Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Delist or not delist: A $2.2 trillion US-China auditing dispute

The economic and financial forces set in motion by the COVID-10 pandemic—global recession and ultra-loose monetary policies that have driven a cross-border search for higher yield—have contributed to a slow shift of international capital toward China’s markets. Now, intensified US-China tensions—especially the targeting of Chinese companies for delisting from US stock markets—have the potential to heighten that trend.

Issue Brief by Jeremy Mark

China Economy & Business

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Russia after Putin: How to rebuild the state

We do not know when and how President Putin’s regime will end, but there are signs that it is struggling and the end could come in the foreseeable future. We need to start discussing now how a new state should be built on the ruins of the old system.

Report by Anders Åslund and Leonid Gozman

Civil Society Corruption

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

The North Atlantic community renewed: Challenges, trends, and solutions

With 900 million people and $1 trillion in defense spending, the United States and Europe represent by far the largest, oldest, and most capable economic and security community in the world.

Issue Brief by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Iraq: A road map for recovery

In a new report, Iraq: A roadmap for recovery, Dr. C. Anthony Pfaff outlines some of the most important discussions, findings, and recommendations of the dialogue.

In-Depth Research & Reports by C. Anthony Pfaff

Arabic English

Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Russia’s nuclear activity in 2019: Increasing strength and pressure

Russia’s nuclear arsenal is a cornerstone of its political and military influence. 2019 stands out as a year with notable shifts in activity, with key indications that nuclear forces will remain a critical mechanism for Moscow to exert pressure.

Issue Brief by Maxim Starchak

Conflict Nuclear Deterrence

Fri, Feb 12, 2021

Toward a future EU-UK relationship in foreign policy and defense

The UK and the EU will continue to share the same geography, the same strategic environment, and the same values, a reality recognized on both sides of the Channel. As the UK moves on from the Brexit process, it should find in the EU a partner sharing the same values and aspirations.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Gen. Stéphane Abrial, Sir Peter Westmacott, Olivier-Rémy Bel

Defense Policy Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Atlantic Council’s DFRLab publishes new report in Just Security: #StopTheSteal: A timeline of social media and extremist activities leading up to 1/6 insurrection

In-depth investigation offers the most comprehensive timeline for #StopTheSteal to date.

Report

Disinformation United States and Canada

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Toward trilateral arms control: Options for bringing China into the fold

The Cold War-era paradigm of bilateral arms control between the United States and Russia is becoming increasingly untenable. Including a rising China with a growing nuclear arsenal is essential. This issue brief shows the way forward with options for bringing China into the nuclear arms control fold on a trilateral basis with the United States and Russia.

Issue Brief by Matthew Kroenig, Mark J. Massa

Arms Control China

Thu, Feb 4, 2021

Ensuring Energy Security in a Renewables World

Renewable sources of energy are gaining an increasing share of the US energy mix, bolstered by state-level commitments as well as corporate power purchase agreements. However, while renewables have become increasingly cost competitive, they still face challenges, especially related to intermittency and storage. The Global Energy Center’s new issue brief, “Ensuring Energy Security in a […]

Issue Brief by Ben Hertz-Shargel

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Mon, Feb 1, 2021

Pathologies of obfuscation: Nobody understands cyber operations or wargaming

National security and defense professionals have long utilized wargames to better understand hypothetical conflict scenarios. With conflict in the cyber domain becoming a more prominent piece in wargames in the national security community, this issue brief seeks to identify the common pathologies, or potential pitfalls, of cyber wargaming.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Nina Kollars and Benjamin Schechter

Cybersecurity National Security

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

The Longer Telegram: Toward a new American China strategy

China presents the most important challenge to the United States in the twenty-first century. To address this challenge, the United States urgently needs “an integrated, operational, and bipartisan national strategy.”

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series

China

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Biden and Belarus: A strategy for the new administration

Joe Biden has an historic opportunity to bring Europe together and reverse the tide of dictatorship by building an international coalition to support democracy in Belarus. This strategy lays out key recommendations for the Biden administration as it prepares its policy toward Belarus.

Issue Brief by Anders Åslund, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, Alexander Vershbow

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Fri, Jan 22, 2021

The United States, Germany, and world order: New priorities for a changing alliance

Treating each divergence in security policy as an isolated incident may have allowed policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic to ignore the unpleasant fact that the United States and Germany could have increasingly disparate perceptions of threats and strategic cultures.

Issue Brief by Roderick Kefferpütz, Jeremy Stern

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Choosing wisely: How the Biden administration can build a better coalition on international energy and climate policy in a post-COVID world

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have inherited a country deep in crisis. After the tumult of 2020, the new administration takes the helm amid high unemployment, a sluggish economic recovery, soaring national debt, and a staggering 360,000 Americans dead from a pandemic that shows few signs of slowing before new vaccines can be distributed. At the same time, President Biden has asserted that the United States will regain its mantle of leadership of the liberal order, reset its international partnerships, and, perhaps most importantly, rebuild as a clean, green superpower putting the global community back on track to meet its climate commitments and securing a sustainable trajectory for future economic growth.

Report by David L. Goldwyn, Andrea Clabough

Energy & Environment United States and Canada

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

How the rest of the world responds to the US-China split

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. How countries respond to this split, unwelcome by most, depends on whether they see themselves as competitors to China, or as “price takers” in the international economic system.

Issue Brief by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy
Abu Dhabi Skyline

Mon, Jan 18, 2021

The Global Energy Agenda

The inaugural edition of the Global Energy Agenda provides context for the unprecedented year that has passed. It features a survey of thought leaders in the energy sector, as well as a series of essays by the leading figures in energy, to set the energy agenda for 2021.

Global Energy Agenda by Randolph Bell, Jennifer T. Gordon, Paul Kielstra, and Andrew Marshall (Editors)

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Mon, Jan 18, 2021

Mapping green innovation ecosystems: Evaluating the success factors for the world’s leading greentech-innovation centers

Enabling current and future generations to mitigate climate change requires the urgent creation and scaling up of technologies that minimize and reverse the impact of human activities on the environment. The ecosystems that foster innovation in green technologies, and the success factors that enable these ecosystems, must be better understood in order to replicate them around the world.

Report by Peter Engelke, Margaret Jackson, Randolph Bell

Energy & Environment

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The hard work ahead in improving US-India agricultural trade

Between the United States and India, challenges on trade, specifically agricultural trade, persist. This analysis concludes that both countries should pursue a multi-pronged approach to expanding bilateral agricultural trade.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Mark Linscott and Scott Sindelar

India South Asia

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal: Not so easy

President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, 2021, facing a litany of daunting foreign policy issues, from another massive cyber hack by Russian intelligence to alienated allies in Europe and beyond to a regime in Pyongyang that continues to proliferate weapons of mass destruction unchecked. But perhaps the stickiest—and most immediate—crisis the Biden administration […]

Issue Brief by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Relaunching the transatlantic trade agenda: A European perspective

By analyzing the lessons learned from the failure of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and drawing on interviews with European officials, this paper recommends adopting a step-by-step approach that pays greater attention from the start to the concerns of public opinion—notably, on climate change—the diversity of European sensitivities, and the need to rebuild trust progressively.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Emilie Bel

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia