Former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, TIME Managing Editor and author, Richard Stengel has seen and led the transformation of media in the private and the public sector. At State, he led the department’s efforts at countering both ISIS propaganda and Russian disinformation. Stengel remains centered at the crossroads of media, policy and politics – as a strategic adviser to Snapchat and an analyst on MSNBC – and is currently working on a book for Penguin Press on the global information war.
“I couldn’t be more delighted to join the Atlantic Council and its DFRLab which is at the forefront of using cutting-edge techniques to expose disinformation and falsehood around the world. They are a model of the new kinds of institutions that support the pursuit of truth at a time that it is under an unprecedented threat.”
The longest serving Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs since the job was created in 1999, Stengel brought public diplomacy into the 21st century, modernizing State’s communications, expanding the department’s digital footprint, and ensuring that every embassy was on social media.
At the State Department, Stengel launched and led numerous programs and initiatives, including the Global Engagement Center, the United States’ only stand-alone anti-disinformation entity, the Sawab Center in Abu Dhabi, the first joint American and foreign counter ISIL messaging hub – now a template for others around the world – and English for All, a government-wide effort that promotes teaching English abroad. He also oversaw all of the department’s extensive educational exchanges including the Fulbright Scholarship.
Prior to the State Department, Stengel was the managing editor of TIME for seven years, transforming it into a digital and social media powerhouse on a global scale. He oversaw all print, digital, and international functions, and redesigned, re-focused and reinvigorated TIME. Under his stewardship, TIME won its first-ever Magazine of the Year Award as well as numerous other National Magazine Awards, including for general excellence. Stengel also won an Emmy for executive producing the TIME documentary: “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience.” Before becoming managing editor of TIME, Stengel was President and CEO of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
“I am delighted to welcome Richard Stengel to the Atlantic Council as a distinguished fellow,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe. “We are in a paradigm moment in which we must harness opportunities and mitigate threats within our rapidly evolving information environment. No one knows how to navigate that information environment better than Rick, who knows every angle from media to government to technology.”
The @DFRLab is at the forefront of open source research with a focus on governance, technology, security, social media, and where each intersect. By publishing what it can prove, or disprove, in real-time, the @DFRLab is creating a new model of research and education adapted for impact, as well as building a global movement to forge digital resilience.
The Council is also ranked in the top ten in the US in Foreign Policy and International Affairs, Energy and Resource Policy, Conferences, External Relations/Public Engagement, Management, and Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies.
The rankings are contained in the latest 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, from The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The Index is used to identify and recognize centers of excellence in policy research, forge knowledge and policy partnerships and create a global think tank village. The Atlantic Council is delighted to have steadily climbed up the rankings in the last decade, a mark of our success and recognition by our peers and colleagues.
Some Atlantic Council data from the report:
- Top Think Tanks in United States: #13
- Top Defense and National Security: #9 (#6 in the US)
- Top Foreign Policy and International Affairs Think Tanks: #16 (#8 in the US)
- Top Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks: #27 (#10 in the US)
- Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks (#2)
- Best Managed Think Tanks: #19 (#9 in the US)
- Best Think Tank Conference: #14 (#4 in the US)
- Think Tank to Watch in 2018: #8 – (#5 in the US)
- Think Tanks with the Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program: #14 (#7 in the US)
- Think Tanks with the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy: #21 (#12 in US)
- Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedures: #18 (#9 in the US)
- Best New Idea: #19 (#11 in the US)
Adrienne Arsht Awarded Colombia's Distinguished Order of San Carlos
Founder of the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center receives honor for her commitment to peace and prosperity in Colombia
WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of her deep support of Colombia at a critical moment of national transformation, Adrienne Arsht, Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council and Founder of its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, received the Order of San Carlos at a private ceremony at the Colombian Residence in Washington, DC yesterday. The award was presented to the business leader and philanthropist by Colombian Ambassador to the United States Camilo Reyes on behalf of Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguin and by direction of President Juan Manuel Santos.
The award celebrates Ms. Arsht’s commitment to the prosperity of Colombia and to the implementation of peace in the country.
“The leadership of Adrienne Arsht is an example of her selfless and constant support to the permanent and positive transformation of Colombia,” said Ambassador Camilo Reyes.
Adrienne Arsht commented: “Colombia is symbolic of the incredible transformations that I see in many parts of Latin America. It’s a country on the rise with the new era of peace holding great promise for the country.”
