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.”
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J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, spoke at a Heritage Foundation event, Crisis in the Sahel: Bitter Fruit of the “Arab Spring.”
Other speakers were James Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Heritage Foundation’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies; Manoela Borges, desk officer for Mauritania and Mali at the US State Department; and Alexis Arieff, Africa analyst at the Congressional Research Service.
The panel, moderated by Morgan Lorraine Roach, research associate at the Heritage Foundation’s Allison Center, discussed the Sahel region’s political, security, and humanitarian challenges, many of which have been exacerbated by the outward flow of fighters and weapons since the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in Libya last year. The speakers focused in particular on the situation in Mali, which has experienced both a military coup and the collapse of government authority in the northern half of the country, and weighed possible policy responses by the United States as well as other members of the international community to the extremist groups which have emerged there.
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 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.