Inflection Points Today

Jul 20, 2024

Xi’s answer to critics: Persist!

By Frederick Kempe

China’s Third Plenum this past week doubled down on Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s determination to put party and state control ahead of economic growth and consumers.

China Economy & Business

Global China

Jul 19, 2024

Global China Newsletter – Russia’s ‘enabler’ Punts again on Economic Reform

By Dexter Tiff Roberts

The July 2024 edition of the Global China Newsletter

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jul 19, 2024

How to institutionalize NATO’s cooperation with its closest Pacific partners

By Ira Straus, Francis Shin

NATO and its IP4 partners—Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea—should establish an Atlantic-Pacific Partnership Forum (APPF) to advance their cooperation.

Australia Europe & Eurasia


Jul 18, 2024

Hungarian PM Orban poses as unlikely peacemaker for Russia’s Ukraine war

By Dmytro Tuzhanskyi

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban recently embarked on a global "peace mission" to end the war in Ukraine but he may actually be more interested in strengthening his own position, writes Dmytro Tuzhanskyi.

China Conflict

In the News

Jul 15, 2024

Lipsky featured in Mercatus Center podcast on tools of financial statecraft

Listen to the full podcast here.

China Digital Currencies
Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor (HBTSS)

Issue Brief

Jul 15, 2024

Modernizing space-based nuclear command, control, and communications

By Peter L. Hays and Sarah Mineiro

While nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) is in the midst of a modernization overhaul, the space-based elements of NC3 face unique geopolitical, technical, and bureaucratic challenges. This paper focuses on space-based missions and elements of the existing NC3 system, analyzing how ongoing modernization programs are addressing these challenges as well as offering recommendations.

China Defense Policy

Inflection Points

Jul 15, 2024

This might be NATO’s greatest struggle yet—and it’s global

By Frederick Kempe

At its Washington summit, NATO acknowledged how China and Russia are working together to revise the global order. But what will the Alliance do about it?

China Europe & Eurasia

New Atlanticist

Jul 12, 2024

Czech president: Don’t expect a ‘significant breakthrough’ in the war in Ukraine for the ‘foreseeable future’

By Katherine Walla

The support required to allow Ukrainians to fully reclaim their territory is “not realistic at this time,” Petr Pavel argued at an Atlantic Council Front Page event.

Central Europe China

In the News

Jul 11, 2024

Michta in Politico, RealClearWorld, and RealClearDefense on why US policymakers should reconceptualize their understanding of the international order

On July 9, Andrew Michta, director and senior fellow in the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative, was published in Politico, RealClearWorld, and RealClearDefense on why the United States must change its thinking about the international system, which would allow policymakers to think more deeply about the “vision of victory” for the global “system-transforming war that’s been all […]

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jul 10, 2024

Our experts read between the lines of NATO’s Washington summit communiqué

By Atlantic Council experts

Atlantic Council experts offer their insights on NATO’s Washington Summit Declaration, released on Wednesday during the Alliance’s seventy-fifth-anniversary meeting in the US capital.

China Europe & Eurasia