Frederick Kempe

  • Italy Seeks a US-European Front to Face Common Challenges

    ‘Transatlantic bond remains as important as ever,’ said Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano

    Unprecedented migration, instability in the Middle East, and the growing threat of terrorism necessitate a joint US-European approach to common security challenges that stem from the Mediterranean region, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said at the Atlantic Council on March 21.

    “In the past, common security threats came from the east,” said Alfano, adding, “today, they are coming from the southern shores of the Mediterranean.” Describing the Mediterranean region as a strategically significant location that ties the European Union (EU) to NATO and then to the United States, Alfano insisted that “a common effort in the Mediterranean is a keystone to our security,” and should be a priority in NATO strategy.  

    “Europe and the United States face common challenges in the Mediterranean,” he said. “For this reason, I am convinced that our transatlantic bond remains as important as ever.”

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  • Kempe Joins CNBC to Discuss How the World Views the Trump Presidency


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  • Atlantic Council Report Exposes Russia’s Lies in Aleppo

    A new Atlantic Council report—Breaking Aleppo—uses satellite images, TV footage, social media, and security camera videos to debunk Russia’s claims that no civilians were killed in its airstrikes on the city of Aleppo in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

    “In an era where we’re facing a mixture of falsehoods and truths, the report is incontrovertible evidence,” said Fred Kempe, Atlantic Council president and chief executive officer, adding, “it exposes the deliberate and systematic destruction of Aleppo.” Kempe delivered opening remarks at the report’s launch at the Atlantic Council in Washington on February 13. He described how the report’s findings prove that the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, targeted civilians and noncombatants “in a bid to break the will and spirit of the city.”

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  • An Example from the Past Gives Hope for the Future

    In facing the challenges of the world today, leaders and policymakers can draw on examples from the past in order to create hope for the future.  As described by Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council, one such example can be found in the late Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster, a military leader and statesman who worked through the twentieth century to help establish the current rules-based global order.

    The Life and Work of General Andrew J. Goodpaster: Best Practices in National Security Affairs by C. Richard Nelson is a biography detailing the renowned general’s life and the ways in which he embodied “the defense of values, the defense of constructive leadership in the world alongside friends and allies to create a more secure future,” said Kempe.

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  • Kempe Quoted by the Hill on US Bipartisan Foreign Policy


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  • Kempe Quoted by Politico on President Trump's Cabinet


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  • OPEC Oil Deal Will Stick, say Energy Ministers

    The oil production cuts set forth in a deal recently enacted by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will be upheld by the nations involved, effectively stabilizing the global energy market, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo, OPEC’s secretary general, said in Abu Dhabi on January 12.

    “I remain very confident with what I have seen in the last several months,” Barkindo said at the Atlantic Council’s inaugural Global Energy Forum. “The level of commitment I have seen on both sides, to me I think is unparalleled,” he added. Barkindo expressed confidence that signatories to the deal will meet their commitments, emphasizing the level of cooperation among all stakeholders.

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  • A Roadmap for Donald Trump

    From the outset of his administration, US President-elect Donald Trump must develop a coherent foreign policy and national security strategy which establishes a clear US stance on the world stage, deters adversaries, and reassure allies, former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright said on January 10.

    While acknowledging the value of a new perspective, Albright, who also serves as an Atlantic Council board member, said: “I hope that when [Trump] is president… he’s very clear about where America stands.”

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  • Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow Joins Atlantic Council as Distinguished Fellow

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Atlantic Councilannounced 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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  • ‘Null Set’ Not the Answer to Putin's Cyberattacks

    Retired Gen. Philip Breedlove, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, suggests a measured response

    The United States must respond to the cyberattacks it has accused Russia of carrying out without triggering an all-out cyber war, retired Gen. Philip Breedlove, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, said at the Atlantic Council on November 3.

    “I don’t believe that a null set is the answer… How our nation responds is quite important,” Breedlove said in reference to a question from Atlantic Council President and CEO, Fred Kempe, on what the United States should do in response to the Russian cyberattacks.

    “What does our action or inaction say as it relates to everything from cyber in an election to continually meddling in the borders in South Ossetia,” a breakaway province of Georgia that is supported by Russia, he said. “Where are we setting the bar as it relates to this conflict below the lines?”

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