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.
Atlantic Council Managing Editor James Joyner published an editorial in The National Interest arguing it's better to "trust in those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets to do so honorably than to make every disgruntled Army private or low-level contractor a de facto national classification authority."
Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof of the Council's Hariri Middle East Center speaks with host Scott Simon of NPR Weekend Edition about the worsening crisis in Syria and the United States' limited military and political options.
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, addressed a June 21, 2012, seminar hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The event, held at the Ministry’s offices in Taipei, was attended by senior-level diplomats as well as officials from the National Security Council, the Ministry of National Defense, and the Ministry of Fisheries.
At the invitation of the Foreign Ministry’s Research and Planning Committee, Pham gave one of two keynote presentations, speaking on “The Role and Interests of China in Africa and Middle East and the Implications for Taiwan’s Diplomacy.” The other keynote presentation was delivered by Abiodun Williams, senior vice president of the United States Institute of Peace’s Center for Conflict Management.
Pham and Williams were part of seven-member delegation of foreign policy experts invited by the Taiwanese Government to meet with its different agencies. Other members of the group included James O.C. Jonah, former undersecretary-general of the United Nations and senior fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies; Ambassador John K. Menzies, dean of the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University; Jean-Marc Coicaud, professor of law and global affairs and director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University; Michael B. Gerrard, Andrew Sabin professor and director of Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University Law School; and Ursala Sanjamino, associate dean of the Whitehead School.
During his visit to Taipei, Pham met with a number of senior officials and civil society leaders, including H.E. Ma Ying-jeou, president of the Republic of China (Taiwan); the Honorable Kuo-yu Tung, deputy minister of foreign affairs; Stephen Shu-hung Shen, minister of environmental protection; Lung Yingtai, minister of culture; Tzong-Ho Bau, vice president of the National Taiwan University (NTU); and Teng Tung-Chian, dean of the College of International Affairs at the National Chengchi University. He also took part in a strategic roundtable organized by the Prospect Foundation and chaired by Ambassador Louis W.H. Tzen, former vice minister of foreign relations.
Photo courtesy of the Office of the President of the Republic of China.
On June 19, please join the Eurasia Center for a discussion on the IMF’s recent presentation Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead with Dr. Juha Kähkönen, deputy director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, and the Honorable William Courtney, former US ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan and former special assistant to the President and senior director of the National Security Council staff for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. This event will be streamed LIVE from 10:30 a.m.
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.