Publications

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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President Obama's visit to Europe this week is giving him the opportunity to bury once and for all perceptions that have dogged his administration from the outset: that the US has lost interest in Europe, and has put a higher priority on resetting relations with an authoritarian Russia than it has on the completion of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. Such completion, of course, has been a goal of successive US administrations since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

After a state visit to Britain to reset the "special relationship," and a stop in Ireland – ideal for showing US support for the EU and euro given Ireland's debt troubles – he is using today's G8 Summit in France to show that the US and Europe can work together effectively on global issues, especially on supporting reform and democracy in the broader Middle East. This renews former President Bush's emphasis on these themes at the US-hosted G8 Summit in 2004.
In the wake of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, "Europe whole, free and secure" was not just a vision. It became a successful policy leading to the consolidation of democracy in Central Europe and, with the region's integration into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU), the end of a divided continent. 

This outcome was neither easy nor obvious. Turning the collapse of the communist system into a triumph of free market democracies in Central Europe required leadership both within the countries of the region and in the West. Central European leaders had to make tough decisions and enact painful reforms in order to transform their societies. At the same time, North American and West European leaders had to be courageous and visionary to invest in these reform processes and then to welcome these nations into Europe's great institutions.

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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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A high-level roundtable organised by Friends of Europe, the Atlantic Council of the United States, Baker & McKenzie, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), and the Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (ICOMP) with media partners Europe’s World and MLex Market Intelligence produced this report.

 
Thursday 10 June 2010 - Concert Noble, Brussels

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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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In the South Asia Center report "Learning by Doing: The Pakistan Army's Experience with Counterinsurgency," Center Director and author Shuja Nawaz examines the doctrinal shift toward counterinsurgency (COIN) that has taken place in the Pakistan army in recent years.
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