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The Atlantic Council today joined the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP), the foremost public-private alliance tackling global water security. 

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The Atlantic Council named Anders Åslund, one of the world’s most renowned experts on Ukrainian and Russian political economy, as a Senior Fellow in its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center with a dual appointment in its Global Business and Economics program. Dr. Åslund is a leading specialist on East European economies, and has served as an economic adviser to several European governments. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko recently appointed Dr Åslund to his International Advisory Council for Reforms.  His appointment strengthens the Council’s extensive work on Ukraine, expands the Council’s work to include Russian political economy, and reinforces the Council’s focus on the growth crisis in Europe.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will join the Atlantic Council as a Distinguished Statesman, effective immediately, marking his first policy-oriented affiliation after stepping down from the Obama administration’s cabinet in February.  He will also serve as a member of the Council’s International Advisory Board and as a member of the advisory council for the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council tonight will announce the launch of a new initiative —Afghanistan Rising: Sustaining Success in Afghanistan — during its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner, which will honor, among others, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

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The Dartmouth Club of Washington presented today the 28th annual Daniel Webster Award to Ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone ('73), former US Ambassador to Egypt, the Philippines and Palau, and Turkey.

Ambassador Ricciardone is currently Vice President of the Atlantic Council, which promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs, and Director of the Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, one of the leading institutions addressing the issues of the Middle East's current transitions and upheavals.

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center today launched a new issue brief entitled “Reimagining Pakistan’s Militia Policy.” Written by the Center’s US Pakistan Program Exchange Fellow Yelena Biberman, the brief argues that Pakistan's unwillingness to crack down on all terrorist groups is more a product of cold calculation than ideological shortsightedness, and calls for powerful countries, including the United States, to lead the way to better security policy in Pakistan.

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The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative together with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) concluded the first European Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, held on April 22 to 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. In the first competition of its kind in Europe, sixteen teams competed to offer their best national security policy prescriptions for combating escalating cyber conflict. The teams traveled to Geneva from the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, and the United States. By bringing together current and future cyber policymakers from across the transatlantic community, the Student Challenge provided a unique venue for advancing cybersecurity education in Europe and beyond.

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The Atlantic Council is convening twenty-one exceptional rising leaders from around the world this week in Washington, DC for the formal launch of the Millennium Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to connect innovative  leaders under thirty-five years old who will shape the twenty-first century and empower them to pursue transformational change with a global vision.

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The Atlantic Council announced today the four recipients of its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards, to be presented on the evening of April 30 in Washington, DC: President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani; Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip M. Breedlove; Chairman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation Marillyn A. Hewson; and American country music singer-songwriter and record producer Toby Keith

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The Atlantic Council today named John S. Haederle, a senior director at the Pew Charitable Trusts, as its first Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations, a move that strengthens the Council’s top executive team at a time of historic growth in its size and influence.

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