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The Atlantic Council named genetics and national security expert Jamie Metzl as a nonresident fellow for technology and national security in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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The Atlantic Council today announced that Andrea Montanino, Italian economist and current executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will join the Atlantic Council in November as director of the Global Business and Economics Program. In that position, he will lead the Council’s work on economic growth, global trade, and finance. 

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, US Embassy Islamabad, and Meridian International Center are pleased to announce the 2014 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) Fellows.  This fellowship supports and empowers the next generation of Pakistan’s civil society leaders by creating a sustainable forum of collaboration. 

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The Atlantic Council has named Brian Mefford, a Kyiv-based business and political consultant with more than fifteen years of experience in Eastern Europe, as a nonresident senior fellow in its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. Mefford will join the Council’s growing team supporting its Ukraine-in-Europe Initiative. A long-time observer of Ukrainian politics, Mefford will bolster the Council’s analysis of domestic Ukrainian politics.

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Despite President Obama’s assertion that the United States’ counterterrorism strategy targeting militants in Yemen and Somalia provide a “successful” model to be emulated in its fight against ISIS, two new Atlantic Council publications assess the use of drones and the US strategy in Yemen, and argue this approach is shortsighted and threatens US national security objectives.

Danya Greenfield and Stefanie A. Hausheer of the Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East argue that the US drone program in Yemen undermines the United States’ long-term national security objectives, citing the negative impact of civilian casualties, intelligence and targeting mistakes, and the rise of anti-American sentiment that can increase safe havens for extremist groups.

In “Do Drone Strikes in Yemen Undermine US Security Objectives?” the authors outline recommendations for the Obama Administration to address the negative impact of overreliance on drone strikes and the need to develop a long-term, sustainable policy.

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In conjunction with the visit of President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine to the Atlantic Council on Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Council and the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) launched a strategic partnership to enhance the Ukraine in Europe Initiative. This flagship Council Initiative galvanizes international support for an independent Ukraine and aims to strengthen Ukraine’s security, preserve its territorial integrity, and advance democratic, economic, and governance reforms.

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Atlantic Council President Frederick Kempe accepted a unique, three-ton segment of the Berlin Wall as a gift from Verbundnetz Gas, a prominent German energy company, in a ceremony this evening in Leipzig.

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Cynthia Quarterman to Join Atlantic Council Energy Program as Distinguished Senior Fellow

The Atlantic Council today named Cynthia Quarterman, the only person to head two major US energy regulatory agencies, as a distinguished fellow. Quarterman, who has been serving as the administrator of the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), will join the Council next month. She will serve as the Atlantic Council’s leading expert on responsible energy development.

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David L. Goldwyn to Chair Atlantic Council Energy Advisory Group

The Atlantic Council today named David Goldwyn, one of the United States’ most experienced energy experts and diplomats, as the chairman of its new Energy Advisory Group.

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The Atlantic Council today named acclaimed writer and director Dave Anthony as a nonresident fellow in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Anthony is best known for his pioneering work on the blockbuster Call of Duty video game franchise. In 2010, he wrote and directed Call of Duty: Black Ops, which remains the best-selling video game of all time, grossing almost $2 billion in sales as of 2014. In 2014, Anthony formed Prisoner Six Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company developing both TV and movie projects.

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