Event Recaps

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted a timely lunch discussion in regards to the importance and future of an integrated North America. Speakers included Carlos Gutierrez, Former Secretary of Commerce; Peter MacKay, Former Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Paula Stern, Former Chairwoman on the US International Trade Commission and Chairwoman of the Stern Group; and Rafael Fernández de Castro, Professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and former foreign policy advisor to President Felipe Calderón. Panelists discussed the necessity of preserving strong North American ties, both commercial and strategic, and urged leaders of the three countries to strive towards achieving this.

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On Thursday, February 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable discussion on the status of the fight against Boko Haram with Major General Johnny Hamakim, director general of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre; Major General David Ahmadu, chief of training and operations for the Nigerian Army; and Brigadier General Sadiq Ndalolo, the Nigerian Army Resource Centre’s director of international alliances and linkages.

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On Thursday, February 16, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Moïse Katumbi, joint opposition candidate for the presidency of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and former governor of Katanga Province, for a roundtable discussion on the evolving political situation in the country.

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On February 15, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center convened an expert panel for a conversation about the US and German strategies for power sector transition. Panelists discussed the drivers of the energy transformation, the challenges these innovative countries are facing, what approaches are being taken, and the emerging future of this critical part of our societies.

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The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted a panel discussion on February 13, 2017 with H.E. Khaled Alyemany, permanent representative of Yemen to the United Nations; Ms. Nadwa Al-Dawsari, nonresident senior fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy; and Hariri Center Nonresident Fellow Mr. Mohammed Alyahya and Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. Nabeel Khoury. Ms. Mirette F. Mabrouk, deputy director and director for research and programs at the Hariri Center, moderated the event.

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The United States and Europe will continue to find common ground and work together to overcome their foreign policy challenges, H.E. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, said at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative on February 10.

Mogherini was in Washington to meet with representatives of President Trump’s administration. She expressed her optimism on the future of transatlantic relations and said she felt reassured on a number of issues after her meetings at the White House, the Department of State, and in Congress. The EU and US will work together based on a pragmatic approach based on values, interests and priorities, in what the high representative called a transactional approach, “I will always put the EU agenda and priorities on the table, and then see where we can work together.”

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On Wednesday, February 8, Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE), and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands launched the Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations.

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On Thursday, February 2, the Future Europe Initiative hosted a strategy session for Dr. Krzysztof Szczerski, secretary of state, Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. The session focused on the Three Seas initiative, a joint strategic undertaking by the governments of Poland and Croatia to drive forward the connectivity and integration of Central European energy, transportation, and telecommunication networks situated between the Baltic, Adriatic, and Black Seas. Former US National Security Advisor General James L. Jones chaired the session and Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, moderated.
On Monday, January 30, 2017, the South Asia Center’s Future of Iran Initiative co-hosted a half-day symposium with The Iran Project. The event focused on the record of the Iran nuclear deal and its likely fate under the Trump administration. The intent was to help forge a bipartisan path forward that will preserve the non-proliferation gains of the accord while finding a resolution for other Iranian activities that are of concern and contributing to conflict resolution.

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The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted an online discussion on February 1, 2017 with Nonresident Fellow Mohamed Eljarh, Senior Fellow Faysal Itani, and Nonresident Fellow Tarek Radwan to discuss the choices and challenges in the Middle East facing the Trump Administration. Joyce Karam, Washington bureau chief of Al-Hayat, moderated the event.

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