Issue Briefs

A new Atlantic Council issue brief, "Stability through Change: Toward a New Political Economy in Jordan," contends that Jordan could be a promising experiment with economic and political reform in a relatively stable environment, and a model for reform in Arab transition countries.

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Cautious Domestic Reforms and Nuclear Breakthrough

After eight turbulent years during which conservatives monopolized Iranian politics, the election of centrist cleric Hassan Rouhani on June 14, 2013, marked a new chapter in post-revolutionary Iranian politics. In the latest Iran Task Force issue brief, "Rouhani’s First One Hundred Days: Cautious Domestic Reforms and Nuclear Breakthrough," authors Yasmin Alem and Barbara Slavin examine Rouhani's policies through the recent nuclear deal, what the accord signals for the future of comprehensive negotiations, and what steps the United States can take to encourage more centrist policies in Iran.

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A new Atlantic Council issue brief, "Building a Better US-Gulf Partnership," contends that the United States and its Gulf partners must prioritize and build on their shared interests in light of ongoing erosion of ties, and a fundamental gap in expectations about the US role in the region and its commitment to security for the Gulf states.

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In the Africa Center’s most recent issue brief, “Morocco’s Vital Role in Northwest Africa's Security and Development,” Director J. Peter Pham outlines the country’s increasing reengagement with Africa and its emergence as a key political, security, and economic actor integral to the continent’s future. He argues that Morocco’s willingness to shoulder the challenges in the Maghreb and the Sahel makes it an important strategic partner for the United States.

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Iran, Afghanistan, and South Asia

While attention focuses on US nuclear talks with Iran, an improved US-Iran relationship could have major benefits for another US priority: shoring up stability in Afghanistan during the 2014 withdrawal of most US and NATO forces. A new South Asia Center issue brief by Fatemeh Aman and Barbara Slavin, “Iran, Afghanistan, and South Asia: Resolving Regional Sources of Instability,” examines Iran’s relations with its eastern neighbors and suggests steps to deal with acute challenges -- including scarce and poorly managed water resources, energy imbalances, ethnic insurgencies, and drug traffickin -- that could be alleviated by US-backed regional solutions.

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The latest issue brief by Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council VP and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, and Magnus Nordenman, Brent Scowcroft Center deputy director, argues that global shifts in economic and military power, demographics, resource demand, and other critical megatrends will require NATO to overhaul its long-term strategy for the future. NATO must navigate this crucial period by fundamentally reconsidering its place in the global landscape as well as its future roles, missions, and functions. The world is changing rapidly, and if NATO does not adapt with foresight for this new era, then it will very likely disintegrate.

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The latest Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center issue brief, “A Transatlantic Perspective on Natural Gas Security in Central and Southeastern Europe,” by Deputy Director David Koranyi, argues that the fundamentals of the natural gas sectors of the United States and European Union (EU) are on divergent paths.

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The latest Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center issue brief, “Cross-border Electricity Exchanges: Bolstering Economic Growth in the South Caucasus and Turkey,” by Nino Ghvinadze and Laura Linderman, explores opportunities for expanding electricity trade in the South Caucasus and Turkey. This brief has been prepared in the context of the Atlantic Council's Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative.

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In the latest FutureScape brief from the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative (SFI) at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, SFI’s Senior Fellow for Innovation and Global Trends Banning Garrett assesses the ubiquity of big data and the opportunities and risks it poses to our lives.

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In the most recent Transatlantic Security Initiative issue brief, entitled “Is NATO Set to Go on Standby?" Research Director at the NATO Defense College Karl-Heinz Kamp asks whether NATO will maintain strategic relevance after withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014.The author argues that when NATO withdraws from Afghanistan in 2014, it has the opportunity to focus once again on its core competences: protecting the Euro-Atlantic security space by political means, deterrence, and collective defense.

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