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NATO 20/2020: Twenty bold ideas to reimagine the Alliance after the 2020 US election

More than two decades after NATO’s inspired decision to invite former adversaries to join its ranks, the Alliance is in need of equally captivating ideas.

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NATO 20/2020 is a weekly podcast that explores 20 bold ideas to push NATO to be more visionary, more capable, and more self-evidently valuable to the security of more people.

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Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Moving out: Military mobility in Europe

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Wed, Nov 18, 2020

Speech: German defense minister on America, the West, and the ‘new German question’

In remarks on October 23, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer argues for renewed European and German commitment to defending the values of democracy and the transatlantic community.

Transcripts by Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Germany NATO

Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Europe

For the past seven decades, Europe has been the United States’ political, economic, and security partner of first resort. Now, as the transatlantic relationship is challenged by internal and external forces, the EU and the United States find themselves at a crossroads in the relationship.

Elections 2020 by Future Europe Initiative

Coronavirus Digital Policy

Thu, Oct 29, 2020

The transatlantic alliance needs to work together to gain technological edge

Transatlantic democratic allies must begin working together to develop new technologies like cloud computing and artificial intelligence, to strengthen their collective defense, support democracy, and protect their societies. Here’s a quick look at what NATO, EC, and NSCAI experts said about how a transatlantic alliance for artificial intelligence will impact the geopolitical landscape and protect democracy worldwide.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Defense Technologies Internet

Wed, Oct 28, 2020

2020 election scenarios: Implications for American foreign policy

The outcome of the US presidential election in November will reverberate throughout the world. It will have a direct impact on US allies and partners, as well as structural implications for the global system. Will the United States continue to play its post-World War II international leadership role? Or will Washington continue its steady retreat from international commitments?

Issue Brief by Ash Jain, Barry Pavel

China Elections

Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Eurasia

Easy answers to the Eurasia region have long eluded both a Trump administration and Vice President Biden when he served in the Obama administration—will an electoral victory now give the next US president the momentum needed to manage these foreign policy challenges?

Elections 2020 by Eurasia Center

Belarus Conflict

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Defense Secretary unveils a new strategy for bolstering allies and partnerships in an era of great-power competition

As the United States prepares for long-term competition with adversaries such as China and Russia, the Department of Defense is unveiling new plans to strengthen America’s network of alliances and partnerships. “Our global constellation of allies and partners remain an enduring strength that our competitors and adversaries simply cannot match,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said during an Atlantic Council Front Page event on October 20.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Defense Industry

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Transcript: Strengthening US alliances and partnerships with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Secretary Esper discussed how the United States can expand and deepen its global networks of allies and partners, leverage security and defense cooperation to build allied capacity and capability overseas, and improve interoperability to ensure more seamless combined operations against great-power adversaries.

ACFrontPage by Atlantic Council

China Defense Policy

Thu, Oct 15, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: NATO

Although US leadership will continue to be the driving force behind NATO’s strategy, direction, and solidarity going forward, the extent of the United States’ commitment to the Alliance and its future role is still being called into question.

Elections 2020 by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Elections NATO

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Design a digital Marshall Plan

NATO allies, led by the United States, must cooperate in securing national 5G communications systems in Europe and beyond against malign Chinese influence.

NATO 20/2020 by The Hon. Ruben Gallego and The Hon. Vicky Hartzler

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Digitalize the enterprise

If NATO is to unlock new frontiers of innovation and harness emerging technology, digitalizing how it does business is the key.

NATO 20/2020 by Jeffrey Reynolds, Jeffrey Lightfoot

Defense Technologies Digital Policy
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