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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford on the Brussels Sprouts podcast

On February 26, Emma Ashford joined Thomas Wright, Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Carisa Nietsche to discuss the future of America’s democracy promotion efforts abroad and what the US government can do to preserve American democracy at home. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Americas Democratic Transitions

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Borghard at T20: Cyber threats to global financial stability

On February 9, Erica Borghard participated in the first full meeting of Task Force 4: Digital Transformation for the Think20 (T20). The T20 is the official engagement group of the G20, bringing together leading think tanks and research center worldwide. At the meeting, Borghard presented her policy brief on cyber threats to global financial stability. […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity G20

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford cited on the Un-Diplomatic Podcast episode about U.S. grand strategy

On February 10, Emma Ashford’s work on grand strategy was cited by University of Wellington professor Van Jackson on the Un-Diplomatic Podcast. “This week we’ve got an article from Inkstick Media by Sahar Khan called After the Apocalypse: US Grand Strategy. It starts with the question, does the US grand strategy need reboot? Emma Ashford, […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Preble quoted in Breaking Defense: No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget

On February 23, Christopher Preble was quoted in the article, “No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget.” Preble makes the point that, due to competing visions of the Pentagon budget, the amount spent on defense is likely to remain about where it currently is. “You can’t obtain serious and durable cuts […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

English Security & Defense

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford in Inkstick: It’s time to leave Afghanistan

On February 26, Emma Ashford published an opinion piece on the future of U.S. presence in Afghanistan in Inkstick. “It’s not often that President Donald Trump made life better for his successor. But Afghanistan may be the rare exception. After a twenty-year war, the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban offers the opportunity for removal […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan National Security

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

#38: Reform the Intelligence Collection Process for Cyber Threats

By: Erica Borghard What is the kernel of the issue? Privately-owned critical infrastructure, such as financial institutions and the healthcare sector, is routinely targeted in cyberspace for coercive and strategic purposes by adversaries. However, the private sector does not yet play a meaningful, systematic role in shaping how the US government collects intelligence about cyber […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Forward Defense and Seizing the Advantage

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden’s first bombing

What does the strike signal about Joe Biden’s simultaneous efforts to re-engage Iran in talks to revive their nuclear deal? And what does it suggest about how the president will approach military action and the American presence in the Middle East?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Hasik quoted in the Mandarin on Australian government

On February 18, FD NRSF James Hasik was quoted in a piece titled “Opinion: The triumph of the lobbies – Australia’s revolving door and democracy.” Hasik commented on the push by some Democratic leaders in the US Congress to limit connections between the defense industry and government, claiming it would stifle innovation in the Pentagon and lend itself to “miscommunication” between defence contractors and the government. “And whatever these two legislators’ indignation about occasional abuses, building barriers between suppliers and customers is frankly no way to do business”.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia Defense Policy

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

#37: Boycott the Beijing Olympics in 2022

By: Matthew R. Crouch What is the kernel of the issue? The participation of any democratic nation in the 2022 Winter Olympics, while hosted in Beijing, is a tacit endorsement of the ongoing genocide in Xinjiang.   Why is the issue important? US leadership on issues of human rights is critical to enforcing the standards of […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Wed, Feb 24, 2021

National Geographic documentary: Garlauskas discusses the role of Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong

Markus Garlauskas made an appearance on a National Geographic documentary, “North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator” that went online on February 15, 2021. In the documentary, which explored the personality and motivations of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Garlauskas discussed the unique role of his sister Kim Yo Jong. Read more […]

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Arms Control Korea


Mon, Mar 1, 2021

A conversation with US Senator Dan Sullivan

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) discusses the future of US strategy toward China and "The Longer Telegram," a recent Atlantic Council Strategy Paper.


Thu, Mar 4, 2021

You want us to do what, now? CISO views on public-private partnerships

Online Event Cybersecurity leaders from different sectors discuss events that policy needs to address.

1:00pm Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

International Women’s Day 2021: The future of defense and security

Online Event The Honorable Michèle Flournoy and a diverse group of next-generation leaders analyze the unique impact of gender in the security challenges of the next decade and strategies to empower women in international security careers. 

9:00am Politics & Diplomacy Resilience & Society Security & Defense Women