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.
The Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), hosted prominent Yemeni businessman and founding member of the Democratic Awakening Movement (TAWQ) Mr. Munir Daair for a discussion on May 14 on Yemen’s challenges as it moves forward in its transition process. More than 30 participants join the discussion including representatives from the US government, civil society, and think tank community. Mr. Daair is also the chairman of Injaz Al Yemen, a CSO created by Yemen’s business community and affiliated with the Pan-Arab group, Injaz Al Arab, dedicated to training youth to become tomorrow’s business leaders.
Mr. Daair set the context with an overview of the current situation and described Yemen as experiencing the creation of its “third republic”. He noted that transition to a true democracy will take far longer than the two years allotted under the GCC initiative, and emphasized that the most important and precarious period will occur after this initial transitional period. At that point, the newly-created government will have engage with Yemenis in a real, representative democracy, while ensuring that state institutions and actors develop as non-partisan, all-encompassing institutions. Mr. Daair also addressed the importance of tribalism in the Yemeni transition, the significance of addressing past grievances in regions like the south, and how the international community can contribute positively to the Yemeni transitional period both economically and politically.
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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 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.