For half a decade, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center has led the way in broadening understanding of regional transformations in Latin America under a global context. Central to its work was the creation and implementation of the Colombia Peace and Prosperity Task Force, co-chaired by Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). Months after the signing of the historic peace agreement, the twenty-six-member group released A Roadmap for US Engagement with Colombia, a report presented to Colombian President Juan Manual Santos and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in May 2017. Since then, the Center and the Task Force have continued to build bridges between the United States and Colombia.
“Around the world, the Atlantic Council puts forward policy ideas that help influential actors navigate political and economic change so we can live in a more secure and prosperous world. The deteriorating situation in Venezuela is of great concern.
That is why the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center follows the Venezuelan crisis very closely and seeks to contribute toward a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Venezuela. Given the gravity of the situation, we have stepped up our analysis and events—all of which seek to encourage a peaceful solution and engage stakeholders who can influence resolution of the worsening crisis.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named Bart J. Oosterveld as the new director of its Global Business and Economics Program and as the C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth. Mr. Oosterveld brings two decades of expertise in capital markets and credit ratings with Moody’s Investors Service, giving him unique insights into the ways governments, markets and companies interact in the global economy.
Mr. Oosterveld served in myriad roles at Moody’s Investors Service over the course of a nearly twenty-year tenure. His work at the nexus of finance and government will be an invaluable asset to the Global Business and Economics Program, which promotes transatlantic leadership to find multilateral solutions to today’s most vital and pressing global economic issues such as increasing protectionism, subdued economic growth, financial crime, and rising inequality. His extensive industry knowledge will help connect the work of the Global Business and Economics Program to the Council’s 11 other regional and functional programs and centers.
“With Bart, the council has gained a results-oriented, multi-lingual, private sector business leader who will bring his impressive skills to our efforts to better understand global economic and financial forces and their impact on larger strategic and security issues,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “The Global Business and Economics Program, which he will lead, serves as the engine room for the Council’s effort to integrate the study of prosperity and security issues.”
“There’s no better person than Dave McCormick to lead the remarkable group of CEOs and top former government officials on the International Advisory Board of Washington’s most vibrant and fastest growing think tank,” said General Scowcroft, the only individual to have served two presidents as national security advisor. “His distinguished career at Commerce, Treasury, and the National Security Council, coupled with his military service and time leading a major investment firm, makes him the right person to bring fresh energy and vision to this crucial advisory group.”
McCormick said, “It is an honor to follow in General Scowcroft’s footsteps as Chairman of this extraordinary group of global leaders. The Atlantic Council’s work of galvanizing US leadership alongside worldwide allies and partners to secure the future has seldom been so urgent.”
“There’s no more challenging overseas post, and there’s no more qualified person to fill it,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. “Having served now in every administration since Ronald Reagan, and with deep political experience as Utah governor and as a presidential candidate, Governor Huntsman brings unique capabilities to a complicated and crucial assignment.”
Governor Huntsman will assume his third US ambassadorship, following China (2009-2011) and Singapore (1992-1993), at a moment of outsized importance in US-Russia relations.
“Brian joins us at an exciting time as we take our Economic Sanctions Initiative to the next level,” said Andrea Montanino, Director of the Global Business and Economics Program. “He brings with him a wealth of experience from both the public and private sectors and we look forward to working with Brian to forge a path toward more effective economic sanctions.”
All three distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the event.
The awards dinner honors those individuals who best exemplify “Global Citizenship” through their unique contributions toward improving the state of the world. We salute them before an audience of around 500 global government, business, and civil society leaders.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named Jason Marczak as the new Director of its Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. He will lead the Center at a pivotal time for the future of Latin America and the region’s place in the world. One of Marczak’s immediate priorities will be the crisis in Venezuela.
Jason Marczak joined the Council in October 2013 as Director of its Economic Growth Initiative to help launch the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. Since its inception, Marczak has been at the forefront of setting the Center’s strategic direction, positioning it as the go-to reference for insight and impact.
Most recently, Marczak directed a four-country task force on Central America’s Northern Triangle with General John F. Kelly as the co-chair before he joined the Trump administration. Jason jointly oversaw a similar bipartisan effort on Colombia, co-chaired by Senators Benjamin Cardin and Roy Blunt. Marczak is a regular commentator, with appearances in hundreds of US and regional press outlets.