Wed, Nov 25, 2020

The temperature is rising, the fever white hot: The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam as flashpoint between Egypt and Ethiopia

Once considered unlikely by regional experts, military confrontation along the Nile is a growing possibility, as a diplomatic solution to the Egyptian-Sudanese-Ethiopian stand-off recedes. Outside observers may not understand why Egypt considers the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) an “existential threat” to its existence, but, regardless, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and his advisors see it as such. […]

In-Depth Research & Reports by Christopher D. Booth

East Africa Energy & Environment

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

How the West should deal with Russia

The United States must deal with Russia as it is, not as it wishes it to be. What does a policy framework to address both Russia’s dismal current realities and its better future potential look like?

Report by Alexander Vershbow, Daniel Fried

Arms Control European Union

Sun, Nov 22, 2020

Unexpected competition: A US strategy to keep its Central and Eastern European allies as allies in an era of great-power competition

As China and Russia make inroads with traditional US allies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the United States is faced with unexpected competition. To keep these US allies as allies for years to come, policymakers should heed the roadmap offered in this strategy paper, which focuses on the case study of Hungary to recommend ways to deepen alliances with CEE nations.

Report by John Blocher

Central Europe Defense Policy

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Global value chains in an era of strategic uncertainty: Prospects for US-ROK cooperation

This report investigates key drivers that pose risks to global values chains in an era of strategic uncertainty and provides recommendations for the governments and private sectors of the United States and Republic of Korea.

Report by Robert Dohner, Trey Herr, and Miyeon Oh

China East Asia

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Renewing transatlantic strategy on Iran

A new report presents a series of recommendations for the E-3 and the EU to preserve the JCPOA, promote regional peace and development and boost people-to-people contacts with Iran in concert with the new US administration. Taken together, these steps would amount to a renewed transatlantic diplomatic agenda through which the United States and European allies can stabilize the nuclear file and then build on the resulting diplomatic momentum to address other concerns with Iran.

Issue Brief by Ellie Geranmayeh, Barbara Slavin, and Sahil Shah

Elections English

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Defending the United States against Russian dark money

Warfare has evolved and the United States now faces a major unconventional threat: Russia’s estimated $1 trillion of dark money. With it, the Kremlin can wreak havoc if the US fails to act and recognize this national security threat for what it is.

Report by Anders Åslund, Julia Friedlander

Corruption Economic Sanctions

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

US sanctions policy: Lessons learned and recommendations for the new administration

WTO reform is especially important now since it would provide an efficient way to tackle China’s unfair trade practices head-on. This paper proposes concurrent measures that the United States and European Union can take to revitalize the WTO.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Daniel Fried

China Economy & Business

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

Sovereign solidarity: France, the US, and alliances in a post-COVID world

What allies does the United States need to compete in the emerging post-COVID geostrategic environment? And how can the United States best engage its allies to advance its national interests in this new environment? These are questions of major importance to a new US administration within a competitive geopolitical environment.

Report by Jeffrey Lightfoot, Olivier-Rémy Bel

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Tue, Nov 3, 2020

Embracing underseas robots: a US strategy to maintain underseas superiority in an age of unmanned systems

The future of warfare is progressing towards uncrewed systems and automation. This report takes a look at this trend in the undersea domain, proposing a strategy for the United States to leverage the emerging capacity of unmanned undersea vehicles.

Report by Erich Frandrup

China Defense Industry

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

Colombia’s shale resource potential

An exploration of the necessary conditions for successful shale development in Colombia.

In-Depth Research & Reports by John D. Padilla

Colombia Energy & Environment

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: Building regional cooperation

Digitalization has been heralded as “the next engine of growth” for the economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the idea that digitalization can transform the region’s economic model has never been more relevant than amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

Report by The Atlantic Council Task Force on Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe and the Three Seas Initiative

Central Europe Digital Policy

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

2020 election scenarios: Implications for American foreign policy

The outcome of the US presidential election in November will reverberate throughout the world. It will have a direct impact on US allies and partners, as well as structural implications for the global system. Will the United States continue to play its post-World War II international leadership role? Or will Washington continue its steady retreat from international commitments?

Issue Brief by Ash Jain, Barry Pavel

China Elections

Tue, Oct 27, 2020

Enhancing US-Japan cooperation on clean energy technologies

Japan’s pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 presents an opportunity to expand the robust US-Japan energy partnership into additional clean energy areas. But with a stark divide on energy policy in the United States, how can the US-Japan energy partnership appeal to disparate visions of the energy transition and is politically durable? In the wake of Japan’s net-zero announcement, the Global Energy Center is launching this new report, “Enhancing US-Japan cooperation on clean energy technologies,” which explores how the United States and Japan can increase the politically durable foundation for clean energy cooperation to their already robust energy partnership.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Reed Blakemore, David W. Yellen

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions
State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business

Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Central African Republic: Ground zero for Russian influence in Central Africa

The Kremlin has rapidly exploited the recent absence of Western involvement in the Central African Republic. Russian propaganda arms and security forces are propping up the country’s embattled leader in exchange for decisive influence in the region.

Issue Brief by Nathalia Dukhan

Conflict Corruption

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Improving counterterrorism and law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the Arab Gulf States

Thomas S. Warrick and Joze Pelayo present recommendations to improve and increase cooperation in civilian counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security, and aviation security between the United States and the Arab countries of the Gulf.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Thomas S. Warrick, Joze Pelayo

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

The United States and Central Europe: A road map for a democratic post-pandemic agenda

“The United States and Central Europe: A Road Map for a Democratic Post-Pandemic Agenda” outlines these themes and advocates for a common US-Central European agenda in seeking a better post-COVID-19 world.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski, Denise Forsthuber, Alena Kudzko

Central Europe Coronavirus

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Revitalizing the WTO

WTO reform is especially important now since it would provide an efficient way to tackle China’s unfair trade practices head-on. This paper proposes concurrent measures that the United States and European Union can take to revitalize the WTO.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Clete R. Willems

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Fri, Oct 9, 2020

Effective resilience and national strategy: Lessons from the pandemic and requirements for key critical infrastructures

A US national strategy for “effective resilience,” the capacity to prepare for and withstand shocks of the magnitude of a major pandemic or equivalent such as a major cyberattack with any resulting disruption significantly less than that caused by COVID-19.

Report by Franklin D. Kramer

Coronavirus Crisis Management
Mediterranean

Wed, Oct 7, 2020

Value beyond price: Prioritizing political stability and regional integration when financing Mediterranean gas

A comprehensive overview of the tensions surrounding natural gas resources in the Eastern Mediterranean which argues that development projects must take into account geopolitical rivalries as a reality in determining how to leverage East Med gas by mobilizing the power of multilateral dialogue platforms and international development banks.

Report by Olgu Okumuş

Europe & Eurasia European Union