Tue, Sep 21, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden’s UN reality check

President Biden spoke of “relentless diplomacy” at the UN on Tuesday. But can that relentlessness overcome transatlantic strains, not to mention a still-raging pandemic and climate crisis?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Africa Crisis Management

Thu, Aug 19, 2021

What Washington owes the American people after its Afghanistan failure

The discussion about what the United States should do in the aftermath of its war in Afghanistan should proceed in three phases: now, soon, and soon thereafter.

New Atlanticist by Christopher Preble

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Reading between the lines of the US intelligence community’s latest reports

What does it say about our system of government that hard truths are not absorbed? This year’s Annual Threat Assessment and Global Trends 2040 are blunt about the challenges facing the United States. But the warnings about China should have been heeded a decade or more ago.

New Atlanticist by Mathew Burrows

China Intelligence

Tue, Mar 16, 2021

A mom’s guide to coercion and deterrence

There’s a silver lining to parenting in a pandemic: It’s an education in the core concepts of international relations, as well as a useful reminder that we’re all operating in a condition of anarchy. Here’s a mom’s primer on deterrence, coercion, credibility, and reassurance.

New Atlanticist by Emma Ashford, Erica Borghard

Conflict Crisis Management

Mon, Mar 8, 2021

It’s time to change the way we talk about women in conflicts

There’s a disconnect between rhetoric and reality when it comes to women’s roles in peacebuilding and development projects because the discussion about women overwhelmingly focuses on them as victims of conflict and political violence without also recognizing them as participants in it. That’s a problem.

New Atlanticist by Aude Darnal

Conflict Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

The 5×5—Questioning basic assumptions in the cyber domain

Challenging assumptions in cyberspace also means challenging assumptions about the theorists and strategists themselves. International Women’s Day, coming up on March 8, serves as a reminder to include female voices as a means of enriching policy discussions, producing more insightful work, and driving impact.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler, Emma Schroeder

Cybersecurity Internet

Tue, Feb 2, 2021

Three possible futures for the Biden presidency

Biden’s successes or failures will be determined by how the paradoxes of his presidency play out. The president is pursuing an extraordinarily ambitious social, economic, and foreign-policy agenda amid an exceptionally dire pandemic and recession—and with a razor-thin congressional majority, no less. He hopes to restore comity and bipartisan compromise to Congress, but his legislative skills will be tested by an obstinate Republican Party and worsening political tribalism.

New Atlanticist by Mathew Burrows, Robert A. Manning

Crisis Management Elections

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Chris Murphy: Healing at home shouldn’t stop the United States from its democracy work abroad

The riot at the Capitol on January 6 brought American democracy “to its knees,” US Senator Chris Murphy observed just over a week after the shock to the nation. But that shouldn’t prevent the United States from trying to both “self-correct domestically” and “do the work of democracy promotion.”

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

International Norms National Security

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

Reconciling ends and means in US national security

The next National Defense Strategy should recognize that the American people’s unwillingness to spend considerably more money on the military necessitates a serious reconsideration of what is needed to secure the nation’s truly vital interests

New Atlanticist by Christopher Preble

Defense Policy National Security

Mon, Nov 9, 2020

Biden will think globally to solve domestic issues. The post-COVID world will demand it.

The president-elect’s commitment to looking for global solutions to common issues is all the more important as the United States faces a changed and more difficult global landscape.

New Atlanticist by Erica Borghard

Coronavirus International Organizations