Issue Briefs

Security challenges threaten to undermine Libya’s political transition as well as its relations with other countries, according to a new issue brief released by the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council.
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Jason Healey, director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, published a new issue brief:  When ‘Not My Problem’ Isn’t Enough: Political Neutrality and National Responsibility in Cyber Conflict.

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In an Atlantic Council issue brief released today, former US Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. argues that a new economic framework—reflecting the reality that China is no longer a “developing” economy but an increasingly established one—is needed to continue positive US-China economic relations and put the two economies on a path toward a more mutually beneficial structure.

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In an Atlantic Council issue brief, “A Global Industrial Base for 21st Century Security Needs,” Martin J. Bollinger, senior partner with Booz and Company, argues that the United States has become increasingly dependent upon global and other non-traditional suppliers to meet evolving US forces’ needs for future missions and that the US Department of Defense will need to evolve its industrial-base policy accordingly.

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Against the backdrop of this historic electoral battle, much more is at stake than the country’s highest office, EgyptSource editor Mara Revkin and Egyptian Judge Yussef Auf argue in a new issue brief for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
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Historically, energy security has played a central role in shaping the national security strategy and interests of the Baltic states. The diverse challenges that exist in the region make it necessary to focus on identifying areas of cooperation between the countries as they pursue diversified oil and gas supplies.

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To help add depth to the idea of a cyber 9/11, this issue brief, authored by Jason Healey, director of the Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative, examines what might happen the day after a major cyber disruption, on 9/12.

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In an Atlantic Council issue brief, “Change Management and Cultural Transformation in NATO: Lessons from the Public and Private Sectors,” Edgar Buckley, former assistant secretary general of NATO, and Nancy DeViney, vice president for Organizational Change Management at IBM argue that applying lessons learned from change management and cultural transformation experiences from both the public and private sector could make a real positive difference in NATO’s current reform efforts. 

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In a new Atlantic Council issue brief, authors Lord Robertson, Franklin C. Miller, and Kori Schake urge NATO heads of states to put nuclear issues behind them when they gather in Chicago this week. They argue that it is time to halt the internecine warfare which distracts Western national security experts, and has no obvious result other than to create strains and rifts within NATO. 

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Jason Healey, director of the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative, argues that 2011 has seen the most vigorous effort on the part of the United States government to establish a coordinated set of cyber policies in nearly a decade: “We have been wandering in a policy desert for years and while we may not have reached an oasis, we have found a glass with some water in it.”

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