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.
On June 29-30, the Atlantic Council hosted a Youth Forum during the Community of Democracies (CoD) ministerial in Vilnius, in collaboration with two Lithuanian NGOs and with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy. Opened by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Ažubalis, the forum convened leading young activists and diplomats from around the world to discuss best practices in support of democracy. This timely gathering focused on prospects for sustaining democracy in the Arab world, including how to support youth, which played a leading role in the changes witnessed throughout the region. Delegates also discussed efforts to assist and protect young human rights defenders to prevent further backsliding in Europe’s East and elsewhere around the globe. Diplomats and activists engaged in hands-on workshops to hone their skills in new-wave democracy tactics, including the use of new technology and social media.
Youth Forum delegates took part in U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society, and three delegates from Egypt, Russia, and Belarus presented directly to Secretary Clinton about the most pressing issues affecting civil society in their countries. On July 1, delegates also took part in the official ministerial, which included presentations by Secretary Clinton, Minister Ažubalis, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President the European Commission Baroness Catherine Ashton, President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.
Young Diplomats for Democracy Events
- September 14, 2010 - Young Diplomats for Democracy Meet Legislative Leaders in Washington, DC
- July 2, 2010 - Young Diplomats for Democracy Symposium in Krakow
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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).
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.