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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (@DFRLab) today announced a partnership with Facebook to independently monitor disinformation and other vulnerabilities in elections around the world. The effort is part of an initiative to help provide credible research about the role of social media in elections, as well as democracy more generally.  

The Digital Forensic Research Lab is launching a partnership with Facebook to support the world’s largest community in its efforts to strengthen democracy – aiming to ensure that tools designed to bring us closer together aren’t used to instead drive us further apart,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Fred Kempe. “Through the innovative work of the Digital Forensic Research Lab, we are building a digital solidarity movement, a community driven by a shared commitment to protect democracy and advance truth across the globe. This partnership is a crucial step towards forging digital resilience.

As the dangers that disinformation in the social media landscape poses to democracy have become increasingly apparent, Facebook is taking measures to remove fake accounts, increase transparency in advertising, reduce the spread of false news and disinformation, and combat foreign interference in elections on its platform. Another important step is Facebook’s efforts to facilitate independent and objective research on social media’s impact on elections, more generally. 

Facebook is investing heavily to prevent our service from being abused during elections. That includes more actively working with outside experts, governments and other companies because we know that we can't solve these challenges on our own,” said Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Global Politics and Government Director. “This partnership will help our security, policy and product teams get real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world. It will also increase the number of ‘eyes and ears’ we have working to spot potential abuse on our service – enabling us to more effectively identify gaps in our systems, preempt obstacles, and ensure that Facebook plays a positive role during elections all around the world.

The Atlantic Council and Facebook’s partnership will promote and supplement @DFRLab’s existing #ElectionWatch efforts and allow for greater capacity building with journalists and civil society to incorporate similar methods into their own work. 

The @DFRLab is at the forefront of open source research with a focus on governance, technology, security, 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 network of #DigitalSherlocks. The @DFRLab remains committed to identifying, exposing, and explaining disinformation where and when it exists. 

More details about the partnership are available from @DFRLab and Facebook.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center today launched its Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership, led by honorary co-chairs Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), leaders in nuclear energy policy.

“There is strong bipartisan agreement in Congress that nuclear energy is a reliable, safe, clean and efficient part of our national energy portfolio.  This collaborative initiative will drive that message,” said Crapo.  “It also builds on legislation Senator Whitehouse and I have advanced lifting barriers to innovation and collaboration in nuclear generation research and development.  I am looking forward to continuing our partnership as advocates for strong domestic nuclear power generation.”

“There is broad agreement that carbon-free energy here at home is good for our economy, the climate, and national security,” said Whitehouse.  “In the Senate, Democrats and Republicans are working together to advance nuclear energy technologies that I dream can one day provide a clean energy solution to our nuclear waste stockpiles. I’m proud to join Senator Crapo in this important new initiative at the Atlantic Council.”

The Task Force will explore nuclear energy as a key pillar within the energy security, foreign policy, and economic priorities of the United States, and identify challenges and solutions to continued US nuclear power leadership. It will include leading experts from industry, academia, and government to discuss key issues, including sustaining the current nuclear fleet; facilitating research and development in pursuit of innovation; commercialization and exports; and enrichment and fuel cycle issues, culminating in a report to be released in late 2018.

The Task Force will build off previous work by the Global Energy Center, including the March 2018 Issue Brief, US Nuclear-Power Leadership and the Chinese and Russian Challenge, which argues that “US global leadership and engagement in nuclear power are vital to US national security and foreign policy interests.”

While nuclear power represents a key source of reliable, emissions-free, baseload power; contributes to a diverse energy portfolio; and represents a key area of technological leadership, the United States’ traditional international leadership role is being severely challenged, especially by China and Russia.

By exploring nuclear energy as an energy security, foreign policy, and economic priority, the Task Force will make the strategic case for US leadership on nuclear energy development and innovation at home and abroad.

The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council will honor Dr. Madeleine Albright, 64th US Secretary of State; Aryana Sayeed, Afghan singer, songwriter, woman/human rights activist, and TV personality; Bana Alabed, Syrian activist and author of Dear World; and the International Women’s Media Foundation with its annual Freedom Awards on June 23 in Berlin, Germany.

