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WASHINGTON, DC – Atlantic Council report projects that the risk of global conflict is at the “highest level since the Cold War.”

Today, September 22, the Atlantic Council released a report on major global risks leading up to 2035. The world of 2035 will be fraught with risks both international and internal, as the breakdown of the post-Cold War security order is accompanied by the internal fraying in the political, social, and economic fabric of practically all states. The report is authored by Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative and formerly the principal drafter of the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends series, including the highly influential Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.

Given these trends, Dr. Burrows writes that, “in the best case, the world is looking at multipolarity with limited multilateralism…in the worst case, the multipolarity would evolve into another bipolarity—with China, Russia, and their partners pitted against the United States, Europe, Japan, and other allies. In that scenario, conflict would be almost inevitable.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - The international media frequently features stories of Arab states and non-state actors committing human rights violations allegedly in the name of Islam. The application and understanding of Islamic jurisprudence is varied and controversial, whether such readings of the faith result in institutionalized state laws or actions committed by non-state actors, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Qaeda.

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The Ambassador of Gabon to the United States/Permanent Representative of Gabon to the United Nations has written to the Atlantic Council on behalf of President Ali Bongo Ondimba to communicate that the president will no longer be traveling to the United States this month due to the situation in his country. Therefore, he will not be available to accept an Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award during the organization's annual awards dinner in New York on September 19, 2016. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council will honor three recipients at its annual Global Citizen Awards, to be presented on the evening of September 19 in New York, NY: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe; Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi; and American musician, composer, educator, and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center Wynton Marsalis.

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The Atlantic Council, in collaboration with Zurich Insurance Group and the Pardee Center for International Futures, released a report today that examines the economic impacts of impending demographic changes. Authored by Mathew Burrows, this groundbreaking report, Reducing the Risks from Rapid Demographic Change forecasts possible future scenarios and asserts that demographics do not have to dictate the future if we take action now.

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Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Names Luis Miguel Castilla as Senior Fellow

WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council has appointed former Peruvian Ambassador and Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla as Senior Fellow for the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. In this capacity, Ambassador Castilla will work on a host of issues, including Peru, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, China-Latin America relations, regional and international trade, the implications of peace in Colombia, and security throughout the hemisphere. 

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The Atlantic Council's eighth annual Istanbul Summit will convene in Istanbul, Turkey on April 6-7, 2017.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council is now accepting applications for its third class of Veterans Take Point Initiative fellows. The Take Point Initiative provides world-class training, professional networking and mentorship, and grants to post-9/11 veterans seeking to become nonprofit and thought leaders in international affairs. All eligible veterans are encouraged to apply at www.takepointx.org before October 1, 2016.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security named Bilal Y. Saab as the director of its Middle East Peace and Security Initiative (MEPSI). Previously, Saab served as MEPSI’s resident senior fellow. He has more than fourteen years of experience working as a political-military analyst, adviser, and corporate manager on the Middle East.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council named Fabrice Pothier as a nonresident senior fellow with the Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

As a fellow, Mr. Pothier will contribute to the Scowcroft Center’s work on transatlantic security in an age of global turbulence and challenges. Among other things, Mr. Pothier will focus on the future of NATO in light of the new security environment in Europe, the EU-NATO relationship, NATO’s partnerships, and European defense capabilities. He brings both practical experience and creative ideas that will advance the Center’s goals of galvanizing the transatlantic community for global challenges and generating policy-relevant ideas for policy makers and national security leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

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