Atlantic Council managing editor James Joyner asks in The National Interest, "Why Should Congress and the Courts Care About Snooping If Citizens Don't?"
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed by Brian Todd on CNN’s Situation Room in a segment on the discovery of evidence in northern Mali that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have acquired surface-to-air missiles.
Atlantic Council Managing Editor James Joyner published an editorial in The National Interest arguing it's better to "trust in those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets to do so honorably than to make every disgruntled Army private or low-level contractor a de facto national classification authority."
Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof of the Council's Hariri Middle East Center speaks with host Scott Simon of NPR Weekend Edition about the worsening crisis in Syria and the United States' limited military and political options.
On September 12, the International Security Program hosted the Montenegrin Minister of Defense Professor Milica Pejanović-Đurišić, PhD, together with prominent representatives from the US Government, allied foreign services and think tank community for a private strategy session over lunch.
Professor Pejanović-Đurišić presented an overview of the current political and security environment in Montenegro, including its NATO aspirations, and provided a perspective on the recently implemented defense, political, and economic reforms which were recognized in the Chicago Summit Declaration in May 2012. The invited group of experts offered expertise on Montenegro’s next steps towards becoming a NATO ally. Discussion focused on a number of key issues including an increased cooperation with other key states in the southeast Europe region and enhancing transparency, consistency, and reassurance through its foreign and defense policy actions. The group complimented the minister for Montenegro’s leading role in the Balkan region and among the current NATO aspirant countries.
Professor Milica Pejanović-Đurišić is a major force in Montenegrin politics and is likely to take an even greater leadership role in the future. She was appointed Minister of Defense of Montenegro in March 2012. A Professor and Director of Telecommunications and Wireless Communications at the University of Montenegro, she also has considerable industry experience, having served as President of the Board of Directors of Telekom Montenegro from 1999 to 2002. Professor Pejanović-Đurišić was one of the founders of the Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro, served as a Member of Parliament from 1992 to 2001, and was head of the party from 1997-1998. From 2004 to 2006, she was Ambassador of Serbia & Montenegro to Belgium and Luxembourg. After Montenegro became independent in 2006, Professor Pejanović-Đurišić became its first Ambassador to France, Monaco, and UNESCO.
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On June 19, please join the Eurasia Center for a discussion on the IMF’s recent presentation Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead with Dr. Juha Kähkönen, deputy director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, and the Honorable William Courtney, former US ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan and former special assistant to the President and senior director of the National Security Council staff for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. This event will be streamed LIVE from 10:30 a.m.
On June 24, the Brent Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council will host a panel discussion on the most recent claims of Chinese cyber espionage and the implications of this threat for the US-China relationship and China's ties with its neighbors in Asia.
On June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force will launch a new issue brief by Ramin Asgard and Barbara Slavin entitled US-Iran Cultural Engagement: A Cost Effective Boon to US National Security, along with a public briefing on people-to-people exchanges with Iran.