Issue Briefs

As public protests continue throughout Russia, 2012 will be a decisive year in Russia’s domestic politics, with uncertain implications for the future of the US-Russia Reset. Against the backdrop of a US-Russia relationship in flux, the Atlantic Council released the issue brief, “Rethinking the Russia Reset,” which makes recommendations for US and Russian policymakers to refocus the Reset on areas with concrete benefits that speak to real interests in both countries
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In the issue brief "The Strategic Rationale for Promoting Transatlantic Values in a Globalized World,” authors Jeff Lightfoot, deputy director of the Atlantic Council's International Security Program, and Simona Kordosova, assistant director, argue that the current and upcoming generation of leaders in the Atlantic community should leverage the historic achievements of the transatlantic partnership by putting the defense and advancement of Western values and ideals at the forefront of a more integrated policy of international engagement.

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In the issue brief "The Transatlantic Bargain After 'the Pivot'," authors Barry Pavel, director of the Council's International Security Program, and Jeff Lightfoot, program deputy director, argue that as the United States reassesses its defense priorities towards the Indo-Pacific region amid cutbacks on defense spending, European partners in NATO must take on a larger responsibility for security within their own region and remain a close partner with the United States in providing security for the Middle East.

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With Egypt in the midst of a political transition, this is a crucial time to rethink the US’s relationship with Egypt, argues Atlantic Council Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Michele Dunne in this policy brief for the Project on Middle East Democracy.
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With tensions increasing between Iran and the West, the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force of the South Asia Center is releasing a new issue brief highlighting growing political turmoil within the country, and recommending steps the United States can take to boost Iranian political rights while containing advances toward nuclear weapons.

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This piece is co-authored by Uri Dadush, senior associate and director of the Carnegie Endowment’s International Economics Program; Banning Garrett, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative; David Ignatius, associate editor and twice-weekly columnist for the Washington Post; James B. Steinberg, dean and professor at the Maxwell School, Syracuse University.

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Jason Healey, director of the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative, and Leendert van Bochoven, NATO and European Defense leader at IBM, argue that NATO must "double down" on a core set of priorities following the recent cyber defense policy, leveraging the best capabilities, policies, and practices from member nations and industry partners.

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For more than two decades, cyber defenders, intelligence analysts, and policymakers have struggled to determine the source of the most damaging attacks. This “attribution problem” will only become more critical as we move into a new era of cyber conflict with even more attacks ignored, encouraged, supported, or conducted by national governments according to Jason Healey, the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, in a new Atlantic Council issue brief.

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In the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center issue brief "Kazakhstan and the United States: Twenty Years of Ambiguous Partnership," Sean R. Roberts, an associate professor of practice in international affairs and director of the International Development Studies Program at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, examines how the US-Kazakhstan relationship has evolved over three critical periods in the country's development.

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In the Patriciu Eurasia Center issue brief "Kazakhstan's Energy Sector Since Independence: Two Decades of Growth and Challenges Ahead?" Katherine Hardin, senior director for Russian and Caspian Energy Research at IHS CERA, looks at the key stages in Kazakhstan's emergence as a major energy producer while analyzing the challenges ahead as oil and gas production increases.

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