All four distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the Awards.

“As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Freedom Awards in Berlin this year, it is an important time to reflect on the past and to ask ourselves what exactly “freedom” means in this era of unprecedented global change,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Our 2018 class of honorees span different regions, industries, and generations, but together they exemplify the courage, passion, and dedication that we believe is sorely needed to build a global community firmly rooted in the fundamental causes of freedom, democracy, and human rights.”

The Atlantic Council Freedom Awards recognize extraordinary individuals and organizations that defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world. Inaugurated in Berlin on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the 2009 Freedom Awards recognized the efforts of the American, German, Polish, Czech, and Slovak people, as well as the allied troops of NATO, to bring about a peaceful end to the Cold War.

Secretary Albright will be honored for her championing of global democracy and exemplar of the power of diplomacy in achieving solutions to the most pressing challenges facing our world; Aryana Sayeed will be recognized for her achievements as a life-long champion of women’s rights and gender equality, and her musical platform which has inspired a generation of future women leaders in Afghanistan and around the world; Bana Alabed will be honored for her use of social media to bring global attention to the plight of children in rebel-held areas of Syria; and the International Women’s Media Foundation will be celebrated for its leadership in supporting and advancing the critical work of women journalists.

The 2018 Freedom Awards will be hosted alongside the Atlantic Council’s 360/OS Open Source Summit, which will bring together journalists, activists, innovators, and policymakers from around the world for interactive sessions and hands-on trainings to explore one of the new frontiers of freedom, the digital space. Over two days, participants will harness the power of open source, social media, and digital forensic research to identify, expose, and explain disinformation in a rapidly-evolving information environment.

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Con la crisis en Venezuela, la renegociación de NAFTA y las elecciones presidenciales en la región, el trabajo del Centro se ha convertido aún más indispensable

WASHINGTON, DC – El Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht del Atlantic Council celebra cinco años desde su fundación en un periodo de grandes cambios en el hemisferio oeste. En sus primeros cinco años, el Centro se ha enfocado en proveer análisis de primera sobre los temas más críticos para la región latinoamericana, desde las reformas en México y la paz en Colombia hasta la presencia china y la crisis en Venezuela. Mirando hacia el futuro, el Centro se prepara para ayudar a la región a navegar este momento histórico de incertidumbre en la política y la economía global.

Adrienne Arsht, la visionaria filántropa y empresaria, fundó el Centro con el propósito de resaltar la nueva realidad de América Latina, una región cada vez más conectada al mundo.

“América Latina se encuentra en un periodo crítico de su historia, lo que hace aún más importante ejecutar la misión del Centro,” dijo Adrienne Arsht, fundadora del Centro y vicepresidenta ejecutiva del Atlantic Council. Agregó Frederick Kempe, Presidente y CEO del Atlantic Council: "Establecimos el Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht para llenar un vacío de política. Con la crisis actual en Venezuela, la misión del Centro es aún más imprescindible."

Desde que se fundó en el 2013, el Centro se ha enfocado estratégicamente en temas de alta prioridad en el hemisferio, utilizando métodos innovadores de comunicación para informar e influenciar a legisladores, la prensa y líderes del sector privado. En cinco años, el Centro ha logado más de 40 publicaciones; más de 125 eventos en 16 ciudades en Estados Unidos, América Latina y China; y 4,000 menciones en los medios, entrevistas y artículos en la prensa americana y otros medios internacionales.

“El Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht se ha convertido en un aliado muy valioso para países en el hemisferio oeste, particularmente por su creación de ideas comprensivas con impacto local,” comentó Laura Chinchilla, expresidente de Costa Rica. El ex secretario de Comercio de Estados Unidos, Carlos Gutiérrez, añadió: “Felicito al Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht por sus ideas y análisis innovador basado en una estrategia enfocada en resultados con impacto real.”

Durante los próximos cinco años, el Centro trabajará en las siguientes prioridades estratégicas: resaltar las agendas de reformas en América Latina; construir relaciones de inversión y comercio; encaminar el futuro del orden democrático a nivel mundial; y elevar el perfil mundial de América Latina. Para el 2018, el Centro se enfocará en las elecciones de Brasil, México y Colombia, la renegociación de NAFTA y otros temas de comercio y la crisis en Venezuela.

“El Centro Arsht seguirá destacándose por el trabajo de sus expertos y su enfoque en acercamientos estratégicos con líderes del sector público y privado. Éste es el momento para ideas innovadoras y nuevas estrategias que atiendan las prioridades que deben ser reconocidas en América Latina,” añadió Jason Marczak, el director del Centro.

Como parte de su preparación para la próxima fase de trabajo, el Centro le da la bienvenida a una nueva red de “nonresident fellows”: Daniel Godinho, exsecretario de Comercio Exterior de Brasil; Rodrigo Janot, ex-fiscal general de Brasil y experto en anticorrupción; Laura Albornoz Pollmann, exministra del Servicio Nacional de la Mujer de Chile y directora de CODELCO; y André Soares, asesor de la junta de directores Banco Inter-Americano de Desarrollo y experto en China y comercio exterior.

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Sobre el Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht

El Centro para América Latina Adrienne Arsht busca expandir el conocimiento de transformaciones regionales mediante trabajos de alto impacto que encaminen la conversación entre legisladores, empresarios y la sociedad civil. El Centro, que este año celebra su quinto aniversario, se enfoca en el rol estratégico de América Latina en un contexto global, priorizando los temas políticos, económicos y sociales que definirán la trayectoria de la región hacia el futuro. Algunos programas del Centro son: la crisis en Venezuela; la relación entre Estados Unidos y México y la modernización de NAFTA; la relación entre China y América Latina; el proceso de paz en Colombia; el nuevo Brasil; el futuro de Centro América; transformaciones en el comercio internacional y el futuro del sector energético. Jason Marczak es el director del Centro.

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Center’s ongoing work will be critical as Venezuela crisis worsens, a modernized NAFTA is eventually finalized, and region welcomes a new wave of leaders

WASHINGTON, DC – The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center today begins its five-year celebration at a time of great transformations for the hemisphere. In its first five years, the Center deployed a laser-focused approach to providing new analysis and shaping opinion on some of the key issues in the Americas: from Mexico’s reforms and Colombia’s prosperity to China’s presence and the crisis in Venezuela. Now, the Center is positioned to help shape the future of the region at a time of great uncertainty.

Established to underscore the new reality of Latin America—a region increasingly connected to the world—the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center was the vision of business leader and philanthropist Adrienne Arsht.

“Latin America is at a crossroads, making the mission of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center all the more crucial. The first five years have shaped a new conversation; the next five years will be critical for doubling down on our impact,” said Center Founder and Atlantic Council Executive Vice Chair Adrienne Arsht. Added Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO: “We set up the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center to fill a policy void. With the crisis in Venezuela today, that mission is all the more imperative.”

Since its founding in 2013, the Center has strategically focused on a core set of the high-priority issues facing the hemisphere with innovative communication tactics to ensure that recommendations reach policymakers, business leaders, and media. In five years, the Center’s work has included: over 40 publications; over 125 events in 16 cities across the United States, Latin America, and China; and 4,000 media mentions, interviews, and op-eds in US and international press.

“The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center has established itself as a critical partner for those across our hemisphere in its search for comprehensive, locally-driven ideas,” commented Laura Chinchilla, former president of Costa Rica. Added former US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez: “I commend the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center for creating real impact with its new ideas, new analysis, and results-driven approach.” 

Over the next five years, the Center’s strategic priorities will include: highlighting the region’s reform agenda; building strong trade and investment ties; looking to the future of the democratic world order; and emphasizing an increasingly global profile. In 2018, the Center is prioritizing work around the three major Latin American elections, NAFTA and commerce discussions, and the crisis in Venezuela. 

