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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council tonight will announce the launch of a new initiative —Afghanistan Rising: Sustaining Success in Afghanistan — during its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner, which will honor, among others, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center today launched a new issue brief entitled “Reimagining Pakistan’s Militia Policy.” Written by the Center’s US Pakistan Program Exchange Fellow Yelena Biberman, the brief argues that Pakistan's unwillingness to crack down on all terrorist groups is more a product of cold calculation than ideological shortsightedness, and calls for powerful countries, including the United States, to lead the way to better security policy in Pakistan.

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The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative together with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) concluded the first European Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, held on April 22 to 23 in Geneva, Switzerland. In the first competition of its kind in Europe, sixteen teams competed to offer their best national security policy prescriptions for combating escalating cyber conflict. The teams traveled to Geneva from the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Switzerland, Finland, Hungary, Estonia, and the United States. By bringing together current and future cyber policymakers from across the transatlantic community, the Student Challenge provided a unique venue for advancing cybersecurity education in Europe and beyond.

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The Atlantic Council is convening twenty-one exceptional rising leaders from around the world this week in Washington, DC for the formal launch of the Millennium Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to connect innovative  leaders under thirty-five years old who will shape the twenty-first century and empower them to pursue transformational change with a global vision.

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The Atlantic Council announced today the four recipients of its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards, to be presented on the evening of April 30 in Washington, DC: President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani; Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Philip M. Breedlove; Chairman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation Marillyn A. Hewson; and American country music singer-songwriter and record producer Toby Keith

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The Atlantic Council today named John S. Haederle, a senior director at the Pew Charitable Trusts, as its first Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations, a move that strengthens the Council’s top executive team at a time of historic growth in its size and influence.

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The Iran Task Force applauds the herculean efforts of the United States, the other four permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran in achieving a framework for a Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action (CJPOA) limiting Iran's nuclear program and shutting off its principal pathways to developing nuclear weapons, in return for phased sanctions relief.

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The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security is pleased to announce the 2015 US-German Next Generation Fellows. The fellows are at the center of a Scowcroft Center project launched in February 2015 to identify new voices from the United States and Germany who will formulate a strategy and foster a debate on how to strengthen the US-German relationship. The US-German Next Generation Project contributes to the Center’s and the Council’s goal of advancing a strong and enduring transatlantic partnership to tackle global challenges.

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Afghan President Ashraf Ghani capped his successful, inaugural visit to the United States on Wednesday evening by receiving the Atlantic Council’s highest honor, its Distinguished Leadership Award for political leadership, in a special ceremony before NATO’s top leaders and ambassadors from dozens of alliance countries.

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The Atlantic Council’s third annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge was held on March 13-14 in Washington, DC.  Twenty teams competed to offer their best national-security policy prescriptions for combating increasing cyber conflict.  Student competitors came from Arizona State University, Brown University, Columbia University, Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, National Defense University and many more.  

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