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."
Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof of the Council's Hariri Middle East Center speaks with host Scott Simon of NPR Weekend Edition about the worsening crisis in Syria and the United States' limited military and political options.
On April 9, the Atlantic Council held a public address and conversation with Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Norton Schwartz. Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe provided the introduction. Barry Pavel, director of the Council's Program on International Security moderated the discussion.
In his remarks, General Schwartz discussed the new strategic guidance, released a few months ago from the Department of Defense, which described a pivot to Asia for the United States in terms of resources and focus. Schwartz noted that while the United States has strategic and economic incentives to shift attention to the Indo- and Asia-Pacific regions, the Middle East and South Asia will remain an area of significant US interest and attention. However, the United States will also continue to foster an even deeper partnership with its transatlantic allies in order to increase the total capacity and quality of alliance forces.
General Schwartz particularly stressed the value of building personal relationships among the military leadership of international partner countries. Through cooperative, multilateral training, education, and operational exercises, the United States Air Force will continue to deepen relationships among the United States and its global partners.
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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.
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.