Event Recaps

On Thursday, May 17, the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center held a timely conference call to discuss Venezuela's May 20 electoral event with Juan Andrés Mejía, Representative of the State of Miranda in Venezuela's National Assembly, and Phil Gunson, Andes Project Senior Analyst at the International Crisis Group. Below is the full transcript. 

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One week after President Donald J. Trump's announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and re-imposing sanctions, dismayed European parliamentarians spoke at the Atlantic Council with a clear voice: European sovereignty is at stake and Europe will take the necessary measures to defend it.

"There was, until now, no political will in France, in Europe, to stand up to the US," said Delphine O, a member of the French National Assembly who comes from the La République En Marche party of President Emmanuel Macron. "I think this has changed."

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On Wednesday, May 9th, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, in partnership with HSBC, hosted an event titled "Spiraling US-China Trade Tensions and the Implications for Latin America and the World."  The event featured a keynote conversation with former US Secretary of Defense William Cohen, moderated by Gerardo Mato, chairman of global banking and markets, Americas, for HSBC.  The event was opened by Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe, and featured a panel with former US Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, senior vice president of the US-China Business Council, executive director for Brazil and Suriname at the Inter-American Development Bank, Senior Private Sector Specialist, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Barbara Kotschwar at the World Bank, and president of Lennar International Chris Marlin.  The panel was moderated by Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.  This event also celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

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On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Atlantic Council's Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted a private roundtable breakfast on US sanctions towards Venezuela with the honorable Marshall Billingslea.

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On Tuesday, May 8, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable with Mr. Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and Mr. Eskinder Nega, prominent Ethiopian journalist and blogger. In February, both men were released from prison, having been jailed for years under the country’s anti-terrorism laws.

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On April 19, the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, in partnership with the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), hosted a panel titled “Changing international order and shifting geopolitics: focus on Turkey” in Istanbul. Moderated by Atlantic Council Turkey Representative Defne Sadıklar - Arslan, the panel, featuring Council of State of Spain member, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Atlantic Council Executive Board Member Ana Palacio, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Matthew Bryza and Kadir Has University Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences Mitat Çelikpala, discussed the state of world affairs in light of ongoing challenges to the liberal world order.

In recent years, the world has witnessed increasing challenges to the post-World War II liberal order. The rise of populism and questioning of multilateral institutions such as the UN and EU has coincided with the inability of multilateral institutions to address the current challenges. Panelists stressed that the rules-based international order, which brought unprecedented economic growth and stability, is under threat both within and without. The US, which spearheaded the rules-based order, is no longer interested in its maintenance; the European Union is dealing with multiple crises and growing divisions among members states; meanwhile, other actors such as Russia and China present alternative visions of order. Panelists agreed that the optimism that gripped the democratic world following the fall of the Berlin Wall has vanished, replaced with a growing uncertainty in international affairs.

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On Thursday, May 3, 2018, the Atlantic Council's Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted a private breakfast on US sanctions against Iran and the fate of the JCPOA.

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On April 25, Atlantic Council hosted a panel discussion of experts on the upcoming Iraqi parliamentary election, post-election dynamics, alliances to form a new government that may emerge, what political and constitutional reforms the next government needs to adopt, and how the election may impact US-Iraq elections. The panel featured Ambassador Feisal al-Istrabadi, Ambassador Rend al-Rahim, Dr. Harith Hasan al-Qarawee, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and was moderated by Vivian Salama of NBC News.

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On April 18th-19th, the groundbreaking work of Dr. Ian Ralby, a senior fellow with the Global Energy Center, and co-author Dr. David Soud, was featured at the first global conference on oil and fuel theft, Oil and Fuel Theft 2018, held in Geneva, Switzerland. Over the past two years, Dr. Ralby and his team have published three major reports on the global menace of oil and fuel theft in partnership with the Atlantic Council. The most recent of these reports—Oil on the Water: Illicit Hydrocarbons Activity in the Maritime Domain—had its European launch at the event.

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A poll on presidential elections in Mexico conducted by polling firm BGC in early May and published on April 20 placed Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) with a relatively comfortable lead garnering 42 percent of voter support. Ricardo Anaya Cortés of the Por México al Frente coalition followed in second with 33 percent of the vote. As support for José Antonio Meade slips below 19 percent, many believe that Anaya stands as the only candidate with a fair chance of challenging AMLO before elections are held in less than a month. The third in a three-part conversation series with advisers to each of the top presidential candidates, Salomón Chertorivski, government program coordinator for Anaya, joined a conversation with the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in collaboration with the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, to present and discuss the policy priorities of Anaya’s platform.

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