Sun, Apr 18, 2021

Why growing Chinese-Russian common cause poses Biden’s nightmare

This past week, Russia and China simultaneously escalated their separate military activities and threats to the sovereignty of Ukraine and Taiwan respectively. This unfolding great power drama couldn’t come at a worse time for the Biden administration. Yet that is probably the point for Putin and Xi, as they look to gain advantage before Biden can secure surer footing through policy reviews and by staffing up key leadership positions.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Crisis Management

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

What if Russia invades Ukraine (again)? Consider these options for sanctions escalation.

Whatever Putin’s intentions, the Kremlin’s anti-Ukrainian propaganda has not been so loud since 2014. The United States and its allies need to respond in order to prevent a major military escalation at worst and at least blunt Putin’s effort to gain political advantage through intimidation.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried

Crisis Management Economic Sanctions

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

FAST THINKING: Did the Iran nuclear talks just blow up?

Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for potential use in nuclear weapons may have suffered a severe blow on Sunday after an explosion knocked out power at its Natanz nuclear site, while indirect talks continue in Vienna around reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Will the explosion blow up those negotiations? And what will its impact be on Iran itself and the country’s nuclear program?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Iran

Fri, Apr 2, 2021

FAST THINKING: Russia’s making military moves in Ukraine. What’s it up to?

Russia is massing military forces on its border with Ukraine and in Crimea. Seven years after Russia first invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea, how did we get to this new point of peril? And what should we expect next?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Russia

Thu, Apr 1, 2021

Ukraine’s local authorities and the Covid-19 pandemic

One year on since pandemic lockdown regulations were first introduced in Ukraine, have local authorities across the country learned the often tough lessons of the past twelve months?

UkraineAlert by Iryna Ozymok

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Wed, Mar 24, 2021

Why Europe’s future is on the line in the Taiwan Strait

Policymakers in Brussels should recognize that the EU has significant security interests in the Taiwan Strait, push for dialogue over the issues at stake there, and—if this fails—work with the United States to deter Chinese aggression against Taiwan.

New Atlanticist by Philip Anstrén

China Crisis Management

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

How Russia, China, and climate change are shaking up the Arctic

The Kremlin’s increasing military activities in the Arctic are worrying Norway—the only NATO member country that borders Russia north of the Arctic Circle. Frank Bakke-Jensen, Norway’s minister of defense, outlined his concerns.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Crisis Management Defense Technologies

Tue, Mar 23, 2021

The Arctic is a place of unusual international cooperation. Can that last?

For decades, Norway’s policy towards neighboring Russia has balanced “between deterrence and reassurance” and combined “firmness and predictability,” says Ine Eriksen Søreide, the country’s minister of foreign affairs. “This policy remains unchanged. But it has become an ever more challenging task in the face of a steadily deteriorating security environment.”

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Crisis Management Defense Technologies

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

A mom’s guide to coercion and deterrence

There’s a silver lining to parenting in a pandemic: It’s an education in the core concepts of international relations, as well as a useful reminder that we’re all operating in a condition of anarchy. Here's a mom’s primer on deterrence, coercion, credibility, and reassurance.

New Atlanticist by Emma Ashford, Erica Borghard

Conflict Crisis Management

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Turkey is seeking a fresh start with Israel

After a recent period of turbulence in bilateral Turkey-Israel relations, Turkey, driven by economic and geopolitical interests, is now eager to normalize ties.

TURKEYSource by Karel Valansi

Crisis Management Economy & Business