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.
In a video teleconference hosted by the Atlantic Council and the Security and Defense Agenda in Brussels, panelists agreed that European and US security threat assessments have increasingly converged over the last few years, marking a positive turn for NATO cooperation. The role of the European Security and Defense Policy was also discussed. While the EU and NATO are successfully working together in Kosovo, it is important that European countries do not allow the ESDP to eclipse their NATO defense obligations.
Mr. Jean Francois Bureau, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
Panelists welcomed France's announcement of reintegration into NATO's command structure but debated how it would affect NATO funding. The process of integration will hopefully be accelerated soon. Furthermore, panelists noted that Nicolas Sarkozy's plans for a Union of the Mediterranean during the French EU presidency have largely been sidelined by a renewed commitment to solidarity with Eastern Europe after the Georgia conflict. Sarkozy has sought to dispel the notion of a NATO-EU rivalry.
A rethinking of NATO's future strategy is needed, but member countries must possess the political will and capability to execute this new strategy for it to be effective. Although agreement between members was high during the Cold War, the NATO of the future must be able to manage relationships where individual countries may disagree but all recognize the primacy of the Atlantic strategic alliance.
Brussels panel moderated by Giles Merrit, Security and Defence Agenda
- General Patrick de Rousiers - NATO Permanent Representative of France
- Muriel Domenach – Deputy Director of Policy Planning, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Jean Francois Bureau – NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
- Veronique Roger-Lacan – Deputy Director of Strategic Affairs, French Ministry of Defense
Washington panel moderated by Jim Townsend, Atlantic Council of the United States
- Leo Michel – Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
- Frances Burwell – Vice President and Director of the Program on Transatlantic Relations, Atlantic Council of the United States
- Karen Donfried – Executive Vice President, German Marshall Fund of the United States
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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.