Issue BriefAug 26, 2021
Countering ransomware: Lessons from aircraft hijacking
By Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder, Frances Schroeder, and Trey Herr
Ransomware has plagued organizations for more than a decade, but the last three years have experienced a surge in both the number of incidents and the ransoms demanded. To more effectively counter ransomware, the US government should develop a strategy that draws on lessons learned from addressing a surge in aircraft hijackings through the late 1960s and early 1970s.
ReportAug 17, 2021
The UK, France, and the United States in Sweden’s vicinity: Strategic interests and military activities
By Anna Wieslander, Viktor Lundquist
As a response to the deteriorated security situation, following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and war in eastern Ukraine, the UK, France, and the United States have substantially increased their presence and engagement in Sweden’s vicinity.
ReportAug 17, 2021
Whither the Arabs: The end of the welfare state and the start of a journey into the unknown
By Hani K. Findakly, Kevin A. Findakly
Arab countries, rich and poor, large and small, are rapidly approaching a moment of reckoning. A confluence of anachronistic governance, economic mismanagement, and disruptive technology, which has changed the dynamics of both the supply and demand for hydrocarbon fuels and raw materials, is pushing the region to a tipping point.
Issue BriefAug 16, 2021
EU-US Future Forum 2021: A path forward for transatlantic relations
By Benjamin Haddad, Jörn Fleck, Livia Godaert, Michaela Nakayama Shapiro
From May 5 to 7, the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center and the EU Delegation to the United States partnered to organize the first EU-US Future Forum (EUFF), a three-day open conference bringing together policy makers, experts, and the private sector to address the key challenges facing the transatlantic relationship in the coming decades.
ReportAug 5, 2021
Getting from commitment to content in AI and data ethics: Justice and explainability
By John Basl, Ronald Sandler, and Steven Tiell
There is widespread awareness among researchers, companies, policy makers, and the public that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data raises challenges involving justice, privacy, autonomy, transparency, and accountability.
Issue BriefAug 4, 2021
Beyond Pakistan’s 2021-22 budget: The economy and growth
By Uzair Younus
Recently appointed to his position, Shaukat Tarin has positioned the budget as being growth oriented in focus, with significant increases to subsidies, public-sector development, and salaries of government employees.
Issue BriefAug 4, 2021
Hezbollah blames Lebanon’s economic collapse on the United States
By David Daoud
One year from the August 4 Beirut port explosion, Lebanon continues to free-fall into utter dysfunction as it unravels under the pressure of its worst economic crisis in decades, high rates of COVID-19 infections, an indifferent political class, and Hezbollah’s control over critical junctures of the Lebanese state.
ReportAug 2, 2021
The energy transition in the Arab Gulf: From vision to reality
By Dr. Jean-François Seznec; Samer Mosis
The United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have emerged as leaders in the Arab Gulf’s energy transition. But even as the two countries work to decarbonize their economies, challenges remain.
Issue BriefJul 28, 2021
The security of defense trade with allies: Enhancing contact, contracts, and control in supply chains
By James Hasik
The COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of “Buy American” policies have cast doubt on the ability of foreign suppliers to provide crucial defense goods and services to the US Department of Defense in times of crisis or conflict. Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow James Hasik recommends the expansion of security of supply agreements (among other measures) to fully leverage the defense-industrial bases of US allies and partners and best support US security priorities.
Issue BriefJul 23, 2021
A strategic framework for countering China’s human-rights violations in Xinjiang
By Jeffrey Cimmino
China is engaged in a systematic campaign of repression against predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China, and its actions call for a coordinated response on the part of the United States and its allies.
Issue BriefJul 16, 2021
Poland and the United States: What’s right, what’s not, and what’s next
By Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski
Around the time of President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe in June 2021, US-Polish relations experienced a short, but intense, rough patch. Both the United States and Poland need to look hard at what this relationship can do for both countries and for the transatlantic relationship, and at the sources of problems.
Issue BriefJul 12, 2021
Reassessing RuNet: Russian internet isolation and implications for Russian cyber behavior
By Justin Sherman
This issue brief examines recent “RuNet” developments and explores how they could elevate national security risks for the United States and Europe by changing the internet landscape in Russia and potentially shifting Russian cyber behavior.
Issue BriefJul 8, 2021
Forgotten places around the world: A call for action
By Martin Mühleisen
Spatial inequality is in many ways a macro-critical issue, as it directly interferes with broader sustainable growth goals. As the new Biden administration works to develop solutions to boost rural economies, they need to ensure that all levels of government work closely together to actualize real change.
ReportJul 6, 2021
Reimagining the US-India trade relationship
By Ridhika Batra, Mark Linscott, Anand Raghuraman, Harsha Vardhana Singh
The United States and India have long striven to maintain and deepen bilateral ties, weathering Cold War tensions and antagonisms over India’s nuclear tests to reinvigorate linkages and strengthen cooperation.
Issue BriefJul 1, 2021
Avoiding the next transatlantic security crisis: The looming clash over passenger name record data
By Kenneth Propp
The transfer of PNR—personal data of air travelers including names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit card information, even meal preferences and details that can indicate ethnicity, religious belief, or political affiliation—on international flights has become a common practice world-wide since the September 11th attacks.
ReportJun 28, 2021
Collective cybersecurity for the Three Seas
By Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Adam Marczyński, and Jakub Teska
In Central and Eastern Europe’s Three Seas region, twelve countries have joined together to invest in critical infrastructure projects and increase interconnectivity on energy, infrastructure, and digitization efforts along the way. To strengthen the resilience of these technical investments and better bind together the defensive cybersecurity operations of these societies, Three Seas member states should establish a regional hub for cybersecurity together with key private sector partners.
Issue BriefJun 24, 2021
No, the US shouldn’t withdraw from the Middle East
By William F. Wechsler
Wechsler responds to the New American Engagement Initiative’s latest publication. Read his recommendations and analysis on why the US should not withdraw from the Middle East.