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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today plans to strengthen its presence in Northern Europe by appointing Anna Wieslander as director for the region, to be based in Stockholm. Building on a long track record of work on the region, this step complements the Council’s existing offices in Poland and Turkey.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The inaugural Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will convene in Abu Dhabi on January 12-13, 2017, Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe announced today.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Atlantic Council announced that Ambassador Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow, former deputy secretary general of NATO, will join the Atlantic Council as a distinguished fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Ambassador Vershbow was the deputy secretary general of NATO from February 2012 to October 2016. At the Council, Ambassador Vershbow will focus on NATO strategy, including relations with Russia, and support the Council’s extensive engagement with partners and allies across three critical regions: Europe, the Gulf, and Northeast Asia.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Former Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko has joined the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center as a distinguished fellow. Minister Jaresko will focus on strengthening Ukraine’s economy and investment competitiveness.

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The Atlantic Council will hold two panel discussions at the World Energy Congress, one of the most comprehensive gatherings on the global energy scene, to highlight diverse perspectives on crucial energy issues.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Sir Peter Westmacott, former British ambassador to the United States and one of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished diplomats and its most recent ambassador in Washington, today joins the Atlantic Council as Distinguished Ambassadorial Fellow in its Future Europe Initiative. Based in London, he will provide critical insight on issues central to the transatlantic relationship, including the UK-US special relationship; Brexit; and the future of Europe, Turkey, and Iran.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Atlantic Council report projects that the risk of global conflict is at the “highest level since the Cold War.”

Today, September 22, the Atlantic Council released a report on major global risks leading up to 2035. The world of 2035 will be fraught with risks both international and internal, as the breakdown of the post-Cold War security order is accompanied by the internal fraying in the political, social, and economic fabric of practically all states. The report is authored by Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative and formerly the principal drafter of the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends series, including the highly influential Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds.

Given these trends, Dr. Burrows writes that, “in the best case, the world is looking at multipolarity with limited multilateralism…in the worst case, the multipolarity would evolve into another bipolarity—with China, Russia, and their partners pitted against the United States, Europe, Japan, and other allies. In that scenario, conflict would be almost inevitable.”

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WASHINGTON, DC - The international media frequently features stories of Arab states and non-state actors committing human rights violations allegedly in the name of Islam. The application and understanding of Islamic jurisprudence is varied and controversial, whether such readings of the faith result in institutionalized state laws or actions committed by non-state actors, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Qaeda.

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The Ambassador of Gabon to the United States/Permanent Representative of Gabon to the United Nations has written to the Atlantic Council on behalf of President Ali Bongo Ondimba to communicate that the president will no longer be traveling to the United States this month due to the situation in his country. Therefore, he will not be available to accept an Atlantic Council Global Citizen Award during the organization's annual awards dinner in New York on September 19, 2016. 

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