“The Arsht Center will continue to set itself apart through its expertise and its focus on strategic engagement with policy and business leaders. This is the time for new thinking and innovative approaches to ensuring that Latin America’s top priorities get the attention deserved,” added Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.  

As it looks to its new phase of work, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center welcomes a new network of nonresident fellows: Daniel Godinho, former secretary of trade of Brazil; Rodrigo Janot, former prosecutor general of Brazil and anticorruption expert; Laura Albornoz Pollmann, former minister of the Chilean National Women’s Service and Director of CODELCO; and André Soares, counselor at the Inter-American Development Bank’s board of directors and trade and China expert.

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About the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations through high-impact work that shapes the conversation among policymakers, the business community, and civil society. Now celebrating its five-year anniversary, the Center focuses on Latin America’s strategic role in a global context with a priority on pressing political, economic, and social issues that will define the trajectory of the region now and in the years ahead. Select lines of programming include: Venezuela’s crisis; US-Mexico relationship and NAFTA modernization; China-Latin America ties; Colombia’s peace building; the new Brazil; Central America’s future; shifting trade patterns; and energy’s next frontiers. Jason Marczak serves as Center Director.

For more information, visit atlanticcouncil.org or follow us on Twitter @ACLatAm and on Facebook.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council will honor former President George W. Bush; Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, US European Command General Curtis M. Scaparrotti; seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan; and Executive Chairman of Starbucks Corporation Howard Schultz with its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards on the evening of May 10 in Washington, DC.

All four distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the event.

“This year’s honorees underscore the essence and range of global leadership,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “From a US president who countered terrorism and saved countless lives in Africa, to a Grammy Award-winning singer who made generations dance, to an international business leader and philanthropist who changed the way the world drinks coffee, to an alliance commander who is forging cooperation in the face of uncertainty.”

The Atlantic Council will recognize President Bush with the Distinguished International Leadership Award for, among other accomplishments, his groundbreaking work with the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which saved countless lives and created a lasting, effective framework to address HIV/AIDS in Africa. Stephen Hadley, former National Security Advisor to President Bush and Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council will present the award, accompanied by a video message from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, US European Command General Scaparrotti will be presented the Distinguished Military Leadership Award for his remarkable career over the course of which he has facilitated cooperation and development of common approaches to shared global security challenges and fostered ties among leaders across the NATO alliance and beyond. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., will present the award to General Scaparrotti. 

The Atlantic Council will recognize Cuban-American singer, songwriter, actress, author, businesswoman, and seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan with the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for her legendary career and immeasurable contributions to American music that have transcended generations and captured hearts – earning her the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, multiple Billboard Awards, and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Adrienne Arsht, Chairman Emerita, TotalBank, and Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council will present the award to Ms. Estefan.

Executive Chairman of Starbucks Corporation Howard Schultz will receive the Distinguished Business Leadership Award for his visionary entrepreneurial success that transformed Starbucks into one of the world's most respected and recognized brands, and for his principled commitment to improving not only the lives of his employees but also their communities. Mr. Schultz’s award will be presented by Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, Liaison Officer, US Special Operations Command Care Coalition—Northwest Region.

Among the most significant events on the Washington calendar celebrating global leaders, the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards is one of the Council’s flagship convenings – bringing together a global audience of over 800 guests from more than fifty countries–including global policymakers, business leaders, military brass, and top-tier media. Past participants and honorees include Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Admirals Michael Mullen and James Stavridis, business leaders Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin and Muhtar Kent of Coca-Cola, and humanitarians Bono of U2 and Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan, and artist Renée Fleming.

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Today, the Atlantic Council announced that Dr. Matthew Kroenig has been named the deputy director for strategy in its flagship Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Dr. Kroenig is also a tenured associate professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. He previously served in several positions in the US government, including in the Strategy Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Strategic Assessments Group at the Central Intelligence Agency. He regularly consults with a range of US government entities. He is the author or editor of six books, including The Logic of American Nuclear Strategy (Oxford University Press, 2018), and his articles and opinion pieces have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other outlets.

