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.
Barbara Slavin Interviews US Global Justice Chief about Syria and Prosecuting Al-Assad in Al-MonitorJuly 18, 2012
On July 18th, Al-Monitor published an interview between Barbara Slavin, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Stephen Rapp, head of the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice. The main topic of discussion was the ongoing crisis in Syria. Part of the interview is available below and the whole interview can be found on Al-Monitor.
Al-Monitor: The International Committee of the Red Cross has called this a civil war. Why hasn’t the US government?
Rapp: Once you’ve said that it’s a civil war, you then say that the rules of international humanitarian law apply … the Geneva conventions, additional protocols and other customary rules that come with them. That makes lots of situations more ambiguous and less protective of civilians.
Al-Monitor: From the point of view of prosecuting war crimes, don’t you need to call it a civil war?
Rapp: You can already prosecute crimes against humanity … Getting to that level requires that what is happening there has to be the result of a government or organizational plan or policy … My view would be to look at the reality and say that at least in Homs or Deraa … we have a non-international armed conflict and in those places, if people commit these crimes … murder, rape … we can charge those as war crimes.
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.