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This year at the 2011 Atlantic Council Freedom Awards, apresented awards to Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski, Moldovan Prime Minister Vladimir Filat, journalists Adam Michnik and Helena Łucywo of Gazeta Wyborcza; Egyptian activist Esraa Abdel Fattah; Belarusian dissidents Ales Byalyatski, Natalia Kaliada, and Zhanna Litvina; and US Senator John McCain. We also presented a posthumous award to Ronald Asmus of the German Marshall Fund.

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The 2011 Wrocław Global Forum brought together about 200 key business executives and policy professionals to examine the changing role of the Central European region, particularly as a partner and leader in Europe, in the transatlantic space, and in the global arena.

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On June 6, 2011, the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, at the Atlantic Council. President Bongo gave a keynote speech in which he discussed the changing face of Africa in the 21st century, highlighting especially the reforms which have helped make Gabon an emerging country, as well as U.S.-Africa relations going forward.

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Full transcript from the June 6, 2011 Africa Center event "Africa in the 21st Century and the Next Chapter in U.S.-Africa Relations" featuring H.E. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic.

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On May 31, 2011, the Atlantic Council Energy and Environment Program and The Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, co-hosted a conference titled “After Fukushima – The Future of Nuclear Energy in the United States and Europe.” The goal of the conference was to promote a sober and forward­-looking transatlantic discussion on the future of nuclear energy in the Europe and the United States.

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The Ansari Africa Center of the Atlantic Council is pleased to announce that French scholar Dr. Gérard Prunier has joined the Center as a nonresident senior fellow.

Prunier is the author of more than two hundred scholarly articles and a dozen books including The Rwanda Crisis: History of a Genocide (Columbia University Press, 1995), Darfur: A 21st Century Genocide (Cornell University Press, 2005)—which was hailed by Foreign Affairs as “the best available account of the Darfur crisis”—and Africa’s World War: Congo, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Making of Continental Catastrophe (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was awarded a special honorable mention in the Council on Foreign Relations’ 2010 Arthur Ross Book Award competition for the best book published in international relations, the first Africa-focused book ever so honored.

Until recently, Prunier served as a senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France’s largest government research organization, and a professor at the University of Paris. From 2001-2006, he was seconded to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as the director of the Centre Français des Études Éthiopiennes in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prunier has served as an advisor to private companies as well as European, African, and U.S. government agencies.

“Gérard has been a mentor and a friend as well as a one of the most distinguished scholars of Africa active day. I am delighted that he is joining us at the Ansari Africa Center and helping us in our effort to forge a new American and European strategic approach to Africa,” says Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council.

The Michael S. Ansari Africa Center at the Atlantic Council was founded to help transform U.S. and European policy approaches to Africa by emphasizing the building of strong geopolitical partnerships with African states and strengthening economic growth and prosperity on the continent. The Ansari Africa Center aims to engage and inform both policymakers and the general public of the strategic importance of Africa, both globally and for American and European interests in particular, through programs and publications as well as a robust media presence.

Prunier will help strengthen the still growing team of the Ansari Center, bringing his extensive experience and deep knowledge of East and Central Africa in particular as well as his network of governmental and expert contacts in Europe, thereby reinforcing transatlantic links of the Center and Atlantic Council.

On May 24, the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center hosted a discussion “Roadmaps on International Energy Cooperation in Southeast Europe” with Ambassador André Mernier, Secretary General of the Energy Charter Secretariat and Dr. Anita Orbán, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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