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Appointment comes as NAFTA renegotiations continue, China increasingly asserts its presence on the world economic stage, the impact of Brexit remains uncertain, and protectionist and anti-globalist sentiments threaten the Western world.

WASHINGTON, DC
 – The Atlantic Council today named Bart J. Oosterveld as the new director of its Global Business and Economics Program and as the C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth. Mr. Oosterveld brings two decades of expertise in capital markets and credit ratings with Moody’s Investors Service, giving him unique insights into the ways governments, markets and companies interact in the global economy.

Mr. Oosterveld served in myriad roles at Moody’s Investors Service over the course of a nearly twenty-year tenure. His work at the nexus of finance and government will be an invaluable asset to the Global Business and Economics Program, which promotes transatlantic leadership to find multilateral solutions to today’s most vital and pressing global economic issues such as increasing protectionism, subdued economic growth, financial crime, and rising inequality. His extensive industry knowledge will help connect the work of the Global Business and Economics Program to the Council’s 11 other regional and functional programs and centers.

“With Bart, the council has gained a results-oriented, multi-lingual, private sector business leader who will bring his impressive skills to our efforts to better understand global economic and financial forces and their impact on larger strategic and security issues,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “The Global Business and Economics Program, which he will lead, serves as the engine room for the Council’s effort to integrate the study of prosperity and security issues.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe announced today that David McCormick – a highly regarded former Treasury and White House official, and Co-CEO of the world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates – will replace General Brent Scowcroft as the chairman of its International Advisory Board (IAB). Scowcroft stepped down to serve as chairman emeritus of the IAB in 2015.

“There’s no better person than Dave McCormick to lead the remarkable group of CEOs and top former government officials on the International Advisory Board of Washington’s most vibrant and fastest growing think tank,” said General Scowcroft, the only individual to have served two presidents as national security advisor. “His distinguished career at Commerce, Treasury, and the National Security Council, coupled with his military service and time leading a major investment firm, makes him the right person to bring fresh energy and vision to this crucial advisory group.”

McCormick said, “It is an honor to follow in General Scowcroft’s footsteps as Chairman of this extraordinary group of global leaders. The Atlantic Council’s work of galvanizing US leadership alongside worldwide allies and partners to secure the future has seldom been so urgent.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council congratulates Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., its chairman of the past four years, on his unanimous confirmation by the US Senate as ambassador to Russia.

“There’s no more challenging overseas post, and there’s no more qualified person to fill it,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. “Having served now in every administration since Ronald Reagan, and with deep political experience as Utah governor and as a presidential candidate, Governor Huntsman brings unique capabilities to a complicated and crucial assignment.”

Governor Huntsman will assume his third US ambassadorship, following China (2009-2011) and Singapore (1992-1993), at a moment of outsized importance in US-Russia relations.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council today announced that senior vice president and anti-money laundering (AML) executive for sanctions at BB&T Bank, Brian O'Toole, has been appointed as a nonresident senior fellow with the Global Business & Economics Program. Brian is an accomplished expert on economic sanctions, with substantial experience in both the public and private sectors.

“Brian joins us at an exciting time as we take our Economic Sanctions Initiative to the next level,” said Andrea Montanino, Director of the Global Business and Economics Program. “He brings with him a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors and we look forward to working with Brian to forge a path toward more effective economic sanctions.”

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WASHINGTON, DC –The Atlantic Council will honor President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in; Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau; and world-renowned Chinese pianist, educator, and philanthropist Lang Lang at its eighth annual Global Citizen Awards on the evening of September 19 in New York, NY.

All three distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the event.

The awards dinner honors those individuals who best exemplify “Global Citizenship” through their unique contributions toward improving the state of the world. We salute them before an audience of around 500 global government, business, and civil society leaders.

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Appointment comes as Venezuela crisis deepens, NAFTA renegotiations begin, and region deepens global engagement 

WASHINGTON, DC
 – The Atlantic Council today named Jason Marczak as the new Director of its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He will lead the Center at a pivotal time for the future of Latin America and the region’s place in the world. One of Marczak’s immediate priorities will be the crisis in Venezuela. 

Jason Marczak joined the Council in October 2013 as Director of its Economic Growth Initiative to help launch the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Since its inception, Marczak has been at the forefront of setting the Center’s strategic direction, positioning it as the go-to reference for insight and impact.

Most recently, Marczak directed a four-country task force on Central America’s Northern Triangle with General John F. Kelly as the co-chair before he joined the Trump administration. Jason jointly oversaw a similar bipartisan effort on Colombia, co-chaired by Senators Benjamin Cardin and Roy Blunt. Marczak is a regular commentator, with appearances in hundreds of US and regional press outlets.
 

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Su nombramiento toma lugar mientras que la crisis en Venezuela se agudiza, las negociaciones del TLCAN comienzan, y la región profundiza su participación global.

WASHINGTON, DC – El Atlantic Council hoy nombró a Jason Marczak como el nuevo Director de su Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht. Marczak liderará el Centro en un momento crucial para el futuro de América Latina y su posición en el mundo. Una de sus prioridades inmediatas será la crisis en Venezuela.

Jason Marczak se unió al Council en octubre de 2013 como Director de la Iniciativa de Crecimiento Económico Latinoamericano para ayudar a lanzar el Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht. Desde la fundación del centro, Marczak ha ayudado a definir su dirección estratégica, posicionándolo como referente de impacto y conocimiento.

Más recientemente, Marczak dirigió un Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Triángulo Norte de Centroamérica con el General John F. Kelly sirviendo como co-director antes de unirse a la administración Trump. De igual manera, supervisó un esfuerzo no partidista sobre Colombia, codirigido por los Senadores Benjamin Cardin y Roy Blunt. Marczak es un comentarista frecuente, con apariciones en cientos de medios de comunicación estadounidenses y regionales.

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#DisinfoWeek will bring together leaders from the tech sector, policy community, academia, media, and government for a week-long series of bi-coastal events at Stanford University and at the Atlantic Council headquarters in Washington, DC. Strategic panel discussions and keynote addresses will highlight the challenge posed by disinformation and the role of the private sector, governments, and civil society in actively combating disinformation campaigns designed to undermine democratic institutions and discredit the democratic model.

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The Atlantic Council and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) announced today that they will host their Global Forum in Warsaw on July 6-7.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that Deborah Lee James, former secretary of the air force, has joined the Atlantic Council as a board director and its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security as a distinguished fellow. Secretary James has thirty years of senior national security experience in the federal government and the private sector.

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