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 May 3, the Atlantic Council held a discussion with leading strategic thinkers on how the transatlantic community should respond to the Arab spring.
The wave of political turmoil and protest engulfing the Middle East and North Africa presents historic opportunities and challenges for the region and the transatlantic community. The outcome of popular movements for greater freedoms and improved governance will impact not only enduring strategic interests in the region, but also transatlantic values of democracy and human rights.
Do these pivotal developments merit an historic response from the transatlantic community and if so what should that response be? What specific policy changes should the transatlantic community consider in response to current events in the region and in anticipation of future outcomes? Where do the United States and its allies want to see the region in five years and how do we work together with the people of the region to better advance that outcome? Is the current U.S. foreign policy architecture and process properly structured to achieve these outcomes?
This strategic discussion addressed these questions and others. The event also served as the launching of the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
The audio and transcript begin 30 minutes into the discussion.
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan
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General James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.)
Former National Security Advisor and Atlantic Council Chairman
Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.)
Chairman, Atlantic Council International Advisory Board
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