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Wed, Apr 14, 2021

#85: Bolster Cyber Literacy Across the Nation

By: Emma Schroeder What is the kernel of the issue? Cyber literacy, the ability to use cyber-connected technologies and understand the consequences of their use, must be framed by the United States government as a national security priority. Currently, the US is not promoting a healthy and equitable level of cyber literacy, which would improve the cybersecurity posture of its citizens, private […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

FAST THINKING: Leaving Afghanistan, twenty years later

America’s longest war is set to finally come to an end, with President Joe Biden expected to announce on Wednesday that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. What’s the state of the nation that the US military will leave behind?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Defense Policy

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

#84: Recalculate the “2+3” Framework for Great-Power Competition

By: Arun Iyer What is the kernel of the issue? The Pentagon’s informally adopted “2+3” framework for Great-Power Competition (GPC)—which grades China and Russia as primary threats while framing North Korea, Iran, and terrorism as secondary threats—has the potential to over-simplify the most complex challenges faced by the United States. Why is the issue important? […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

#83: Require Minimum of One Non-Chinese Supplier for Critical Infrastructure Materials

By: Franklin D. Kramer What is the kernel of the issue? During the COVID-19 pandemic, critical supply chains in the United States for personal protective equipment and other medical supplies were to a large degree reliant on Chinese suppliers. Similar reliance extends well beyond the medical sector to materials and components needed for critical infrastructures. Rare earth minerals, specialized […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Busch in The Hill: US whiskey and wine exporters brace for a summer of tariffs

Marc Busch writes in The Hill that the potential for EU tariffs on US whiskey and wine highlights the political nature of retaliatory tariffs and effectively rules out a tariff exclusion for the products.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia
Cover credit: Helen Lundeberg, “The Veil,” 1947, The Macfarlane Collection

Sun, Apr 11, 2021

The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy

Outer space is rapidly transforming as new actors test new limits. This Atlantic Council Strategy Paper calls for the United States and its allies and partners to secure space over the next three decades or risk wasting the promise of this emerging domain.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Clementine G. Starling, Mark J. Massa, Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder, and Julia T. Siegel

China Cybersecurity

Sun, Apr 11, 2021

#82: Appoint a Special Presidential Envoy for Space

By: Christopher P. Mulder and Julia Siegel What is the kernel of the issue? Outer space lacks the “rules of the road” that guide activity in the land, air, and sea domains. Chief of Space Operations General John Raymond has characterized the situation in space as akin to “the Wild, Wild West.” Why is the […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Sat, Apr 10, 2021

#81: Maintain a Technological Advantage Over Adversaries

By: Matthew Kroenig, Mark Massa, and Raphael Piliero What is the kernel of the issue? Emerging technologies (such as quantum computing, lethal autonomous weapons, hypersonics, and directed energy weapons) will be critical in future conflicts, with the potential to tilt the balance of power toward revisionist states. New revolutionary technology could upend the balance of […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Listen to women: NATO 20/2020 podcast

Twenty years after its creation, NATO should affirm the strategic significance of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda and define what it means for an era of great power competition.

NATO 20/2020 by Cori Lynne Fleser

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Fri, Apr 9, 2021

Mulder in DODReads on “Warbots 1.0: AI Goes to War”

Forward Defense Senior US Air Force Fellow Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder wrote a book review in DODReads on the novel “Warbot 1.0: AI Goes to War.”

In the News by Atlantic Council

National Security Non-Traditional Threats