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(USA/ROK) Report release: The future of the US-ROK alliance (Atlantic Council)

Barry PavelMiyeon OhRobert DohnerAlexander VershbowMarkus GarlauskasTodd Rosenblum

As the 2020s open with a global pandemic, an enduring North Korean threat, and the continued rise of China, the US-ROK alliance faces perhaps the most complex strategic environment in its seven-decade history.

Report release: The future of the US-ROK alliance

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(USA/ROK) Advancing US-ROK cooperation on nuclear energy (Atlantic Council)

Stephen S. Greene

The United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are longstanding civil nuclear partners.

Advancing US-ROK cooperation on nuclear energy

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(USA) The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election (Atlantic Council)

On January 6, 2021, an armed mob stormed the US Capitol to prevent the certification of what they claimed was a “fraudulent election.” Many Americans were shocked, but they needn’t have been. The January 6 insurrection was the culmination of months of online mis- and disinformation directed toward eroding American faith in the 2020 election.

The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election

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(USA/Russia) Three big takeaways from Biden’s first Russia sanctions (Atlantic Council)

Brian O’TooleDaniel Fried

After weeks of speculation, we now know how the Biden administration will sanction Russia in direct response to the poisoning, sentencing, and detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Three big takeaways from Biden’s first Russia sanctions

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(Ukraine/Russia) Why Ukraine sanctioned Putin’s ally Medvedchuk (Atlantic Council)

Andriy Yermak

On the morning of February 20, one of Ukraine’s most powerful men awoke to find himself on a sanctions list issued by his own country. Sanctioning one of your own is a serious step that should only be considered in the most unusual and extreme of circumstances. This is exactly what we currently face in Ukraine.

Why Ukraine sanctioned Putin’s ally Medvedchuk

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(USA/Syria/Iran) Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias (Atlantic Council)

William F. Wechsler, Kirsten Fontenrose, Barry Pavel, Barbara Slavin, Thomas S. Warrick, Borzou Daragahi, Abdulrahman al-Masri, C. Anthony Pfaff, Nader Uskowi, Mark N. Katz, Karim Mezran, Masoud Mostajabi

On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

Experts React: US airstrike in Syria targets Iran-backed militias

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(USA/Russia) How to deploy economic tools against Putin’s aggression (Atlantic Council)

Brian O’TooleDaniel Fried

On February 22, the Biden administration took its first actions in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s long list of aggressive and repressive actions: imposing sanctions related to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

How to deploy economic tools against Putin’s aggression

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(USA/Saudi Arabia) After the Khashoggi report: How the US can respond and avoid blowback (Atlantic Council)

Kirsten Fontenrose

The new US administration has been carefully timing three major movements on Saudi Arabia this week: the release of a declassified intelligence report on the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the announcement of a US response, and the explanation of that response to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

After the Khashoggi report: How the US can respond and avoid blowback

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(Russia) Russia’s collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars is a war crime (Atlantic Council)

Wayne Jordash and Anna Mykytenko

According to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), 26 February, 2014, is the date that marks the beginning of the international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation in Crimea.

Russia’s collective punishment of the Crimean Tatars is a war crime

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