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.
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On September 15, another wave of anti-Putin protests shook Russia – the latest in a series that started in December 2011, making these the largest and most enduring protests in Russia since the break-up of the Soviet Union. Only three days later, the Kremlin expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from Russia, depriving civil society and pro-democracy organizations of funding they depend on, revealing how frightened Russian President Vladimir Putin really is that Russians prefer freedom over his authoritarian rule.
As I walked past the orthodox synagogue on Bolshaya Bronnaya in Moscow this month prior to the protests, I recalled that around the time I left Russia as a refugee, after the Soviet Union collapsed, vigilante anti-Semitic groups carried out several attacks on the synagogue, including a failed bombing attempt. For many Russians, freedom carries a risk of disorder that they look to their government to uphold, and the government exploits that fear.
On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
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.