment

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Transforming Indian agriculture: A policy framework to guide US-India partnership

Agriculture has formed the backbone of India’s economy for many decades and remains crucial to providing food security for the country’s growing population. It constitutes a major pillar of India’s economic growth and a significant contributor to its growing exports sector.

Issue Brief by D. Narain

Economy & Business India

Wed, Sep 9, 2020

Future of DHS Project: Full report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to refocus its mission to lead the defense of the United States against major nonmilitary threats.

Report by Thomas Warrick & Caitlin Durkovich

China Coronavirus

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

“One world, two systems” takes shape during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated fragmentation of the postwar world order. Its most poignant manifestation is in an intensifying competition between the United States and China for political and strategic influence. In essence, the post-Cold War globalized economic order has gradually morphed into a “one world, two systems” configuration, edging toward a new Cold War.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy

Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Four myths about the cloud: The geopolitics of cloud computing

Cloud computing providers are more than companies—they govern vast utility infrastructure, play host to digital battlefields, and are magnificent engines of complexity. Cloud computing is embedded in contemporary geopolitics; the choices providers make are influenced by, and influential on, the behavior of states. In competition and cooperation, cloud computing is the canvas on which states conduct significant political, security, and economic activity.

Report by Trey Herr

Cybersecurity Internet

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Strangers to strategic partners: Thirty years of Sino-Saudi relations

This report begins with a brief historical overview of Sino-Saudi relations, it then discusses how the partnership has developed, and ends with an analysis of the bi- lateral relationship within the context of the US-Sino-Saudi triangle.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Jonathan Fulton

China Economy & Business

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

Capitalizing on transatlantic concerns about China

Beijing is pursuing a China-centric strategy aggressively and in a fashion that is causing significant collateral damage to nations around the globe. Thus far, the transatlantic partners have no comparable strategy to counter these challenges. A new transatlantic approach is needed.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Hans Binnendijk, Sarah Kirchberger, and Christopher Skaluba

China Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

What’s at stake for energy in the 2020 election: An update

In the seven months since the publication of the Atlantic Council’s issue brief, “Election 2020: What’s At Stake For Energy,” the social and political landscape of the United States can hardly have changed more dramatically. This issue brief updates the Atlantic Council’s prior analysis and considers the new context surrounding a Trump re-election scenario and a Biden election, and the consequences for the energy sector.

In-Depth Research & Reports by David Goldwyn and Andrea Clabough

Elections Energy & Environment

Mon, Aug 17, 2020

Primer on hypersonic weapons in the Indo-Pacific region

Hypersonic weapons are nearing maturation, but debates about their military relevance are often defined solely by technology. This primer situates hypersonic weapons within the regional context of the Indo-Pacific to provide a foundation for strategic analysis.

Report by John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa

China Defense Industry

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Evolving news media landscapes in India and Pakistan: Implications for regional peace and stability

India and Pakistan recognize the utility of the press in contemporary conflicts, and seek to deploy it as an offensive weapon in a larger information war. Both countries have utilized digital, print, and broadcast media to shape international perceptions and public opinion domestically.

Report by Fatima Salman

India Media

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The Maduro Regime’s Illicit Activities: A Threat to Democracy in Venezuela and Security in Latin America

Introduction By Diego Area and Domingo Sadurní Two months after the internationally recognized interim government marked its first year, Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis, the worst ever in the Western Hemisphere’s modern history, entered a new phase. The coronavirus pandemic, which has rattled even the most developed nations, is further straining a crippled health system already unable […]

Issue Brief by Douglas Farah

Conflict Corruption

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Future of DHS Project: Key findings and recommendations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to refocus its mission to lead the defense of the United States against major nonmilitary threats.

Issue Brief by Thomas Warrick & Caitlin Durkovich

China Coronavirus