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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

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

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

The global innovation sweepstakes: a quest to win the future

The Global Innovation Sweepstakes: A Quest to Win the Future examines how emerging technologies will remake the global order and explores strategies for how the United States can retain its innovative edge.

Report by Robert A. Manning and Peter Engelke

Technology & Innovation United States and Canada

Thu, May 3, 2018

Borders vs. Barriers: Navigating Uncertainty in the US Business Environment

Geopolitical trends and shock events can disrupt, but they can also create opportunity. This report seeks to help leading organizations better understand how geopolitics affects their strategies; explore contingent scenarios; make preparations; engage with stakeholders and policymakers on local and national levels; and potentially shift operations to seize opportunity and mitigate risks, whether financial, locational, political or social.

Report by Mathew Burrows

Economy & Business United States and Canada

Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Whither America

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 by John Raidt

Political Reform Politics & Diplomacy

Mon, Nov 27, 2017

Western options in a multipolar world

This paper examines both the possible scenarios for how the emerging multipolar world order could evolve and transatlantic options. It makes the case that, depending on how the West plays its cards, traditional Western values could end up enduring even if an exclusively Western-led order does not.

Issue Brief by Mathew J. Burrows

China Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Oct 19, 2017

A strategy for the Trans-Pacific century

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 by Matthew Kroenig and Miyeon Oh

Europe & Eurasia Indo-Pacific

Wed, Oct 4, 2017

US strategy toward China’s belt and road initiative

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 by Gal Luft

Africa China

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Our world transformed: geopolitical shocks and risks

This study looks at three risks with geopolitical consequences and interconnections: protectionism, energy crisis, and water and food scarcities.

Report by Mathew J. Burrows, David K. Bohl, and Jonathan D. Moyer

Energy & Environment Geopolitics & Energy Security

Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Keeping America’s Innovative Edge

Keeping America’s Innovative Edge lays out a strategic framework for how the United States can reinvigorate its innovative edge. As global competition in the tech space increases, this comprehensive roadmap comes at a critical time for the country. The report includes detailed policy recommendations spanning a wide range of key areas.

Report by Peter Engelke and Robert A. Manning

Technology & Innovation United States and Canada