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Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Ukraine must think globally in its hybrid war with Russia

Russia's hybrid war against Ukraine is likely to last decades. Kyiv's best hope of success lies in broadening the context of the conflict and backing international efforts to contain the Kremlin.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Conflict Non-Traditional Threats

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Competitive strategy insights from wargames

Warfighting eclipses the moment of battle. This report assesses the results from a series of competitive strategy wargames in order to explore how US military-modernization investments can shape adversary decisions long before the battle ever begins.

Report by Benjamin Jensen, John T. Watts, Christian Trotti, and Mark J. Massa

China Conflict

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Explainer: What’s behind the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

COVID-19, plague, and now war. As if 2020 was not cruel enough, fighting erupted on September 27 between Armenia and Azerbaijan along the contact line of the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, leading Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to declare martial law and total mobilization. President Ilham G. Aliyev of Azerbaijan addressed his nation, and partial martial law was declared in a number of Azerbaijani regions, including the capital Baku.

New Atlanticist by Ariel Cohen and Hayley Arlin

Conflict The Caucasus

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Trotti and Nurkin interviewed on hypersonic weapons in Defense & Aerospace Report podcast

Forward Defense Assistant Director Christian Trotti and Nonresident Senior Fellow Tate Nurkin discuss key insights from FD's recent Primer on Hypersonic Weapons in the Indo-Pacific Region, while further exploring essential issues related to the military utility of hypersonic weapons.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Conflict

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Now let’s see an agreement in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Trump administration has demonstrated its ability to bring allies together and promote regional peace and cooperation. The United States should keep up this momentum by helping to reach an agreement between Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, and de-escalate the conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

TURKEYSource by Brenda Shaffer

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Reliable no more? The current state of the Syrian armed forces

The current conflict has truly impacted the configuration of the Bashar al-Assad regime as well as the structure and orientation of its military institution, putting the latter’s loyalty in question.

MENASource by Abdulrahman al-Masri

Conflict Middle East

Sun, Sep 20, 2020

UAE, Bahrain deals with Israel offer the Mideast a historic chance for positive change—if the region will build upon it

These deals present the region its best opportunity perhaps ever to bury its bloody, self-defeating past and embrace moderation and modernity. Yet that will only be true if the parties can work with international partners to protect the so-called Abraham Accords Peace Agreement from extremist assault and from Israeli hardliners bent on territorial expansion.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Conflict International Norms

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Kremlin control of Crimea and the occupied Donbas has been disastrous for many religious groups

On September 16, Ambassador John Herbst, director of the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center and former US ambassador to Ukraine, testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom on the alarming state of religious freedom in the Russian Federation.

Testimony by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Conflict

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Yemen: Enough of war

After six years of war in Yemen, it looks like the world’s worst humanitarian crisis is being forgotten and treated with indifference. The international community is overstretched with many crises, and Yemen seems far from the highest priority.

MENASource by Khaled Hussein Alyemany

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Events

Fri, Oct 2, 2020

North Korea’s strategic weapons: An informed conversation

ONLINE EVENT – A conversation with two former top US officials on North Korea’s strategic weapons development.

1:30pm ONLINE EVENT

Fri, Oct 2, 2020

Overcoming polarization in Ukraine

ONLINE EVENT - A real sense of Ukrainian identity has emerged in response to Kremlin disinformation campaigns. But the memory war of the past three decades remains strong. What challenges face Ukraine’s information environment now?

10:00am ONLINE EVENT