US elections

The U.S. elections in 2020 are critical global events, affecting the nation’s policy on everything from energy and economics to foreign policy and security. But voting and campaigning will also be deeply affected by debates on disinformation and election interference, spectres that haunt all elections worldwide in an age of information warfare. The Atlantic Council joins these conversations as a non-partisan voice.

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Mon, Feb 24, 2020

Wechsler and Fontenrose in The Washington Post: How US allies in the Gulf can help prevent an Iranian October surprise

As the 2020 US presidential election ramps up, the Atlantic Council's Kirsten Fontenrose and William Wechsler write in The Washington Post on the threat of an October surprise from Iran.

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Elections Iran

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Slavin joins PRI to discuss Iran’s parliamentary elections

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Slavin quoted in CNBC on Iran’s parliamentary elections

In the News by Atlantic Council

Elections Iran

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

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Dr. Pierre Englebert discusses the current political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo

On Thursday, February 13, the Africa Center hosted a roundtable with Dr. Pierre Englebert, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and H. Russell Smith Professor of International Relations at Pomona College.

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

Wed, Feb 12, 2020

After the 2020 Taiwan election: Strengthening defense and security cooperation

Seemingly good results at the polls do not negate the domestic and international issues that President Tsai and the DPP will have to face over the next four years, including internal battles over Taiwanese national identity, cooperation with the United States, and relations with mainland China.

New Atlanticist by Chang-Ching Tu

China Elections

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Handler in Lawfare: Election Security After Iowa

The Iowa caucus debacle showcased how unhinged conspiracies can inflict damage on democratic institutions that’s just as severe as more direct electoral manipulation—along with the risk posed by overblown electoral outrage. To the extent that Iowa was a dry run for more pernicious election security issues that might arise in the general election, just about everyone failed the test.

In the News by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Elections

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Spain’s new government a welcome sign, but Madrid must navigate several fault lines

After two general elections in nine months, Spain finally has a government. But the new coalition is a fragile one that will have to deploy creative solutions to address fragmentation along three dimensions: political, territorial, and social. It will be challenging, but it may work.

New Atlanticist by Antonio de Lecea

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Congo, one year later

Overall, while there has clearly not been any regime transition in Congo, there are faint stirrings of change. It is long shot, but it seems that the Western strategy of embracing Tshisekedi in exchange for Kabila’s removal from office may yet – possibly, hopefully – bear some fruit.

AfricaSource by Pierre Englebert

Africa Corruption