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




Oct 20, 2021

Are Belarus and Russia using migrant crisis to smuggle agents into Europe?

By Brian Whitmore

Elements of a new Iron Curtain are appearing along Belarus's border with the EU and officials are growing concerned that Putin and Lukashenka may be using the migrant crisis to smuggle agents into Europe.

Belarus European Union

Blog Post

Oct 15, 2021

State of the Order: Assessing September 2021

The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.

Afghanistan Belarus


Oct 14, 2021

Open Skies agreement will deepen Ukraine’s European integration

By Peter Dickinson

The Open Skies aviation agreement signed in Kyiv on October 12 will strengthen connectivity between Ukraine and the EU while significantly enhancing Ukraine's ongoing European integration.

Economy & Business European Union


Oct 13, 2021

Putin’s willing provocateur: Lukashenka escalates EU border crisis

By Brian Whitmore

Shots were fired at the Belarusian-Polish border last week as Belarusian dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka's hybrid war against the European Union threatened to escalate further amid the weaponization of migrants.

Belarus Conflict


Oct 10, 2021

Europe’s energy crisis highlights dangers of reliance on Russia

By Aura Sabadus

Russia stands accused of exploiting the current gas crisis in Europe as part of Kremlin efforts to strengthen Moscow's position in EU energy markets and push through certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security


Oct 7, 2021

The EU must stop serving as a playground for corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs and officials

By Daria Kaleniuk

If the EU is serious about helping Ukraine achieve a decisive break with the institutional corruption of the post-Soviet era, it must also stop serving as a playground for corrupt Ukrainian oligarchs and officials.

Corruption Democratic Transitions


Oct 6, 2021

West seeks new ways to hold Belarus dictator Lukashenka accountable

By Brian Whitmore

US and EU leaders are exploring new options as they seek to hold Kremlin-backed Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka accountable for his increasingly brazen violations of international norms.

Belarus Economic Sanctions


Oct 5, 2021

China Pathfinder: Annual Scorecard

By GeoEconomics Center and Rhodium Group

Over the past eight months, teams from the Atlantic Council and Rhodium Group have taken a dive into China’s economy to address a fundamental question: Is China becoming more or less like other open-market economies? 

China European Union


Oct 1, 2021

Europe is under attack from Putin’s energy weapon

By Sergiy Makogon

Moscow's Nord Stream 2 pipeline has yet to enter service but Russian President Vladimir Putin is already being accused of weaponizing energy supplies and attempting to blackmail Europe with high gas prices.

European Union Geopolitics & Energy Security

New Atlanticist

Oct 1, 2021

How to ensure Afghanistan isn’t the graveyard of European defense

By Federica Fazio and Nicolas Adams

Stronger cooperation and interoperability can boost Europe's capacity to project hard power.

Afghanistan Defense Policy