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.
A career Foreign Service Officer, Susan Ball joined the Atlantic Council as a Senior Fellow in September 2010 until July 2011.
Ms. Ball has spent most of her career focused on Europe and security policy. Ms. Ball’s first assignment as a Foreign Service Officer was in Krakow, Poland. In subsequent tours in Washington, she served in the Office of European Political and Security Affairs, in the State Department’s Operations Center, and in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research’s European Division.
As a Political-Military Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Ms. Ball worked closely with Department of Defense colleagues and Italian officials to preserve U.S.-Italian ties in the wake of a tragic accident involving a U.S. Marine aircraft in Northern Italy. As Senior Country Officer for France from 2004-6, she worked to maintain critical areas of cooperation during a challenging period in U.S.-France relations.
In her most recent assignment, as the Political-Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava, Ms. Ball was tapped to serve as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission for a year and a half. During her time in Bratislava, Ms. Ball was active on a wide range of issues: encouraging greater Slovak engagement in Afghanistan and NATO, promoting transparency and judicial integrity, and furthering the goal of Roma integration. She received grants and assistance from the J. Kirby Simon Trust, as well as from the U.S. European Command to support educational, recreational and health programs for Roma youth in Slovakia.
Prior to joining the State Department, Ms. Ball was an analyst on the Senate Budget Committee.
Ms. Ball is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, and was the 2009 runner-up for the Rivkin Constructive Dissent Award. Ms. Ball is married and has two sons.
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.