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NEWPORT, WALES – NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will deliver the opening keynote address at the Atlantic Council’s Future Leaders Summit at Celtic Manor in Wales on September 4. He will preview the official NATO Summit agenda. The Future Leaders Summit is the premier public diplomacy event alongside the NATO Summit in Wales, and the Secretary General’s speech to young professionals comes shortly before he hosts leaders from sixty countries to engage in key discussions related to the impact of major global security challenges ranging from Syria to Afghanistan to Ukraine.

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Dinu Patriciu, founder of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and a member of the Council's International Advisory Board, died yesterday at age sixty-four due to complications related to lymphatic cancer.

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In a public address at the Atlantic Council, Tunisian President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki urgently called on the United States and its Western partners to support his country’s fight against terrorism. He warned that without their help to secure the country in the run-up to elections, terrorists will seek to destabilize the country, and thereby threaten Tunisia’s transition to democracy. 

Marzouki cautioned that without international support against terrorism in Tunisia, “you can say goodbye to democracy in the Arab world for a century.”

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Argentina failed to meet its deadline for interest payments on $13 billion of securities bonds due in 2033, resulting in the country’s second default since 2001. Reaction from Atlantic Council experts:

“Nearly a decade ago, Argentina and 93 percent of its bondholders agreed to a deal that Argentina has so far respected. The remaining 7 percent are looking to force Argentina into making large payments on bonds they bought for pennies,” said Peter Schechter, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. “While Argentina’s financial behavior has not been stellar, the vulture funds are now the ones thrusting a stick into the spokes of the international financial community’s bicycle wheels. Argentina has been making some slow progress; the small group of holdouts is now going to derail that. This will cause serious financial, political and, most importantly, human pain,” said Schechter.

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Atlantic Council Names Salam Fayyad as Distinguished Statesman
Fayyad to speak on Gaza crisis at July 31 Atlantic Council event in DC 

WASHINGTON - The Atlantic Council today named Dr. Salam Fayyad, former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, as Atlantic Council distinguished statesman in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Dr. Fayyad will address issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian relationship and the peace process, regional security, including the rise of nonstate actors and related challenges, renewable energy, and economic development issues.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Prime Minister Fayyad to the Council and to our Scowcroft Center’s important Middle East Peace and Security Initiative,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council president and CEO. “His vast expertise and very impressive record will help the Council to further contribute to critical policy discussions and decision-making in one of the world’s most volatile regions.”

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As negotiations resume today in Vienna between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, the Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force introduces two papers that outline options for unwinding US and European sanctions against Iran—a key element of any long-term agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program. 

Easing US Sanctions on Iran ,” by Kenneth Katzman of the Congressional Research Service, examines actions the United States could take to wind down sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic beginning with the 1979 revolution and ratcheted up over the past decade as a means to deter the development of Iran’s nuclear program.

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A new Atlantic Council report warns that although the Algerian government has effectively maintained the status quo and avoided its own Arab Spring, it risks future instability if it does not commit to serious political and economic reforms. 

In “No Arab Spring for Algeria,” Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran, senior fellows at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, examine the conditions that have helped Algeria to avoid the upheavals that rocked neighboring countries in North Africa, and assess whether it can remain immune to the pressures that brought down governments in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt.

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A new Atlantic Council issue brief maps key considerations as Yemen embarks on the next stage in its political evolution—the transition from a unitary to federal state system, as outlined by the final agreement from the multistakeholder National Dialogue Conference.

In “The Challenge of Federalism in Yemen,” Rafat Al-Akhali, nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East based in Sana’a, Yemen, explains that a decentralized system of authority could address the core challenges of corruption, poor social services, and lack of accountability. Yet, the author notes that the most critical issues were not decided during the National Dialogue, such as how natural resources and revenues will be managed, which now falls to the newly established constitution drafting body to determine. While the broad outlines of a six-region federal system was agreed upon by the primary political powers, the real challenge lies in the practical implementation of a new multistate and multitier system of government and how to divide authorities among local, state, regional, and federal government levels.

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce Ricardo Sennes, one of the world's leading experts on Brazil, as a new nonresident senior Brazil fellow at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Sennes offers comprehensive analysis on the new Brazil, as well as the country's strategic position within global affairs, and its key relationships with the United States and Europe.

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The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched this spring a network of nonresident fellows. Based in the Middle East and North Africa, the network brings to the Council new perspectives and locally driven analysis on the processes of change and transition in the Arab world. 

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