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The Atlantic Council is taking the lead in developing the next generation of veteran foreign policy leaders. Through an intensive fellowship program dubbed “Take Point”, the Council and Bob Woodruff Foundation will offer professional training, networking, engagement with senior foreign policy heavyweights such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Gov. Jon Huntsman, and General James Cartwright, and $75,000 in seed funding to support veteran-run foreign policy initiatives. The Council is currently accepting applications for this program with a deadline of August 16 via www.TakePointX.org.

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The Iran Task Force of the Atlantic Council supports the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) announced in Vienna this week and applauds the bold intent and intense efforts of President Barack Obama and his team of diplomats and scientists who worked so hard to bring it to fruition.

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Days before the opening of the US Embassy in Havana, the Atlantic Council’s Latin America Center launched a new report today that provides a ten point roadmap for Cuba’s reintegration into the global economy.  Key to the success of this effort will be to push for a reengagement between Cuba and the international financial institutions (IFIs) including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Cuba’s Economic Reintegration: Begin with the International Financial Institutions is the first major policy publication on Cuba’s role in the global economic community since the December announcement of new policies toward Cuba. The team of authors include Cuban economist Pavel Vidal and former Senior IMF Economist Scott Brown, a former mission chief for Albania.

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The Atlantic Council and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University announced a new partnership today that will link the organizations across a full range of substantive issue areas in a number of forms including faculty/scholar exchanges, joint programs between centers, cohosted conferences and workshops, and multi-media outreach. This will be the only partnership of its kind for both institutions.

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The Atlantic Council is pleased to welcome Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on July 8 at 10:00 a.m. for the first of a series of events on “America’s Role in the World.” Senator Graham will discuss rising global security threats, including Iranian nuclear ambitions and the spread of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIL).

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In an open letter to President Obama, Peter Schechter, Director, and Jason Marczak, Deputy Director, of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council, urge that the time is now to  seize the momentum of recent policy changes toward Cuba and fully reignite relations by pushing the current session of Congress to end the embargo. Schechter and Marczak write, “It is critical to push beyond summits, terrorism lists, and even announcements of reestablishing diplomatic relations."

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The Atlantic Council today named international security experts Dr. Nora Bensahel and retired Lieutenant General David Barno as Nonresident Senior Fellows for military affairs and national security policy in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff must move beyond the usual modestly targeted working groups to outline an ambitious path forward based on a common political and economic agenda, says a new Atlantic Council report that launched today.  The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center’s report, titled US-Brazil Relations: A New Beginning? How to Strengthen the Bilateral Agenda.

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WROCLAW – The final day of the Wroclaw Global Forum featured a keynote panel with US Senator Jeanne Shaheen and former National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley. Moderated by Jan Cienski of POLITICO Europe, the 2015 Forum’s leading international media partner, the discussion focused on America’s role in Europe, and in particular, America’s role in the conflict in Ukraine.

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WROCLAW – The Atlantic Council Freedom Awards marked the conclusion of the first day of the 2015 Wroclaw Global Forum, honoring former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, Donetsk National University, Ukrainian military pilot and prisoner of war Nadiya Savchenko, and Polish film director Agnieszka Holland. Russian activist Boris Nemtsov was also honored with a posthumous award, presented to his daughter, Zhanna Nemtsova.

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