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Showing posts from January 17, 2016
A Roadmap for Europe The European Union’s unity is being tested in some significant ways. Chief among these challenges are the United Kingdom’s potential exit—a “Brexit”—from the EU, mediocre long-term economic prospects, an influx of migrants that is the largest movement of people on the continent since World War II, geopolitical threats posed by a revanchist Russia and a Middle East in the midst of upheaval, and the task of developing a digital roadmap that will support competitiveness and growth. Europe’s future hinges on how it addresses all these issues.
How Do You Disrupt ISIS’ Social Media Strategy and Safeguard Freedoms?The Obama administration is “trying to come to grips with” how to prevent terrorists from using technology as a recruiting tool, while at the same time safeguarding individual freedoms, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the Commander of US Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, said at the Atlantic Council on January 21.
Keeping Georgia’s NATO Dream AliveGeorgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili was catapulted to office in December of 2015 after the abrupt resignation of his predecessor, Irakli Garibashvili.

In his previous role as Foreign Minister, Kvirikashvili led significant initiatives to advance Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic and European integration efforts. That will continue. Kvirikashvili says realizing Georgia’s dream of EU and NATO membership will be a top priority for his administration.

“We are not looking for shortcuts and do not expect immediate progress in the integration process, but it is of the utmost importance to demonstrate to our people that the process is not stalled and that it is delivering tangible results,” Kvirikashvili said.
Dealing with Iran: A Policy of Engagement and DeterrenceAs the State Department’s No. 3 official in the George W. Bush administration, R. Nicholas Burns was instrumental in negotiating sanctions to punish Iran for its nuclear program. Those sanctions were lifted on January 16 when the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran was in compliance with the terms of the nuclear agreement it concluded with the P5+1 countries—the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany—in July of 2015.

Burns, a Harvard University professor of diplomacy who is on leave this semester at Stanford University and an Atlantic Council board member, discussed the opportunities and challenges presented by the Iran nuclear deal in a phone interview with the New Atlanticist’s Ashish Kumar Sen.