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ISTANBUL- Following highly publicized visits to the embattled countries of Ukraine and Iraq, US Vice President Joseph Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu joined a special closing session of the sixth Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul to discuss why energy security is crucial for resolving the pressing security challenges we face today.

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ISTANBUL— The sixth Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit continued for a second day at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul featuring a keynote address from Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, moderated by CNN Anchor Nina Dos Santos.

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While Russian and European energy codependence is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, a raft of new projects will help Europe diversify its energy supply and security over the medium- and long-term, concluded experts at the opening panel of the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit's second day in Istanbul, Turkey.

Led by Ambassador Richard Morningstar, recently named the founding director of the Atlantic Council's newly unveiled Global Energy Center, Europe's Energy Security – Challenges and Opportunities also featured a group of top public- and private-sector energy sector experts, including BP Vice President for the Southern Corridor Joe Murphy, US State Department Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Robin Dunnigan, leading academics Jason Bordoff of Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy and Alan Riley of the City University of London, and Cheniere President Jean Abiteboul.

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ISTANBUL– Opinion leaders from politics, media, academia, and the corporate world convened in Istanbul this morning for two days of talks on how governments and companies manage emerging risks and uncertainty in today's turbulent times.

The sixth annual Energy & Economic Summit began with a welcome by Atlantic Council Chairman Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., President and CEO Frederick Kempe, Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Turkey John Bass, and Summit Director Orhan Taner.

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Ground Forces Will Be Needed, General James Jones Says


Ground troops, perhaps even Special Forces, will ultimately be required to defeat the Islamist militant army of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, General James L. Jones told the Atlantic Council’s Energy & Economic Summit in Istanbul today.

Jones, a former national security advisor in the Obama administration, said deploying ground forces is essential to avoiding a protracted war with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham), which controls almost 30 percent of Iraq and large parts of Syria.

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In a warm up for the opening of tomorrow's Atlantic Council Energy and Economics Summit, participants held a pre-Summit dialogue focused on how nation states can deal with rising nonstate powers across the Middle East.

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) was a hot topic of discussion at Nation State vs. Nonstate Dynamics in a Disintegrating Region – Security Outlook 2015, as participants grappled with how Turkey and its partners and allies to the West can prevent the extremist group from solidifying its foothold in Syria and Iraq. The panel discussion featured the Atlantic Council's Francis J. Ricciardone, Barry Pavel, Frederic C. Hof, and Barbara Slavin, along with journalist Mustafa Akyol and Soner Çağaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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This morning marked the opening of the Atlantic Council's sixth annual Energy and Economic Summit. A roster of distinguished leaders—including Atlantic Council Chairman Jon Huntsman, Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe, US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız, EU Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action Miguel Arias Cañete, US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass, and Summit Director Orhan Taner—welcomed some 400 government and private sector leaders from from over forty countries to Istanbul's Grand Tarabya hotel.

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ISTANBUL-- Opinion leaders from politics, media, academia, and the corporate world convened in Istanbul this morning for two days of talks on how governments and companies manage emerging risks and uncertainty in today’s turbulent times.

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"It is much cheaper to supply aid to the region than to put all those soldiers on the border," began Foreign Minister Carlos Morales of Guatemala. This was the beginning of a conversation hosted by the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Thursday, November 13th with Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez of El Salvador and Foreign Minister Morales. Speaking to a packed room at Atlantic Council headquarters, the foreign ministers spoke of the challenges and opportunities their countries saw for economic development and improvement of security.

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Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow Robert Manning writes for the National Interest on Obama's Middle East policy:

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