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April 24, 2014

A report released today by the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center argues that heavy military spending in India and Pakistan has in fact been detrimental to the citizens of both countries in terms of security and economic growth, and calls on leaders to reinvest in trade and confidence building.

In India and Pakistan: The Opportunity Cost of Conflict, Atlantic Council South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz and Nonresident Senior Fellow Mohan Guruswamy explain how high defense spending and low economic integration into South Asia’s regional economy have come at the expense of those living in poverty. Although many now favor rapprochement, Nawaz and Guruswamy argue that unless both sides begin a dialogue on economic and military relations, these issues will only worsen.

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Kasyanov Urges West to Urgently Sanction Hundreds of Russian Legislators, Ministers

The United States and European governments should expand their prohibitions on travel and financial transactions by domestic political allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, his former prime minister, Mikhail Kasyanov said today. The West should sanction all members of the Russian parliament who voted to support Putin’s annexation of Crimea and to authorize Russian military operations in Ukraine, Kasyanov said in a speech and interview at the Atlantic Council.

As many US legislators and policy specialists argue for broader sanctions to target wide swaths of Russia’s economy, and for military support for Ukraine, Kasyanov urged the West to avoid such steps, and instead attempt a “weakening of cohesion of [Putin’s] ruling group by individual sanctions … against those people who wanted to destroy European security.” A failure to strengthen sanctions could embolden Putin to continue attacks on Ukraine or even neighboring Moldova, he said.

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ABC News Radio cites the Atlantic Council for hosting a Google Hangout discussion with Ukrainian intelligence chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko:

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Bloomberg cites the Atlantic Council for hosting a Google Hangout discussion with Ukrainian intelligence chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko:

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Washington Post cites the Atlantic Council for hosting a Google Hangout discussion with Ukrainian intelligence chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko:

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Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Harlan Ullman writes for UPI on the standoff between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin and how it might end:

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Computer Business Review mentions a new Atlantic Council report jointly written with Zurich Insurance Group which looks at cyber risks that have could potentially become system-wide risks:

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Huffington Post quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on the US decision to resume partial military assistance to Egypt: 

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Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Ambassador-in-Residence Capricia Marshall joins WJLA to discuss the business of diplomacy: 

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WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council today named one of the United States’ most accomplished diplomats, Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., as a vice president and director of its Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Ricciardone, who currently serves as the US ambassador to Turkey, will join the Council in September.

“At a crucial moment in the history of the Middle East, Ambassador Ricciardone brings to the Atlantic Council rich leadership experience from some of the world's most demanding places,” said Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council.

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