This is who we are

Since its founding in 1961, the Atlantic Council’s mission has been inclusion in a fundamental sense: helping Americans understand that they are part of a broader international community.

The Atlantic Council has distinguished itself as an institution where Americans work collaboratively with our counterparts in allied and partner countries to develop ideas, propose solutions, and build a better world.

Then, as now, the organization was animated by diverse views and perspectives. Diversity has always been and will always be our competitive advantage. It’s our engine for exponential growth and exceptional performance.

Today, the Atlantic Council cherishes its status as a diverse international organization, where those who speak different languages, have different political points of view, and come from different national, religious, and ethnic backgrounds draw on their varied experiences to enrich our work.

We also recognize we can, must, and will do more.

As far back as 1952, Secretary of State Dean Acheson –one of the Atlantic Council’s founders – wrote in a letter included in an amicus brief submitted to the Supreme Court of the United States in Brown vs. Board of Education, that “the continuance of racial discrimination in the United States … jeopardizes the effective maintenance of our moral leadership of the free and democratic nations of the world.”

The United States has come far since then, and so too has the Atlantic Council. We pledge to do even better, realizing that diversity, equity and inclusion are part of the crucial domestic underpinnings of our international credibility and success.

We are committed to strengthening a culture that celebrates diversity, strives for equity, and breaks down barriers in pursuit of inclusion. Only an organization that reflects the world around it—and that acknowledges historical inequities, structures, and biases that perpetuate them to this day—can work to dismantle these barriers to progress and thus help shape a better, more just global future. Our mission is global, but our work begins at home.

We are taking steps to ensure that our community—from our talent pipeline and internship program to our leadership team, managers, senior fellows, external experts and partners, board of directors and advisory councils—embodies these commitments. We are building on our strength in reflecting a global workforce to better reflect diversity across race, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, and political views at all levels of the organization.

Our institution, guided by its internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, is developing a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the values that underpin the organization’s mission are expressed through our recruitment, content, convenings, talent management, and board members and partners.

The Atlantic Council has experienced unprecedented growth in the past decade, nurturing a high performance culture of excellence and expertise, results-orientation and entrepreneurship, and collegiality and optimism. Our team members bring their values and passion to our mission. Accelerating this success requires the Council to ensure that each member of our community is valued, heard, and given the opportunity to be a catalyst for positive change.

We therefore make the following commitments:

  • Atlantic Council Community: The Council is committed to recruiting, training, and retaining a diverse team across all levels of the organization to more effectively advance our mission of working with allies and friends to shape the global future.
  • Atlantic Council Culture: The Council is committed to fostering and promoting a community of individuals who celebrate and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Atlantic Council Public Engagement: The Council is committed to ensuring that its publications and convenings are inclusive and reflect the diversity and values of the global community we serve.

Succeeding in our mission requires the hard work of building consensus and ensuring the inclusion of diverse partners. Just as importantly, it means engaging all segments of the public and preparing a new generation of diverse leaders to act on the core conviction that brought the Atlantic Council into existence at an earlier time of historic tension and volatility: a better future for the world is out there—and we can only secure it by working together in unity.

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May 1, 2020

The “shadow pandemic” of gender-based violence

By Joanne Chukwueke

While lockdowns and social distancing measures have been essential in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, they have also produced unintended consequences: increased rates of domestic violence. As COVID-19 spreads in African countries, demand for support services for victims of gender-based violence continues to rise.

Africa Coronavirus

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Apr 16, 2020

Mind the gap: Reducing gender gaps will foster long-term economic prosperity in Colombia

By Camila Hernandez

Significant lags in women’s economic and political empowerment remain in countries like Colombia. Having closed educational attainment and health and survival gaps almost entirely, the country still faces important gender gaps in economic participation and opportunity (a gap of 26.5 percent) and in political empowerment (a gap of 68.2 percent). If Colombia doubles-down on its efforts to close these gaps, numerous economic and social benefits will follow.

Colombia Economy & Business

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 27, 2020

Women’s activism in Pakistan: Limits on freedom of choice, speech, and visibility in the public sphere

By Zainab Alam

The crux of this contentious debate does not just hang on freedom of choice. It demands a broader conversation about societal acceptance of women’s visibility in the public sphere and role in politics more broadly. Until Pakistani women are seen as full citizens of the state, and not just national subjects, such seemingly apolitical visual expression will continue to provoke much needed rights-based deliberation.

Pakistan Women

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 23, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Zelenskyy trip up on gender roles again

By Melinda Haring

Why does everything in the private sphere depend on Ukraine’s amazing women yet again?

Democratic Transitions Ukraine

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 10, 2020

Ahead of Brazil’s municipal elections, novel legal requirements can elevate women’s participation in politics

By Valentina Sader

As the country prepares to hold municipal elections in October 2020, Brazil should aim to increase women’s political participation and learn from its fellow Latin American countries.

Brazil Elections

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 10, 2020

Bello in WATHI: Femmes du Sahel, femmes d’Afrique, femmes Atlas

Africa Economy & Business

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 10, 2020

Venezuela’s democratization: Leading with women to achieve peace

By Cristina Guevara

In order for Venezuela to transition to a more democratic, inclusive, and peaceful society, the interim government must strengthen women’s political participation and decision-making power.

Democratic Transitions Venezuela

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 10, 2020

Colombia ¿Cómo vamos?: Women’s political and economic empowerment

By Camila Hernandez

Closing gender gaps in economic and political empowerment will move Colombia forward in its path toward sustainable development. Greater female participation in the economy and in politics will not only boost the country’s economy (by increasing productivity, diversifying the economy, reducing income inequality, increasing organizational effectiveness, among others), but will also contribute to more inclusive, democratic, and sustainable policies.

Colombia Women

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 8, 2020

Nia quoted in Elle (Italian) on women’s rights in Iran

By Atlantic Council

Human Rights Iran

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Mar 8, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 8: Women, Feminism, and the Aurat March

By Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Human Rights