Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Handler in Lawfare: Normalizing Arab-Israeli Relations Through Cybersecurity Cooperation

This diplomatic rekindling between Israel and the Arab world offers an opportunity for the United States to establish a regional cybersecurity cooperation center dedicated to the protection of critical infrastructure.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Iran

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Lebanon’s future determined by two powerful explosions just fifteen years apart

It remains to be seen whether this latest appalling explosion will serve as a fresh catalyst to change the status quo and whether it will eventually compel the corrupt political elite to loosen their steely grip on the levers of power.

MENASource by Nicholas Blanford

Lebanon Politics & Diplomacy

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Living within the truth in the age of coronavirus: America’s security on the line

Carol Dumaine is a former US Intelligence Community analyst and manager who, in recent years, has been busy teaching, writing, and giving public presentations on themes related to climate change and global security. Currently Dumaine is working on a series of essays called “Living within the Truth in the Age of Coronavirus.” Her most recent […]

GeoTech Cues by Carol Dumaine

National Security Political Reform

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Kroenig and Ashford discuss fallout from Beirut explosion, Belarus election and reflect on General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy

On August 14, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center Deputy Director Matthew Kroenig and the Cato Institute’s Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss the fallout from the explosion in Beirut, potential consequences of protests following Belarus’s presidential election, and the legacy of General Brent Scowcroft.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Belarus Corruption

Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Are the US and Iran talking behind the scenes?

If there is an ongoing US-Iran backchannel, it may be similar to the one Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama conducted via Oman late in the term of former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

IranSource by Sina Toossi

Iran Middle East

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

The geopolitics of Russia’s vaccine claim

President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that a coronavirus vaccine manufactured by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Moscow had been granted regulatory approval. The claim however has geopolitical ramifications.

GeoTech Cues by Claire Branley, Esther Dyson

Coronavirus Disinformation

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Front line communities and Ukraine’s local elections

Ukraine plans to hold nationwide local elections in October 2020, but areas close to the front lines of the conflict with Russia in the east of the country will not participate. How can these regions be best managed?

UkraineAlert by Andreas Umland

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Europe must not abandon the new Belarus to Putin

Protests in Belarus over a rigged election have grabbed the world's attention this week. However, this geopolitically important democratic awakening has little chance of success without Western support.

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

A rare strategic victory—for everyone except Iran

It’s been so long since the Middle East last experienced undeniably good news, that observers can be forgiven if they have difficulty recognizing it when it happens. But the “Abraham Accords” is indeed one of those moments.

New Atlanticist by William F. Wechsler

Israel Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Aug 13, 2020

Will US-brokered agreement between UAE and Israel be a regional gamechanger?

A US-brokered deal has seen Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalize relations for the first time in history. Atlantic Council experts discuss what the agreement means and what is next for the wider region:

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Conflict Israel


Mon, Aug 17, 2020

A conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discusses the key foreign policy priorities for the next presidential administration and the future of US leadership.


Mon, Aug 24, 2020

A conversation with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - Secretary Pompeo discusses his recent trip to Central and Eastern Europe and how European nations are awakening to the China challenge.