Hariri Center Director Michele Dunne and Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne reflect on US policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the two years since President Barack Obama promised to make it a top priority to support democracy and human rights in the region.
J. Peter Pham, director the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was one of four experts invited to address a high-level international conference on the crisis in the Sahel region convened today in The Hague.
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.
On July 19th, Anna Borshchevskaya, assistant director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, was quoted in a Washington Free Beacon article discussing the recent lobbying of Goldman Sachs against human rights legislation involving Russia. The legislation is known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act and it would deny U.S. visas to, and freeze the assets of, Russian citizens involved in human rights abuses. Her quotes are listed below and the whole article can be found on freebeacon.com
“There is something troubling about a business lobbying against Magnitsky,” Anna Borshchevskaya, assistant director of the Atlantic Council’s Patriciu Eurasia Center, told the Free Beacon. “It raises questions about whether this company cares about promoting good business practices, or whether [it wants] to ingratiate itself to the Kremlin at any cost.
"Everyone knows Russia is one of the worst places in the world to do business because of rampant corruption,” said the Atlantic Council’s Borshchevskaya. “The Magnitsky Act isn’t about hurting business; it’s about encouraging transparency, which is at the core of good business and, frankly, good relations.”
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.