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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, Jul 2, 2020

South Asia midyear pause: Taking stock of 2020

The specific events of the year’s first six months might have taken us by surprise but the political-economic dynamics that have shaped South Asia’s response to these new challenges did not. Across the region democracy and freedom of expression are challenged, and protectionist impulses are indulged in flailing response to calamitous economic strife. And the United States continues its slide into strategic irrelevance, exercising little leadership or interest in building stronger ties to this vital region.

Feature by South Asia Center

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Thu, Jul 2, 2020

Hezbollah takes control of Lebanon’s judiciary in assault on rule of law

Lebanon is a nation in crisis. Just as Hezbollah is the main cause of the current economic crisis, Hezbollah, through its FPM allies, is also the impetus for the assault on the rule of law. The Hezbollahization of Lebanon must be reversed. Reforming one broken sector in Lebanon without restoring the rule of law—the most foundational pillar of Lebanese society—will play into Hezbollah’s hands, continue the misery of the Lebanese people, and ensure Lebanon’s inevitable failure.

New Atlanticist by Michael D. Barbero

Civil Society Corruption

Wed, Jul 1, 2020

We can increase public participation in data and avoid surveillance states: Here is how

The world needs a collective effort to gather and share data to steer society and nations back to full operations, and to provide early indicators and warnings of future pandemics. Current methods for accessing data owned by public and private institutions and private citizens today are not able to guide COVID-19 recovery. The new data access frameworks in this initiative can succeed while strengthening societal welfare, prosperity, and peace around the world.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Coronavirus

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

AI, an accelerator of change?

Two digital roundtables with India brought together high-level experts to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and geopolitics of emerging technologies in the South Asian country. While the first focused on AI and health, the second centered on Sino-Indian relations.

Smart Partnerships Series by Julian Mueller-Kaler

Americas China

Tue, Jun 2, 2020

Costa Rica legalized same-sex marriage. Where does the rest of Latin America stand on marriage equality?

As Costa Rica becomes the first in Central America to take this step toward equality, it remains to be seen who will be next to turn the Inter-American Court on Human Rights’ opinion into action.

New Atlanticist by Isabel Kennon

Civil Society Human Rights
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Mon, Jun 1, 2020

Shared humanity amid times of turbulence

This post is a call for those who have positive solutions to address these issues to reach out to the Center; we are here to amplify your voice. Please reach out to us. This post is also to re-commit the Center to six concrete actions during this time of turbulence that were already implicit to our mission and we wanted to make publicly explicit.

Timely Commentary & Analysis by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Economy & Business
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Sat, May 30, 2020

Going deeper: Mobilizing industry to encourage multi-sector solutions to global concerns

On May 21, 2020 - Daryl Haegley, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Melissa Flagg, Lee McKnight, Mary Collins, Lin Wells, Divya Chander, MD, PhD shared perspectives on "Mobilizing industry to encourage multi-sector solutions to address emergent global concerns" as part of a live video discussion moderated by David Bray, PhD, Atlantic Council GeoTech Center Director. The discussion focused on new ways of addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and application of multi-sector industry solutions to current and potential future pandemics.

Event Recap

Civil Society Coronavirus
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Sat, May 16, 2020

We can more rapidly respond to future waves of COVID-19 and pandemics: Here is how

The world needs a global Pandemic Prevention Board focused on building an "Immune System for the Planet", as described in early April by the GeoTech Center by Dr. David Bray and then highlighted in a CNBC article by Atlantic Council CEO Fred Kempe on why tech companies can -- and should -- build a global quick response system to prevent future pandemics.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Coronavirus
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Wed, May 13, 2020

We can strengthen the global food system: Here is how

The world recently has experienced large-scale collapse of bread-basket food sources, multiple areas of humanitarian crises, price spikes causing rapid destabilization of national governments, and, with the COVID-19 pandemic, global food supply chain disruptions and food shortages throughout the world.

GeoTech Cues by David Bray, PhD

Civil Society Coronavirus
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Wed, May 13, 2020

Expert survey series: Societal and geopolitical changes in a post-COVID-19 world

In the third installment of biweekly surveys sent from the Atlantic Council’s Geotech Center to a community of technology experts, we analyze how respondents believe COVID-19 and national responses to it will shape economies and societies.

GeoTech Cues by Stewart Scott

Civil Society Coronavirus