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.
Carles Castello-Catchot is associate director of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Foresight Initiative.
Before joining the Council, Carles held different positions at The Aspen Institute, a Washington DC based international nonprofit. He helped launch Ascend, a new program focused on moving families in the United States, especially single women and children, away from poverty. He was also a Brent Scowcroft Award fellow at the Aspen Strategy Group, where he worked on the US-India Strategic Dialogue, the Aspen Ministers Forum led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and the newly created Trilateral Dialogue among the EU, China, and the US. Prior to that, he served as an assistant to the executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Culture and Society. During his years in Barcelona, Carles worked as a program evaluator at the department of environmental affairs of the government in Catalunya, as a tax consultant for Ernst & Young Lawyers, as a research associate on the project “Power, Law and Justice in International Regimes”, sponsored by the Spanish Foreign Affairs Ministry, and as a guest lecturer on Spain and the European integration process at the Barcelona Center for Education Abroad.
Originally from Menorca, Spain, Carles is a graduate of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, with a BA degree in political science and administration, and an MA in international relations by the Barcelona Institute of International Studies, where he wrote his thesis on “The effects of humanitarian intervention on the contemporary international order”, awarded with the highest honors. After receiving a La Caixa Foundation scholarship for further study abroad awarded by the King of Spain in 2008, he came to Washington DC and graduated in 2010 with distinction with a MS in Foreign Service program at Georgetown University. Carles is proficient in English, Spanish, and Catalan, and speaks conversational French and German.
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.