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 of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, co-authored a just-published study examining Morocco’s relationship with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union (AU), in the evolving context of one of the world’s most intractable feuds, the dispute over the Western Sahara.
The study, Morocco and the African Union: Prospects for Re-engagement and Progress on the Western Sahara, was published by the Johannesburg, South Africa-based Brenthurst Foundation on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the first pan-African organization, and co-authored by Pham with the Foundation’s director, Greg Mills, and its deputy director, Terence McNamee.
The paper argues that the specter of transnational conflict in Africa’s Sahel region—punctuated by France’s intervention in Mali—has cast a fresh light on the stalemate over the Western Sahara. Moreover, the authors contend that if the African Union is to engage meaningfully on this issue, it must engage Morocco, the separatist Polisario Front, and, perhaps most consequentially, the Polisario’s main backer, Algeria, with new ideas and realistic avenues to break the impasse. Morocco’s continuing absence from the AU not only threatens to create a permanent rupture in the organization but also limits the catalytic role in Africa’s economic growth that Morocco, given its relative sophistication and depth of integration with Europe and the Mediterranean and Atlantic basins, is especially well positioned to play.
Founded in 2004 by the Oppenheimer family to promote constructive dialogue on issues affecting economic growth and development across Africa, the Brenthurst Foundation has as its mandate to encourage key decision makers and experts to share experiences and insights at private meetings and seminars; deliver relevant, practical policy advice to governments; and generate new thinking and thought-leadership to address Africa's development challenges.
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.