• Atlantic Council to Posthumously Honor Senator John McCain with Global Citizen Award

    Mrs. Cindy McCain to accept award in NYC on September 24

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that it will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Senator John McCain by posthumously honoring him with the 2018 Global Citizen Award on September 24. The award will be accepted by Mrs. Cindy McCain.

    Senator McCain lived a remarkable life of service, leadership, and courage – both in uniform and in Congress,” said Atlantic Council CEO and President Frederick Kempe. “The Senator exemplified global citizenship, fighting to defend the freedom, dignity, and human rights of people around the world. We are privileged to present this award to Cindy McCain to salute Senator McCain’s contributions and legacy.”

    Mrs. McCain will be introduced by General James L. Jones, Jr. USMC (Ret.), Interim Chairman of the...

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  • Atlantic Council to Honor President Macri, Prime Minster Solberg, and Hamdi Ulukaya with 2018 Global Citizen Award

    WASHINGTON, DC – The ninth Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards will honor President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri; Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Erna Solberg; and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chobani and founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, on the evening of September 24 in New York, NY.

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

    “At this period of rapid global change and uncertainty, these awards send a particular message regarding the brand of consistent, principled and purposeful leadership that our times require,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Through these awards, we have tried not only to salute unique individuals such as these three leaders, but in doing so also inspire others to be better global citizens.”

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  • Sen. John McCain: Saluting a Champion of Freedom

    The Atlantic Council remembers US Sen. John McCain who received the Council’s Freedom Award in 2011. Here is a transcript of his remarks at the award ceremony.

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  • Russia's Interference in the US Judiciary

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  • Senators Rubio and Warner Push Back on Trump's Press Conference with Putin

    US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) described as “outrageous” US President Donald J. Trump’s July 16 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while his Republican colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), maintained that “what the president said today was not accurate.”

    The two senators, who spoke at an Atlantic Council event on the Kremlin’s interference in elections worldwide, directly criticized Trump’s remarks and reiterated their belief that Russia actively influenced the US elections in 2016.

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  • A Warning From Madeleine Albright: Beware of "Peddlers of Hate"

    Former US Secretary of State Among Four Recipients of Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award

    Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in accepting the Atlantic Council’s 2018 Freedom Award, urged Americans and Europeans alike not to allow “peddlers of hate,” on both sides of the Atlantic, “to hijack the institutions that ensure our freedom and define our democracies.”

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  • 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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  • Atlantic Council Announces Honorees for 2018 Freedom Awards

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council will honor Dr. Madeleine Albright, 64th US Secretary of State; Aryana Sayeed, Afghan singer, songwriter, woman/human rights activist, and TV personality; Bana Alabed,Syrian activist and author of Dear World; and the International Women’s Media Foundation with its annual Freedom Awards on June 23 in Berlin, Germany.

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

    “As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Freedom Awards in Berlin this year, it is an important time to reflect on the past and to ask ourselves what exactly “freedom” means in this era of unprecedented global change,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Our 2018 class of honorees span different regions, industries, and generations, but together they exemplify the courage, passion, and dedication that we believe is sorely...

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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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