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.
The Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group (SAG) hosted a conference reviewing the ability of Euro-Atlantic institutions to deal with future challenges. Policy experts and European diplomats tackled a range of issues with particular emphasis on the current configuration of NATO and the EU. Topics of discussion included reform of NATO, ambitions for the Alliance, and relations between NATO and other multinational institutions and partners such as the EU, the AU and the UN.
The conference comes at a time of uncertainty, with the resurgence of Russia, the ongoing debate about extending membership to Ukraine and Georgia, and the dubious efficacy of operations in Afghanistan. On either side of the Atlantic there is a growing discourse on the role of NATO in the 21st century. Is there, for example, a shared ambition or a transatlantic gap between Allies in what is expected of NATO, fed by differences in threat perception and lack of a common perspective on NATO’s direction and mission? The relationship between NATO and the EU was also touched upon with the panel suggesting that future challenges will call for increased cooperation between NATO and the EU, and the panel questioned if there should be a division of labor between NATO and the EU, and between the US and Europe.
The conference - the second of a four-part series - was split into a morning and afternoon session and was held at the French embassy in Washington, D.C. in coordination with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and the Center for Technology and National Security Policy, National Defense University.
- James L. Jones - Co-Chair SAG, Atlantic Council
- Brent Scowcroft - The Scowcroft Group
- Frederick Kempe - Atlantic Council
- H.E. Klaus Scharioth - Embassy of Germany
- H.E. Pierre Vimont - Embassy of France
- Klaus Naumann - Former German CHOD
- Neil Holland - British Embassy
- Nigel Hall - Former UK Military Advisor to the UN
- Jack Twiss - Royal Netherlands Embassy
- Johan van der Werff - Netherlands Mission to NATO
- Julian Lindley-French - Royal Military Academy of the Netherlands
- Taimar Peterkop - Embassy of Estonia
- Ioan Pascu - EU Parliament
- Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - CSIS, French Foreign Ministry
- Robert Hunter - RAND
- James Dobbins - RAND
- Marc Grossman - Cohen Group
- Victoria Nuland - US Department of State
- Amanda Sloat - House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Ashraf Ghani - Chairman of the State Effectiveness Institute, Atlantic Council
- R. Nicholas Burns - Harvard University
- Edgar Buckley - Thales
- Steve Flanagan - CSIS
- Jim Towsend - Atlantic Council
- NATO Ambassador Talks With Council
- Council Hosts General David Petraeus
- Council Hosts Ukrainian President Yushchenko
- Council Hosts Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
Related Commentary on New Atlanticist Blog:
- NATO Enlargement: The Unanswered Question - James Joyner
- Time to Extend Hand to Ukraine - Alexander Motyl
- Would NATO Defend Narva? - Alexabder Motyl
- NATO and the Near Abroad: Beyond Bucharest - Nikolas Gvosdev
- Builders, Diplomats, Guardians, and Warriors - Derek Reveron
- Pakistan's Strategic Moment - Jeffrey Lightfoot
- Sneak Preview of the Future: Who Makes New Rules? - Robert Manning
- NATO's Afghanistan Strategy Needs Changes Now - Peter Cassata
- Winning in Afghanistan: Whose Side is Pakistan Really On? - James Joyner
- Pakistan's Perfect Storm - Shuja Nawaz
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