Source The Atlantic Council
by Cate Hansberry, Publications Editor
– In a week that kicked off with a day of service in memory of Martin Luther King Jr., we were constantly reminded that the violence and injustice that marked King’s life are vividly present throughout the globe today. What King called the “single garment of destiny
” binds our world, and our experts are here to pull at the threads, from Brazil to Ukraine to Japan.
In plain sight.
Our In plain sight.
Our foresight team defines the concept (not the cat) of a “snow leopard” as “a known but underappreciated—perhaps even forgotten—phenomenon” that has the potential to change the world and shape its future. This year’s elusive phenomena include structural batteries built into the frames of cars, a platform-worker labor movement, and the risky business of geoengineering. In the tech world, the need for AI governance, particularly to rein in algorithms, is increasing. This regulation, writes Danielle Miller, is “a broad and complex challenge” sure to face additional pushback from the tech industry and even legal hurdles. Meanwhile, Imran Bayoumi posits that harmonious relations between Japan and South Korea could be on the horizon, shaking up the landscape in the Indo-Pacific. See if you can spot all six snow leopards.
In or out.
The Biden administration is under increasing pressure from progressive leaders in Latin America and at home to compel Brazil’s former President Jair Bolsonaro to leave the United States. But that question is more complicated than it seems, according to human-rights attorney Gissou Nia and former Department of Homeland Security official Tom Warrick. “While the Biden administration needs to demonstrate moral leadership in upholding democracy and the rule of law,” they write, “acting too hastily could fuel the flames of Brazil’s increasingly polarized politics and do more damage to democracy in the long term.” It would be best if Bolsonaro gets tired of Orlando and heads home soon on his own accord. But if he doesn’t, Gissou and Tom write, the Biden administration needs to follow the law (even if it moves slowly), provide US law enforcement and intelligence support to Brazil, and allow civil cases to run their course. In short—keep your head down and wait for justice to run its course. Read their full guidance here.
This week, our GeoEconomics Center team launched a new Monetary Policy Hub, a first-of-its-kind tracker that monitors more than thirty central banks’ efforts to achieve price stability, maximum employment, and sustainable growth. Thanks to a research team of AC experts, the Hub tracks real-time information about central banks’ tools, including rate hikes and balance-sheet policies, and details their impact on each country’s economy and financial system. The data is particularly helpful in illuminating the three big challenges of 2023: inflation, supply chain risk, and central banks’ “commitment issues.” Explore all the central bank data.
A balancing act.
With the Russian invasion now approaching the one-year mark, Ira Straus has a plea for Western leaders: Address the inequity in Ukraine—by letting it attack inside Russia. Ira, chair of the Center for War/Peace Studies, notes that although equity is part of the laws of war, Ukraine has been prevented from applying this right to proportionate retaliation. This has led, Ira argues, to “a surreal kind of war.” Russia is allowed to wreak havoc on Ukraine, while Russian land remains untouched. If the war is to end, Ukraine must be armed so that it can seriously threaten Russia with repercussions. “That is how deterrence is done,” writes Ira. “Not by arming Ukraine to occasionally poke Russia in the eye, but by arming it to deliver a proportionate response.” The current approach, Ira cautions, encourages international aggression and war crimes.” Read the case for equity.
Stand and deliver.
The Stand and deliver
The US-Africa Leaders’ Summit returned to Washington last month for the first time in eight years. Why? “Because Africa’s voice, economic potential, and geopolitical posture are more critical than ever,” writes Rama Yade, a former French cabinet minister who leads the Council’s Africa Center. “And the United States knows it.” Rama breaks down how the summit offered hints that the United States recognizes the limitations of its traditional focus on security when it comes to African relations. But the US, which still invests less in Africa than any other region, needs to walk the talk. Rama writes that Washington should fulfill its promises for investment and “signal to African nations that they are genuinely valued as strategic and trusted partners.” Read more on how to improve US-Africa ties.
Cate Hansberry is a publications editor for the Atlantic Council’s editorial team, where she coordinates publications launches and provides editorial guidance to programs and centers. She works to develop editorial strategy and innovation to optimize the impact of the Council’s policy expertise.
She came to the Atlantic Council from POLITICO, where she was deputy director of copy editing and production operations. She oversaw the daily publication of all newsroom content, focusing on establishing newsroom standards and streamlining workflow efficiency.
Prior to POLITICO, she held a number of newsroom positions ranging from copy editor to reporter to front page designer—sometimes all at once—at the McClatchy Company and the Philadelphia Daily News.
She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in art history.