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Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Reality Check #9: Ensure US security sector assistance serves US interests and values

The core assumptions underpinning US policy in the Middle East—ensuring oil flows, maintaining Israel’s security, preventing the rise of a dominant hegemon, and countering terrorism—have been upended by new realities.

Reality Check by Aude Darnal, Evan Cooper

Africa Conflict

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

National Cyber Director Chris Inglis: We need to become a ‘harder target’ for our adversaries

How do you strengthen an entire nation’s cyber defenses? That’s the task facing Inglis, who spoke about his priorities in his new White House role at the Atlantic Council.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

Cybersecurity National Security

Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Hezbollah blames Lebanon’s economic collapse on the United States

One year from the August 4 Beirut port explosion, Lebanon continues to free-fall into utter dysfunction as it unravels under the pressure of its worst economic crisis in decades, high rates of COVID-19 infections, an indifferent political class, and Hezbollah's control over critical junctures of the Lebanese state.

Issue Brief by David Daoud

Americas Economy & Business

Mon, Aug 2, 2021

Manning in the Hill: Bye-bye, Bitcoin

On July 25, Manning published an op-ed in The Hill calling for the banning of cryptocurrencies, which quickly accrued more than a million views. “But the insidious new industry of cyber hacking and ransomware is an unacceptable disruptive threat to American economic security. It is a problem that is growing, not subsiding. And the proliferation […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Digital Currencies

Fri, Jul 30, 2021

Securing digital infrastructure: How transatlantic partners can lead transformative investment in global connectivity

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Rep. Ro Khanna, and NSC Sr. Director Peter Harrell spoke at the Atlantic Council on challenges to securing infrastructure and the promise of a "trusted connectivity" approach.

Event Recap by Alyxandra Marine

China Cybersecurity

Fri, Jul 30, 2021

How the New Atlantic Charter can save the free world

To succeed, the Biden administration must bring on board other US allies and establish new institutions to turn these principles into action.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried, Ash Jain

International Norms International Organizations

Thu, Jul 29, 2021

Xi Jinping’s politics in command economy

This issue brief examines the key role of Xi Jinping and the CCP in the development of a new strategy for state capitalism in modern China.

Issue Brief by Dexter Tiff Roberts

China East Asia

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

Atlantic Council releases issue brief on security of defense trade

New analysis offers an inside look at defense trade agreements between the US and its allies, with recommendations for enhancing the security of these supply chains

Press Release

Security & Defense

Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The security of defense trade with allies: Enhancing contact, contracts, and control in supply chains

The COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of "Buy American" policies have cast doubt on the ability of foreign suppliers to provide crucial defense goods and services to the US Department of Defense in times of crisis or conflict. Forward Defense Nonresident Senior Fellow James Hasik recommends the expansion of security of supply agreements (among other measures) to fully leverage the defense-industrial bases of US allies and partners and best support US security priorities.

Issue Brief by James Hasik

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, Jul 27, 2021

Rothschild in National Interest: Rhetoric divorced from reality: Deciphering Biden’s foreign policy philosophy

Nonresident senior fellow Amanda Rothschild argues that President Biden’s rhetoric has not been matched with effective policy action when it comes to competition between democracies and autocracies, commitment to NATO, and American global leadership. She further argues that an interest-based approach may be more effective than one based solely on values.

In the News by Atlantic Council

NATO Partnerships Politics & Diplomacy