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.
Rob de Wijk
Dr. de Wijk is a member of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group.
In 2007 Dr. Rob de Wijk assumed the position of Director of the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. He is also Professor in the field of International Relations at the Royal Netherlands Military Academy (RNMA), Breda (1999) and Professor of Strategic Studies at the University of Leiden (2000). From 2000 to 2003 he was Director of the Research Centre of the RNMA.
He is also Chairman of the National Security Think Tank, advising the Government on defense and national security issues, including contingency plans for crisis management.
Rob de Wijk started his career in 1977 as a freelance journalist. In 1980 he became editor-in chief of a publishing company specializing in journals and scientific publications.
From 1985 to 1989 he worked at the University of Leiden’s Political Science Department. He was a lecturer in international relations, focusing particularly on international security. At the same time he worked as a journalist.
In October 1989 Rob de Wijk was appointed Head of the Defense Concepts Division of the Defense Staff at the Netherlands Ministry of Defense. He advised the Chief of the Defense Staff and the minister of defense in matters relating to strategic plans and policy. At the national level he laid the foundation of the Defense White Paper 1991 and the Defense Priorities Review, published in 1993, as well as other policy guidelines. These white papers contain the plans for the reorganization and the reduction of the Netherlands armed forces and for restructuring them from regular and conscript forces into all-volunteer forces. He was also responsible for the development of strategic management methods at the Ministry of Defense.
In September 1997 he acquired a secondment with the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague to study security and defense. In 2003 he established the Clingendael Centre for Strategic Studies. Additionally, in 2005 he became the director of the Clingendael Security and Conflict Program. His main fields of expertise are (national and international) security, defense, and terrorism.
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.