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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named David Ensor – a seasoned media executive and longtime journalist with business and diplomatic background – as its new Executive Vice President for External Relations, further strengthening its top management team at a time of historic growth in the organization’s size and influence.

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Kabul, Afghanistan and Istanbul, Turkey – The Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum announced today the successful conclusion of Hydrocarbon Tender Agreement negotiations with a consortium of energy companies: Türkiye Petrolleri, Bayat Energy and Calik Enerji Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., (the “Consortium”). Upon approval of the agreement by Afghanistan’s Cabinet, the Consortium may begin natural gas exploration and production activities in the Totimaidan Block located within Afghanistan’s Faryab and Jawzjan Provinces, long regarded as one of Central Asia’s most promising potential sources of natural gas.

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The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center welcomed fifteen Pakistani civil society leaders, the 2015 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan, to the United States last month.

From October 17 to November 8, the fellows visited New York City; Washington DC;  Austin, Texas; and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The ELP Fellowship aims to identify, cultivate, and support the next generation of Pakistan’s leaders. Each year, the Center selects fifteen fellows that embody Pakistan’s geographic, religious, and gender diversity who are working across various sectors.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today the appointment of Max Brooks as a Nonresident Senior Fellow for the Art of Future Warfare Project, which is an initiative of the Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security. Brooks is the acclaimed author and screenwriter of works such as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War (2006) and The Harlem Hellfighters (2014). His affiliation with the Atlantic Council provides Brooks a new platform for his work exploring resilient security through strengthened national will, innovation and infrastructure to address natural and man-made disasters.

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The 2015 Atlantic Council Energy & Economic Summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on November 18-20. This year’s theme, “Building Global Stability and Business Resilience in Volatile Times”, will focus on examining business opportunities, economic and energy developments, and geopolitical challenges in a region that is currently at the crossroads of history.

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The Atlantic Council will offer three of its Veteran Take Point fellows the chance to present their innovative policy projects before a live audience of “Challenge Voters” on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. At the end of the competition, dubbed the Veterans Take Point Foreign Policy Challenge, audience members will vote to determine the recipient of $20,000 in seed funding. Each of the three presenters has developed a project that explores key policy issues, including veteran reintegration, refugee resettlement, and unconventional warfare, through different media.

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Secretary of State John Kerry will host the President of the Federal Republic of Germany Joachim Gauck at a ceremony to commemorate the arrival of a segment of the Berlin Wall at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. The wall will be displayed in the US Diplomacy Center (USDC).

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Following today’s announcement of an agreement on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by the United States and its eleven negotiating partners, Atlantic Council Chairman Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe, and Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Deputy Director Jason Marczak, who has led much of the Council’s work on TPP, articulated support for the new global trade deal.

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The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center, US Embassy Islamabad, and Meridian International Center Welcome the 2015 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan

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The Atlantic Council and The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) are very pleased to announce a new partnership, which takes the form of an incubation agreement. DEF is an independent, not-for-profit group of emerging defense leaders that strive to solve national security problems from the bottom-up by exposing Defense professionals to the techniques and experiences of civilian innovators and social entrepreneurs. This agreement facilitates the establishment and growth of DEF and gives them the tools to become nonprofit thought leaders in the national security arena. The agreement features the formation of a Board of Directors, which will meet for the first time today.

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