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.
On November 8 and 9, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Transatlantic Relations Program hosted a workshop to identify and examine the key components of an effective and cohesive US and European approach to the transitions taking place in the Arab World.
Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya face a number of challenges and obstacles as they embark on transitions towards democracy. The United States and Europe are in a position to take advantage of a unique opportunity to facilitate progress towards a sustainable, prosperous, and democratic future in each of these countries. To do so, however, requires a clear set of objectives that addresses the needs of each country and a plan to fulfill those objectives. As such, the workshop, which was co-organized with the European Commission’s Bureau of Policy Advisers and the Polish Institute for International Affairs, discussed key issues related to economic growth, political institution-building, civil society support, and security sector reform. From the workshop, specific recommendations will be developed as a US-EU plan of action, to be published in advance of the US-EU summit on November 28, 2011. The 35 participants included senior-level US and European diplomats – EU Special Representative Bernardino Leon, Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida, and Ambassador William B. Taylor among others – as well as leading writers and academics from Europe, the United States, Egypt, Syria, and Libya.
Select List of Participants
H.E. Srđjan Darmanović, Ambassador of Montenegro to the US
H.E. Jorge Dezcallar, Ambassador of Spain to the US
Adam Kulach, Plenipotentiary of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for North Africa, Poland
Bernardino León, EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Region
The Hon. William B. Taylor, US Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions
H.E. João Vale de Almeida, Head of the EU Delegation to the US
Photo: Ambassador Bernardino Leon, EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Region with Ambassador William B. Taylor, Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions, US Department of State.
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On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
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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.