Central Europe Week

Join the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative for a virtual event series exploring how the United States and Central Europe can together help shape a common post-COVID-19 agenda.

Building upon the Council’s inaugural US-Central Europe conference in 2019, the conversations throughout the week feature high-level policymakers and experts from the US and the region, while also highlighting our unique cultural connections.

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Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Bitcoin mining: Digital money printing with real world footprints?

As interest in cryptocurrency surges and scrutiny over energy usage intensifies, new policies and market mechanisms to improve ESG standards and use clean energy for bitcoin mining have become increasingly important.

EnergySource by Julia Nesheiwat

Central Europe Digital Currencies

Tue, Jul 20, 2021

Binnendijk in Notes from Poland: Purchase of US Abrams tanks strengthens Poland and NATO against Russia

Hans Binnendijk explains the importance of Poland's purchase of M1A2 Abrams tanks from the United States in shoring up Warsaw's military capabilities on NATO's eastern flank.

In the News by Hans Binnendijk

Central Europe Defense Policy

Fri, Jul 16, 2021

Poland and the United States: What’s right, what’s not, and what’s next

Around the time of President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe in June 2021, US-Polish relations experienced a short, but intense, rough patch. Both the United States and Poland need to look hard at what this relationship can do for both countries and for the transatlantic relationship, and at the sources of problems.

Issue Brief by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski

Europe & Eurasia Poland

Thu, Jul 1, 2021

Policy memo: A digital agenda for the Three Seas Initiative Summit

The Three Seas nations should invest in digital infrastructure, nurture emerging technologies, and amplify the region's voice on policy. Here's how.

New Atlanticist by Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck, James Batchik, and Luka Ignac

Central Europe Digital Policy

Wed, Jun 30, 2021

Belarus dictator weaponizes illegal migrants against EU

Kremlin-backed Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has recently begun weaponizing migrants in his escalating confrontation with the European Union and neighboring countries Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania.

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore

Belarus Migration

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Climate change, energy security, and international nuclear energy: Competition in the Czech Republic

Recent reports of Russian intelligence operations in the Czech Republic in 2014 have escalated tensions between the two countries, directly affecting the Czech government's plans for the future development of its nuclear sector. In light of this changing dynamic, President Biden should work to support Czech energy security and act to weaken Russia’s position in Central and Eastern European nuclear power markets.

EnergySource by Robert F. Ichord, Jr.

Central Europe Energy & Environment

Mon, Jun 28, 2021

Collective cybersecurity for the Three Seas

In Central and Eastern Europe’s Three Seas region, twelve countries have joined together to invest in critical infrastructure projects and increase interconnectivity on energy, infrastructure, and digitization efforts along the way. To strengthen the resilience of these technical investments and better bind together the defensive cybersecurity operations of these societies, Three Seas member states should establish a regional hub for cybersecurity together with key private sector partners.

Report by Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Adam Marczyński, and Jakub Teska

Central Europe Cybersecurity

Fri, May 14, 2021

Czechmate? What’s behind the downward spiral in Czech-Russian relations

After Czech officials exposed Russia's involvement in the 2014 explosions at the Vrbětice arms depot, diplomatic tensions have spiked. A Czech diplomat previews what's coming next.

New Atlanticist by Petr Tůma

Central Europe Corruption

Thu, May 6, 2021

Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki on the COVID comeback, the Three Seas Initiative, and where the US is falling short

The Polish leader joined the Atlantic Council's EU-US Future Forum to discuss ways to improve the transatlantic relationship, and the challenges and opportunities in Central Europe.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Wed, May 5, 2021

Slovak President Čaputová on EU-US pandemic recovery, the green transition, and digital regulation

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová said that resilience in the midst of major challenges is key and that the United States and European Union will need to work together to improve it.

Transcript by Atlantic Council

Central Europe Climate Change & Climate Action