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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, the Atlantic Council is providing timely commentary and in-depth analysis about the implications of the crisis politically, economically, and socially and providing frameworks for global solutions to tackle the emergency.

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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Infections exceed two million in India; signs of possible slowdown in US infections

Coronavirus cases exceeded two million in India, where community volunteers quit, saying they can’t respond to infections in rural areas. Signs emerged that the spread of the virus may be slowing in the United States, while Latin America’s economy faces a long recovery from the pandemic.

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Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Green shoots emerge on economy while infections rise in Europe, Asia

From US unemployment benefit applications to German factory orders and Japanese car sales, signs emerged of a gradual economic recovery, even as infections rose in Europe and Asia.

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Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Global deaths reach 700,000 as Vietnam battles infection rise and Melbourne hunkers down

The global coronavirus death toll now exceeds 700,000, with an estimate death every fifteen seconds. Infections spread in Vietnam, while the Australian city of Melbourne embarks on the toughest lockdown yet. But even in a pandemic people can’t forgo those little luxuries to keep them going—from coffee to bubble tea or burritos—Bloomberg says.

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From the Africa Center

As the novel coronavirus spreads across Africa, experts from the Africa Center respond to the pandemic’s wide-ranging implications.

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From the GeoTech Center

From the Future Europe Initiative

As the novel coronavirus spreads across Europe, experts from the Future Europe Initiative respond to the pandemic’s wide-ranging implications.

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From the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

As the world contends with the coronavirus, our experts explore the widespread geopolitical implications and develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address them.

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From the South Asia Center

As the countries of South Asia cope with COVID-19 outbreaks, over a billion people struggle daily with strained public health systems, unprecedented economic disruption, growing government surveillance and lasting uncertainty of what the future will bring. The pandemic’s outbreak impact on regional geopolitics, economics, security and governance will have deep and lasting ramifications for years to come.

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From the Global Energy Center

As the coronavirus spreads and countries work to address the economic repercussions of the pandemic, Global Energy Center experts analyze the impacts of the crisis on global energy markets and the clean energy transition.

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Atlantic Council events on coronavirus

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Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Event recap: Increasing resilience by assuring trust in medicine, credentials, and supply chains

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center hosted Mr. Yves Daccord, Former Director General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Dr. Philippe Gillet, Chief Scientific Officer of SICPA, Mr. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, The former President of the Republic of Estonia, Dr. Idris Guessous, Head of the Division of Primary Care Medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva, Mr. Peter Rashish, Senior Fellow and Director of the Geoeconomics Program at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Ms. Danielle Tavino, VP and Co-Founder of Code-X, and Dr. Divya Chander, Faculty Chair Neuroscience at Singularity University.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

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Mon, Jul 6, 2020

Russia’s new Tsar? The aftermath of Putin’s constitutional referendum

Putin seems to close to achieving his goal, guaranteeing his chance to remain president until 2036. Now looking forward, what does the future hold in store for Putin and Russia?

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

War stories from the future: Launch of new Forward Defense practice

On Tuesday, June 2, at the inaugural event for the Atlantic Council’s newly-established Forward Defense practice, the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security hosted a panel of distinguished speakers to discuss the importance of thinking creatively about national security and defense.

Event Recap by Andrew Farnsworth

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Press call

Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: Oil market meltdown: Price wars, coronavirus, and energy geopolitics

Last week’s breakdown of OPEC+ meetings in Vienna has turned a demand side driven decline in oil prices caused by the impacts of Coronavirus into an oil price war between two oil producing giants, with US shale production the ostensible target. If the standoff continues, however, the price war might ultimately do more harm to the Saudi and Russian economies. With increasing uncertainty about the depth of Coronavirus’ impact on global growth, the price war might also contribute to a sharp decline in the global economy. Helima Croft, David L. Goldwyn, Jean-Francois Seznec, Anders Aslund, and Randolph Bell discuss ongoing market volatility, the origins of the crisis, what’s next for US shale, and the implications of it all for energy and geopolitics

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Wed, Mar 4, 2020

Atlantic Council press call: The global, domestic, and local impacts of the coronavirus on economies, risk, and communities

As the coronavirus continues to infect patients at a rapid rate, global markets have been jolted and local communities are being forced to take extraordinary measures to limit the spread of the virus. What is the latest on the US response? How will China’s economy—the world’s second largest—be impacted in the short- and long-term? What do businesses need to be thinking about as they confront a possible pandemic? And how are local communities in the US preparing? Thomas Bossert, Leland Miller, Chris Snider, James Murley, and Kathy Baughman McLeod​​​​​​​ unpack the latest on the response to the coronavirus and its deepening impacts.

