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.
Ashraf Ghani is Chairman of the State Effectiveness Institute, which exists to rethink the role of the state in the globalized world from the citizen perspective, and a member of the Council's Strategic Advisors Group. Dr Ghani is also currently involved in a number of activities supporting the reform of global institutions, including work as a Commissioner on the UN High-Level Panel on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, as a Governor of IDEA and the World Justice Project of the American Bar Association. Recently, the Government of Afghanistan nominated him for the position of United Nations Secretary General. He is currently on leave from his position as Chancellor of Kabul University.
As Adviser to the UN during the formulation, negotiation and implementation of the Bonn Agreement for Afghanistan, Chief Adviser to President Karzai during the Interim Administration and Afghanistan's Finance Minister for the duration of the Transitional Administration, he is widely credited with the design and implementation of some of Afghanistan's significant reforms during this period. Previously, he was Lead Anthropologist at the World Bank, spending nearly a decade reviewing country strategies, conditionalities, and designing reform programs, including in Russia, India, China and Vietnam.
Born in Afghanistan in 1949, he studied political science at the American University of Beirut, earning degrees there in 1973 and 1977. He continued his academic career in the United States, where he studied international affairs and anthropology at Columbia University where he earned his PhD. He later attended the Harvard-INSEAD and Stanford business schools leadership training program for the World Bank. He served on the faculty of Kabul University (1973-77), Aarhus University in Denmark (1977), University of California, Berkeley (1983), and Johns Hopkins University (1983-1991). He is married with two children and lives in Washington DC and Kabul.
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.