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, contributed a chapter-length essay on “Africa-United States Relations” for the Oxford Companion to American Politics, which was just published by Oxford University Press.
Edited by David Coates, Worrell professor of Anglo-American studies at Wake Forest University, the two-volume Oxford Companion to American Politics is the first reference work to provide detailed, in-depth coverage of all aspects of US politics with more than 245 entries written by top scholars and practitioners, including Bruce Cumings, chair of the history department at the University of Chicago; Amitai Etzioni, director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at the American University; Gary Clyde Hufbauer, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Henry R. Nau, professor of political science at the George Washington University and director of the US-Japan-South Korea Legislative Exchange Program; Robert B. Reich, former US labor secretary and Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley; and Garry Wills, emeritus professor of history at Northwestern University.
In his essay, Pham surveys the history of US diplomatic, security, and economic relations with Africa since Morocco’s Sultan Mohammed III recognized the young American Republic in 1777. Reviewing US Africa strategy under President Barack Obama, he concludes: “Whether or not this ambitious agenda can be achieved in a domestic political climate increasingly dominated by economic uncertainty and fiscal austerity remains to be seen, but, in any event, it seems unlikely that the now intensified relations between the United States and Africa will be diminished in the near future.”
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.