Issue Briefs

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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As the proliferation of more capable missiles that threaten regional populations, governments, and commerce continues over the twenty-first century, so does the need to counter and disincentivize this proliferation with effective and affordable regional missile defenses. Missile defense systems are among the most expensive military capabilities, but author Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, USA (Ret.), a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, argues that their costs can be dramatically reduced, their performance improved, and geopolitical pressure increased if the United States, Russia, and NATO deployed systems cooperatively.

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In the latest issue brief from the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center, The Libyan Economy after the Revolution: Still No Clear Vision, authors Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran evaluate the Libyan economy and progress since popular uprisings in February 2011 and the eventual ouster of the Muammar Qaddafi regime.

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Jean-Loup Samaan and Guillaume Lasconjarias, research fellows at the NATO Defense College in Italy, outline in this issue brief for the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security what NATO can learn from the Israeli experience in missile defense. Samaan and Lasconjarias identify five domains where Israel's missile defense experience may offer both helpful lessons and misleading analogies relevant to the NATO experience.

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In the latest issue brief from the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center, "Jordan's Youth: Avenues for Activism," author Danya Greenfield evaluates the role of Jordanian youth in political activism, and contends that youth will ultimately take the helm of political change given Jordan's current political and economic climate.

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This Strategic Analysis issue brief, authored by Celeste Wallander, argues that the Mutually Assured Destruction concept which has dominated US-Russian security relations since the outset of the Cold War is neither an adequate nor cost-effective strategy to sustain stability in the twenty-first century. The optimal strategy for the United States and Russia is instead Mutually Assured Stability, a condition in which neither party has the intention or capability to exercise unilateral advantage over the other.

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The Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force and Cyber Statecraft Initiative have colaunched a new issue brief entitled “Iran: How a Third Tier Cyber Power Can Still Threaten the United States.” Written by South Asia Center Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin and Cyber Statecraft Initiative Director Jason Healey, the brief evaluates Iran’s cyber warfare capabilities and the United States’ vulnerability to cyber attacks within the context of already tense relations between the two nations.

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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 how algorithms now run much of our lives and in the future will be increasingly ubiquitous in ever more aspects of our personal and work life. Mostly without our awareness, algorithms are the guts of software that governs the operation of every digital devices, from modern airplanes and the electric grid system to our laptops, tablets and smartphones.

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In the latest issue brief from the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council, "Electoral Politics Under Tunisia’s New Constitution," author Duncan Pickard assesses the challenges and likely outcomes for political parties in Tunisia after the completion of the country’s new constitution.

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