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.
Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke for the Atlantic Council to provide a Congressional perspective on how a new Strategic Concept for NATO can best ensure the continued relevance of the Alliance. He also addressed NATO's role in Afghanistan and the future of the transatlantic security relationship.
Senator Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Atlantic Council, introduced Senator Lugar, and Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe moderated the event. Lugar's speech will precede the first major U.S. address from NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the Atlantic Council from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on September 28 also. Rasmussen will discuss the future of the Afghanistan mission.
Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana is the senior Republican in the U.S. Senate and serves as the Republican leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
- Text of Sen. Lugar's prepared remarks
- Full Transcript, including Introduction, Speech as Delivered, and Questions and Answers
- Lugar faults Obama over missile defense: Sees 'abruptness' in decision – Washington Times, Jon Ward
- WIRE WATCH: Much Ado about Afghanistan, Zoellick on World Bank, Heritage on Homeland Security – Washington Wire, WSJ Blogs, Susan Davis
New Atlanticist Analysis:
- Lugar Wants 'Boots on the Ground' in Eastern Europe
- Lugar: Energy Cutoff Equivalent to Armed Invasion
- Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century
- Afghanistan Report: A Ten-Year Framework for the Future
- Pakistan Report: Comprehensive U.S. Policy Needed
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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.