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 February 24th, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion with Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann, NATO assistant secretary for Political Affairs and Security Policy, who discussed strategic priorities for NATO on the eve of the North Atlantic Council’s visit to Washington, DC next week and in the lead-up to the Alliance's Chicago Summit in May.
Ambassador Brengelmann, who is responsible for advising NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on political issues affecting the security of the Alliance, talked about NATO’s strategic priorities in the run up to the May Chicago Summit. Among others issues, he addressed the importance of the successful implementation of Smart Defense to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of scarce defense resources, NATO’s efforts to ensure a coherent and unified approach vis-à-vis the transition of security responsibility in Afghanistan, and the prospects for an enhanced agenda for NATO partnerships.
Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann was appointed NATO assistant secretary general for political affairs and security policy at the beginning of 2010. In this capacity, he was deeply involved in the 2011 NATO military mission in Libya and served as the primary point of contact with the Libyan National Transitional Council. Previously, he held various positions at the Federal Chancellery and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, and served as deputy director in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson.
This event marked the first in a series of members’ programming, which seeks to provide members the opportunity to dialogue directly with experts and policymakers on the most relevant topics of the day.
2012 NATO Summit
For the 2012 NATO Summit, the Atlantic Council will feature events and commentary on the key issues to be discussed in Chicago. Visit this page for a list of past activities and those planned from now to May.
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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). This event will be streamed LIVE from 3:00 p.m.
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.