Regions in focus

COVID-19 in Latin America

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

A conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Chairman of CARICOM Keith Rowley

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – A conversation with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honorable Keith Rowley, on “Re-Setting US-Caribbean Relations.”

10:00am Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus Economy & Business International Organizations

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Spotlight: 10 Questions for Latin America and the Caribbean

As February begins, we can now look ahead to the rest of the year with our annual predictions of what may or may not transpire in this unpredictable world.

Spotlight by Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center

Brazil Caribbean

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Gender equality can accelerate Latin America’s post-COVID-19 recovery: Men and boys must take part

In Latin America and the Caribbean, this year’s Human Rights Day marks a grim trend as COVID-19 sets back decades of progress for women and girls. And without enlisting everyone, including men, in the fight for women’s empowerment, society’s ability to achieve gender equality is limited.

New Atlanticist by Valentina Sader, Cristina Guevara

Caribbean Coronavirus

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

Remittances show promise in the face of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic

With a projected 9 percent contraction in regional gross domestic product (GDP) for this year, experts fear that the heightened economic uncertainty and lower foreign demand brought on by the health crisis might signify yet another lost decade for Latin America. There is one factor, however, that paints a particularly promising picture for the outlook of the region: remittances.

New Atlanticist by Gabriella Cova

Coronavirus International Markets

Fri, Dec 4, 2020

Moving Beyond COVID-19: Vaccines and Other Policy Considerations in Latin America

Download the Report Introduction Parts of Latin America and the Caribbean have become COVID-19 hot spots. With 8 percent of the world’s population, the region accounts for nearly one-third of all COVID-19 infections and deaths as of late November.1Author’s calculations. Source: Johns Hopkins University. 2020. “COVID-19 Dashboard.” Coronavirus Resource Center. Accessed November 23, 2020. […]

Issue Brief by Pepe Zhang

Americas Coronavirus

Fri, Dec 4, 2020

Boats over troubled waters: Caribbean nations struggle with response to Venezuelan migration crisis

Given the small territory and population size of these island nations, the flow of migrants is disproportionately impacting their societies, and it is testing the weight of their institutions and resources, while also enhancing domestic issues like inequality and poverty.

New Atlanticist by Angela Chávez Keri and Beatriz Godoy Rivas

Caribbean Coronavirus

Thu, Dec 3, 2020

A budget roils a nation. What’s happening in Guatemala?

The Guatemalan Congress went up in smoke, literally, on November 21, when massive protests broke out against a draft budget that was negotiated behind closed doors, with limited input from civil society, and that proposed cuts in funding for COVID-19 and human rights agencies as the country battles the virus, unemployment, and corruption.

New Atlanticist by Maria Fernanda Bozmoski

Coronavirus Corruption

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Latin America and the Caribbean’s COVID-19 recovery: A conversation with IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – As the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will play a critical role in enabling recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean. What actions can the Bank take to maximize its impact?

5:00pm Coronavirus International Financial Institutions Latin America Macroeconomics

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Complex identities: Kamala Harris and US foreign policy towards the Caribbean

Due to both her experience and her story, Kamala Devi Harris, alongside President-elect Joe Biden, provides an important new symbol of what the United States stands for in the world and could usher in a new era for US-Caribbean relations.

New Atlanticist by Vicki Assevero

Caribbean Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Thriving amid COVID-19: Illicit trade in Latin America and the Caribbean

Online Event A timely conversation on illicit trade in Latin America and the Caribbean amid COVID-19.

3:00pm Americas Coronavirus Corruption Digital Policy

Geopolitical implications of coronavirus

As the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to accelerate its spread worldwide, the international community is facing a global crisis with public health, geopolitical, and economic repercussions. Go beyond the headlines to access the Atlantic Council’s deep expertise in policy areas impacted by this growing global emergency.

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Highlight: Energy in the Americas

A new energy strategy for the Western Hemisphere

The Western Hemisphere is full of potential and we have the opportunity to galvanize it into an energy powerhouse. This new US energy strategy for the Western Hemisphere will help raise the global competitiveness of the hemisphere, advance its shared prosperity, and improve national and energy security as a result.

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NATO 20/2020 Podcast

NATO 20/2020 is a weekly podcast that explores 20 bold ideas to push NATO to be more visionary, more capable, and more self-evidently valuable to the security of more people.

