Congressional Relations

  • ‘The Struggle Continues’: A Conversation on Zimbabwe with David Coltart

    On Tuesday, April 26, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Senator David Coltart, Zimbabwean human rights activist and former Minister of Education, for a discussion on Zimbabwe.

    Africa Center Deputy Director Bronwyn Bruton welcomed attendees to the event, which took place on Capitol Hill.

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce provided opening remarks, in which he recalled his first trip to Zimbabwe amid the country’s economic collapse and crippling hyper-inflation.

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  • Counter-Disinformation Bill with Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy

    Russia’s attempts to win over hearts and minds in Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and beyond are succeeding—in large part because of the United States’ disengagement in the information arena, say experts. In response, Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced a bill on March 16 that would significantly beef up the United States’ counter-propaganda efforts.

    “The United States is not doing enough to counter a destabilizing disinformation campaign—an extremely sophisticated effort to control information, often at the expense of US allies,” said Portman, speaking at an Atlantic Council event on March 16. “We believe this legislation overcomes some of the barriers and marks the first step to countering disinformation.”

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  • Remembering Boris Nemtsov

    Boris Nemtsov’s legacy and his final project—exposing the Kremlin’s role in the war in Ukraine—were remembered at an event in Washington to mark the first anniversary of his assassination.

    “He was a man of great values,” said Paula J. Dobriansky, a Senior Fellow at Harvard University and an Atlantic Council board director.

    Nemtsov was shot dead outside the Kremlin on February 27, 2015. In Moscow, thousands of people participated in a memorial rally to mark the first anniversary of his assassination.

    Dobriansky acknowledged the “profound” role Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician, had played in exposing the Kremlin’s lies by documenting the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine. She spoke at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council and the US Senate Human Rights Caucus in Washington on March 2.

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  • Mind the Gap: Survey Finds Growing Trust Gap Between Elite and Mass Populations

    Populist distrust toward government and media have buoyed Donald Trump's political fortunes, but this is not a phenomenon that is unique to the United States, according to a new global survey.

    While the “informed public” is growing increasingly trusting of government, business, nongovernmental organizations, and the media, that opinion is not shared by the “mass population,” according to the Edelman Trust Barometer 2016, an online survey conducted in twenty-eight countries among more than 33,000 respondents.

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  • America's Role in the World

    On February 2, the Atlantic Council hosted Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA-6) for an "America's Role in the World" address.

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  • Pham Joins Subcommittee Briefing on Congolese Adoption Crisis

    On Monday, November 30, the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations convened a briefing on the crisis of legally adopted children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who have been prevented from joining their new families.

    Gregory Simpkins, Staff Director for the Subcommittee, welcomed participants, introduced the speakers, and moderated the discussion.

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  • America's Strategic Defense Priorities

    On October 21, the Atlantic Council hosted United States Representatives Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, for an event entitled, "America's Strategic Defense Priorities." In his public comments and subsequent discussion with Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security Deputy Director Daniel Y. Chiu, Representative Smith spoke about America's defense priorities for the coming year, current foreign security challenges, and how Congress's dysfunctional internal dynamics are damaging the nation's ability to defend itself.

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  • Special Briefing on Afghanistan and US Security

     On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, Ambassador James Cunningham, Resident Senior Fellow and Zalmay Khalilzad Chair discussed a new policy framework on US engagement in Afghanistan <<CLICK HERE>>. This report was signed by more than twenty current and former senior officials and co-sponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), is a bipartisan consensus in support of certain principles that experts believe should guide policy on Afghanistan during the remainder of the Obama administration and the first year of a new administration.

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  • Empowering America: How Energy Abundance Can Strengthen US Global Leadership

    On Thursday, July 30, 2015 Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) spoke at the launch the Global Energy Center's task force report, "Empowering America: How Energy Abundance Can Strengthen US Global Leadership." The Senators, who were co-chairs of the task force, discussed the report's recommendations, which include calling on US policymakers to repeal the ban on exporting US crude oil, easing the licensing process for LNG exports, and investing in research and development of alternative technologies. David L. Goldwyn, Chairman of the Atlantic Council's Energy Advisory Group moderated the discussion and Richard L. Morningstar, Founding Director of the Atlantic Council's Global Energy Center provided welcome remarks.

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  • Sen. Lindsey Graham on “America’s Role in the World”

    On July 8th, 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-NC) gave his first major foreign policy speech as a presidential candidate as part of the Atlantic Council's "America's Role in the World" series. A moderated discussion with CNN's Jake Tapper followed his speech.

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