Hariri Center Director Michele Dunne and Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne reflect on US policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the two years since President Barack Obama promised to make it a top priority to support democracy and human rights in the region.
J. Peter Pham, director the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was one of four experts invited to address a high-level international conference on the crisis in the Sahel region convened today in The Hague.
Rudolph Atallah, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region.”
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Burgstein is the Air Force fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Lt. Col. Burgstein was commissioned through Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL, on August 11, 1995. His first assignment was the 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, NM, where he served as deputy director of public affairs.
In August 1997 he was reassigned to the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan, where he served as deputy chief, public affairs. In June of 1999 Lt. Col. Burgstein became chief of public affairs for the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, ROK. Following that tour, he spent three years at Headquarters, US Air Forces Europe in Ramstein, Germany, where he worked as a media action officer, deputy chief of operations, and executive officer. Following that, he spent a year in the Education with Industry program at Hill and Knowlton, New York, before reassignment to the Pentagon in 2004.
While at the Pentagon, he served as chief, Your Guardians of Freedom and then as the strategic communications advisor to the secretary of the Air Force. As a strategic communications advisor, he developed and implemented long-range communication strategies and public affairs activities. He was then selected to attend Intermediate Developmental Education at Navy Command and Staff College, Newport Rhode Island and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) in Alabama. Following graduation from SAASS, he assumed command of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in South Carolina. During his three years in command, he led the Air Force’s largest active duty Combat Camera squadron, providing aerial and ground combat documentation to the president, secretary of defense, combatant commanders, and senior Air Force and joint leadership.
Lt. Col. Burgstein graduated from Ursinus College in Pennyslvania in 1994 with a degree in communications and a minor in English. He completed his master’s in organizational management through the University of Phoenix in 2003, a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, US Navy War College in 2008, and a master’s in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies in Alabama in 2009.
Lt. Col. Burgstein was named the Air Force Public Affairs CGO of the Year in 2002 and was recipient of the Air Force Public Affairs Lance P. Sijan Award in 2011. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
He and his wife Cindy live in Arlington, VA, with their two children.
Contact LtCol Burgstein at email@example.com.
On May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security is hosting a panel discussion on new developments in security cooperation among the United States, its European allies, and the Gulf states, and how they are likely to evolve in the coming years.
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.