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Wed, Oct 28, 2020

2020 election scenarios: Implications for American foreign policy

The outcome of the US presidential election in November will reverberate throughout the world. It will have a direct impact on US allies and partners, as well as structural implications for the global system. Will the United States continue to play its post-World War II international leadership role? Or will Washington continue its steady retreat from international commitments?

Issue Brief by Ash Jain, Barry Pavel

China Elections

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Warrick quoted on election security in AP

Thomas Warrick, the former deputy assistant secretary of homeland security for counterterrorism policy and and nonresident senior fellow with Forward Defense, was quoted in an AP article on risks to election security and the role of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency (CISA) within the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in countering those threats.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Cybersecurity

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

Kroenig participates in London School of Economics panel

On October 22, Matthew Kroenig participated in a London School of Economics IDEAS panel on the presidential election and US-China relations.

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Elections

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

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Kholos Brooks on New Light Theater Project panel

On October 24, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Michelle Kholos Brooks participated in a panel for the New Light Time Machine project, which revisits past theater productions and creative teams to explore their journeys to production.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Media Nationalism

Fri, Oct 23, 2020

Kroenig participates in International Law Weekend panel

On October 23, Matthew Kroenig participated in a virtual panel event for the International Law Association's International Law Weekend.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Deterrence
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


Mon, Nov 9, 2020

The Blue Economy: A global agenda to explore, protect, and develop ocean resources

ONLINE EVENT– Five maritime experts join the Scowcroft Center and its Forward Defense practice area for a virtual discussion on the Blue Economy and how the United States can sustainably and responsibly cultivate international cooperation in this arena.


Wed, Nov 11, 2020

Veterans Day 2020

ONLINE EVENT - "Veterans Day 2020" joins the Atlantic Council's creative energy with the nation's celebration of veterans on this day of remembrance. It features keynote remarks by General David Petraeus, introducing a film adaptation of the stage play "War Words," which depicts true stories of the veterans of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.