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Former Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker announced today the launch of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq. The Task Force seeks to refocus attention on the underlying drivers of conflict that must be addressed to stabilize Iraq, beyond the military defeat of ISIS.

Please join the Atlantic Council in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Tuesday, February 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. for the Task Force launch. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero, and Ambassador James Jeffrey will reflect on how their experiences throughout the decade of US intervention in Iraq can be applied to stabilize the country. Dr. Nussaibah Younis will moderate the discussion, and all speakers will be available for interview on request. Find further details and RSVP here.

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Over the coming week, Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley will visit several countries in the Middle East to consult with civil society representatives, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. 

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The Atlantic Council and Qualcomm Incorporated, a global leader in next-generation wireless technologies, announced today a collaboration for 2016 and 2017 that will examine technology policy issues and the potential geopolitical and economic consequences should America no longer lead in technological innovation. In addition, the Atlantic Council will develop a strategy for the United States to remain competitive in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and globally, for decades to come. The analysis will focus on the foundations of future technological innovation such as spectrum allocation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council today announced that Adwoa Jones, Director of Human Resources for the Atlantic Council, has been promoted to serve in a newly created position as the Atlantic Council's first Chief Talent Officer, raising the bar in how the Council fosters, attracts, and develops top talent.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named David Ensor – a seasoned media executive and longtime journalist with business and diplomatic background – as its new Executive Vice President for External Relations, further strengthening its top management team at a time of historic growth in the organization’s size and influence.

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Kabul, Afghanistan and Istanbul, Turkey – The Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum announced today the successful conclusion of Hydrocarbon Tender Agreement negotiations with a consortium of energy companies: Türkiye Petrolleri, Bayat Energy and Calik Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., (the “Consortium”). Upon approval of the agreement by Afghanistan’s Cabinet, the Consortium may begin natural gas exploration and production activities in the Totimaidan Block located within Afghanistan’s Faryab and Jawzjan Provinces, long regarded as one of Central Asia’s most promising potential sources of natural gas.

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center welcomed fifteen Pakistani civil society leaders, the 2015 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan, to the United States last month.

From October 17 to November 8, the fellows visited New York City; Washington DC;  Austin, Texas; and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The ELP Fellowship aims to identify, cultivate, and support the next generation of Pakistan’s leaders. Each year, the Center selects fifteen fellows that embody Pakistan’s geographic, religious, and gender diversity who are working across various sectors.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today the appointment of Max Brooks as a Nonresident Senior Fellow for the Art of Future Warfare Project, which is an initiative of the Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Brooks is the acclaimed author and screenwriter of works such as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) and The Harlem Hellfighters (2014). His affiliation with the Atlantic Council provides Brooks a new platform for his work exploring resilient security through strengthened national will, innovation and infrastructure to address natural and man-made disasters.

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The 2015 Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on November 18-20. This year’s theme, “Building Global Stability and Business Resilience in Volatile Times”, will focus on examining business opportunities, economic and energy developments, and geopolitical challenges in a region that is currently at the crossroads of history.

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The Atlantic Council will offer three of its Veteran Take Point fellows the chance to present their innovative policy projects before a live audience of “Challenge Voters” on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. At the end of the competition, dubbed the Veterans Take Point Foreign Policy Challenge, audience members will vote to determine the recipient of $20,000 in seed funding. Each of the three presenters has developed a project that explores key policy issues, including veteran reintegration, refugee resettlement, and unconventional warfare, through different media.

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