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Fri, Aug 7, 2020

Infections exceed two million in India; signs of possible slowdown in US infections

Coronavirus cases exceeded two million in India, where community volunteers quit, saying they can’t respond to infections in rural areas. Signs emerged that the spread of the virus may be slowing in the United States, while Latin America’s economy faces a long recovery from the pandemic.

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Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Argentina reaches key debt deal amid COVID-19 downturn

Avoiding its ninth default, this deal opens avenues for renewed confidence in the government’s ability to continue to safeguard the economy while establishing a necessary long-term macroeconomic plan for Argentina.

New Atlanticist by Valentina Sader

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Thu, Aug 6, 2020

Innovating around infrastructure: An interview with Africa50 CEO Alain Ebobissé

Watch Africa Center Senior Fellow Aubrey Hruby's interview with Mr. Alain Ebobissé, CEO of the Africa50 infrastructure fund, on the role of infrastructure investment in post-COVID recovery, Africa50's own efforts to support African markets during this period, and reasons for optimism in light of African digitization efforts.

AfricaSource by Aubrey Hruby

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Wed, Aug 5, 2020

The IMF, the World Bank, and South Asia in the face of COVID-19

Given the region’s deteriorating economic outlook, heavy funding from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) is crucial to prevent a prolonged public health crisis and financial woes. Unfortunately, this has not yet materialized.

New Atlanticist by Capucine Querenet

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Wed, Aug 5, 2020

Global deaths reach 700,000 as Vietnam battles infection rise and Melbourne hunkers down

The global coronavirus death toll now exceeds 700,000, with an estimate death every fifteen seconds. Infections spread in Vietnam, while the Australian city of Melbourne embarks on the toughest lockdown yet. But even in a pandemic people can’t forgo those little luxuries to keep them going—from coffee to bubble tea or burritos—Bloomberg says.

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Tue, Aug 4, 2020

As COVID-19 spreads, Africa needs another “London Moment”

Last month’s Group of Twenty (G20) finance ministers’ meeting proved that the international community is too cautious about helping Africa in its time of need. Is the G20 prepared to face the consequences of its inaction?

New Atlanticist by Vasuki Shastry and Jeremy Mark

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Tue, Aug 4, 2020

France second wave “highly likely”; UK includes London lockdown as a contingency

France faces the “highly likely” prospect of a second wave of infections in the fall or winter, while UK authorities include a London lockdown in their planning to deal with a new upsurge in cases. Australia plans to use big fines to punish those who flout measures to contain an outbreak in the state of Victoria.

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Mon, Aug 3, 2020

Melbourne extends restrictions, a new phase in US; grim milestones in Latin America

Melbourne in Australia extended coronavirus measures still further, while the United States entered a new phase, with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in towns and rural areas. Latin America reached grim milestones but Pakistan presented grounds for optimism.

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Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Polish PM calls for transatlantic unity on troop deployments and China

Speaking at an Atlantic Council Front Page event, Morawiecki argued that “the NATO alliance is so important for the world to keep peace,” that allies must continue to work toward “consensus” in their actions.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

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Fri, Jul 31, 2020

UK’s Johnson postpones easing, Hong Kong postpones poll; Sanofi, Glaxo sign US vaccine deal

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed easing coronavirus restrictions, while Hong Kong put back legislative elections by a year, citing infection concerns. New cases were recorded from Tokyo to Manila and the Australian state of Victoria. Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline clinched a deal, the biggest yet, on the supply of a potential vaccine to the US government.

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