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.
Atlantic Council Managing Editor James Joyner published an editorial in The National Interest arguing it's better to "trust in those charged with safeguarding our nation's secrets to do so honorably than to make every disgruntled Army private or low-level contractor a de facto national classification authority."
Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof of the Council's Hariri Middle East Center speaks with host Scott Simon of NPR Weekend Edition about the worsening crisis in Syria and the United States' limited military and political options.
Shikha Bhatnagar was the associate director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council.
Prior to joining the Council, Shikha lived in India, serving as an executive director for Teach For India, inspired by the Teach For America model of selecting outstanding young leaders, recruiting them to serve as teachers in low-resourced schools and developing a community of alumni who continue to serve as advocates of educational equity. She also previously served as executive director of the US office of Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest non-profit run school lunch program, where she increased the organization’s presence nationally and globally through critical partnerships and grassroots mobilization.
Shikha spent time working within the US Government as a presidential management fellow, where she served as an international trade specialist at the Department of Commerce, and focused on bilateral trade agreements and other international trade policy issues, with regional emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. Shikha is actively involved in the South Asian American community. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Upakar Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided merit and need based college scholarships to Indian Americans, and has previously held leadership positions with the Network of South Asian Professionals and Indus Women Leaders, in Washington, DC.
She is also an alumnus of the Washington Leadership Program, which provides young South Asian Americans an opportunity to intern with congressional offices in Washington, DC. Shikha holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a BA in international relations and political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
On June 19, please join the Eurasia Center for a discussion on the IMF’s recent presentation Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead with Dr. Juha Kähkönen, deputy director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department, and the Honorable William Courtney, former US ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan and former special assistant to the President and senior director of the National Security Council staff for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. This event will be streamed LIVE from 10:30 a.m.
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.