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.
Jeff Lightfoot is a deputy director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. He provides thought leadership on how the United States can leverage the transatlantic community and its global network of alliances and partnerships to enhance security in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. He is responsible for the Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative, serves as the secretariat of the Council’s Strategic Advisors Group, and directs major studies on transatlantic and regional security.
Jeff has served as rapporteur of numerous flagship Atlantic Council task force reports, including A New Deal: Reforming US Defense Cooperation with Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia with George Casey and Jim Kolbe; Anchoring the Alliance with R. Nicholas Burns and Damon Wilson; Astana on the Atlantic: Transatlantic Strategy on Central Asia and the OSCE with Damon Wilson and Ross Wilson; and Needed: A Comprehensive US Policy Toward Pakistan.
In his time at the Council, Jeff has contributed to the organization’s growth and transformation by assisting in the establishment and initial programming of the Council’s South Asia Center, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He played a major role in developing and executing the fundraising campaign to expand and transform the Council’s former International Security Program into the current Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Jeff has written on transatlantic relations and international security for the Boston Globe, CNN.com, The Fletcher Forum, The National Interest, The Journal for Transatlantic Studies, la Revue Internationale et Strategique, and les Cahiers du RMES. He is a member of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Global Atlanticists Network.
Jeff earned his masters in European and Eurasian studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he currently serves as an admissions ambassador. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BA in international studies and French and a BS from the Kelley School of Business. Jeff is a member of the external advisory council for the International Studies Department at Indiana University Bloomington. He developed a working level proficiency in French through his studies at Sciences Po Paris and the Rouen Business School.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Jeff interned at the Scowcroft Group and State Farm Insurance. He is a native of Schaumburg, Illinois.
On May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Peace and Security Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security is hosting a panel discussion on new developments in security cooperation among the United States, its European allies, and the Gulf states, and how they are likely to evolve in the coming years.
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.