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.
The Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted a not-for-attribution roundtable discussion with a ministerial delegation from the Republic of South Sudan. His Excellency Deng Alor Kuol, minister of cabinet affairs; His Excellency Kosti Manibe Ngai, minister of finance and economic planning; and His Excellency Stephen Dhieu Dau, minister of petroleum and mining, discussed the ongoing negotiations between Juba and Khartoum. Participating in the discussion, which was moderated by Ansari Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton, were H.E. Akec Khoc, ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan to the United States; Ambassador Dhanojak Obongo, deputy chief of mission of the South Sudanese embassy; a number of Africa policy experts from the US government, think tanks, and advocacy organizations; and representatives from the private sector.
The roundtable concluded a trio of Atlantic Council events on the crisis in the Sudans. On August 1, the US Special Envoy Princeton Lyman gave a major policy address on US relations with Sudan, and on August 6, the Council hosted a transition seminar for the first South Sudanese ambassador to the US, H.E. Akec Khoc.
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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.