The Future Europe Initiative promotes the transatlantic leadership and strategies required to ensure a strong Europe.



Hack the Crisis screen shot

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Building Virtual Communities: The Power of Technology to Connect People

Today’s technology has become the connective tissue of our physically distant lives and positioned us to quickly learn about and respond to COVID-19.

Stories of Resilience

Coronavirus Eastern Europe

Sat, Apr 18, 2020

Vajdich in The National Interest: The Geopolitical Cost of Battling the Coronavirus Separately (China Will Win)

In the News by Atlantic Council

Central Europe China

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Life in Hungary during COVID-19

It remains to be seen what effect the coronavirus will yet have on the Hungarian people. So far, it seems, Hungary is far from the worst that was thought possible.

New Atlanticist by Bálint Ablonczy

Coronavirus Hungary

Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Why strongmen love the coronavirus

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the globe, autocratic governments are finding the crisis to be a useful pretext for strengthening their rule and tightening their grips.

Borscht Belt by Atlantic Council Eurasia Center

Coronavirus Corruption

Wed, Apr 8, 2020

Slovakia looks towards an end to COVID-19’s painful isolation

Slovakia now needs to find ways to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world. Borders and national solutions can only provide necessary relief during an emergency. Looking ahead, the country will be tasked with finding ways to resolve the tension between attaining a false sense of security through national measures and walls, on the one hand, and the need to restore economic prosperity, on the other, through common European solutions.

New Atlanticist by Alena Kudzko

Central Europe Coronavirus

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

Addressing Hungary’s coronavirus emergency legislation

Many in Europe and the United States who consider themselves friends of Hungary have struggled over what to do with what can be increasingly interpreted as an authoritarian drift in that country. Hungary was one of the early leaders of Central Europe’s democratic transformation after its overthrow of communist rule in 1989; this is the tradition we would prefer to be celebrating today. Instead, we struggle to find a way forward.

New Atlanticist by Denise Forsthuber and Daniel Fried

Coronavirus European Union

Tue, Apr 7, 2020

While he stems the spread of the coronavirus, Orban is spreading the virus of illiberalism.

Viktor Orban had the opportunity in the last weeks to choose between becoming a statesman or a general. He opted for the latter. One wishes him well in dealing with the crisis. But this last decision is not really about handling the crisis.

New Atlanticist by András Simonyi

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, Apr 6, 2020

Strict measures—including compulsory face masks—help Czechs get grip on COVID-19

There is a growing sense that the Czech government has already succeeded in more or less containing the coronavirus pandemic and cabinet members have signaled that some of the strictest measures will be loosened in the coming weeks, unless infection rates take an unexpected turn for the worse. Face masks will no doubt be worn for quite some time to come—but many in the Czech Republic are already cautiously looking forward to the day when they can finally take them off.

New Atlanticist by Ian Willoughby

Central Europe Coronavirus

Sun, Mar 22, 2020

Haring and Klain in The National Interest: Why Autocrats Love Coronavirus

Authoritarian leaders are constantly searching for scapegoats, working to rile up the fears of their populace, and trying to tighten their grips. To them, the coronavirus pandemic is a bonanza—the liberal democracies that would typically call them out for their violence and repression are distracted with the necessities of stopping the virus in their home […]

In the News by Atlantic Council

Central Asia Coronavirus

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

The “time is now or never” for Central Europe to grasp Three Seas opportunity, Estonia’s president says

Now that an investment fund to fuel the development of stronger cross-border transportation, energy, and digital infrastructure links in Central and Eastern Europe has been launched, countries in the region “need to quickly decide” whether they want to participate before the opportunity vanishes, according to Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Central Europe Eastern Europe


Mon, Aug 24, 2020

A conversation with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - Secretary Pompeo discusses his recent trip to Central and Eastern Europe and how European nations are awakening to the China challenge.