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Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Kroenig and Ashford discuss the final presidential debate and a growing consensus on China

On October 23, 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 the final presidential debate, recent administrations’ struggles to navigate the North Korea challenge, a growing bipartisan consensus on China, and developments […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Korea

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Ashford’s Power Problems podcast: On declinism and American influence

On the October 20 Power Problems podcast, Emma talks to Ali Wyne and Gabby Tarini of the Rand Corporation about their new report on America in the world. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business National Security

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Grundman in Aviation Week on the US defense budget

On October 23, Forward Defense Non-Resident Senior Fellow Steven Grundman wrote an Aviation Week article titled "Opinion: 'Efficiencies' Alone Cannot Solve US Defense Budget Crunch."

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Industry Defense Policy
State on the cusp

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

States on the cusp: Overcoming illicit trade’s corrosive effects in developing economies

The report “States on the cusp” explores the complex ways in which the illicit trade in otherwise licit goods (including alcohol, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, cigarettes, electronics, and much more) threatens the stability, security, and prosperity of vulnerable states around the world, especially in the Global South. This groundbreaking study at the nexus of illicit trade, organized crime, and official corruption proposes actionable solutions for combating illicit trade and bringing states back from the cusp of functionality.

Report by Mark Shaw, Tuesday Reitano, Simone Haysom, Peter Tinti

Corruption Economy & Business

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Fishman in War on the Rocks: Make Russia sanctions effective again

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Russia

Wed, Oct 21, 2020

Kroenig quoted on NBC News on a US-Russia arms control deal

On October 21, Matthew Kroenig was quoted in a NBC News article investigating President Trump's efforts to salvage an arms control agreement with Russia.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arms Control Defense Policy

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Warrick and Future of DHS Report quoted in Washington Post on DHS pandemic response

On October 20, Forward Defense’s Future of DHS report and Non-Resident Senior Fellow Tom Warrick were quoted in a Washington Post article on the absence of DHS in the coronavirus response. The article includes findings from the report, including the economic and health costs of the US response.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Crisis Management

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Defense Secretary unveils a new strategy for bolstering allies and partnerships in an era of great-power competition

As the United States prepares for long-term competition with adversaries such as China and Russia, the Department of Defense is unveiling new plans to strengthen America’s network of alliances and partnerships. “Our global constellation of allies and partners remain an enduring strength that our competitors and adversaries simply cannot match,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said during an Atlantic Council Front Page event on October 20.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China Defense Industry

Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Kroenig participates in panel on Iran and North Korea proliferation and regional challenges

On October 20, Matthew Kroenig spoke on a panel hosted by the Brookings Institution. The panel, titled "Iran and North Korea: Proliferation and Regional Challenges for the Next Administration," focused on threats the next US administration will need to consider and how to build international and domestic support for countering those threats.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Korea

Mon, Oct 19, 2020

From cyber to China, here’s what has former US national security advisors worried

Whether current US President Donald J. Trump is re-elected or former Vice President Joe Biden becomes the next occupant of the White House, the next US president will be confronted with a growing challenge from China, the lingering danger of an assertive Russia, and a broad range of threats complicated by the proliferation of new technologies.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

China National Security