Distinguished Leadership Awards

  • On Presidential Leadership

    Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe reflects on President Trump’s Iran decision and the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards

    It was a piquant coincidence that we scheduled the Atlantic Council’s annual Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner, saluting former President George W. Bush for his life-saving work against HIV-AIDS, opposite President Trump’s most consequential leadership decision to date, the undoing of the Iran nuclear deal.

    Receiving his award on May 10, the date on which Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940, President Bush spoke with a clarity that ensured his meaning was not missed:

    “Churchill said in his lifetime two world wars had shown that oceans no longer protected the new world from the problems of the old. The only way for peace was through partnership and engagement. If we are together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fail. That’s why the Atlantic Council is important today....

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  • Howard Schultz's Venti Call to Action

    Amid questions about the “moral leadership of America,” Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks Corporation, said in Washington on May 10 that business leaders must realize that the onus is on them to step up to the plate.

    “Businesses and business leaders must understand that we are living at a time where the rules of engagement for a public company are very, very different than they’ve ever been, because we must pick up the slack and, unfortunately, the lack of responsibility of the political class,” Schultz said.

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  • 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards

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    2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards

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  • Presentation of the 2018 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award to Gloria Estefan

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    Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award Presentation

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  • Presentation of the 2018 Distinguished Business Leadership Award to Howard Schultz

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    2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards
    Distinguished Business Leadership Award Presentation

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  • Scaparrotti: Preserve the Alliance

    The United States and NATO must take steps to preserve the unity of the transatlantic alliance in the face of a “complex and dynamic security environment,” said Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, supreme allied commander Europe and commander, US European Command.

    Noting skepticism about the strength of the rules-based international order, Scaparrotti said: “This is why now, more than ever, we must articulate our principles with clarity, consistency, and conviction. We must communicate our narrative of freedom, democracy, and rule of law. We must affirm the importance of our alliances and partnerships, which remain the backbone of our global security.”

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  • Presentation of 2018 Distinguished Military Leadership Award to General Curtis M. Scaparrotti

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    Distinguished Military Leadership Award Presentation

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  • George W. Bush Warns Against Isolationism

    Former US president makes a pitch for preserving PEPFAR

    Former US President George W. Bush, accepting the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished International Leadership Award in Washington on May 10, warned of the dangers of isolationism and said it is critical that the United States step up to the responsibilities of global leadership.

    Bush also made a pitch for securing a program started on his watch that has saved the lives of more than thirteen million people in Africa who are suffering from HIV/AIDS.

    “America is indispensable for the world,” said Bush. “The dangers of isolation loom."

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  • Former US President George W. Bush: "People in the United States Cannot Escape World Responsibility"

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    Distinguished International Leadership Award Presentation

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  • Atlantic Council Announces 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council will honor former President George W. Bush; Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, US European Command General Curtis M. Scaparrotti; seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan;and Executive Chairman of Starbucks Corporation Howard Schultz with its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards on the evening of May 10 in Washington, DC.

    All four distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the event.

    “This year’s honorees underscore the essence and range of global leadership,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “From a US president who countered terrorism and saved countless lives in Africa, to a Grammy Award-winning singer who made generations dance, to an international business leader and philanthropist who changed the way the world drinks coffee, to an alliance...

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