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NATO 20/2020 is a weekly podcast that explores 20 bold ideas to push NATO to be more visionary, more capable, and more self-evidently valuable to the security of more people.

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Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Christen a carrier strike group: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Using the HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales as its backbone, a NATO carrier strike group is an opportunity for high-end interoperability under European leadership.

NATO 20/2020 by Michael John Williams

Europe & Eurasia Maritime Security

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

#6: End US Strategic Ambiguity Policy Regarding Taiwan

By: Sarah Kirchberger What is the kernel of the issue? Strategic US ambiguity on the Taiwan issue has run its course. This risks the United States’ ability to sustain deterrence in the face of an increasingly belligerent China. Why is the issue important? As Zbigniew Brzezinski outlined in “The Grand Chessboard,” it is in US […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Busch in The Hill: Biden’s trade ‘reset’ depends on what happens with trade promotion authority

Marc Busch writes that Biden must request and retain a trade promotion authority if he is to solve long-term trade issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US-UK deal, and the Airbus-Boeing dispute.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Political Reform

Sun, Jan 24, 2021

#5: Develop A National Investment Plan

By: Harlan Ullman What is the kernel of the issue? A COVID-relief and infrastructure funding plan are insufficient to power an economic renaissance. A National Investment Fund would do so. Why is the issue important? The post-pandemic economy must be rebuilt and restructured for the 21st century. Following the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic, the U.S. entered the […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Sat, Jan 23, 2021

#4: Develop A Universal Pandemic Vaccine

By: Mathew Burrows What is the kernel of the issue? So long as there is no universal vaccine, more coronavirus pandemics are inevitable.  Why is the issue important? Consider what the world might have looked like today if after the 2003 SARS outbreak, a universal vaccine against all variations of coronaviruses had been developed, saving […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford discuss implications of Biden’s appointments on US foreign policy

On January 22, 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 Biden team’s approach to China, the appointments of Tony Blinken and Avril Haines, Secretary of Defense Austin’s agenda, and entering […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Civil Society

Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Loomis and Scott in Lawfare: A role for the vulnerabilities equities process in securing software supply chains

On Jan. 14, something unusual happened—the National Security Agency (NSA) publicly announced that it had discovered a critical vulnerability (CVE 2020-0601) deep within Windows 10 and reported it to Microsoft for patching. The disclosure was lauded because of the bug’s severity; buried in a cryptographic library, it would have allowed opportunistic attackers to decipher encrypted […]

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Fri, Jan 22, 2021

#3: Push Back On Putin’s Aggression; Cooperate If We Can

By: Ambassador Daniel Fried What is the kernel of the issue? In US relations with Putin’s authoritarian, aggressive, and adversarial Russia, what place is there for bilateral US-Russia cooperation—within an overall U.S. and transatlantic policy of pushback against Russia—without compromising US interests, values, and friends? Why is the issue important? A core principle for the […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Preble on the Net Assessment podcast: Six blind men, the elephant, and the defense budget

On the January 21 Net Assessment podcast, Christopher Preble joined co-hosts Melanie Marlowe of CSIS and AEI’s Zack Cooper to discuss a recent article by the Heritage Foundation’s Thomas Spoehr entitled “The six blind men, the elephant, and the defense budget: differing views on the US defense budget”. “How should we assess whether the defense […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Americas Defense Policy

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Ashford and Preble quoted in Rand Corporation: Implementing restraint

On January 21, Emma Ashford and Christopher Preble were quoted in a new Rand Corporation report entitled “Implementing restraint. Changes in US regional security policies to operationalize a realist Grand Strategy of restraint”. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy National Security


Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Passing the Baton 2021: Securing America’s future together

Online Event Passing the Baton: Securing America’s Future Together provides an opportunity to assert and reflect on the importance of standing united against threats to global peace and security, which is rooted in the American commitment to the peaceful transition of power.

11:00am Politics & Diplomacy Security & Defense United States and Canada

Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Future foreign policy series featuring Rep. Ro Khanna

Online Event The Atlantic Council's New American Engagement Initiative presents a conversation featuring Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA 17th District) in discussion with Vox's Jen Kirby.

3:00pm Arms Control Conflict International Norms Middle East

Mon, Feb 1, 2021

Effective resilience and national strategy: Lessons from COVID-19 and implications for the Biden administration

Online Event Following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and his emphasis on combating the coronavirus, health security experts discuss the effects of COVID-19 on US critical infrastructure and the implications for the future of national security.

2:00pm Coronavirus Crisis Management Cybersecurity Infrastructure Protection

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