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WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama announced Thursday his intent to nominate Chris Brummer, C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth for the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program and Project Director and Founder of the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Finance Initiative, as a Commissioner on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

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The Atlantic Council today named Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, as a Nonresident Senior Fellow with appointments in the Future Europe Initiative, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Co-Chair Stephen J. Hadley, along with Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe, led an Atlantic Council delegation to Abu Dhabi on February 18 to consult with government officials including His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al Nayhan and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, the Foreign Minister. The delegation also met with Emirati students, civil society leaders, and members of the business community at NYU Abu Dhabi and the Emirates Policy Center think tank.

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Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley led an Atlantic Council delegation to Riyadh on February 16 and 17 to consult with government officials including His Majesty King Salman, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, and Education Minister Ahmed al-Issa. Albright and Hadley, who were joined by Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe, also met with Saudi innovators and members of the business community. The delegation additionally visited the MiSK Foundation, where they heard from a group of youth entrepreneurs.

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Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley visited Amman on February 14 and 15 to consult with political leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society organizers, and members of the refugee community and discuss the reverberating effects of the region’s continuing conflicts.

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Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley visited Egypt on February 13 and 14 to hear from a range of societal voices, including economic innovators, intellectuals, and private citizens. They also consulted with government officials, including President Abdelfattah el-Sisi and members of parliament. Discussions centered on how Egypt, the United States, and international partners can cooperate in addressing the economic, security, and political challenges facing the Middle East.

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Former Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker announced today the launch of the Task Force on the Future of Iraq. The Task Force seeks to refocus attention on the underlying drivers of conflict that must be addressed to stabilize Iraq, beyond the military defeat of ISIS.

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Over the coming week, Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley will visit several countries in the Middle East to consult with civil society representatives, entrepreneurs, and political leaders. 

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The Atlantic Council and Qualcomm Incorporated, a global leader in next-generation wireless technologies, announced today a collaboration for 2016 and 2017 that will examine technology policy issues and the potential geopolitical and economic consequences should America no longer lead in technological innovation. In addition, the Atlantic Council will develop a strategy for the United States to remain competitive in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, and globally, for decades to come. The analysis will focus on the foundations of future technological innovation such as spectrum allocation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council today announced that Adwoa Jones, Director of Human Resources for the Atlantic Council, has been promoted to serve in a newly created position as the Atlantic Council's first Chief Talent Officer, raising the bar in how the Council fosters, attracts, and develops top talent.

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