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Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Iraqi MP: Continued protests provide opportunity for real reform

The massive protests that have rocked Iraq since October 2019 and have brought down one government have also given the new prime minister designee a unique opportunity to overcome vested interests and deliver meaningful reform, according to Iraqi Council of Representatives Member Sarkawt Shamsulddin.

New Atlanticist by Kyle Thetford

Democratic Transitions Iraq

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Putting privacy limits on national security mass surveillance: The European Court of Justice intervenes

In a little-noticed set of opinions issued on January 15, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) put forward a bold and unprecedented proposition—mass surveillance conducted by European Union (EU) member state national security services should operate within the bounds of the Union’s privacy laws.

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Transatlantic cooperation key to Europe’s Green Deal, EU official says

As the European Union aims to become carbon neutral by the year 2050, cooperation with the United States on energy technology, financing, and imports will be critical to helping transition the European energy sector towards a low-carbon future, Director General for Energy at the European Commission Ditte Juul Jørgensen said on February 20.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy Markets & Governance

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Challenges and opportunities for Croatia’s new president

Croatia’s new president Zoran Milanovic entered office on February 18 with a legacy to build upon and several challenges to overcome. Over the last fifteen years, Croatia has made remarkable progress as a democratic state, joining NATO in 2009 and the European Union (EU) in 2013. Even so, the uncertain future of European integration, uneven economic development, and malign foreign influence present challenges for Croatia and the Balkans region. The United States, other EU members, and NATO allies have a role to play in supporting Croatia’s efforts to tackle these challenges.

New Atlanticist by Claudia Vaughn Zittle

Economy & Business Elections

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

The next US-Taliban deal is just one step—and the Afghans must have their say—on the path toward peace in Afghanistan

The agreement now developing can be a vital first step toward the political solution we have long known is the only way to end the conflict, consistent with the interests of the Afghan people and their international partners. But there will be many more steps to come before that goal is achieved.

New Atlanticist by James B. Cunningham

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Spain’s position on Venezuela jeopardizes unified fight for democracy

Support shown to the Maduro regime on ideological grounds serves to fuel further polarization, not only in Venezuela, but around the world. Whatever the nature of the relationship between the Maduro regime and Podemos, or ideological commonalities between the two, lending diplomatic support for Maduro is commending a dictatorship.

New Atlanticist by Cristina Guevara

Democratic Transitions Southern & Southeastern Europe

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

France and Poland: Helicopters, forks, and reconnections

Macron's Poland visit makes political sense, but there is another pressing reason: as we enter an era of great power competition, the unity of Europe—and the unity of the transatlantic alliance—is a critical asset, which will be tested. Mending relations between East and West is part of the groundwork to bolster the political resilience of Europe.

New Atlanticist by Olivier-Rémy Bel

France Poland

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

What Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle means

By purging two of the most important members of his government along with a cluster of other cabinet ministers on February 13, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to set his own presidential stamp on the premiership and warning that he will brook no challenge to himself or his policies.

New Atlanticist by John M. Roberts

Politics & Diplomacy United Kingdom

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

The UK’s busy trade agenda for 2020

Post-Brexit Britain is aiming for trade agreements with the EU, the Untied States, China, and more in 2020. But negotiating such a wide range of complex trade deals in a relatively short time frame is quite a formidable challenge.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Trade United Kingdom

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

The German center does not hold

As Germans continue to come to grips with the political fall-out of the debacle in Thuringia and the selection of a new leader for the CDU, one thing is clear, the political stability offered by the dominance of the center-left and center-right that typified the Federal Republic of Germany is anything but certain in the months and years to come.

New Atlanticist by Michael John Williams

Elections Germany