The post-COVID-19 world: GeoTech and the pandemic

Learn what the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center has done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. View our video recaps. Read our analyses. Glean insights on how tech, data, and leadership can ensure the world gets through the pandemic and we build a better post-COVID-19 world together.

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Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Reimagining a just society pt. 3 | A coming shift in perspective

In retrospect, the COVID-19 pandemic may mark a paradigm shift in global society if governments and their citizens worldwide today embrace its lessons, including many still emerging. One of these lessons concerns the dangers of ignoring knowledge we already had about interconnections between global public health, economic and national security, and ecological degradation.

GeoTech Cues by Carol Dumaine

Civil Society Climate Change & Climate Action

Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Bhasan Char: An inflection point in the Rohingya refugee crisis?

On December 4, 2020, Dhaka followed through on its promise to move refugees from Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char, starting a new, unpredictable chapter in the Rohingya crisis. However, Bhasan Char does not solve these problems as much as it relocates them. Separating some refugees from others does not address the underlying drivers of crime within the refugee camps. If anything, relocation splinters aid response, and further attenuates humanitarian space.

SouthAsiaSource by Imrul Islam

Bangladesh Civil Society

Tue, Jan 19, 2021

Russia’s Crimean crimes demand tougher sanctions

Ukrainian civic society activists are calling on the international community to introduce personal sanctions against officials guilty of human rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea.

UkraineAlert by Maria Tomak

Civil Society Human Rights

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Atlantic Council hosts foreign minister of Somalia for a high-level roundtable

On Friday, January 15, the Africa Center and the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative co-hosted a private roundtable featuring H.E. Mohamed Abdirizak, the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the Federal Republic of Somalia. In his remarks, Mr. Abdirizak addressed issues of security, governance, elections, and regional relationships from Somalia’s perspective.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Civil Society

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

Nooruddin joins The Bhangra Podcast: Policy to protest: A deeper dive into the kisaan movement

In the News by Atlantic Council

Civil Society India

Fri, Jan 8, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the health of American democracy

On January 8, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the invasion of the US Capitol and its effects on US diplomatic goals in Europe and China, the future of the […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Civil Society

Thu, Jan 7, 2021

South Asia: The road ahead in 2021

The shadow of 2020 is likely to loom large over the coming year for South Asia, which faces unprecedented economic challenges, deterioration of democratic norms and institutions, and the existential threat of climate change.

Feature by South Asia Center

Afghanistan Bangladesh

Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Nooruddin quoted in The Christian Science Monitor: Why India’s protesting farmers aren’t going home

In the News by Atlantic Council

Civil Society India

Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Countering China’s crackdown on Hong Kong

The implementation of the national security law has stifled the democratic movement in Hong Kong. This action sparked a series of democratic protests that China quickly attempted to dismantle—alarming observers worldwide. Can democracies mitigate the impact of the new national security laws on Hong Kong? Should Chine face penalties from the international community? Or will aligned democracies fail to defend other vulnerable democratic nations against Chinese malign influence?

Issue Brief by Anna Downs and Ash Jain

China Civil Society

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

Reimagining a just society pt. 1 | Is a different world possible?

The GeoTech Center’s mission is to define practicable initiatives to ensure new technologies and advances in data capabilities benefit people, prosperity, and peace in open societies. Its overarching goal is a “world comprised of just societies.” The GeoTech’s mandate is an ambitious one and, while focused on applying new technologies to solutions to global problems, is anchored in an explicit assumption that its efforts will promote just societies.

GeoTech Cues by Carol Dumaine

Civil Society Coronavirus


Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Biden and Belarus: A strategy for the new administration

Online Event Joe Biden promised to return America to the world stage and support fellow democracies. Belarus may need this support most urgently.

2:00pm Belarus Civil Society Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

A conversation with Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and Dr. Richard Kurin of the Smithsonian Institution

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch and Dr. Richard Kurin explore the role of art in culture, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

10:00am Civil Society Resilience Resilience & Society United States and Canada

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