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.
With Egypt in the midst of a political transition, this is a crucial time to rethink the US’s relationship with Egypt, argues Atlantic Council Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Michele Dunne in this policy brief for the Project on Middle East Democracy. Although the events of the January 2011 revolution and the ensuing months of political transition have shown strained relations between the two nations, dissatisfaction with the relationship is nothing new to either party, thus making a recalibrated approach to Egypt even more crucial to US foreign policy. Such an approach should not ignore the security interests that have dominated the relationship, but should also elevate political and economic development to play a larger role in how the nations interact.
Recalibrating relations with Egypt won’t be easy–the shifting of powers in Egypt means that the United States will have to learn how to deal with new actors in ways it never has had to previously. Also complicating the task is general distrust of the US within Egypt for a variety of reasons. Continually siding with the ruling military council and failing to provide a compelling economic assistance package have shown the US’s faltering attempts to deal with Egypt’s democratic transition and haven’t inspired confidence in the future of the bilateral relationship. As Egyptians enter a new phase of their democratic transition with presidential elections and the writing of a new constitution, the US should direct its policies toward Egypt to prioritize standing up for civic freedoms and formulating a shared vision for economic growth.
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.