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.
On September 21, the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, in partnership with the Constituency for Africa (CFA), hosted a panel discussion on US foreign policy towards Africa, featuring five former US assistant secretaries of state for African Affairs as part of CFA's 2011 Ronald H. Brown African Affairs Series, which brings together a range of stakeholders inside and outside government in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference.
Participating in the discussion moderated by J. Peter Pham, director of the Ansari Center, were Chester Crocker (Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1981-1989), Herman J. Cohen (Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1989-1993), George Moose (Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 1993-1997), Constance Berry Newman (Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 2004-2005), and Jendayi Frazer (Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, 2005-2009). Melvin P. Foote, president and CEO of CFA, also addressed the audience at the beginning of the event.
While the links between the United States and African countries are increasingly among the most important of the strategic relationships each side maintains, there is often the perception that some policymakers go about as if they are the first to engage with each other. To put things in perspective, the panelists critically explored US policy toward Africa, evaluated some of the lessons learned from both successes and failures, and shared their visions for the path forward.
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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.