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 February 8, 2011, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record breakfast roundtable to discuss recent developments in Georgia with United States Ambassador to Georgia John Bass. Damon Wilson, Executive Vice President at the Atlantic Council, moderated the discussion.
Ambassador Bass was joined by members of the Georgia Task Force and other analysts and opinion leaders on the region. In his discussion, the ambassador highlighted U.S. government efforts to bolster the political process in advance of elections in 2012 and 2013, by strengthening capacity-building in Georgian civil society, supporting electoral reform efforts and fostering the growth of independent media. He also discussed efforts to improve the investment climate in Georgia in order to generate greater foreign direct investment. The discussion also touched upon efforts to revive negotiations on Georgia’s territorial conflicts.
The Atlantic Council's Georgia Task Force:
The Atlantic Council’s high-level, bipartisan 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.
Recent Georgia Task Force Initiatives:
- ROUNDTABLE: Minister Baramidze on NATO-Georgia Relations After Lisbon
- WORKSHOP: Georgia and Russia's WTO Accession
- ROUNDTABLE: Atlantic Council Task Force on Georgia Meets with Irakli Alasania
- TASK FORCE TRIP: Georgia Task Force Fact-Finding Mission
- PUBLIC EVENT: Nika Gilauri - Georgia and Reform Driven Success
- ROUNDTABLE: Atlantic Council Task Force on Georgia Meets with David Bakradze
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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.