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The post-COVID-19 world: GeoTech and the pandemic

Learn what the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center has done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. View our video recaps. Read our analyses. Glean insights on how tech, data, and leadership can ensure the world gets through the pandemic and we build a better post-COVID-19 world together.

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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Securing a future for farmers through technology

COVID-19 has shaken up markets across the globe as much as it has societies, but perhaps no supply chain has been as impacted as that of food and agriculture. Farmers themselves, and the leaders who advocate for them, have been the first to notice these dramatic developments, as shipments were delayed or even canceled due to catastrophic decline in demand, forcing farmers to dump excess goods or sacrifice already tough margins. Fortunately, though, technology promises a brighter future, one where data shared over the internet can connect farmers directly with the people consuming their products. As Dr. David Bray, Director of the GeoTech Center, explained at the recent Agricultural Science Association of Ireland 2020 Conference, the world will need to consider an international approach, with far-reaching political implications, in order to rethink our current supply chains and meet the needs of our growing population, even with natural and human made shocks disrupting along the way.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Coronavirus

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Johnson faces a COVID lockdown and trade lockout

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has found himself in an extraordinary crisis, as a second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns is interacting with what would normally be considered a totally separate matter, the future of trade deals with the European Union and the United States and Britain’s reputation as a nation committed to upholding international law.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Coronavirus European Union

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

British foreign secretary: Post-Brexit Britain will pursue ‘distinct identity in the world’

Amid continuing uncertainty about the exact economic and political relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab explained that the United Kingdom wants to “be masters of our own destiny, not just domestically, but [also] in terms of the approach we forge internationally.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Human Rights Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Experts react: Von der Leyen outlines vision for Europe’s post-COVID future

Von der Leyen used her first State of the European Union Address to push European leaders to “make change happen by design—not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world.” Atlantic Council experts react to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s speech and its implications for future EU policy.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Mike Pompeo: ‘The tide has turned’ on global perceptions of Chinese threat

Years of US campaigning against China’s unfair economic practices and aggressive diplomacy, coupled with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, has “awakened” the world to the threat Beijing poses to international security and the global economy, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Coronavirus

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: South Asia

The next US administration will need to confront a slew of regional challenges, including China’s growing political and economic clout; a resurgence of majoritarian politics; strained India-US relations; the impending Afghanistan peace process; and post-COVID-19 reconstruction.

Five Big Questions by South Asia Center

Conflict Coronavirus

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Congress should retire, not reform, the Generalized System of Preferences

Marc Busch writes that the United States' Generalized System of Preferences has surpassed its usefulness and that signing bilateral free trade agreements presents a better path forward.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Trade

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Why data governance matters: Use, trade, intellectual property, and diplomacy

Global data and internet governance represents a scattered, multi-stakeholder, bottom-up, and driven by loose coordination among various players. Data governance can be thought of as incorporating a triangle of individuals and their privacy, nation-states and their interests, and the private sector and its profits. Its current status and prospects might be thought of along several lines of activity, which are interrelated but, for the sake of clarity and with some danger of oversimplification, are discussed in the following different sections: privacy and data use; regulating to police content; using antitrust to dilute data monopolies; self-regulation and digital trade; intellectual property rights; and digital diplomacy.

GeoTech Cues by Pari Esfandiari, PhD, Gregory F. Treverton, PhD

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

IDB president warns of a looming COVID debt crisis in Latin America, but also highlights opportunities

Actions taken throughout the region to control not only the pandemic, but also “the spread of poverty [and] the spread of unemployment,” have “increased debt to households, to governments, and to businesses,” Moreno explained, while the restrictions of movement and commerce imposed to curb the spread of the virus will make it more difficult for Latin American economies to cope with this debt once the initial phase of the crisis is over.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus Future of Work

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Regulatory combat: Export controls as ammunition against national security threats

The Department of Commerce's actions could deliver a significant blow to Huawei, but they also merit attention for the resulting compliance challenges and burdens facing industry.

New Atlanticist by Annie Froehlich

China Economic Sanctions

Events

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Central America economic reactivation: Finding opportunities in a COVID-19 world

ONLINE EVENT – As Latin America’s health and economic systems are being pushed to the brink, Central American countries – with most seeing lower case and death rates overall – can use this moment to advance a transformative recovery.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT