Announcements

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The Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ACCEL), Barents Regional Youth Council, Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP), Reykjavik University, and Youth Arctic Coalition invite you to participate in a question and answer session with Admiral Robert J. Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic and the top U.S. Government Arctic official. The session will take place at the Arctic Circle Conference on Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 6:30 PM GMT/1:00 to 2:30 PM EST and focus Arctic youth (ages 18-35). This event will be livestreamed and the moderator will field questions from a global online audience. To ask your question, join the conversation at #ArcticCircle2014.

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Meet the 2014 ELP Fellows

Adiya Amjad | Aftab Waheed | Danial Shah | Dawar Shah Akhtar | Hassan Raza | Ifrah Faiz | Jalila Haider | Mahnoor Ijaz Rathore | Muhammad Dawood Sheikh | Mukesh Meghwar | Nazish Rahmani | Rafia Saleem | Rahim Shah | | Sehyr Mirza | Yasir Abbas


WASHINGTON- The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, and Meridian International Center are pleased to announce the 2014 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) Fellows. This Fellowship supports and empowers the next generation of Pakistan's civil society leaders by creating a sustainable forum of collaboration.

This year's contingent of fifteen dynamic civil society leaders, who were selected through a highly competitive process, embody Pakistan's ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity. They are educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, social activists, social innovators, and community organizers who are working to solve some of Pakistan's most pressing challenges. They are committed to their communities and country and represent a broad cross-section of Pakistani society. For all of them, this represents their first visit to the United States.

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In 2014, the United Kingdom will become the center of the political world as it hosts the NATO Summit. Heads of state and government, top diplomats, military commanders, and other international leaders will convene to make decisions that will affect the global economy and geopolitical landscape. Building on years of experience convening emerging leaders at flagship events at the last five official NATO summits, the Council will host the 2014 Future Leaders Summit on the side-lines of the official NATO Summit in Wales. This Future Leaders Summit will connect emerging leaders from NATO member countries with one another, the Alliance's current leaders, luminaries in the international security sphere, and a lasting global network of peers. The Council will select a cadre of exceptional emerging leaders to participate in this dynamic event through an open and competitive call for applications. Selected applicants will join members of the Council's Emerging Leaders Working Group at the summit. Applications to participate in the Future Leaders Summit will become available the last week of June 2014.

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The Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy (ELEEP) Network is an ongoing, outcome-oriented dialogue dedicated to sharing best practices in sustainable economic transformation across the Atlantic. The Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute established ELEEP in 2011 as the first transatlantic network of its kind, with the goal of harnessing Web 2.0 technology to connect leading young professionals in these fields, and facilitate discussions that would shape the energy and environmental policy landscape of the future.

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As Egypt gears up to go to the polling stations for its second presidential elections in as many years, many have labeled it a vote with a foregone conclusion. With only two candidates competing this year - former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi - Sisi is expected to emerge the victor. A vigorous 'get-out-the-vote' campaign has called on Egyptians to vote on May 26 and 27, as all wait expectantly, not for the final result, but the focus rather is on voter turnout. Turn to EgyptSource for in-depth analysis in the lead up to the vote, a liveblog as the voting takes place, and after the results, a series of articles taking a look forward on key issues under Egypt's new president. 
The crisis in Ukraine arguably marks the sharpest east-west conflict in Europe since the Cold War and a historic test for US and transatlantic leadership. This crisis demands special attention, which at the Atlantic Council means providing analysis and hosting public dialogue with key leaders and opinion-makers shaping this story. In this twice-weekly e-mail, we will gather for you the critical information to track these events, which are re-shaping Eastern Europe, transatlantic security calculations, and the global strategic environment.

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The Atlantic Council and Ecologic Institute, through their Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP – www.eleep.eu) launched the Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders (ACCEL) Fellowship in the spring of 2014. The Fellowship aims to train the next generation of Arctic Ambassadors and is a unique summer opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, interested in building careers focused on international security, environmental issues, shipping and trade, energy and natural resources, or public relations and diplomacy.


