Barry Pavel, Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, joins Federal News Radio to speak about why America's rebalance to Asia and the Middle East makes our relationship with European countries and NATO different.
Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow with the Hariri Middle East Center, appeared on Australia’s primetime news program to discuss the G8 countries’ talks on the Syria conflict, the Obama administration’s plans to arm the Syrian opposition while seeking a negotiated settlement, and the broader regional implications of the Syria conflict.
Atlantic Council managing editor James Joyner asks in The National Interest, "Why Should Congress and the Courts Care About Snooping If Citizens Don't?"
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was interviewed by Brian Todd on CNN’s Situation Room in a segment on the discovery of evidence in northern Mali that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have acquired surface-to-air missiles.
Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Burgstein is the Air Force fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Lt. Col. Burgstein was commissioned through Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL, on August 11, 1995. His first assignment was the 49th Fighter Wing, Holloman AFB, NM, where he served as deputy director of public affairs.
In August 1997 he was reassigned to the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan, where he served as deputy chief, public affairs. In June of 1999 Lt. Col. Burgstein became chief of public affairs for the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan AB, ROK. Following that tour, he spent three years at Headquarters, US Air Forces Europe in Ramstein, Germany, where he worked as a media action officer, deputy chief of operations, and executive officer. Following that, he spent a year in the Education with Industry program at Hill and Knowlton, New York, before reassignment to the Pentagon in 2004.
While at the Pentagon, he served as chief, Your Guardians of Freedom and then as the strategic communications advisor to the secretary of the Air Force. As a strategic communications advisor, he developed and implemented long-range communication strategies and public affairs activities. He was then selected to attend Intermediate Developmental Education at Navy Command and Staff College, Newport Rhode Island and the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) in Alabama. Following graduation from SAASS, he assumed command of the 1st Combat Camera Squadron in South Carolina. During his three years in command, he led the Air Force’s largest active duty Combat Camera squadron, providing aerial and ground combat documentation to the president, secretary of defense, combatant commanders, and senior Air Force and joint leadership.
Lt. Col. Burgstein graduated from Ursinus College in Pennyslvania in 1994 with a degree in communications and a minor in English. He completed his master’s in organizational management through the University of Phoenix in 2003, a master’s in national security and strategic studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, US Navy War College in 2008, and a master’s in airpower art and science from the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies in Alabama in 2009.
Lt. Col. Burgstein was named the Air Force Public Affairs CGO of the Year in 2002 and was recipient of the Air Force Public Affairs Lance P. Sijan Award in 2011. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
He and his wife Cindy live in Arlington, VA, with their two children.
Contact LtCol Burgstein at email@example.com.
On June 24, the Brent Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council will host a panel discussion on the most recent claims of Chinese cyber espionage and the implications of this threat for the US-China relationship and China's ties with its neighbors in Asia.
On June 27, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force will launch a new issue brief by Ramin Asgard and Barbara Slavin entitled US-Iran Cultural Engagement: A Cost Effective Boon to US National Security, along with a public briefing on people-to-people exchanges with Iran.