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Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Present at the Re-Creation: A Global Strategy for a World at Risk

How can the rules-based international system be re-created for the 21st century? Can and should the US re-build a liberal, rules-based international system? What goals should the US, and its allies, pursue in a changed world, where emerging risks and enduring challenges persist? Those were some of the key questions which animated the event Present […]

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China European Union

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Building support for US global engagement

It is in our own best interest—and the interest of a peaceful and prosperous future for the world—that our diplomacy and the example of our democracy once again become our greatest strengths. That is the message we need to convey to the American people.

New Atlanticist by Stephen B. Heintz

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Present at the re-creation: A global strategy for revitalizing, adapting, and defending a rules-based international system

We need a new strategy—one that is both ambitious and innovative, geared towards meeting the challenges and opportunities that the new decade brings.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Ash Jain and Matthew Kroenig

China NATO

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Global risks 2035 update: Decline or new renaissance?

Our conclusion in 2016’s Global Risks 2035 was that state-on-state conflict posed a bigger threat than terrorism. In the two years since, the post-Cold War order has continued to unravel without a “new normal” emerging.

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series by Mathew J. Burrows

China NATO

Mon, Sep 9, 2019

Recommendations on 5G and National Security

TO: National Security Community of the United States, its Allies, and Partners FROM: General James L. Jones, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) DATE: February 11, 2019 SUBJECT: Recommendations on 5G and National Security China’s aggressive attempt to subsidize the development of global 5G networks as a tool of Beijing’s geopolitical and economic power requires an urgent […]

Strategic Insights Memo by James L. Jones

China Security & Defense

Fri, Aug 2, 2019

How to break the Japan-Korea impasse

The Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative hosted a strategy session with a small group of top US experts and officials to discuss ways forward and offer actionable, practical policy recommendations to the United States to help mitigate bilateral tensions and resolve the ongoing confrontation between Japan and Korea.

Strategic Insights Memo by Miyeon Oh and Barry Pavel

Crisis Management Japan

Fri, Jul 26, 2019

Lessons from Apollo: industry and great-power competition

The Apollo moon landing was not only a momentous scientific achievement, but also a grand strategic instrument of the Cold War

New Atlanticist by Christian Trotti and Mark Massa

Space Technology & Innovation

Fri, Jun 14, 2019

Dark pharma: Counterfeit and contraband pharmaceuticals in Central America

This working paper, the second in a series on the global illicit economy, focuses on the “dark pharma” trade in Central America, where no country has been spared the problem of counterfeit and contraband pharmaceuticals making their way to consumers.

Issue Brief by Peter Tinti

Latin America Security & Defense

Sun, Mar 10, 2019

Manning in Global Times: All frontline states needed to resolve NK issue

Read the full article here.

In the News by Robert Manning

Korea

Fri, Mar 1, 2019

The illicit tobacco trade in Zimbabwe and South Africa

This groundbreaking study of the illicit tobacco trade in southern Africa explores how this trade supports organized crime, helps enable official corruption, and erodes state structures.

Issue Brief by Simone Haysom

Africa Corruption