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 Arab Spring that swept the Middle East last year dramatically altered the political landscape of the region but also generated considerable uncertainty over the future of economic policies and economic reforms in the Arab world, according to a new issue brief released by the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council. Arab countries in transition have been developing their own post-Arab Spring economic models that include a variety of populist measures. Using Egypt as a case study, the authors examine the economic policies the new Egyptian government will likely adopt.
Authors Mohsin Khan, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and Svetlana Milbert, assistant director at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East , present recommendations for the international community for engaging in Egypt. Khan and Milbert argue that with the help of the international community Egypt can move towards a market-oriented economy integrated with the world, combining populist policies with continuing economic reforms. The key will be for Egypt to sign on to an IMF program as soon as possible.
The benefits of an IMF program, aside from the financing it provides, Khan and Milbert suggest, is to send a positive message to domestic businessmen, investors, and donors that the government is serious in delivering on its commitments to macroeconomic stability and structural reforms.
The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East seeks to produce original analysis of the forces transforming the region, as well as policy recommendations for the United States and Europe about how to promote closer and more productive relations with the region. The Hariri Center recognizes the substantial linkages between political and economic affairs, and will develop policy initiatives to promote successful democratic transitions and greater convergence among the Middle East, the United States, and Europe.
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