On June 26, the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative launched a new issue brief, Environmental and Wildlife Degradation in Iran, by ecologist David Laylin. The report details the breadth of these challenges and outlines steps the Islamic Republic and international partners might take to begin to remedy them.
On June 26, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program, in partnership with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), hosted a lunch roundtable discussion on US sanctions options against North Korea. The event featured Daleep Singh, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and adjunct senior fellow at CNAS; and Peter E. Harrell, adjunct senior fellow at the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at CNAS. Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the Energy, Environment, and Security Program at CNAS, moderated and Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative and Eurasia Center, gave opening remarks.
On Tuesday, June 19, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted an event titled, “Colombia’s Vote: The Road Ahead for Iván Duque.” The event brought about a rapid reaction discussion to Iván Duque’s victory over Gustavo Petro in the Colombian election held on June 17th. The speakers touched on a range of topics, including the growing polarization in Colombia, the future of the peace accords, the neighboring crisis in Venezuela, and prospects for the Colombian economy.
On June 13, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program hosted a breakfast roundtable discussion on the present and future of the European Monetary Union (EMU).
The event featured José Leandro, director of policy, strategy, coordination, and communication, directorate general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission; and Gabriele Giudice, head of the unit on EMU deepening and macroeconomy of the Euro area, directorate general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission. It was moderated by Bart Oosterveld, C. Boyden Gray fellow on global finance and growth and director of the Global Business & Economics Program at the Atlantic Council.
Once a thriving hub for trade and a major agricultural producer, the State of Rakhine in western Myanmar has more recently become better known as a crucible for an ongoing humanitarian, security, and developmental crisis. Violence between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims -- who speak a distinct Bengali dialect and have lived in Rakhine for generations -- has led to an estimated one million Rohingya fleeing west for the comparative safety of Cox’s Bazar, in eastern Bangladesh, the vast majority of whom are women and children. In a campaign of sexual violence, arson, and mass murder waged by the Burmese military, or Tatamadaw, the number of Rohingya killed is currently unknown.