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.
The commander of International Security Assistance Force, Regional Command Southwest (RC-SW), Major General John A. Toolan Jr., joined the Atlantic Council on April 23 for a conversation moderated by Barry Pavel, director of the Council's Program on International Security.
Last April the Atlantic Council hosted MajGen Richard Mills, then the returning RC-SW commander. One year later his successor MajGen Toolan visited the Council to provide an update on the current operations in that complex area of operation in Afghanistan, as NATO leaders gather next month in Chicago to assess progress and plan next steps in Afghanistan.
Since taking command in March 2011, MajGen Toolan has led Marines and coalition forces as they support the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) efforts in Afghanistan to provide an environment in which Afghans can foster a stable and prosperous country. Over the last several months, the Marines under his command have transitioned the cities of Marjah and Nawa in Helmand Province to Afghan control, an indication of the progress that has been made. MajGen Toolan has worked closely with Helmand Gov. Gulab Mangal and other Afghan officials to promote greater security and development throughout the province.
Prior to his assignment as the commanding general, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) and RC-SW, Major General Toolan served as the division commander of 2nd Marine Division, as deputy commander US Forces Japan, and principal director for Asia/Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. As a colonel, he commanded Regimental Combat Team-1 during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and II.
- Afghan Stability Undermined by Pakistan, General Says - Viola Gienger, Bloomberg
- Top Marine: Some troops will stay in Afghanistan past 2014 - Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner
- Afghan Corruption Threatens 'Everything We've Gained' - Sydney J. Freedberg, Jr., AOL Defense
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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.