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On Friday, September 23, in cooperation with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, the Africa Center hosted a delegation from the Moroccan host-country Steering Committee for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22) for a briefing on the conference, which will take place in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016. The delegation included Mr. Driss El Yazami, head of civil society activities for COP22, and Mr. Saïd Mouline, head of public-private partnerships for COP22.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Atlantic Council report projects that the risk of global conflict is at the “highest level since the Cold War.”

Today, September 22, the Atlantic Council released a report on major global risks leading up to 2035. The world of 2035 will be fraught with risks both international and internal, as the breakdown of the post-Cold War security order is accompanied by the internal fraying in the political, social, and economic fabric of practically all states. The report is authored by Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative and formerly the principal drafter of the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends series, including the highly influential Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.

Given these trends, Dr. Burrows writes that, “in the best case, the world is looking at multipolarity with limited multilateralism…in the worst case, the multipolarity would evolve into another bipolarity—with China, Russia, and their partners pitted against the United States, Europe, Japan, and other allies. In that scenario, conflict would be almost inevitable.”

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On September 21, 2016, the Global Energy Center hosted a panel on whether the Southern Gas Corridor is on track, as it is facing geopolitical and financial issues.

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Senator Inhofe and Senator Whitehouse discussed their bipartisan legislative efforts to preserve US leadership in the sphere of nuclear energy technology. They specifically addressed efforts to promote public-private partnerships on advanced nuclear energy technology, to modernize the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s functions, and to accelerate the development of advanced nuclear reactors.

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In New York this week, Brazilian President Michel Temer embraced the opportunity to convince investors that Brazil has entered a new era. Brazil’s economy, long in steep decline and with twelve million people unemployed, has started to show signs of rebounding. Inflation is decelerating and analysts have revised GDP growth projections upwards from 0 to up to 2 percent for next year.

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