US elections

The U.S. elections in 2020 are critical global events, affecting the nation’s policy on everything from energy and economics to foreign policy and security. But voting and campaigning will also be deeply affected by debates on disinformation and election interference, spectres that haunt all elections worldwide in an age of information warfare. The Atlantic Council joins these conversations as a non-partisan voice.

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AI Policy Primer 2020 Peter

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

AI, society and governance: An introduction

AI’s increasing range of applications are having real-world consequences, both positive and negative. Those consequences, in turn, have animated spirited and at times emotional debates about how governments can craft policies to come to grips with a world increasingly shaped by AI.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Peter Engelke

China Digital Policy

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US coronavirus stimulus package offers some relief, but economic pain will remain

US lawmakers are near final passage of an unprecedented stimulus package to help the US economy weather the storm of the coronavirus crisis, but that does not mean that all of the economic damage can be prevented. Jason Furman said he was “impressed by how much Washington has done, how quickly it has done it, how comprehensively it has done it,” but added that he is “worried that all of that won’t be enough for…an economy that is shutting down in such an unprecedented way.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

U.S. politicians exploit coronavirus fears with anti-Chinese dog whistles

Political tensions rise as leading conservative politicians repeatedly term COVID-19 as a Chinese or “foreign” disease.

Article by Max Rizzuto

Politics & Diplomacy United States and Canada

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Leading through the mud

The sacrifices required to defeat the coronavirus do not require mass death. Loose talk of allowing coronavirus to kill people—young as well as old—to advance a politically-driven schedule for an early announcement of success is morally abhorrent.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried

Coronavirus Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Stimulus bill’s lack of funding for the SPR and clean energy is a lose-lose for the country

Not including $3 billion for purchase of crude for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) or support for clean energy initiatives in the soon-to-be passed $2 trillion stimulus package is a missed opportunity and a lose-lose for US energy security and leadership on climate action.

EnergySource by Randolph Bell

Coronavirus Energy Markets & Governance

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus crisis sends shockwaves through US labor market

The US Department of Labor’s unemployment release on March 26 gave fresh numbers to display the shocking and historic impact of the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting economic collapse in the United States. Initial weekly unemployment claims through March 21 came in at 3.28 million, a historic high surpassing all but the most pessimistic forecasts as well as the experiences in prior sharp downturns such as the oil crisis and global financial crisis.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Economy & Business Macroeconomics

Wed, Mar 25, 2020

Ullman in Daily Times: Beyond Corona: three other political viruses

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Elections

Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Ullman quoted in Foreign Policy Research Institute on the effects of COVID-19 on NATO

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Europe & Eurasia

Sat, Mar 21, 2020

How the U.S. can avoid COVID-19’s geopolitical perils

We’re only in the opening scenes of this epic COVID-19 drama, which will continue without intermission. The Chinese rebound could prove to be a welcome twist in the plot. Imagine the far-happier ending, however, if the United States and its global allies manage to join forces globally even as they isolate socially.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

China Coronavirus

Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Dagres quoted in The Monocle on US policy vis-à-vis Iran in light of COVID-19

In the News by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economic Sanctions


Tue, Mar 31, 2020

The Return of Great Power Rivalry: A virtual panel discussion

ONLINE EVENT - A virtual discussion of great power competition between the US, Russia, and China, and a consideration of themes from Dr. Matthew Kroenig's new book, The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the US and China.