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Coronavirus

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Atlantic Council Front Page

#ACFrontPage harnesses the convening power and expertise of the Council’s fourteen programs and centers to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors. The virtual platform engages new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted 45-minute program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming each week.

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Report launch: Why Ukraine’s veterans can’t be forgotten

ONLINE EVENT – The war in the Donbas continues to rage on as Ukraine struggles to care for and reintegrate nearly 400,000 veterans and volunteer combatants, a critical issue for Ukraine’s security structure and civil society.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Reporting on 2020: Free press, disinformation, and election integrity

ONLINE EVENT – Leading media voices in tech, national security, and politics join the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council to discuss how they are preparing to cover the 2020 election and how to best protect it from any potential attempts to sabotage it.

1:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Grid resilience in the face of extreme weather events

ONLINE EVENT – Expert panelists discuss opportunities and challenges for building electricity grid resilience in the face of extreme weather events.

3:30pm ONLINE EVENT

Commentary and analysis

In-depth research and reports

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Wechsler in ISPI: The US and the Middle East in 2021: Disengagement or Re-engagement?

Report by Atlantic Council

China Middle East

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Trade flows in the age of automation

Innovative digital technologies will alter global value chains (GVCs) in the decade following COVID-19. As new technology re-shapes the nature of services trade, entire value chains will be disrupted. With trade in services growing 60 percent faster than that of goods, it is clear that the impact of new digital technologies will be widespread.

Report by Jack Daly, Nick Brown

Economy & Business Internet of Things

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Aligning India’s data governance frameworks

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to usher in another half a billion Indians online is a fitting goal for an ambitious, young digital nation. Yet closing India’s digital divides and developing a robust digital economy will require a moonshot effort that leaves little room for error.

Issue Brief by Mark Linscott and Anand Raghuraman

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Flagship events

2020 Distinguished Leadership Awards

Among the most significant events on the Washington calendar celebrating global leaders, the Distinguished Leadership Awards is one of the Atlantic Council’s flagship convenings – bringing together a global audience of over 800 guests from more than fifty countries–including global policymakers, business leaders, military brass, and top-tier media.

From the Atlantic Council’s Blogs

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Sanctions against Belarus must also target Russia

The US and EU are preparing to impose sanctions on Belarus over the Lukashenka regime’s violent crackdown on protests. To be effective, sanctions should also target Lukashenka’s Russian allies.

UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Johnson faces a COVID lockdown and trade lockout

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has found himself in an extraordinary crisis, as a second wave of COVID-19 lockdowns is interacting with what would normally be considered a totally separate matter, the future of trade deals with the European Union and the United States and Britain’s reputation as a nation committed to upholding international law.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Coronavirus European Union

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

UAE-Israel accord will drive economic growth in the Middle East, says Emirati Minister of Economy

On September 16 empowerME Director Amjad Ahmad and Al Mari discussed how the historic signing of the Abraham Accords will facilitate the UAE and Israel to open their economies.

MENASource by Lucy Grathwohl

Economy & Business Israel

Fri, Sep 18, 2020

From Netanyahu’s plane to White House Lawn: Behind the scenes of the Israel-Gulf deal

The shrouds have been lifted with the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel, the United Emirates, and Bahrain, and deals are proliferating.

MENASource by Jonathan H. Ferziger

Israel Middle East
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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