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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If President Barack Obama had run for re-election in Europe, he would have been overwhelmingly re-elected—in seven major countries, fewer than 10 percent would have voted for Mitt Romney. In Germany, 93 percent would have voted for Barack Obama—roughly the same percentage of African-Americans who voted for the president. Yet, many Europeans have expressed concerns about President Obama's foreign policy and particularly his lack of attention to Europe. At a conference in Europe this weekend, leading foreign policy analysts and politicians expressed dismay—but not surprise—that the president's first post-election foreign trip would be to Asia.
Why then is Barack Obama so popular in Europe? First, his policies: In a continent where universal healthcare is the norm, and where even the eurozone crisis has failed to dent the assumption that the state should provide an adequate safety net, the president is seen as far more compatible with European political values than most other American politicians. Even so, approval of Barack Obama's international policies has waned in Europe, going from 78 percent in 2009 to 63 percent in 2012.
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.