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 December 18, the Atlantic Council held a discussion with the authors of the recently released Senate Foreign Relations Committee report, "Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe." Marik String, deputy chief counsel of the Committee, and Neil Brown, senior professional staff member of the Committee, were commissioned by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) to assess the next installment of the Southern Corridor pipeline intended to bring natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe. David Koranyi, deputy director, Patriciu Eurasia Center and Adnan Vatansever, independent analyst, served as discussants. Ross Wilson, Patriciu Eurasia Center director moderated.
The report examines the impact of the Obama Administration’s decision to effectively eliminate the position of US Envoy for Eurasian Energy Security; assesses competing pipeline proposals under consideration; and examines the prospect of including gas from Turkmenistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Southern Corridor. The report was released in conjunction with legislation offered by Senator Lugar that is intended to increase US exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to NATO allies.
Senior Professional Staff Member
US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Deputy Chief Counsel and Senior Professional Staff Member
US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Deputy Director, Patriciu Eurasia Center
Director, Patriciu Eurasia Center
Neil Brown is senior professional staff member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee with primary responsibility for energy and related security, economic, and environmental matters, and nonproliferation through Nunn-Lugar Global. Mr. Brown also is senior advisor to the Senate’s most senior Republican, Richard Lugar (R-IN), and director of his Energy Initiative, leading a team working on the Senator’s top domestic priority.
Marik String serves as deputy chief counsel and senior professional staff member for European and Eurasian Affairs on the Republican staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), where he has worked since 2006. He advises on international and national security law and staffs the Committee’s consideration of legislation, resolutions, and treaties, including the New Strategic Arms Reduction (New START) Treaty in 2010. He is also responsible for Congressional oversight of US foreign, defense, trade, and sanctions policy relating to the fifty-five nations of Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as international organizations in Europe, including NATO, the European Union (EU), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
David Koranyi is deputy director of the Council's Patriciu Eurasia Center. Mr. Koranyi is also a nonresident fellow at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR). Previously he served as under-secretary of state and chief foreign policy and national security advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary, Gordon Bajnai from 2009 to 2010.
Adnan Vatansever is an independent analyst. Previously he was a senior associate in the Energy and Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment. He specializes in the energy sectors of the former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe. His particular focus is on energy efficiency and carbon reduction, energy security, and Russia’s economic diversification. He also worked as a senior associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA), specializing in the oil and gas industries in Eurasia.
Lugar seeks free-trade LNG export footing for NATO allies - Nick Snow, Oil & Gas Journal
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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.