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 January 26, the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center held a discussion with BP Azerbaijan's Vice President for Shah Deniz Development Al Cook on realizing gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz project, on which critical decisions and developments are expected in coming months. The event provided an opportunity to assess project plans, consider how they relate to Azerbaijan’s priorities, review issues related to the roles of Turkey, the European Union and other key regional players, and talk about Shah Deniz issues that pertain directly to the United States. Eurasia Center Director Ambassador Ross Wilson moderated the discussion.
The Caspian Basin is one of the 21st century’s most important new sources of hydrocarbons. The realization of large-scale oil exports from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan in the late 1990s owed itself in part to effective diplomacy by the United States with the regional players, as well as bold decision-making by key international oil companies. In recent years, attention has turned to natural gas – the growing need for alternative sources of gas, as well as the pipeline infrastructure challenge of moving that gas to market. Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz project is widely regarded as the next large-scale source of gas for a major new pipeline system to Europe.
Al Cook is the Vice President for Shah Deniz Development of BP Azerbaijan, responsible for the integration of the 20 billion dollar gas project including construction of off-shore facilities, expansion of the Sangachal terminal and the South Caucus pipeline system as well as the marketing of Shah Deniz gas in Europe. At BP, he has served in a number of major project development and commercial role including the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and most recently in Vietnam.
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On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
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.