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 October 5, the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Task Force hosted an ‘off-the record’ luncheon discussion about Central Asia and U.S. policy toward the region with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake and all five U.S. chiefs of mission to the Central Asian republics. Ross Wilson, head of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, moderated the discussion.
The conversation was driven by the Ambassadors’ impressions of U.S. relations with their countries, in addition to local perceptions of American policy in the region. Topics shifted fluidly and ranged from an update on political and security conditions in Kyrgyzstan, Chinese and Russian interests and activities in Central Asia, the OSCE’s potential and limitations in the region, as how an eventual drawdown of U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan will impact U.S. policy towards Central Asia.
This discussion continues the work of the Atlantic Council Eurasia Task Force on the OSCE and its role in Central Asia, including “U.S. Interests in Central Asia,” and issue briefs including “Deciding on an OSCE Summit,” by Senator Chuck Hagel, and “Uncertain Kyrgyzstan: Rebalancing U.S. Policy,” by Task Force Directors Damon Wilson and Ambassador Ross Wilson. A similar piece by the directors, “Kyrgyzstan Sits on a Precipice,” was published in The Hill.
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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 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.