Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, joins Federal News Radio to speak about why America's rebalance to Asia and the Middle East makes our relationship with European countries and NATO different.
Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Hariri Middle East Center, appeared on Australia’s primetime news program to discuss the G8 countries’ talks on the Syria conflict, the Obama administration’s plans to arm the Syrian opposition while seeking a negotiated settlement, and the broader regional implications of the Syria conflict.
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.
MURDOCH CRITICIZES EUROPE FOR INACTION AND CALLS FOR GLOBAL NATO
Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2008) — News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch questioned Europe’s political will to defend itself and called upon NATO to expand beyond current candidates to global members such as Australia, Japan, and Israel.
“We must face up to a painful truth,” Murdoch said on Monday night, April 21st, in a speech upon receiving the 2008 Distinguished Business Award from the Atlantic Council of the United States. “Europe no longer has either the political will or social culture to support military engagements in defense of itself and is allies.”
Speaking to Washington’s most important annual gathering of Atlanticists, he said though strong on paper “this makes NATO weak in practice.” He called for reform from outside, transforming the alliance with new members chosen according to shared principles “rather than the accident of geography.”
Murdoch, who acquired the Wall Street Journal last year, also urged Congress to pass the Colombian Free Trade Agreement in an effort to demonstrate support for allies in the Western hemisphere. “Even the New York Times says the Democratic Congress should ratify this trade deal.” Describing Colombia as “a nation that is fighting poverty, battling the drug lords, and taking on terrorists backed by foreign governments,” the media magnate maintained that a “defeat for the trade deal would be confirmation that the United States is not an ally you could count on.”
Other honorees at last night’s awards dinner were former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen, and Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin.
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.