Central Europe Week

The Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative convened 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 featured high-level policymakers and experts from the US and the region, while also highlighting our unique cultural connections.

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Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Ukraine arrives at a new anti-corruption crossroads

With Ukraine’s anti-corruption measures finally beginning to produce results, the old elites have hit back via the Constitutional Court in a bid to derail the country's ambitious reform agenda.

UkraineAlert by Miriam Kosmehl

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Ukraine must study the economic foundations of Azerbaijan’s military success

Ukraine must learn from Azerbaijan and look to create a strong economy built on modern technologies and broad international cooperation before seeking to regain Russian-occupied regions of the country.

UkraineAlert by Vladislav Inozemtsev

Conflict Economy & Business

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Six former and acting secretaries of Homeland Security sign open letter on consolidating Congressional oversight of DHS

On November 4, six former and acting secretaries of Homeland Security signed an open letter to Congressional leadership calling for action to consolidate and strengthen oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to the convening of the 117th Congress.

Future of DHS by Atlantic Council

China Coronavirus

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Strengthening ties between NATO, Ukraine and Georgia

Ukraine and Georgia both feature among NATO's six Enhanced Opportunities Partners but the two former Soviet republics seek greater integration as they continue to push for eventual NATO membership.

UkraineAlert by Alyona Getmanchuk, Irakli Porchkhidze, Sergiy Solodkyy

NATO Partnerships Non-Traditional Threats

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Ramp up on Russia: NATO 20/2020 podcast

NATO needs to increase the costs for Russian aggression while building back crucial dialogue if there is any prospect for improved relations with Moscow.

NATO 20/2020 by Transatlantic Security Initiative

Arms Control Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Biden’s trade policy should focus on Europe, not Asia or the Pacific

Marc Busch argues that despite the recent news of a trade deal in Asia, improving trade with Europe should be President-Elect Biden's priority, and offers ideas for negotiation with the European Union.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Wieslander joins Security in the 21st Century to discuss Sweden – NATO relationship, European strategic autonomy, and Belarus

In the News

Eastern Europe Europe & Eurasia

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Building bridges across the Three Seas

The CESEE countries would be justified by gradually moving away from indiscriminate policy support to better targeted strategic policy resource allocation and growth-enhancing infrastructure projects.

New Atlanticist by Piotr Trabinski, Daniel Palotai, Liviu Voinea, Tsvetan Manchev, and Nils Vaikla

Central Europe Eastern Europe

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

How France, Germany, and the UK can build a European pillar of NATO

Expanding and developing the role of the E3 in defense, with a focus to create a stronger European pillar in NATO, could serve as a fruitful test ground to shape more decisive and agile security cooperation for the future.

Article by Anna Wieslander

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

How the West should deal with Russia

The United States must deal with Russia as it is, not as it wishes it to be. What does a policy framework to address both Russia’s dismal current realities and its better future potential look like?

Report by Alexander Vershbow, Daniel Fried

Arms Control European Union

Events

Fri, Dec 11, 2020

NATO 20/2020: 20 bold ideas to reimagine the Alliance after the 2020 US election

Online Event A timely conversation on transformational ideas for NATO's future, featuring NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană, next-generation voices, and NATO experts.

9:00am Europe & Eurasia NATO Politics & Diplomacy Resilience & Society

Fri, Dec 4, 2020

The challenges and opportunities of Poland’s energy transition: Virtual fireside chat with Michał Kurtyka, Poland’s first Minister of Climate and Environment

Online Event The speakers discuss the challenges and opportunities of Poland's energy transition and the pathways towards meeting the Paris Agreement targets.

10:00am Central Europe Energy & Environment Energy Transitions Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Will the Russian economy ever grow again?

Online Event Russia's economy has faced some of its greatest challenges in decades this year. With the coronavirus continuing to rage, persistently low oil prices, and sanctions still in place for the foreseeable future, does the Russian economy have any path forward?

12:00pm Eastern Europe Economic Sanctions Economy & Business Macroeconomics