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.
Bronwyn Bruton, deputy director of the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was the featured speaker at a meeting of the Corporate Council on Africa’s (CCA) Security Working Group, “Beyond Kony 2012 Propaganda: The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the Great Lakes Region.”
“Kony 2012,” a controversial video documentary that garnered global attention by receiving more than 100 million views on YouTube, was met with criticism from Africa analysts (including from Ansari Center director J. Peter Pham who took issue with it in a commentary for The National Interest) and Ugandans for its failure to portray sufficient and accurate information concerning the LRA, a militant group operating in Northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic. The LRA has committed mass atrocities in the region since its emergence in 1987, displacing more than 2 million people and abducting an estimated 60,000-100,000 children forced to replenish the LRA ranks. Bruton’s remarks focused on the real and current threat posed by LRA and ADF, a Ugandan militant group opposed to the Ugandan government, in Central and East Africa, as well as US and international efforts addressing this issue.
CCA, established in 1993, works closely with governments, multilateral groups, and business to improve the African continent's trade and investment climate, and to raise the profile of Africa in the US business community.
On May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security is hosting a panel discussion on new developments in security cooperation among the United States, its European allies, and the Gulf states, and how they are likely to evolve in the coming years.
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.