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NATO Young Leaders Working Group on the Trans-Atlantic Bond

 The deadline for applications has passed. Thank you for your interest.

Overview
Heads of state and government from all 28 NATO nations will convene at the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales this September to reaffirm the importance of the Trans-Atlantic bond and build a strong foundation for its future. To help Alliance leaders accomplish this task, NATO has commissioned a working group of emerging leaders from member countries to provide concrete ideas and proposals that support a renewed Trans-Atlantic bond and has asked the Atlantic Council to facilitate this process. The Council will select a representative group of fifteen exceptional emerging leaders to participate in the working group. The group will convene in person at the Atlantic Council’s Toward a Europe Whole and Free conference in Washington, DC on April 29-30, 2014 to begin drafting a report with concrete proposals and present these recommendations in Brussels in early June. Members are also tentatively scheduled to attend the 2014 Young Atlanticist Summit on the sidelines of the official NATO Summit in Wales in early September to represent the next generation of Alliance leaders, pending confirmation of the event.

Full program background on this initiative is available here (PDF)

Application Information
The Atlantic Council is seeking exceptional emerging leaders, aged 25-35, from NATO member countries to participate in this unique international, nonpartisan initiative. Members will have an opportunity to shape the discussions at and in the run-up to the 2014 NATO Summit and build a lasting community of peers committed to supporting a strong Trans-Atlantic bond for the twenty-first century. Applicants may include elected officials, business leaders, journalists, legislative staff, military personnel and veterans, community leaders, policy experts, government officials, and other professionals working in a field of relevance to the Trans-Atlantic bond whose leadership experience, professional expertise, and direct role in influencing policy and public opinion position them to contribute substantively to the working group and provide innovative recommendations.

Applicant Requirements
  • Between 25 and 35 years of age
  • NATO country citizenship
  • Current or past experience relating to: security or defense policy; democratic transitions; international law; international energy policy; international business; journalism; electoral politics; humanitarian issues; or any other fields of relevance to the Trans-Atlantic partnership. 
  • Working knowledge of English
  • A willingness to engage in regular online activity over an extended period and ability to attend and fully participate in the working group’s in-person events
  • An interest in long-term engagement with peers on issues pertaining to Trans-Atlantic relations
 
Please note: Potential candidates should only apply if they will be able to travel to and participate fully in the events mentioned above in 2014 (the April 29-May 1 conference in DC, early June conference in Brussels, and tentatively planned Young Atlanticist Summit which is scheduled for the week of September 5 in Wales).

The University of Utah Alumni Association presented its Distinguished Alumnus Award to Fred Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO, recognizing Kempe’s three-decade career as a journalist, author and foreign policy think-tank executive. The association presented the award February 20.

Kempe, a Utah native who graduated from the university in 1976, has led the Atlantic Council since 2006, following a twenty-five year career as correspondent, columnist and editor at The Wall Street Journal.  He previously won the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's top alumni achievement award.

The Atlantic Council mourns the death of Alexandros Petersen, a victim of Friday's terrorist attack in Kabul that killed twenty-one people. Petersen was a former fellow for transatlantic energy security and associate director of the Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and had been serving in Kabul as a professor at the American University of Afghanistan. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues on the loss of a young man who followed some of the world's most challenging issues with enormous passion and an intrepid nature. Petersen was selflessly committed to supporting a democratic transition in Afghanistan. At the Atlantic Council, his work focused on Eurasian energy geopolitics. He was a few months away from completing a biography of Mikheil Saakashvili, and served as an advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Council President and CEO Fred Kempe extended his condolences on Twitter, prompting a number of responses.


Some of Petersen's work while he was at the Council:

EU-US Energy Coordination Should Focus on Unconventional Gas (December 20, 2011)
Leviathan in the Levant (February 4, 2011)
Egypt Needs Reform, Not Revolution (January 31, 2011)
Who Will Play the Lead in Eurasia's Pipeline Opera? (January 24, 2011)