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Sat, Apr 17, 2021

#88: Adopt a New Atlantic Charter

By: Ambassador Daniel Fried and Ash Jain What is the kernel of the issue? The world is poised between democracy and autocracy. Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, China has emerged as the single greatest challenger to a democratic world order.  The Kremlin is executing its own strategy to undermine democratically-elected governments. Meanwhile, political dysfunction […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

FAST THINKING: Mr. Suga comes to Washington

President Xi, are you watching? US President Joe Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide to the White House on Friday. And his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader was designed to send a clear signal to China.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

East Asia Japan

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

#87: Maintain a Competitive Global Monetary Edge

By: Ronald A. Marks What is the kernel of the issue? The United States Dollar has been the central currency of the world since World War II. China, soon to displace the US as the world’s largest economy, is now rapidly pushing forward a central bank digital currency (CBDC) meant to give a 21st-century technical […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Reading between the lines of the US intelligence community’s latest reports

What does it say about our system of government that hard truths are not absorbed? This year’s Annual Threat Assessment and Global Trends 2040 are blunt about the challenges facing the United States. But the warnings about China should have been heeded a decade or more ago.

New Atlanticist by Mathew Burrows

China Intelligence

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Jain appears on Burn Bag Podcast to discuss D-10 Steering Committee

On April 16, Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Ash Jain appeared on the Burn Bag Podcast, which has partnered with the Scowcroft Center on the “100 Ideas for the First 100 Days” project, to discuss operationalizing the D-10 as a steering committee for the rules-based international order.

D-10 Strategy Forum by Atlantic Council

China Eastern Europe

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford debate US withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia’s intentions behind a military buildup on the Ukrainian border

On April 16, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss Biden’s plan to withdraw all US forces from Afghanistan by September 11, the significance of Russia military buildup on the border […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Central Asia

Thu, Apr 15, 2021

#86: Establish a Non-Partisan Baseline Security and Defense Strategy

By: Arun Iyer What is the kernel of the issue? The turnover in political administrations every 4 to 8 years leads to a frequent disruption in US National Security and Defense strategies, resulting in a lack of continuity in long-term execution. Why is the issue important? Of the United States’ strategic competitors, 100% have various […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

How much support does the Chinese Communist Party really have?

The precarious balancing act that China’s leaders have struck—one that mixes strident nationalism and policies that push overheated economic growth with overwrought propaganda—will continue to present them with daunting challenges.

New Atlanticist by Dexter Tiff Roberts

China Economy & Business

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Brooks in Write About Now on lessons from the pandemic

On April 14, Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow Max Brooks was featured on the Write About Now podcast on the pandemic and Minecraft.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Education

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

#85: Bolster Cyber Literacy Across the Nation

By: Emma Schroeder What is the kernel of the issue? Cyber literacy, the ability to use cyber-connected technologies and understand the consequences of their use, must be framed by the United States government as a national security priority. Currently, the US is not promoting a healthy and equitable level of cyber literacy, which would improve the cybersecurity posture of its citizens, private […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days