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.
Alexei Monsarrat joined the Atlantic Council in 2008 as director of the Global Business and Economics Program. In February 2013, Alexei transitioned to become a nonresident senior fellow leading the Program’s ongoing work on global competitiveness issues.
Mr. Monsarrat previously spent six years with the US State Department in the Bureau of Economics, Energy, and Business Affairs (EEB), where he worked on a range of issues with transatlantic partners, including economic development and poverty reduction, post-conflict reconstruction, strategic economic policy relations, and energy issues. Mr. Monsarrat served at the State Department in many capacities, including as senior advisor to the EEB assistant secretary, special assistant to the under secretary for economics, and special assistant to James Wolfensohn, the quartet special envoy for Gaza disengagement. He also served as a civilian in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority.
Mr. Monsarrat joined the State Department as a presidential management fellow after obtaining his master's degree in international affairs from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to his studies, he was a program administrator for a non-governmental organization engaged on international trade and the environment, and worked for several years on Capitol Hill, including on the Senate Agriculture Committee. He has a bachelor of arts in political science from The George Washington University, and is a native of Vermont.
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.