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Russia/Ukraine – A pipeline deal could help end Putin’s Ukraine war (Atlantic Council)

Colin Cleary

The Russian-led conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region and the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany are the two most contentious issues on the Euro-Atlantic security agenda today.

A pipeline deal could help end Putin’s Ukraine war

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Russia/Ukraine – Russian passports: Putin’s secret weapon in the war against Ukraine (Atlantic Council)

Peter Dickinson

The international community has expressed growing alarm in recent weeks over a major Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian border.

Russian passports: Putin’s secret weapon in the war against Ukraine

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USA/Afghanistan – Leaving Afghanistan, twenty years later (Atlantic Council)

Barry Pavel, William F. Wechsler, Irfan Nooruddin

Twenty years. America’s longest war is set to finally come to an end, with President Joe Biden expected to announce on Wednesday that all American troops will withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the twentieth anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks.

FAST THINKING: Leaving Afghanistan, twenty years later

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The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy (Atlantic Council)

Clementine G. Starling, Mark J. Massa, Lt Col Christopher P. Mulder, and Julia T. Siegel

  • Space development has reached an inflection point, transitioning from a phase of discovery to phases of security and commerce.
  • Spacefaring countries and companies are harnessing new technologies to push new boundaries, uncovering value while simultaneously opening the door to chaos and competition.
  • The United States and its allies and partners must take action over the next three decades to secure a future of security and prosperity

The future of security in space: A thirty-year US strategy

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Iran – Did the Iran nuclear talks just blow up? (Atlantic Council)

Kirsten Fontenrose, Barbara Slavin, Holly Dagres

Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for potential use in nuclear weapons may have suffered a severe blow on Sunday after an explosion knocked out power at its Natanz nuclear site.

FAST THINKING: Did the Iran nuclear talks just blow up?

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Russia/Ukraine – What if Russia invades Ukraine (again)? Consider these options for sanctions escalation (Atlantic Council)

Brian O’TooleDaniel Fried

Vladimir Putin is again massing troops near Ukraine’s borders, Kremlin-controlled media has ramped up threats of war, and the United States and key European allies are concerned that another Kremlin military offensive against Ukraine may be imminent.

What if Russia invades Ukraine (again)? Consider these options for sanctions escalation.

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France/Libya – Beyond the war: The history of French-Libyan relations (Atlantic Council)

Farah Rasmi is a nonresident researcher at Badr University in Cairo’s Center for Global Affairs and an editor at Arab Media & Society Journal at the American University in Cairo

On February 23, 2011, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared to the world his revulsion at the brutalities taking place in Libya: “The international community cannot remain a spectator to all the massive violations of human rights,” he said.

Beyond the war: The history of French-Libyan relations

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(GCC Countries) Family businesses in the Gulf must not be left behind (Atlantic Council)

Amjad Ahmad and Farida H. Agamy

From Fortune 500 companies to local mom-and-pop stores, family businesses represent a significant global economic force. According to the Family Firm Institute, family enterprises constitute around two-thirds of all businesses around the world, generate approximately 70 to 90 percent of annual global GDP, and create 50 to 80 percent of jobs in the majority of countries worldwide.

Family businesses in the Gulf must not be left behind

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(Latin America/Carribean) The pandemic is a chance to reshape women’s roles in Latin America and the Caribbean (Atlantic Council)

Eva Lardizábal

María Gonzalez, a sixty-one-year-old Honduran woman, has been her family’s breadwinner since 1995. But when Honduras reported its first case of COVID-19 on March 11, 2020, Gonzalez’s employers informed her that she would be furloughed indefinitely.

The pandemic is a chance to reshape women’s roles in Latin America and the Caribbean

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