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Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Governing North American trade during a pandemic: Knowns and unknowns for USMCA

ONLINE EVENT – An expert panel with H.E. Graciela Márquez, Mexico’s secretary of the economy, on the road ahead for USMCA implementation days before it enters into force.

10:00amONLINE EVENT

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Europe’s search for digital sovereignty and post-COVID-19 geopolitics: Building a new US-EU digital dialogue?

ONLINE EVENT –Frances Burwell and Kenneth Propp, co-authors of the Future Europe Initiative’s issue brief on EU digital sovereignty, discuss with experts and policymakers on how this drive impacts the transatlantic partnership regarding digital policy and economy.

10:30amONLINE EVENT

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream: Sustainable aviation fuel

ONLINE EVENT – Mr. Chandhoke discusses how Neste’s Renewable Jet Fuel can help to decarbonize air travel, reducing GHG emissions up to 80% compared to fossil fuels.

12:30pmONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Breton- on digital sovereignty

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

The European Union and the search for digital sovereignty: Building “Fortress Europe” or preparing for a new world?

When the new European Commission took office under President Ursula von der Leyen, enhancing digital capabilities across the European Union immediately emerged as a top priority. Even in her first statement before being confirmed as European Commission president, von der Leyen called for Europe to achieve “technological sovereignty in some critical technology areas.” Despite the […]

Issue BriefbyFrances Burwell, Kenneth Propp

Digital PolicyEconomy & Business

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

An affordable defense of Asia

US military advantages over China are steadily eroding. Therefore, in this inaugural report for Forward Defense, T.X. Hammes crafts a new strategy and corresponding operational concepts which leverage geography and emerging technology to improve the US and allied warfighting posture in Asia.

ReportbyT.X. Hammes

ChinaConflict
An elevated view of Saudi Arabia

Wed, Jun 17, 2020

Assessing Saudi Vision 2030: A 2020 review

Executive summary When global oil prices collapsed in summer 2014, Saudi Arabia confronted one of the most daunting economic challenges of its modern history. Upon ascending to the throne the following year, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (now the crown prince) responded by developing an ambitious […]

In-Depth Research & ReportsbyStephen Grand, Katherine Wolff

Economy & BusinessEnergy Transitions

Flagship events

The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum is the go-to conference on the geopolitics of the energy transformation, where energy and foreign policy leaders come together to set the energy agenda for the year and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy system. Held in Abu Dhabi 10-12 January under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, the forum is held in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, ADNOC, and Mubadala, and is part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The US is defending Europe by blocking Putin’s pipeline

Berlin has slammed US plans to impose harsh new sanctions on Vladimir Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, but critics see the project as a direct threat to European security and energy independence.

UkraineAlertbyDiane Francis

European UnionGeopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Pressed by sanctions and coronavirus, can Iranian businesses bounce back?

During the past four decades, Iranian entrepreneurs have always found ways of reviving business activities and productivity in times of crisis. However, current challenges are undermining those efforts and driving many Iranians into further poverty.

IranSourcebyMohsen Tavakol

IranMiddle East

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

The new Iranian child protection law is holistic, but discriminatory

Despite its shortcomings, the new lawis still a significant step towards protecting children and adolescents in Iran and serves as an essential resource for activists and legal professionals.

Blog PostbyHamed Farmand

IranMiddle East

Wed, Jun 24, 2020

Ukraine needs EU rules to avoid global gas imbalances

More than 50 European companies may be barred from exporting gas to Ukraine during the peak storage season if the Ukrainian and Slovak gas transmission system operators fail to reach a solution for an alternative transport route during an unplanned pipeline outage this summer.

UkraineAlertbyAura Sabadus

Central EuropeEnergy Markets & Governance
Program Spotlight

Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative

Critical Issues

Resilience

The growing threats of climate change, migration, natural disasters, and spillover from violent conflict are forcing policy makers to focus on the resilience of their societies and institutions. While not all crises can be avoided, societies can be made more resilient through proper preparation before, during, and after a disaster or shock occurs. 

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Disinformation

The rise of the internet and online social networks has altered the scope and scale at which people access, consume, and communicate information. But the same technologies that have democratized access to information have also enabled malicious actors who seek to undermine our democratic values and processes. Disinformation is false or misleading information spread with the intention to deceive.

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NATO

NATO is the bedrock of transatlantic security, encompassing nearly thirty democracies across North America and Europe. Created to defend against the Soviet Union, the Alliance today protects member states against conventional attack, engages in peacekeeping and stabilization operations, and leads counterterrorism and piracy efforts. NATO works with partner countries around the world and continues to promise an “open door” for countries to become members if they fulfill the Alliance’s democratic and operational standards.

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Critical Regions

Africa

A continent of fifty-four nations, Africa holds vast opportunity and promise. Its 1.2 billion population is expected to double by 2050 and become the world’s largest region. Alongside this demographic boom, Africa is home to almost half the world’s fastest-growing economies as its leaders are taking steps to expand the movement of goods, people, and capital within the continent. Demand for democracy is high and protest movements have proven that citizen activism can unseat consolidated African strongmen.

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Europe & Eurasia

Stretching from the shores of the Atlantic to the mountains of Central Asia, the European and Eurasian landmass contains both some of the most stable and wealthy countries in the world, as well as some of the poorest and those led by repressive regimes. After centuries of devastating conflicts, new institutions and organizations for economic, political, and security integration provide an opportunity to bring stability

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Middle East

Stretching from the Western Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, the Middle East continues to be a region struggling with violent conflict, political repression, and poor development. Numerous pro-democracy protest movements, a burgeoning youth population, and efforts to reform governments and lessen economic dependence on oil, however, are causes for optimism. The United States and the international community must remain engaged with the region to provide support for these positive moves and to address the many remaining challenges.

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