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Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Why Ukraine sanctioned Putin’s ally Medvedchuk

Ukraine has introduced a number of measures during February 2021 to restrict the influence of Vladimir Putin's closest Ukrainian ally, Viktor Medvedchuk.

UkraineAlert by Andriy Yermak

Conflict Disinformation

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Atlantic Council’s Caribbean Initiative hosts Prime Minister Keith Rowley to officially launch programming

The Caribbean Initiative will sharpen focus on the region’s strategic importance as a key US partner and bring increased recognition to the importance of the Caribbean amid vast hemispheric challenges

Press Release

Caribbean Latin America

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford on the Brussels Sprouts podcast

On February 26, Emma Ashford joined Thomas Wright, Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Carisa Nietsche to discuss the future of America’s democracy promotion efforts abroad and what the US government can do to preserve American democracy at home. More about our expert

In the News by Atlantic Council

Americas Democratic Transitions

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Borghard at T20: Cyber threats to global financial stability

On February 9, Erica Borghard participated in the first full meeting of Task Force 4: Digital Transformation for the Think20 (T20). The T20 is the official engagement group of the G20, bringing together leading think tanks and research center worldwide. At the meeting, Borghard presented her policy brief on cyber threats to global financial stability. […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity G20

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford cited on the Un-Diplomatic Podcast episode about U.S. grand strategy

On February 10, Emma Ashford’s work on grand strategy was cited by University of Wellington professor Van Jackson on the Un-Diplomatic Podcast. “This week we’ve got an article from Inkstick Media by Sahar Khan called After the Apocalypse: US Grand Strategy. It starts with the question, does the US grand strategy need reboot? Emma Ashford, […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Preble quoted in Breaking Defense: No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget

On February 23, Christopher Preble was quoted in the article, “No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget.” Preble makes the point that, due to competing visions of the Pentagon budget, the amount spent on defense is likely to remain about where it currently is. “You can’t obtain serious and durable cuts […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

English Security & Defense

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Ashford in Inkstick: It’s time to leave Afghanistan

On February 26, Emma Ashford published an opinion piece on the future of U.S. presence in Afghanistan in Inkstick. “It’s not often that President Donald Trump made life better for his successor. But Afghanistan may be the rare exception. After a twenty-year war, the Trump administration’s deal with the Taliban offers the opportunity for removal […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan National Security

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

How to deploy economic tools against Putin’s aggression

Life doesn’t wait for any administration—and neither will Putin. Here's how the US government can deploy sanctions and other tools of economic statecraft as part of a broader Russia policy.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole, Daniel Fried

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business
Forward Defense and Seizing the Advantage

Fri, Feb 26, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden’s first bombing

What does the strike signal about Joe Biden’s simultaneous efforts to re-engage Iran in talks to revive their nuclear deal? And what does it suggest about how the president will approach military action and the American presence in the Middle East?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Nonproliferation

Thu, Feb 25, 2021

Hasik quoted in the Mandarin on Australian government

On February 18, FD NRSF James Hasik was quoted in a piece titled “Opinion: The triumph of the lobbies – Australia’s revolving door and democracy.” Hasik commented on the push by some Democratic leaders in the US Congress to limit connections between the defense industry and government, claiming it would stifle innovation in the Pentagon and lend itself to “miscommunication” between defence contractors and the government. “And whatever these two legislators’ indignation about occasional abuses, building barriers between suppliers and customers is frankly no way to do business”.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Australia Defense Policy


Fri, Mar 5, 2021

What should Biden do about Ukraine?

Online Event Now that President Joe Biden has taken office, he has a real chance to move past the difficult detour that US-Ukraine relations took under his predecessor. A new issue brief lays out a plan for how the Biden team can repair relations with Ukraine.

10:00am Fiscal and Structural Reform Geopolitics & Energy Security International Financial Institutions Political Reform

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

A conversation with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki discusses disinformation and the future of internet policy. 

1:00pm Disinformation Extremism Technology & Innovation United States and Canada

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Driving forest conservation at scale: Architecture for REDD+ transactions

Online Event The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center hosts a virtual event to discuss the Architecture for REDD+ Transactions (ART), a Paris Agreement-aligned platform that aims to redirect large-scale private finance to jurisdictional-scale REDD+ programs.

12:00pm Africa Americas Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance