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.
The economic partnership between the United States and EU is a model for and a driving force of the global economy. Together, the United States and European Union comprise nearly 40% of global GDP and share the world’s largest trading relationship. Transatlantic investment by the deeply integrated business community is an even greater source of prosperity, economic growth, job creation and innovation in both markets, and further illustrates our profound economic interdependence. The economic ties between the United States and EU are sturdy, even in times of political divergence, continuing to deepen and solidify these ties and further open our markets is of mutual benefit for both parties.
As globalization continues to expand, it is increasing wealth and power for many emerging countries, and fundamentally transforming the dynamics of the global economy. Transatlantic cooperation and leadership will be increasingly crucial to ensure continued openness and stability in the global economy, to support international economic institutions and high standards, and to counter regionalism or economic nationalism.
In order to promote further transatlantic economic integration and cooperation, the Atlantic Council has launched the Business and Economics Advisory Group (BEAG). This group of internationally renowned policy experts and leaders from the academic, business, and political fields in both Europe and the United States will heighten the visibility and level of debate on a wide range of transatlantic business and economic policy issues.
The BEAG, co-chaired by Caio Coch-Weser, vice chairman of Deutsche Bank, and Stuart Eizenstat, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury, examines key economic topics where there is an identifiable common transatlantic challenge, and identifies specific avenues for transatlantic cooperation on those topics. BEAG members will be instrumental in policy formation and debates regarding economic and trade policy in both the United States and Europe, providing expertise and stature to the Council’s work on a range of economic and business issues, including:
- The future of trade liberalization initiatives
- The impact of emerging economies in the global arena
- Economic aspects of climate change
- The international impact of private capital movements
- Transatlantic leadership in global economic institutions
The BEAG will serves as a key advisory group for the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program.
Stuart Eizenstat, Co-ChairHead of International Trade and Finance
Covington & Burling
Caio Koch-Weser, Co-ChairVice Chairman
Deutsche Bank Group
Timothy Adams, Managing Director, Institute of International Finance
Leszek Balcerowicz, Professor, Warsaw School of Economics
Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development
Paula Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Jeffrey Frankel, James W. Harpel Professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Ronald Freeman, Member of the Board, Troika Dialogue
Jacob A. Frenkel, Vice Chairman, American International Group, Inc.
Brian Henderson, Vice Chair, Atlantic Council
Rod Hunter, Senior Vice President, International Affairs, PhRMA
Alan Larson, Senior International Policy Advisor, Covington & Burling
Jean Lemierre, Senior Advisor to the Chairman, BNP-Paribas
Erika Mann, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Daniel M. Price, Managing Director, Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC
Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor, Harvard University
Andre Sapir, Senior Fellow, Breugel, and Economics Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Paula Stern, Chairwoman, The Stern Group
Angel Ubide, Director of Global Economics, The D.E. Shaw Group
Nicolas Véron, Senior Fellow, Bruegel, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Daniel Yergin, Chairman, Cambridge Energy Research Associates
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.