Publications

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This Energy and Environment Program report, A Shared Vision for Energy and Climate Change: Establishing a Common Transatlantic Agenda, finds that the two highest priority energy technologies for the Atlantic community are those involving energy efficiency and coal with carbon capture and storage. Without significant and timely progress in deploying these basic technologies on a massive scale, there is virtually no possibility of achieving emission reduction targets.
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Chances for successful United States-China cooperation will be significantly enhanced if China and the United States establish an Implementing Mechanism for Cooperation (IMC) that utilizes existing cooperative mechanisms and involves the top levels of both governments.
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The Trans-Atlantic Economic Council (TEC) is at a crossroads.  It has great potential as a forum for discussing strategic issues between the United States and Europe but is often bogged down in single-issue gridlock.
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On the eve of the Pittsburgh G20 Summit, the Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon University examine the next steps for economic growth after the global financial crisis in Renewing Globalization and Economic Growth in a Post-Crisis World: The Future of the G20 Agenda.  The report is a product of an all-day expert conference in Pittsburgh.

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Today, senior government officials from the U.S. and China will meet in Washington for the inaugural Strategic and Economic Dialogue, which is the successor to the Bush Administration's Strategic Economic Dialogue.  The Atlantic Council timed the release of its latest energy report, United States-China Cooperation on Nuclear Power: An Opportunity for Fostering Sustainable Energy Security, to coincide with these important talks.
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The British-North American Committee Public Sector Pensions Report warns that the true costs of public sector pensions are being significantly understated by the U.S., UK and Canadian governments.

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The Obama administration’s “responsible redeployment” from Iraq is made even more urgent by the requirements resulting from worsening conditions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. For redeployment to occur on scale and on schedule, the United States seeks an end-state in Iraq that is stable and at peace with its neighbors. Simmering sectarian violence is inevitable, but it will not break Iraq. However, ethnic conflict between Arabs and Kurds could escalate into a major conflagration with regional implications.

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Describing the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan as increasingly perilous, President Obama has committed his administration to enhancing the military, governance, and economic capacity of the two countries.  Chairman of the Institute for State Effectiveness and former Afghan Minister of Finance Dr. Ashraf Ghani outlines a medium-term framework for state-building in Afghanistan for the Atlantic Council in A Ten-Year Framework for Afghanistan: Executing the Obama Plan and Beyond.

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What started last year as a growing international credit crunch and, by September, a global banking crisis has now spread into the real economy. International trade, investment and economic growth are all contracting. A drastic curtailment of credit, collapsing global demand and a loss of trade finance is having a devastating economic effect on both the developed and developing worlds, especially those economies that are heavily dependent on exports.

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The world is energy short and carbon long. This report focuses on that juxtaposition and the means to achieve energy security in a world concerned over climate change and maintaining economic growth.

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