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.
J. Peter Pham, director the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was an invited speaker at the Skhirat International Forum on the Initiative for an Atlantic Community, which met in Skhirat, near Rabat, Morocco, November 30-December 1.
The meeting, sponsored by the Kingdom of Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) and the European Commission’s Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), brought senior officials, leading scholars, and representatives of business and civil society organizations from twenty-seven countries and a dozen international bodies to discuss prospects for establishing a multilateral cooperative framework around the Atlantic Space.
Pham spoke on “New Paradigms for Regional Security in a Prospective Approach,” noting the novelty of the new strategic environment in the wake of the both the changes that have swept across North Africa and the Middle East since early 2011 as well as the new patterns of trafficking and criminality linking Central and South America and West Africa. To adequately deal with these trends, he argued that there was a need for regional cooperation and integration, and emphasized that it is imperative that strategic outlook be expansive and forward leaning.
Other speakers at the Forum, co-chaired by Moroccan Minister Ahmed Lahlimi Alami, high commissioner for planning, and Jean-Claude Thébault, director-general of the BEPA, included Pierre Vimont, secretary-general of the European External Action Service; Admiral Jacques Lanxade, former chief of the French Armed Forces; , Roberto Lavagna, former economics minister of the Republic of Argentina; Mario Pezzini, director of the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); and Rear Admiral Jean Dufourcq, editor-in-chief of Défense Nationale.
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.