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 July 11, 2011, the Atlantic Council's International Security Program hosted an event entitled "U.S. Army Europe and the Future of U.S. Forward Presence" as part of its Commanders Series, featuring remarks by LTG Mark Hertling. In his final policy speech as Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates warned that NATO missions in Afghanistan and Libya have demonstrated alarming shortfalls in European capabilities that could put the future relevance of the transatlantic relationship in jeopardy. Yet these conflicts have also demonstrated that European nations remain America’s most capable and trusted partners in addressing global security challenges.
A key function and task of U.S. Army Europe is to build partner capacity and promote interoperability among NATO allies and partners. In his remarks and dialogue with the audience, LTG Hertling addressed what U.S. Army Europe is doing under his command to maximize the fighting power and efficiencies of America’s European allies and partners at a time of resource constraints.
With these important issues in play for the transatlantic community, the Atlantic Council’s Program on International Security this week released a series of five issue briefs to assess the future posture, roles, missions, and tasks of the United States European Command. They address important issues facing EUCOM and America’s military contribution to NATO and set the stage for the Atlantic Council’s future work on providing an answer to Secretary Gates’ challenge to the Alliance. These issue briefs are the product of a collaborative effort between the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group and the Institute for National Security Studies at the National Defense University. Links to the issue briefs can be found below.
Introduction and Moderation by
Senior Fellow, International Security Program
LTG Mark Hertling
Commanding General, U.S. Army Europe
Audio (.mp3, 1:10:04)
EUCOM Issue Briefs
- Michel - EUCOM and NATO-EU Relations after the Lisbon Summit
- Slocombe - Nuclear Issues for NATO After the Strategic Concept
- Schake - EUCOM’s Future Force Structure
- Ullman - U.S. European Command and NATO’S Strategic Concept: Post-Afghanistan and Beyond
- Volker - Increasing Outreach, Public Understanding and Support for NATO across the Transatlantic Community
The Commanders Series is generously supported by SAAB North America.
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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.