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On Wednesday, April 19, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted an expert’s roundtable with Michael Keating, special representative of the UN secretary-general for Somalia and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

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On April 18, 2017, the Global Energy Center launched the Atlantic Council Task Force Report on Reform of the Global Energy Architecture. The expert panel included Phillip Cornell, task force co-chair and nonresident senior fellow at the Global Energy Center, Neil Brown, task force member and director of policy and research at the KKR Global Institute, David Goldwyn, task force co-chair and chairman of the Atlantic Council Energy Advisory Group, and Cynthia Quarterman, task force member and nonresident senior fellow at the Global Energy Center. The discussion was moderated by Richard Morningstar, founding director and chairman of the Global Energy Center, and was focused on current energy governance challenges, the importance of international and multilateral collaboration, and the path forward on energy policy for the US administration.  

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At what point does a cyberattack become an act of war? Should the government react to a cyber-attack on the private sector? Is cyber privateering the answer to the government’s woes? These were some of the questions students (including this author) contended with at the Atlantic Council’s 2017 Cyber 9/12 student challenge on March 17 and 18.

Held at American University’s Washington College of Law, this was the fifth and biggest iteration of the annual student competition. Forty-five teams from 32 universities from across the United States took on the roles of cyber policy experts advising the National Security Council on how to react to a fictional cyber catastrophe.

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