Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Hariri Middle East Center, appeared on Australia’s primetime news program to discuss the G8 countries’ talks on the Syria conflict, the Obama administration’s plans to arm the Syrian opposition while seeking a negotiated settlement, and the broader regional implications of the Syria conflict.
Atlantic Council managing editor James Joyner asks in The National Interest, "Why Should Congress and the Courts Care About Snooping If Citizens Don't?"
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed by Brian Todd on CNN’s Situation Room in a segment on the discovery of evidence in northern Mali that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have acquired surface-to-air missiles.
Atlantic Council Managing Editor James Joyner published an editorial in The National Interest arguing it's better to "trust in those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets to do so honorably than to make every disgruntled Army private or low-level contractor a de facto national classification authority."
On June 11, the Atlantic Council and PwC hosted a roundtable discussion of teachers, administrators, state legislators, and federal officials on how best to involve the private sector in education, specifically focused on improving the financial literacy levels of young people.
The experts gathered to advance two core objectives:
- Promoting US and global economic growth and job creation by supporting public-private partnerships on fundamental issues (such as financial literacy) that strengthen competitiveness and the pool of available talent.
- Improving the financial literacy of today’s youth by connecting practitioners, federal and state policymakers, and academic experts with private sector leaders dedicated to building a stronger US workforce.
Financial literacy is essential for people to manage their daily lives, and is part of the foundation of a skilled, competitive workforce. Despite the fact that 13 US states now mandate financial literacy as a graduation requirement, nearly two-thirds of high school students remain financially illiterate. This means they understand neither money management nor basic financial vocabulary. Worse, fewer than 20 percent of teachers feel prepared to teach the subject.
Government has a vital role to play, but the private sector has a wealth of resources and expertise that policymakers and practitioners should draw on as they work to tackle this crucial issue. PwC and the Atlantic Council therefore gathered a cross-section of thought leaders from academia, government, education and the private sector whose goal was to find actionable solutions and form collaborative efforts to increase student competency in financial literacy.
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On June 19, please join the Eurasia Center for a discussion on the IMF’s recent presentation Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead with Dr. Juha Kähkönen, deputy director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, and the Honorable William Courtney, former US ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan and former special assistant to the President and senior director of the National Security Council staff for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. This event will be streamed LIVE from 10:30 a.m.
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On June 24, the Brent Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council will host a panel discussion on the most recent claims of Chinese cyber espionage and the implications of this threat for the US-China relationship and China's ties with its neighbors in Asia.
On June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force will launch a new issue brief by Ramin Asgard and Barbara Slavin entitled US-Iran Cultural Engagement: A Cost Effective Boon to US National Security, along with a public briefing on people-to-people exchanges with Iran.