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.
Senior fellow Rudolph Atallah and J. Peter Pham, director the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, were featured speakers at the 5th Africa Command Academic Symposium, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, July 9-12.
The meeting, organized by the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) at the National Defense University, brought together academics, military officers, and senior policymakers from some two dozen African nations with their American and European counterparts to discuss ways in which the command can best support peace, stability, and development in Africa and to identify appropriate and methods for AFRICOM and the scholarly and policy communities to work together.
Atallah gave the conference’s keynote address, speaking on “Mapping Out Africa’s Evolving Security Environment” at the opening ceremony presided over by AFRICOM commander General Carter F. Ham. In his speech, Atallah drew upon his knowledge and experience of the continent from his twenty-one-year military career, which included tours of duty as Africa counterterrorism director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, an Air Force defense attaché in six West African countries, and director of Sub-African studies at the Joint Special Operations University.
Pham was the speaker for the symposium’s final plenary session, delivering a presentation on “US Policy and African Security: AFRICOM, CVE, and Somalia’s Challenges” as the capstone case study for the meeting’s deliberations.
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.