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Tue, Dec 31, 2019

US strikes in Iraq and Syria: Managing the escalation

It is a very bad idea to turn Iraq into a battlefield (again). However, it is a worse idea to let Tehran use certain militias to continue to derail Iraq’s recovery, reconciliation, and reconstruction. It is certainly the case that the United States will have to accept a role for Iran in Iraq; however, the Iranians will likewise have to accept a role for the United States. If they do not, then the fault for turning Iraq into a battlefield lies with them.

New Atlanticist by C. Anthony Pfaff

Conflict Democratic Transitions

Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Top Five of 2019

The Middle East continued to be a tumultuous region this year, as protest movements expanded across Iran, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, and Lebanon. As we have reported and provided analysis on these ongoing issues, it is clear that much remains to be resolved in 2020. Below are the top five blog pieces of 2019 that touched a nerve with our audiences and were the most viewed of the year.

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Sun, Dec 22, 2019

Six reasons for an optimistic 2020

Tis the season to be gloomy, when the world’s prognosticators provide their competing lists of the coming year’s top risks. And there are plenty of candidates, from Iran to North Korea, and from American elections to global warming. But acting on the advice of Winston Churchill, here are six sources of optimism for 2020.

Inflection Points by Frederick Kempe

Climate Change & Climate Action Conflict

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Putin’s Russia is stagnating but there will be no “Moscow Maidan”

The Russian economy is facing stagnation and domestic discontent is on the rise, but the strengths of Putin's authoritarian system mean Ukrainians should not expect a repeat of their own Maidan movement in Moscow anytime soon.

UkraineAlert by Dennis Soltys

Democratic Transitions Political Reform

Tue, Dec 17, 2019

Mr. Kuleba comes to Washington

Ukraine’s Deputy PM Dmytro Kuleba visited Washington, DC, last week to reassure the US government that President Zelenskyy’s team remains committed to the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

UkraineAlert by Melinda Haring

Democratic Transitions Geopolitics & Energy Security

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

A tale of two flags: How Bolivia’s racial divide is shaping its political crisis

For a decade, Bolivia has existed under two flags, that have represented the country’s distinct cultural heritages. Now, facing uncertain new elections, it remains to be seen if indigenous and non-indigenous Bolivians will be able to find a common path towards stability and the reinstitution of democratic norms.

New Atlanticist by Sarah Hennessey

Democratic Transitions Latin America

Sat, Dec 7, 2019

Kadhim joins The Monocle to discuss the ongoing demonstrations in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Corruption

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Afghanistan at a crossroads

After decades of conflict, today there is at least a prospect that a path to peace in Afghanistan might be opened. At the same time, it seems that once again the country is at a crossroads, with its future to be determined by decisions that will be taken in the coming weeks by Afghans, their partners, and their adversaries. Those decisions can set the stage for further success in the hard struggle of the Afghan people and their elected leaders for the better future they are striving for.

New Atlanticist by James B. Cunningham

Afghanistan Conflict

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Prime minister promises “Sudan will never be the same again”

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok became the first Sudanese leader to travel to Washington, DC in more than thirty years, seeking to win more international support for his transitional government as it tries to guide Sudan towards democracy. “There is a success story that is emerging” in Sudan, Hamdok told an audience at the Atlantic Council on December 5. In a “region full of crises and riddled with conflicts, Sudan provides hope,” Hamdok declared.

Event Recap by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

Mon, Dec 2, 2019

Iraqi prime minister’s resignation: Lessons for the United States and Iran

The current crisis has important lessons for both United States and Iranian policymakers as they consider what relationship they want to have with Iraq: not just the Iraqi political class, but the Iraqis in the street, who represent—in some cases more closely than the Iraqi political class in Baghdad—the 80 percent of Iraqis who are under forty years old.

New Atlanticist by Thomas S. Warrick

Democratic Transitions Iraq