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Atlantic Council Names Salam Fayyad as Distinguished Statesman
Fayyad to speak on Gaza crisis at July 31 Atlantic Council event in DC 

WASHINGTON - The Atlantic Council today named Dr. Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, as Atlantic Council distinguished statesman in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Dr. Fayyad will address issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian relationship and the peace process, regional security, including the rise of nonstate actors and related challenges, renewable energy, and economic development issues.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Prime Minister Fayyad to the Council and to our Scowcroft Center’s important Middle East Peace and Security Initiative,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. “His vast expertise and very impressive record will help the Council to further contribute to critical policy discussions and decision-making in one of the world’s most volatile regions.”

Dr. Salam Fayyad is an economist, independent politician, and founder of the nonprofit Future for Palestine. He was prime minister of the Palestinian Authority from 2007 to 2013. Fayyad previously served as finance minister and was chair of the Palestinian Legislative Council’s Finance Committee. He worked in banking, served as IMF representative in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and taught economics. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, and he has made the TIME 100 and Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers lists. 

“The Middle East is facing an uncertain future. Changes to the regional order could mean more instability and insecurity but could also mean that new realities and opportunities for development and prosperity are on the horizon,” said Dr. Fayyad. “Leaders like the United States, its global partners, and its transatlantic allies will be critical to implementing bold new ideas about the region and its future. I am delighted to join the Atlantic Council's exemplary team to contribute to the cutting-edge thinking on the Middle East at such an important moment in its history.”

Dr. Fayyad will join the Atlantic Council in DC on July 31 at 3:30 p.m. for a public, on-the-record event titled "Gaza: Breaking the Vicious Cycle." Space is limited. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot. More event info
As negotiations resume today in Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force introduces two papers that outline options for unwinding US and European sanctions against Iran—a key element of any long-term agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program. 

Easing US Sanctions on Iran ,” by Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service, examines actions the United States could take to wind down sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic beginning with the 1979 revolution and ratcheted up over the past decade as a means to deter the development of Iran’s nuclear program.

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A new Atlantic Council report warns that although the Algerian government has effectively maintained the status quo and avoided its own Arab Spring, it risks future instability if it does not commit to serious political and economic reforms. 

In “No Arab Spring for Algeria,” Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran, senior fellows at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, examine the conditions that have helped Algeria to avoid the upheavals that rocked neighboring countries in North Africa, and assess whether it can remain immune to the pressures that brought down governments in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.

The authors explain how Algeria’s authoritarian regime has been able to minimize the adverse economic conditions felt in other Middle East nations, but maintain this is a short-lived sense of security. The brief provides specific recommendations for political and economic reforms that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his government must take if Algeria is to prosper, grow, and maintain political stability. Khan and Mezran recognize there is arguably more space to implement economic reforms in Algeria, and less incentive to undertake serious political reform.

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The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East brings North American and European voices together with experts from the Middle East, fostering a policy-relevant dialogue about the future of the region at a historic moment of political transformation. The Hariri Center provides objective analysis and innovative policy recommendations regarding political, economic, and social change in the Arab countries, and creates communities of influence around critical issues.

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A new Atlantic Council issue brief maps key considerations as Yemen embarks on the next stage in its political evolution—the transition from a unitary to federal state system, as outlined by the final agreement from the multistakeholder National Dialogue Conference.

In “The Challenge of Federalism in Yemen,” Rafat Al-Akhali, nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East based in Sana’a, Yemen, explains that a decentralized system of authority could address the core challenges of corruption, poor social services, and lack of accountability. Yet, the author notes that the most critical issues were not decided during the National Dialogue, such as how natural resources and revenues will be managed, which now falls to the newly established constitution drafting body to determine. While the broad outlines of a six-region federal system was agreed upon by the primary political powers, the real challenge lies in the practical implementation of a new multistate and multitier system of government and how to divide authorities among local, state, regional, and federal government levels.

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce Ricardo Sennes, one of the world's leading experts on Brazil, as a new nonresident senior Brazil fellow at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Sennes offers comprehensive analysis on the new Brazil, as well as the country's strategic position within global affairs, and its key relationships with the United States and Europe.

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The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched this spring a network of nonresident fellows. Based in the Middle East and North Africa, the network brings to the Council new perspectives and locally driven analysis on the processes of change and transition in the Arab world. 

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WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey described Russia's actions in Eastern Europe as “extraordinarily unsettling” and said they appear largely driven by President Vladimir Putin’s desire to establish a personal legacy.
 
“We have a very clear picture of the capability of the overt military forces of Russia,” General Dempsey said today in a speech at the Atlantic Council. The gauging of Russia’s “intent is and will remain elusive,” he told participants in a conference on the disruptive security effects of emerging technologies.
 

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May 2, 2014

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce that David Goldwyn, one of the United States’ foremost authorities on energy, is joining the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center as a nonresident fellow.  Goldwyn brings a leading assessment of comprehensive energy reforms in Latin America, as well as an understanding of the geostrategic implications for the United States. 

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May 1, 2014

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UK Invites Atlantic Council to Host Future Leaders Meeting at NATO Wales Summit

WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council—in collaboration with the British Government, NATO, the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Atlantic Council of the UK—will organize a future leaders summit on the margins of the NATO Summit in Wales on September 4-5, 2014. British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott made official on Tuesday the British government’s invitation for the Atlantic Council to lead the future leaders summit at the Council’s Toward a Europe Whole and Free conference, capping the first day of a conference that included speeches by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

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Confrontation in Ukraine ‘Was Born in Putin’s Mind,’ Vice-President Says


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April 30, 2014

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WASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama will visit Poland in June for the 25th anniversary of the elections that marked that country’s exit from its era of communist rule under Soviet domination, Vice President Joe Biden said at the Atlantic Council today. Obama’s visit to Poland comes as the US administration seeks to bolster Eastern European allies amid the transatlantic community’s confrontation with Russia over its attacks on Ukraine. From Poland, Obama will visit Brussels to discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis with other leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, Biden said.

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