Issue Briefs

The Atlantic Council released an issue brief by Blythe Lyons, nonresident senior fellow of the Energy and Environment Program, entitled: "Primary Energy and Transportation Fuels and the Energy and Water Nexus: Ten Challenges," which highlights the issues that were brought to light in the November 2011 workshop.

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In one of the year’s most poorly understood bit of cyber news, the United States has again announced it may use military force in response to a cyber attack. In a new publication, Jason Healey, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, puts this cyber “declaratory policy” into the proper context, both how it fits into other US declaratory policies and the reality of cyber conflict.

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At a public event on September 15, the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force launched the issue brief How Reliable is Intelligence on Iran's Nuclear Program? authored by Task Force member Barbara Slavin.

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If the world is going to solve problems of cooperation and conflict in cyberspace, states and non-state actors alike must apply a wider range of tools.  Cyber statecraft will be an important way to discover and implement better set of such tools, writes Jason Healey, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative.

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“While NATO’s ‘Operation Unified Protector’ has revealed strains within the Alliance and foreshadows future challenges, the Libya operation is a great success.” 

That is the conclusion of Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson in his Strategic Advisors Group issue brief, released as leaders of the Transitional National Council meet today in Paris with leading diplomats from around the world to discuss a post-Qaddafi Libya.
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The United States has maintained forward-deployed nuclear weapons in Europe for more than six decades. That may soon come to an end, argue Dr. Jeffrey A. Larsen, a retired Air Force command pilot and expert on arms control, in his Atlantic Council issue brief "Future Options for NATO Nuclear Policy.”
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In this latest Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Issue Brief "Energy in Food”, Boyko Nitzov, the Center’s Director of Programs, surveys current concerns about the large amounts of energy needed to supply food and explores common concepts, perceptions and myths.
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In this Cyber Statecraft Initiative Issue Brief, Les Bloom of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and John Savage, a Professor of Computer Science at Brown University, argue that the best deterrence to cyber conflict is to aggressively pursue national and international risk mitigation at the same time that we explore steps to develop offensive and defensive cyber measures.

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Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member Kurt Volker argues that allied political leaders must make a stronger case for NATO and that the Alliance must be seen as successful for it to regain public support in his brief “Increasing Outreach, Public Understanding and Support for NATO across the Transatlantic Community.”
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In “U.S. European Command and NATO’s Strategic Concept: Post-Afghanistan and Beyond,” Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member Harlan Ullman argues that after the NATO drawdown from Afghanistan, EUCOM will become even more important as a means of sustaining and building NATO’s capabilities and capacities in an era of limited defense resources.
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