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.
Natalia Wobst served as the Energy and Economic Summit coordinator at the Atlantic Council’s Patriciu Eurasia Center.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council in 2011, she served as Communications Associate at Eurasia Foundation, where she took a major role in organizing the Foundation’s 2011 “Conflicts in Eurasia: Is Resolution Possible” panel discussion. Before that, while pursuing her Master’s Degree in Seattle, Washington, she worked as an intern at the Foundation for Russian American Economic Cooperation (FRAEC). Here, she helped to administer the Open World Leadership and Community Connections Programs, hosting training and exchange programs for delegates from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Russia during her tenure. From June – August 2009, Natalia took part in American Councils’ Eurasian Regional Language Program in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, where she studied Uzbek intensively and compiled research for her thesis on “Local Impact on Secondary Educational Reform in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.”
Natalia also worked for two years at Language Link in Moscow, Russia, first as Program Coordinator for British students pursuing language studies abroad, then as Director of International Programs, additionally organizing work and study programs for teachers, translators, and volunteers working throughout Russia. She has been published in the Seattle Times and on the Seattle PostGlobe, an independent news blog.
Originally from Massachusetts, she holds a BA in Russian and German languages, with a minor in Journalism from Beloit College in Wisconsin, and an MA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, with a concentration Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies, a major in Political Science and minor in Education.
She speaks fluent Russian and German and is proficient in Uzbek.
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.