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.
Water and Watts: the Potential to Save Energy and Water in the Municipal, Industrial, and Commercial SectorsJune 19, 2012
The third meeting in the Atlantic Council’s series on the Energy Water Nexus, the June 19th workshop entitled “Water and Watts” addressed the potential to save energy and water in the municipal, industrial, and commercial sectors.
The workshop provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and build consensus on the necessity of addressing the ongoing energy water nexus policy, technology, and management impacts on water consuming sectors. Participants were briefed by both sides of the aisle and houses of Congress on legislative priorities; discovered how the agriculture, energy and water sectors can mutually benefit from integrated energy-water nexus solutions; discussed the barriers and opportunities for innovative financing of water infrastructure upgrades; addressed how standards, codes and regulations can be harnessed to improve energy and water efficiencies; examined how to build successful public acceptance and outreach efforts; and heard firsthand how the Army is addressing the nexus at its installations worldwide.
“Water and Watts” featured a wide array of thought leaders and expert speakers and participants. The participants came from Congress, industry, technological innovators, corporations, utilities, US and state government agencies, national laboratories, regulatory bodies, academia, associations and the non-profit community.
- Energy & Water Efficiency: Municipal Waste Water & Water Supply - Kateri Callahan
- California's Water-Energy Nexus Programs - Shahid Chaudhry
- Water-Energy Nexus: Present Efforts and Issues - Mary Ann Dickinson
- How the US Army is Addressing the Energy-Water Nexus - Katherine Hammack
- Existing Green Codes & Emerging Strategies - Thomas Pape
- Wastewater = "Re-N-E-W-able" Resource - Amit Pramanik
- Policies to Incentivize Infrastructure Upgrades and Investments - William D. Rogers
- NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel as Paradigm for "Smart" Water Standards - David Wollman
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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.