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.
General James L. Jones, chairman of the Atlantic Council since June 2007, will be leaving his post here to serve as Barack Obama's National Security Advisor. Last year, in a well-publicized presentation, Jones reported to Congress on the findings of the Atlantic Council's study Saving Afghanistan: An Appeal and Plan for Urgent Action, saying, "Make no mistake, the international community is not winning in Afghanistan." The Council hosted a farewell dinner for Jones tonight.
|General James L. Jones and Frederick Kempe|
Atlantic Council president and CEO Frederick Kempe praised General Jones, offering the following remarks:
I have had the luck to know General Jones in many incarnations. While I was at the Wall Street Journal, I traveled with him to Afghanistan, taking advantage of the long trip for one of the lengthiest interviews I think he was ever given. Second, we named him as the first recipient of our Distinguished Military Leadership Award in 2007, after which we were able to persuade him to serve as chairman of our board.
We at the Atlantic Council of course could not imagine a better choice at a more crucial moment. But some of us have discovered that this conviction was shared by others as well. In the course of General Jones’ security clearance, I was phoned by an FBI agent who asked the usual questions in such procedures. He asked as well about the nature of the Atlantic Council and our work. At the end, he asked me a general question about what I thought about General Jones. I spoke of course of his remarkable character and integrity and humanity. To which the agent responded, "Yeah, I agree completely!"
The board of the Atlantic Council also agreed with the FBI agent. So let me close by reading a resolution of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Atlantic Council of the United States:
The Executive Committee congratulates our Chairman, Gen. Jones, on his selection as National Security Advisor. But in a broader perspective it is President-elect Obama who is to be congratulated for the wisdom of his choice and the country, who is to be thankful for its good fortune in Gen. Jones agreeing to take on this new responsibility. Our only regret is that the Council will no longer have the benefit of Gen. Jones' extraordinary leadership and dedication in his work as chairman. We hope, however, that if the Council can be of assistance, he will call on us. We also invite him to accept the position of Honorary Director, as a mark of our appreciation for his service – and our hope that he will continue to regard the Council as part of his "home."
|General James L. Jones addresses audience|
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- General James Jones: Seasoned Leader, Strategic Thinker, and Statesman – The Editors
Atlantic Council photos by Daniel Rosenbaum.
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