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.
Dr. Boyko Nitzov was a nonresident senior fellow for the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. He also previously served with the Council as director of programs for the Eurasia Center.
He came to the Council from the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, where he served as the Senior Expert for Investment. At the Secretariat, Nitzov regularly provided policy analysis and guidance, including the Charter reviews of the investment climates in member countries and investment in major energy infrastructure projects. He contributed to major publications such as the Best Practices Guidelines on energy sector restructuring (including privatization) and non-petroleum based liquid fuels for the Energy Charter Treaty organization. Nitzov developed the concept for the Industry Advisory Panel of the Energy Charter and was key to setting up the Panel.
Previously, Nitzov served as the Associate Director of the Institute for Energy Economics and Policy at Sarkeys Energy Center in Oklahoma, where he developed collaborative projects with partners from Central Asia and East Europe. He contributed his expertise to important energy relationships in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions as well as to the relationship of these regions with the United States and Oklahoma.
During his early career, Nitzov was a manager at a large trading company responsible for transactions in crude oil and refined products on Black Sea and Mediterranean markets. Later, he followed a dual track of academic and consulting appointments for several years. Nitzov has held assignments with the PHARE Multicountry Energy Program of the Commission of the European Communities (CEC), subcontractors for the Synergy program of the CEC in Athens, the U.S. Energy Council, and leading energy sector companies. Nitzov is a member of the International Association for Energy Economics and has important publications in leading energy sector journals.
He received a Ph.D. from the Higher Certifying Commission in Bulgaria and a graduate degree in economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
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.