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Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Jul 7, 2020
A global strategy for shaping the post-COVID-19 world
By Jeffrey Cimmino, Rebecca Katz, Matthew Kroenig, Josh Lipsky, Barry Pavel
The COVID-19 pandemic is an acute public health and economic crisis that is further destabilizing an already weakened rules-based international system. With cooperation, determination, and resolve, however, the United States and its allies can recover from the crisis and revitalize an adapted rules-based system to bring about decades of future freedom, peace, and prosperity.
Issue briefs and reports Jul 7, 2020
What world post-COVID-19? Three scenarios
By Mathew Burrows, Peter Engelke
This paper is a preliminary look at the geopolitical implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and sketches three scenarios for the possible direction of the global system post-COVID-19.
Issue Brief Jun 1, 2020
Taking stock: Where are geopolitics headed in the COVID-19 era?
By Jeffrey Cimmino, Matthew Kroenig, and Barry Pavel
The COVID-19 pandemic has stressed pressure points in the global order and threatens to unravel the rules-based international system. This paper examines the geopolitical implications of the pandemic by identifying key strategic shocks and tensions exacerbated by the virus. It also identifies uncertainties for the global order and provides policy recommendations for how the United States and its allies should address the pandemic.
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Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Dec 10, 2019
A candle in the dark: US national security strategy for artificial intelligence
By Tate Nurkin; Stephen Rodriguez
AI is expected to have a transformational impact on the future of geopolitics, defense, and security. In this fluctuating environment, where the US is engaged in a high-stakes competition with is near-peer adversaries, and AI is enabling paradigm-shifting changes in public and private sector operations, how should the US respond?
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Oct 30, 2019
Global risks 2035 update: Decline or new renaissance?
By Mathew Burrows
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 Dec 11, 2017
By John Raidt
The United States faces threats from outside its borders, but also from within. The political system that once created a strong, prosperous, and united nation now sows division. This report, written by John Raidt, unpacks how the fuel—money—drives the cartel’s machinations as it interacts with and exploits amplifying forces—legal, structural, media, technological, and social.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Oct 19, 2017
A strategy for the Trans-Pacific century
By Matthew Kroenig and Miyeon Oh
According to some projections, the majority of all global economic activity could take place within Asia by 2050. Military might often follows economic power, and Asian countries are already spending more than European states on defense. Both of these developments reflect a broader shift in global power from West to East.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Oct 4, 2017
US strategy toward China’s belt and road initiative
By Gal Luft
The balance in Eurasia is shifting. China’s President Xi Jinping has ambitious visions for Asia, while the rest of the world reshuffles to find its place in the rapidly changing global order. The United States would be better off engaging with the BRI and trying to influence its design and mechanics from within, rather than staying on the sidelines and witnessing its allies gravitating toward China.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Mar 29, 2017
Europe in 2022: alternative futures
By Mathew Burrows and Frances Burwell
Sixty years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, Europe faces its greatest challenges, and possibly its sharpest turning point, since World War II. In this report, Europe in 2022: Alternative Futures, Frances Burwell’s transatlantic expertise joins Mathew Burrows’ deft trends analysis to offer a sobering look at the possible future for Europe with the hope of reigniting the bond between Americans and Europeans so that we may build a better future together.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Mar 6, 2017
Beyond the headlines: a strategy for US engagement with Latin America in the Trump era
By Peter Schechter and Jason Marczak with Rachel DeLevie-Orey
As the new administration considers ways to ensure US national security and economic growth, a newly engaged Latin America presents a wealth of opportunity on myriad fronts: urbanization, human capital, open markets, energy reform, technology, and the fight against corruption.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Jan 10, 2017
A nonstate strategy for saving cyberspace
By Jason Healey
America’s future, and that of other nations and peoples, will be most secure in the long term with an emphasis on future prosperity unlocked by the Internet. Prosperity for the United States and the global economy is only assured if the United States and like-minded nations, civil society, and other nonstate actors all work toward a goal of making defense easier than attack.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Dec 6, 2016
A measured US strategy for the new Africa
By Dr. J. Peter Pham
Africa’s story is increasingly one of economic dynamism that is driven, in part, by political reform and improvements in governance. But, there are also very real security, humanitarian, and developmental challenges that remain to be confronted. The United States has a stake in helping to tackle these challenges, not least because it is in its own national interest to do so.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Oct 19, 2016
A new strategy for US-Iran relations in transition
By Ellen Laipson
Framing a sustainable and achievable strategy toward Iran will be a high priority for the next administration. In the sixth Atlantic Council Strategy Paper, A New Strategy for US-Iran Relations in Transition, Ellen Laipson presents a new strategy to reduce prospects for a military confrontation with Iran; improve the regional security environment by working with trusted partners and with Iran; and, eventually, enable Iran and the United States to build cooperation in diverse areas of shared concern.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Jun 17, 2016
Toward a new national security space strategy: time for a strategic rebalancing
By Theresa Hitchens and Joan Johnson-Freese
There are growing risks and threats to US satellites, civilian and military alike, and challenges to stated US goals in space. The question for the new administration, however, is whether hegemonic means to address those challenges are likely to achieve US goals.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Jun 2, 2016
Shape, steer, and sustain: a US strategy for the new global economic order
By Robert D. Hormats
Ten years ago, most observers predicted a period of smooth sailing for the world economy. Today, the world looks very different. To better deal with this new global economic environment, the United States requires a new strategy for the twenty-first century. That strategy should enable the country to shape, steer, and sustain a new global economic order that accomplishes several key objectives underpinning prosperity and stability for greater numbers of Americans.
Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series Mar 15, 2016
Autocracies failed and unfailed: limited strategies for state building
By Stephen D. Krasner
The fundamental challenge for modern wealthy democracies committed to promoting better governance is that their opportunities are hostage to the preferences of national elites in closed-access polities, where political power is exercised in arbitrary ways, and where most of the population lacks access to services, including the rule of law.
Report Mar 4, 2016
A US strategy for sustainable energy security
By David Koranyi
The national energy system of the United States is aging and has to be renewed in a dynamic fashion to adapt to the transformative changes in the world of energy. Failure to do so will result in substantial economic disadvantage and national security vulnerabilities, and risk the United States’ position as the leading global power […]
Report Sep 10, 2019
Dynamic stability: US strategy for a world in transition
By By Barry Pavel, Peter Engelke, and Alex Ward
We have entered a new era in world history, a post-post-Cold War era that holds both great promise and great peril for the United States, its allies, and everyone else. We now can call this a “Westphalian-Plus” world, in which nation-states will have to engage on two distinct levels: dealing with other nation-states as before, […]