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On Saturday, March 17, the Atlantic Council’s sixth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Washington, DC, concluded with the Air Force Cyber College’s “Team Fightin’ Electrons” winning first place.

The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyze the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests. The 2018 competition was held on March 16-17 at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), and featured over 150 students from fifteen states across the United States. Student teams competed to offer their best national-security policy recommendations for combating evolving fictional cyber crisis scenarios. This year’s scenario featured the risk of vulnerabilities in blockchain technologies for US national security.

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The evening highlights the “power of storytelling to foster dialogue around the world”

WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on March 15 held a private screening of 12 Strong, the incredible story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. The event included an expert panel discussion on the origins of the war in Afghanistan and future US policy for the country and region.  

Held at the National Archives, the screening convened government, business, and military leaders, and included welcoming remarks by Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO.

Charles Rivkin, MPAA Chairman and CEO, took the stage to comment on the power of filmmaking: “Films like 12 Strong offer a gateway to understanding complex events that shape our nation’s history and tell the stories of people who were part of inspiring moments,” said Mr. Rivkin. “Tonight’s discussion is an example of how the film and television industry is committed to using the power of storytelling to foster dialogue around the world.” 

Adrienne Arsht, Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council Board of Directors, commented: “The Atlantic Council seeks to tackle the biggest challenges of our time, so we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to engage audiences on big policy questions and debates. Movies are an excellent way to connect people to issues that may seem complicated and far away – such as the US involvement in Afghanistan.”

The night also included a moderated discussion by Christine Wormuth, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience at the Atlantic Council, with former senior Commander to US and coalition forces in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General David Barno, USA (Ret.), and former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Dr. Michael Vickers. The panelists discussed the origins of the Afghanistan war, prospects for peace, and the resilience of US service members and families after more than 16 years of war.

About the Atlantic Council
The Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders.

About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today announced Klara Jordan as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative in its Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Ms. Jordan will play a pivotal role in re-invigorating the Initiative’s work on cyberspace as a tool of statecraft, where national security overlaps with foreign policy and economic prosperity, while continuing the Initiative’s path-breaking work on the intersection of cybersecurity and public safety.

Ms. Jordan joins the Atlantic Council from the private sector where she provided government affairs and public policy consulting services to cybersecurity and information technology companies at Orlie Yaniv Strategies LLC. She also previously worked at the policy and privacy division of FireEye, a global cybersecurity company, focusing on providing insights on opportunities and risks that stem from emerging policy, laws, and regulations. Prior to her private sector experience, Klara spent two years at the Council’s Scowcroft Center as deputy director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative where she focused on cybercrime, cyberespionage, and cyberwarfare, and led programming on NATO and EU cybersecurity. Her background also includes work on international law at the American Society of International Law and at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation.

From data breaches on financial institutions to election meddling in the United States and throughout the world, the international community is facing regular and sophisticated cyber security threats that require robust and creative solutions,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Klara’s strategic insights and experience will be imperative to crafting the cyber policy agenda moving forward. The Atlantic Council is delighted to welcome back Klara in her new role as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative.”

Said Ms. Jordan, “These are critical times when our allies and rogue powers alike are developing their cyber doctrines and capabilities and the private sector possesses unprecedented capabilities and policy influence. This climate requires that the international business, technical, and policy communities collaborate to build sustainable policy solutions to respond to today’s challenges and prepare for future ones.”

The focus of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative is to: 1) Examine the nexus of geopolitics and national security with cyberspace; 2) Continue to build out the new field of cyber safety in the Internet of Things; and 3) To help build the next generation of cybersecurity and cyberspace policy professionals.  Throughout all of its work, the Initiative focuses relentlessly on providing practical, innovative, and relevant solutions to the challenges in cyberspace. The Initiative brings together a diverse network of respected experts, bridging the gap between the technical and policy communities.

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