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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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WASHINGTON, DC - On June 16, 2016, The New York Times reported that more than fifty State Department diplomats had signed an internal memo critiquing the Obama administration's Syria policy. The New York Times was provided a draft of the memo, which urges air strikes against the Assad regime in Syria. In response, Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center and former special adviser for transition in Syria with the US State Department, issued the following statement:

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WROCLAW – The second and final day of the seventh annual Wroclaw Global Forum opened with a discussion featuring US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), US Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Atlantic Council Chairman Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. on US foreign policy after the 2016 election. The wide-ranging discussion recapped the 2016 primary season and looked ahead to the types of discussions that will be had between the democratic and republican candidates in the general election.

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WROCLAW – The seventh annual Wroclaw Global Forum opened in Wroclaw, Poland this morning, convening a global group of leaders from government, business, media, and civil society. Hosted by the Atlantic Council, the City of Wroclaw, and the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Forum began with opening remarks from the three co-hosts: Atlantic Council Chairman Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Mayor of Wroclaw Rafal Dutkiewicz, and Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Slawomir Debski.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland H.E. Witold Waszczykowski delivered a keynote address focused on Poland and the NATO Summit to a packed auditorium, highlighting the threats that NATO faces on both its eastern and southern flanks. He stressed that NATO needs to strengthen its military presence in Poland and the Baltics to combat an increasingly aggressive Russian.  

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WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit to the United States, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center announces the release of a white paper entitled Resilient Megacities: Strategy, Security, and Sustainability. Informed by the Atlantic Council’s Megacity Security Conference held in partnership with the US Consulate in Mumbai at the Taj Mahal Hotel—the site of the horrific 2008 attacks—the paper calls for increased international cooperation and emphasizes the constructive role that the US-India partnership on homeland security plays in safeguarding some of the world’s largest cities.

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The Atlantic Council today released an open letter, signed by thirteen former Secretaries of State, Secretaries of Defense, and National Security Advisors, making a strong geopolitical case for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council named former State Department Special Adviser for transition in Syria, Frederic C. Hof, as Director of its Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Hof has been a Senior Fellow for the Hariri Center since November 2012, and will assume his position as Director on May 11, 2016.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today its new trade initiative, aimed at boosting trade relations between the United States and India. The initiative, housed in the Council’s South Asia Center, will build on the momentum of President Obama and Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious goal to increase the trade levels between the two countries in the next ten years from $100 billion to a projected $500 billion.

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