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  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on being a role model for Black leaders in government

    “I’m hoping that I can be a role model for people I know [and] people I don’t know who can also aspire to be in leadership roles in government,” says Bonnie Jenkins, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the US Department of State.

    She was speaking at an Atlanti...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: Why foreign investors in China are jumping ship

    China's stock market downturn is the latest in a series of economic blunders that have led to a mass exodus of foreign investors.

    On top of a real estate crisis, a decline in manufacturing, and sanctions on state-owned companies by Western governments, Jeremy Mark, a Nonresident Senior Fellow w...

  • Ukraine's vast potential to diversify critical raw materials, low-carbon energy

    Maroš Šefčovič, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal, sees Ukraine's potential in critical raw materials and low-carbon energy.

    "Ukraine has... what we need, and what we've been obtaining from Russia," he said.

    During an #ACFrontPage conversation wit...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: Who's next to lead Indonesia?

    Indonesians will go to the polls on February 14, with three high-profile candidates vying to be the country's next president. Joko Widodo is leaving office after 10 years, and with more than 200 million eligible voters, the race to succeed him is complicated affair.

    Read the full analysis by Pa...

  • Ukraine's victory depends on US funding

    US funding for Ukraine is drying up amid congressional gridlock. While Europe has agreed to send additional funds and the Biden administration might release weapons and other equipment, VP and Senior Director of the Atlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security Matthew Kroenig say...

  • Gina Raimondo on Tesla, China, and national security

    "You can't drive a Tesla on certain parts of Chinese roads—they say for national security reasons,” said US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. “Well, think about that," she added.

    "What are the national security concerns?" she asked, when it comes to electric vehicles.

    She was speaking at an AC...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: Jordan drone attack moves US and Iran closer to war

    When a drone propelled by Iranian-backed militias in Syria struck a US base in Jordan on January 28, killing three service members, both President Biden and Pentagon leadership vowed the US would respond.

    As violence spirals in the Middle East, Atlantic Council experts write that the US and Ira...

  • Will Qatar's prime minister pressure Hamas to accept an extended truce?

    Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani joined the Atlantic Council for an AC Front Page conversation on the war in Gaza, regional de-escalation, and US-Qatar relations.

    When asked by the Washington Post's David Ignatius if Qatar ...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: Russia’s Dark Fleet

    Since Western nations imposed heavy sanctions on Russia in the wake of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a so-called “dark fleet” has been unleashed to evade sanctions on oil and other exports.

    Elisabeth Braw, a senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, writes that th...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: Taiwan elects a new president

    Taiwan’s voters elected the Democratic Progressive Party's Lai Ching-te as the island’s new president, marking an unprecedented third consecutive term for the party, which favors ties to the U.S. over Beijing.

    Read analysis of the election’s implications from Atlantic Council: https://www.atlan...

  • Lessons learned from the US and UK strikes on the Houthis in Yemen

    US President "Joe Biden should be applauded for Thursday’s strikes against the Houthis," says William Wechsler, Senior Director of Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council.

    Watch as Wechsler breaks down why the strikes on January 11 were necessary and key takeaways for Washington, Iran, and...

  • If we think by appeasing Putin we solve our problem, "we know nothing"

    "If we do not provide Ukraine the support it needs, we are going to have a larger national security problem," says Atlantic Council Senior Director and Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst.

    "If we think that by appeasing Putin and 'giving him Ukraine,' we solve our Putin problem, we know ...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: What adding Sweden will mean for NATO

    When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Sweden joined Finland in applying to join the transatlantic alliance.

    Find out what that means for security in Europe.

    Read the full Atlantic Council analysis of Sweden’s NATO accession: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/iss...

  • President Isaac Herzog: "Israel is willing to enter another humanitarian pause"

    President Isaac Herzog of Israel declared to @AtlanticCouncilUS : "Israel is willing to enter another humanitarian pause and bring in additional humanitarian aid in order to bring back the hostages."

    In an exclusive #ACFrontPage conversation with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly, he discussed Israel's m...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: Italy quit China's BRI, and others may follow

    Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Valbona Zeneli writes that Italy's exit from China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a precedent-setting decision that other nations may follow. Plagued by loan defaults and failed infrastructure projects, countries are souring on the project that Chin...

  • Egypt's foreign minister: two-state solution needed for Israel-Hamas conflict

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry joined the Atlantic Council for an #ACFrontPage conversation on the Israel-Hamas War, Egypt’s regional leadership and other pressing challenges.

    "Overall, the broader issue is the two-state solution. There's a consensus that that is the manner in which we...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: To save ourselves from climate disaster, someone has to pay

    World leaders are convening in Dubai for the twenty-eighth United Nations Climate Change Conference. While previous COPs have set the lofty targets nations need to meet to avert climate disaster, the money needed to pay for it is, for the most part, nowhere to be seen. According to the Adrienne A...

  • John Kerry at COP28: Fusion energy can "revolutionize our world"

    John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, addressed the Atlantic Council on the significance of fusion energy in the energy transition. He spoke at the Global Energy Forum at COP28 in Dubai.

    "There is potential in fusion to revolutionize our world and to change all of the options t...

  • What is the AUKUS security agreement between the US, UK and Australia all about?

    Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins, Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the US Department of State, talked to@AtlanticCouncilUS about the trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (AUKUS).

    "AUKUS is about making sure the In...

  • Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama: Hamas and its supporters are "agents of chaos"

    Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama joined the Atlantic Council for an AC Front Page conversation on Albania’s path to the EU and Western Balkan integration, moderated by Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe.

    "The war between Israel and Hamas is really very dangerous, because Hamas a...

  • The Gaza conflict threatens to tip the scales in North Africa

    Atlantic Council North Africa Initiative Director Karim Mezran writes that among the consequences of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas is the balance of relations in North Africa, especially threatening to reignite the rivalry between Morocco and Algeria.

    Caught in a decades-long rivalry,...

  • Prime Minister of Estonia Kaja Kallas: Russia must lose its "imperial war"

    Prime Minister Kaja Kallas of Estonia spoke to the Atlantic Council about the defense, security, and global dimensions of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, during the 2023 EU-US Defense and Future Forum.

    "Russia wants to redraw the map of Europe, including by reestablishing spheres of influence and...

  • Smart in 60 Seconds: ATACMS missiles are making a difference in Ukraine war

    Mykola Bielieskov, a research fellow at the National Institute for Strategic Studies and a senior analyst at Ukrainian NGO “Come Back Alive,” writes that since the US supplied Ukraine’s army with long-range ATACMS with a range as high as 100 miles in October, the missiles have shifted the equatio...

  • Gerald Seib: Arresting journalists is a "terrorist tactic"

    Gerald Seib, Former Executive Washington Editor of the The Wall Street Journal, spoke to the Atlantic Council about the risks facing foreign correspondents and global press freedom six months after the arrest of Wall Street Journal correspondent Evan Gershkovich in Russia, on false espionage char...