Event Recaps

On Thursday, January 18, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Amb. Koen Vervaeke, managing director for Africa at the European External Action Service, for a roundtable to discuss relations between the European Union (EU) and Africa in the wake of the fifth Africa-EU Summit, which took place last November in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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On Thursday, January 11, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Mr. Bilal ag Acherif, former executive president of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA), for a private roundtable discussion on the status of the Azawad movement, the role of state and non-state actors in security affairs across the Sahel, and his hopes for the peace process in northern Mali.

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On December 7, 2017, days before the second anniversary of President Mauricio Macri’s time in office and the start of the Eleventh Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization in Buenos Aires, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with HSBC, hosted “Argentina’s Transformations: Open to the World.” The half-day conference at the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires focused on Argentina’s political and economic transformations, and its reinsertion into the world. The dialogue centered on Argentina’s ambitious reform agenda, and the new opportunities for businesses and economic growth in the country. The discussion also focused on the implications of Argentina’s renewed international leadership exemplified by its hosting of the WTO Ministerial and its presidency of the G20 Summit in 2018.

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Reimagining the US-Republic of Korea Partnership in the Trans-Pacific Century
 

 
As the Trump administration nears the end of its first year in office, it is a propitious moment to take stock of the emerging US policy for an uncertain and very dynamic security and economic environment in the Trans-Pacific region. In order to most effectively address the region’s unfolding economic and security challenges and opportunities, the United States should work more closely than ever before with its like-minded allies and partners from both the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic communities to develop common approaches. 
 

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On December 12, 2017 the Atlantic Council’s Northern Europe Office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted a public conference in Stockholm to discuss the need to bridge perspectives and start forming a merged agenda to successfully face the security challenges in Northern Europe following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and aggression in Eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Keynote addresses were made by H.E. Peter Hultqvist, Defense Minister of Sweden; Minister Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden; and Ms. Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Norway.

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On December 6, 2017, the Atlantic Council's Global Business and Economics program co-hosted an event with the Bay Area Council Economic Institute in San Francisco, CA. The discussion focused on the progress of the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and its implications for businesses in the United States and the transatlantic digital marketplace. Our panel included Usman Ahmed, Head of Global Public Policy at PayPal; Bruce Andrews, Managing Director at Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC; Andrea Glorioso, Digital Counsellor at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States; and Luke Kowalski, Vice President of the Corporate Architecture Group at Oracle. Melissa Blaustein, Founder and CEO of Allied for Startups, moderated the discussion.

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Mr. Ahmed stressed how European and US businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, could benefit from ongoing DSM reform efforts to boost e-commerce that include a ban on unjustified geo-blocking, lower prices for parcel delivery, and a simplified VAT framework. Mr. Andrews emphasized the role the DSM could play to elevate the US-EU commercial relationship to another level. Mr. Glorioso provided participants with an update on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be enforced across the EU beginning in May 2018. In addition, representatives from Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and large Silicon Valley companies, including Mozilla Inc., Stripe, and PayPal, took part in the discussion which ultimately transitioned from the EU’s DSM to the future of work and its implications for the transatlantic digital marketplace.
On October 10th, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and DEF CON hosted a public event on the vulnerabilities in US voting infrastructure and recommendations for a path forward in securing our democracy. Panelists included Ambassador Douglas Lute, former US permanent representative to NATO; Jeff Moss, founder of DEF CON and senior fellow for the Cyber Statecraft Initiative; John Gilligan, chairman of the board for the Center for Internet Security; Sherri Ramsay, former director of the NSA/CSS Threat Operations Center; and Harri Hursti, founding partner of Nordic Innovation Labs and organizer of the DEF CON Voting Village. The panel was moderated by Jake Braun, a lecturer at the University of Chicago and opening remarks were given by Fred Kempe.

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted its first ‘Nuclear Strategy and Security in the Second Nuclear Age Conference’ on November 16 and 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The conference brought together experts, officials, and leaders from across the world and multiple international organizations with the aim of understanding the emergence of Asia as the epicenter of the second nuclear age.

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On November 30, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s EuroGrowth Initiative hosted an informative discussion on Catalonia’s bid for independence and upcoming elections on December 21. The session was led by the new Director of the Global Business and Economics Program, Bart Oosterveld. 

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On Tuesday, November 29, the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council launched its newest report, Forging a New Era in US-South African Relations.

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