Issue Briefs

In ‘EUCOM’s Future Force Structure,’ Kori Schake warns that EUCOM is losing the argument with the services, particularly the U.S. Army, about the importance and value of U.S. forces stationed in Europe. This Program on International Security issue brief is part of a series of five issue briefs to assess the future roles, missions and tasks of the United States European Command in the aftermath of the approval of the new NATO Strategic Concept and the initiatives launched at the November 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon. These publications are the product of a collaborative effort between the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group and the Institute for National Security Studies at the National Defense University.

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Atlantic Council Strategic Advisors Group member and former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Walt Slocombe analyzes how the 2010 NATO Strategic Concept will impact Alliance nuclear politics and posture in “Nuclear Issues for NATO After the Strategic Concept.”
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In “EUCOM and NATO-EU Relations after the Lisbon Summit: Bank Shots Score Too,” Leo Michel urges the United States to ‘embed’ officers with allied and partner defense institutions and for EUCOM to work with other European institutions on the implementation of the Comprehensive Approach.

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Iran Nuclear Weapons

In Iran Sanctions: Preferable to War but No Silver Bullet, South Asia Center Non-resident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin outlines the penalties imposed on Iran as a result of its nuclear program; its support for organizations the U.S. government has designated as terrorist; and its human rights abuses.
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In the latest Atlantic Council Issue Brief, “Roma Inclusion: A Call for Central European Leadership,” Susan Ball, a State Department Senior Fellow in the International Security Program, highlights the growing urgency of the challenge to integrate Europe’s Roma populations and makes the case for Central European states to play a leadership role in Europe’s efforts to combat Roma exclusion.

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Ahmadinejad gesturing

This issue brief, authored by South Asia Center Non-resident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin, provides an overview of Iran’s regional role, examines its relations with Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and the Gulf, assesses the implications of recent Arab uprisings, and offers insights about the prospects for regional cooperation.
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Turkish bazaar

In the latest Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Issue Brief, “Turkey’s Three Transformations,” Ambassador Ross Wilson, the Center’s Director, analyzes the mutually-reinforcing trends in migration, economics and politics that have reshaped Turkey and will continue to do so.  

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Visegrad Four Prime Ministers: Petr Necas Czech Republic, Iveta Radicova Slovakia, Viktor Orban Hungary, Donald Tusk Poland.

In an issue brief titled “The Value of the Visegrad Four,” former U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic Adrian Basora examines the recently reinvigorated Visegrad Group--a regional grouping of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic--as a possible channel for U.S.-Central European relations.

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Banning Garrett, Director of the Asia Program and the Strategic Foresight Project at the Atlantic Council, and Patrick deGategno, Associate Director of the Asia Program, recently authored a piece titled "The Second Wave of Wireless Communications: A Game Changer for Global Development?"

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Pipeline

In the latest Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Issue Brief  “Eurasian Energy: Hot and Cold,” Boyko Nitzov, the Center’s Director of Research, surveys the current state of energy markets in Central Eurasia, and explores areas for improvement and reform. The Brief focuses on hydrocarbons.
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