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.
On Monday, November 15th, the Atlantic Council held an off-the-record roundtable luncheon with Irakli Alasania, a leading opposition figure and Chairman of the Our Georgia-Free Democrats. Ambassador Alasania's trip to Washington came on the heels of President Saakashvili signing a new constitution into law that made significant changes to the balance of power between the President and Prime Minister of Georgia. Mr. Alasania discussed the impact of these reforms, and offered his assessment of Georgia’s democratization process and his party’s efforts to engage in the political process. Mr. Alasania and participants of the discussion explored recent domestic developments in Georgia and their impact on U.S.-Georgia relations. This roundtable was part of a series of events for the Council’s Task Force on Georgia.
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In December 2008, Irakli Alasania resigned as Georgia’s Ambassador to the United Nations over opposition to the government’s handling of the August 2008 conflict with Russia. Soon afterwards, he formed Our Georgia-Free Democrats and joined the Republican and New Rights parties to form the Alliance for Georgia, which he represented as a candidate in the May 2010 mayoral elections in Tbilisi. After the Rose Revolution, Alasania served as Deputy Minister of Defense and Deputy Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia. Later, as chairman of the Abkhazian government-in-exile and as President Saakashvili’s aide in the Georgian-Abkhaz peace talks of 2005, Alasania was instrumental in Georgian-Abkhaz negotiations.
More on the Georgia Task Force:
The Atlantic Council’s high-level, bi-partisan task force, co-chaired by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), brings together top experts on a wide range of issues related to Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration. The task force is part of the Atlantic Council’s Project on Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic Integration. Through a speaker series, periodic analysis and collaboration with Georgian civil society partners, the project seeks to promote policy debate on Georgia and to support the strengthening of Georgia’s democracy, free markets and civil society.
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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.