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Three decades since the end of the Cold War, twenty years since NATO’s first enlargement beyond the Iron Curtain, and fifteen years since European Union and NATO accession, the states of Central Europe remain full and active members of both organizations, and they are key players in the transatlantic community. Foreign influence from Russia and China, concerns over regional adherence to the rule of law, and economic insecurity require continued and renewed US engagement.
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Czechmate? Russia’s relations with Czechia go up in smoke
As Czechia and Russia spar over groundbreaking reports of Russian intelligence operations in Czechia, this diplomatic crisis is fast becoming the latest significant flashpoint in Moscow’s relations with Europe.
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Central Europe Week
The Atlantic Council’s annual Central Europe Week explores US-Central European relations and the political and cultural future of this key region. Join the Europe Center for high-level conversations with policymakers and experts from the United States and Central Europe to highlight our unique cultural connections.
Join us this year for another Central Europe Week. More details to be announced shortly.
Catch up on last year’s virtual Central Europe Week exploring how the United States and Central Europe can together help shape a common post-COVID-19 agenda.
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Issue Brief
Jul 16, 2021
Poland and the United States: What’s right, what’s not, and what’s next
By Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski
Around the time of President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe in June 2021, US-Polish relations experienced a short, but intense, rough patch. Both the United States and Poland need to look hard at what this relationship can do for both countries and for the transatlantic relationship, and at the sources of problems.
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Poland
Report
Oct 28, 2020
Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe: Building regional cooperation
By The Atlantic Council Task Force on Digitalization in Central and Eastern Europe and the Three Seas Initiative
Digitalization has been heralded as “the next engine of growth” for the economies of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the idea that digitalization can transform the region’s economic model has never been more relevant than amid the current coronavirus pandemic.
Central Europe
Digital Policy
New Atlanticist
Jul 1, 2021
European policy toward Russia begins in the East
By Nicolas Tenzer
There are no countries in this ensemble of twenty-seven that are more legitimate than others, though perhaps those that are most threatened should be heard first and heeded.
Eastern Europe
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New Atlanticist
Oct 14, 2021
Is liberalism ending its losing streak in Central Europe?
By Petr Tůma
The Czech opposition's victory could inspire other democratic forces across the region.
Central Europe
Civil Society
UkraineAlert
Sep 5, 2021
US anti-corruption crusade should focus on Europe’s east
By Janusz Bugajski
By making the fight against corruption a key US foreign policy priority, President Biden can counter the Kremlin's efforts to gain influence throughout Central and Eastern Europe via the exploitation of corruption.
Central Europe
Corruption
New Atlanticist
Aug 27, 2021
Echoes of Hungary: What a former ambassador sees in the Afghanistan debacle
By András Simonyi
There is a sad correlation between the West’s failure to help Hungary and the events unfolding in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan
Conflict
New Atlanticist
Aug 12, 2021
Experts react: How far will Poland push away its friends?
By Atlantic Council
Poland's move against a critical television network fits into a pattern of criticized behavior by a one-time showcase of post-communist recovery.
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Blog Post
Aug 10, 2021
State of the Order: Assessing July 2021
The State of the Order breaks down the month's most important events impacting the democratic world order.
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EnergySource
Jul 21, 2021
Bitcoin mining: Digital money printing with real world footprints?
By Julia Nesheiwat
As interest in cryptocurrency surges and scrutiny over energy usage intensifies, new policies and market mechanisms to improve ESG standards and use clean energy for bitcoin mining have become increasingly important.
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In the News
Jul 20, 2021
Binnendijk in Notes from Poland: Purchase of US Abrams tanks strengthens Poland and NATO against Russia
By Hans Binnendijk
Hans Binnendijk explains the importance of Poland's purchase of M1A2 Abrams tanks from the United States in shoring up Warsaw's military capabilities on NATO's eastern flank.
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Issue Brief
Jul 16, 2021
Poland and the United States: What’s right, what’s not, and what’s next
By Daniel Fried, Jakub Wiśniewski
Around the time of President Joe Biden’s first trip to Europe in June 2021, US-Polish relations experienced a short, but intense, rough patch. Both the United States and Poland need to look hard at what this relationship can do for both countries and for the transatlantic relationship, and at the sources of problems.
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New Atlanticist
Jul 1, 2021
Policy memo: A digital agenda for the Three Seas Initiative Summit
By Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck, James Batchik, and Luka Ignac
The Three Seas nations should invest in digital infrastructure, nurture emerging technologies, and amplify the region's voice on policy. Here's how.
Central EuropeDigital Policy
UkraineAlert
Jun 30, 2021
Belarus dictator weaponizes illegal migrants against EU
By Brian Whitmore
Kremlin-backed Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka has recently begun weaponizing migrants in his escalating confrontation with the European Union and neighboring countries Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania.
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