Inflection Points

Jun 26, 2022

Europe’s ‘rewiring’ is crucial in the face of grinding inflation and Putin’s war

By Frederick Kempe

The lessons from two devastating World Wars and a Cold War are that staying unified is a prerequisite for victory and that appeasing despots is always self-defeating.

Conflict Eastern Europe

In the News

Jun 24, 2022

Ashford on the Chicago Council’s Deep Dish podcast: How different foreign policy approaches assess the war in Ukraine

By Atlantic Council

On June 24, Emma Ashford appeared on the Chicago Council’s Deep Dish podcast as a guest. Alongside James Goldgeier, visiting scholar at Stanford University, Ashford discussed the war in Ukraine and divergent views on it in Washington. “If you look at the responses of most people who are realists or restrainers to this war, they’ve been in many […]

Conflict Defense Policy

Inflection Points

Jun 19, 2022

President Xi’s damage control focuses on Europe and the Chinese economy

By Frederick Kempe

As he grapples with the consequences of his own missteps, China's Xi Jinping is in damage control mode ahead of the Chinese Communist Party Congress in November.

China Conflict

Engagement Reframed

Jun 16, 2022

Engagement Reframed #8: How to avoid anarchy in space

By Robert A. Manning

There is a dangerous deficit of governance with regard to human activities in our space, which presents an opportunity for mutually beneficial cooperation among rivals.

China Economy & Business

Event Recap

Jun 16, 2022

A new transatlantic relationship for the Middle East and North Africa

By Alexandra Kaiss

On June 7, the Atlantic Council’s (AC) North Africa Initiative hosted an event, “New Transatlantic Relations for the Middle East and North Africa,” in collaboration with US Embassy Rome and Centro Studi Americani. Moderated by Karim Mezran, director of the AC’s North Africa Initiative and resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, the event explored […]

Crisis Management Democratic Transitions

Issue Brief

Jun 14, 2022

Attacks on hospitals from Syria to Ukraine: Improving prevention and accountability mechanisms 

By Elise Baker, Gissou Nia

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it soon began implementing one of its frequent—and criminal—tactics that it had already been using in its military intervention in Syria: bombing healthcare and medical facilities.

Europe & Eurasia Human Rights


Jun 13, 2022

Toward a Democratic Technology Alliance: An innovation edge that favors freedom

By Ash Jain, Matthew Kroenig

A Democratic Technology Alliance would facilitate the development of common rules and norms in the technology space, consistent with democratic values, and ensure that the free world prevails in the race for advanced technologies.

China Economy & Business


Jun 10, 2022

Putin admits Ukraine invasion is an imperial war to “return” Russian land

By Peter Dickinson

By abandoning all pretense and comparing himself to Peter the Great, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has confirmed that he is waging an old-fashioned imperial war of conquest with the goal of annexing Ukrainian land.

Conflict Disinformation
Aerial image of the destroyed Kharkiv National Stadium

Inflection Points

Jun 5, 2022

It’s time to show Putin a dead end in Ukraine, not an off-ramp

By Frederick Kempe

The West needs to pursue a Ukrainian victory, and offering Putin an off-ramp instead would be a big mistake.

China Conflict

Inflection Points

May 29, 2022

Davos Dispatch: Why I’m going ‘long’ on optimism despite global anxiety

By Frederick Kempe

There would be costs to us all if we don't leverage this moment for a common cause.

China Conflict