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Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Securing Northern Europe: Toward a comprehensive approach

As Northern Europe finds itself on the front line of systemic great-power competition it has the consider three main challenges: an assertive Russia, changing dynamics in the transatlantic link and the development of a European defense. This present a unique window of opportunity to develop a comprehensive regional approach, bringing together the Baltic Sea, the North Atlantic and the Arctic.

Issue Brief by Anna Wieslander and Elin Schiffer

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Wed, Sep 18, 2019

A transatlantic agenda for the new European Commission

The new European Commission will take office on November 1, 2019, at a time of intensifying great power competition and new strain for transatlantic relations. This memo gathers the contributions of several Atlantic Council experts on a variety of issues such as defense, foreign policy, trade, and energy policy

Issue Brief by Benjamin Haddad and Jörn Fleck (Eds)

Cybersecurity Economy & Business

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

US surveillance on trial in Europe: Will transatlantic digital commerce be collateral damage?

In this issue brief, Kenneth Propp, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, examines the existing transatlantic data-transfer mechanisms, the landmark court case that could invalidate them, and the divergent US and EU approaches to data transfers across borders and privacy standards.

Issue Brief by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

The “#Macron leaks” operation: a post-mortem

In the long list of electoral interference attempts in recent years, one case stands out: the 2017 French presidential election–because it failed. Its failure lies in the fact that the result of the election did not coincide with the aim of the attackers. This new report, “The #Macron Leaks Operation,” by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer analyzes […]

Report by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Thu, Jun 6, 2019

The United States and Central Europe: Tasks for a second century together

The year 2019 marks one hundred and one years of relations between the United States and the countries of Central Europe that emerged from the wreckage of the First World War. After a century of work together, of tragedy and achievement, Central Europe and the United States have much to celebrate and defend, but also […]

Report by Daniel Fried, Jakub Wisniewski, Denise Forsthuber, and Alena Kudzko

Central Europe Democratic Transitions

Tue, May 8, 2018

Making America first in the digital economy: The case for engaging Europe

In an age of transatlantic tensions over the Iran deal, trade balances, and steel tariffs, digital policy is uniquely poised to offer opportunities for greater US-EU cooperation. At the same time, the digital arena also has the potential to be a policy minefield, with issues such as privacy, digital taxation, and competition policy still unresolved. […]

Report by Frances Burwell

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Thu, Apr 12, 2018

The French-American alliance in an America-first era

The relationship between France and the United States is heading into a new and uncertain era reflecting the leadership of US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron. With Macron’s April 24-25 state visit to the White House and address to a joint session of Congress as backdrop, The French-American Alliance in an America-First […]

Report by Jeff Lightfoot

France United States and Canada

Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The new Russia sanctions law: what it does and how to make it work

In “The New Russia Sanctions Law–What It Does and How to Make It Work,” authors Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and former coordinator for sanctions policy at the US State Department, and Brian O’Toole, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, explain that Congress primarily adopted the law to block […]

Issue Brief by Daniel Fried and Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions Russia

Wed, Sep 27, 2017

The ties that bind

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel enters her fourth term in office, the US-German relationship will need to overcome trade and policy disagreements in order to thrive in today’s uncertain political climate. The administrations in Berlin and Washington, DC should seek new opportunities for closer cooperation, particularly related to security around NATO, policy toward Russia, bilateral […]

Issue Brief by Alina Polyakova and Henning Riecke

Germany

Fri, Jul 7, 2017

Journey to the West: Chinese opportunities in European infrastructure expansion

Maximilian Gebhardt explores the implications and challenges of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) for European Union infrastructure investments in the latest issue brief from the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative: “Journey to the West: Chinese Opportunities in European Infrastructure Expansion.” As the European Union aims to deepen integration, particularly in the field of infrastructure, […]

Issue Brief by Maximilian Gebhardt

China European Union