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 of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was a featured speaker at an international conference on The Contributions of the Sino-African Relationship, organized by the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) on May 18-19, 2012.
Other speakers at the event included Ambassador Zhong Jinhua, the Special Envoy for African Affairs of the Government of the People’s Republic of China; the Honorable Constance Berry Newman, former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Patrick Utomi, director of the Center for Applied Economics at the Lagos Business School and two-time candidate for the presidency of Nigeria; Senior Colonel Lu Jianxin, senior instructor at the Chinese Ministry of Defense’s Peacekeeping Center; and He Wenping, director of the Division of African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of West Asian and African Studies.
Pham delivered a presentation on “The Evolution of Sino-African Security Relations: A Perspective from the United States.”
At the margins of the conference, Pham also met with Professor Cheng Dongxiao, vice president of SIIS, and Zhang Chun, deputy director of the SIIS Center for West Asian and African Studies, to discuss collaboration between the SIIS Africa program and the Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center.
Founded in 1960 by Premier Zhou Enlai, the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies is a comprehensive research organization dedicated to serving China’s modernization drive through studies of international politics, economy, security studies, and Chinese external relations. SIIS has been consistently ranked as one of the “Top 10 Non-US Think Tanks” by the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
Photos courtesy of SIIS.
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.