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ISTANBUL- Following highly publicized visits to the embattled countries of Ukraine and Iraq, US Vice President Joseph Biden and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu joined a special closing session of the sixth Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul to discuss why energy security is crucial for resolving the pressing security challenges we face today.

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ISTANBUL— The sixth Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit continued for a second day at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul featuring a keynote address from Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, moderated by CNN Anchor Nina Dos Santos.

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ISTANBUL-- Opinion leaders from politics, media, academia, and the corporate world convened in Istanbul this morning for two days of talks on how governments and companies manage emerging risks and uncertainty in today’s turbulent times.

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The Atlantic Council today announced the launch of the Art of Future Warfare (AFW) project, housed in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, that aims to create a world in which artists—writers, illustrators, directors, videographers, and others— and creativity enjoy a valued place in the defense establishment’s planning and preparation for the future of warfare and conflict.

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US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yıldız will make an announcement on enhancing the US and Turkey’s energy collaboration and clean energy deployment on Thursday, November 20 at the Atlantic Council’s Sixth Energy & Economic Summit. They will make brief remarks and then have joint press availability.
International negotiators will meet in Vienna this week for what they hope will be a final push to hammer out a comprehensive deal over Iran’s nuclear program. According to many experts and officials, however, the chances of securing a deal by the November 24 deadline are slim. The New York Times reports that President Barack Obama’s own top national security advisers put the chance of reaching an agreement this month at 40 to 50 percent.

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United States Vice President Joe Biden will address a special closing session of the Atlantic Council's sixth annual Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul on November 22, 2014, where he is expected to discuss the political, security, and energy challenges facing the transatlantic community and the wider Eurasian region.

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The Atlantic Council today named Richard Morningstar―diplomat, businessman, lawyer, and scholar―as the founding director of its new Global Energy Center. Morningstar is the latest addition to an expert team the Council is assembling to build its groundbreaking energy initiative, including former Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs David Goldwyn as the chair of the center’s advisory board, and Cynthia Quartermann, who joins the Council as a distinguished senior fellow following her tenure as the administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The Council also recently welcomed Daniel Poneman, the former deputy secretary of energy, and Carlos Pascual, a two-time US ambassador, to its board of directors, rounding out a world-class team of energy experts.

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According to a new Atlantic Council report entitled The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Big Opportunities for Small Business, small and medium-sized enterprises in both the United States and European Union would benefit significantly from the implementation of an ambitious Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP). Using data from a targeted survey and interviews conducted with SME executives on both sides of the Atlantic, the study cites three core challenges for SMEs: a lack of clarity on how to get started, problems finding the right clients, and what the report calls a “confusing mix of regulatory differences and contradictory registration requirements.”

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The Atlantic Council named Dr. Daniel Chiu, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development in the Department of Defense (DoD), as deputy director of its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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