Through purposeful and thought-provoking conversations, #ACFrontPage provides its global audience a deeper understanding of issues facing the global community along with the short and long-term solutions critical for meaningful impact. Our guests include political leaders, top government officials, chiefs of international institutions, business executives, top strategists, philanthropists, and emerging compelling voices, all of global consequence.
Previous guests have included: President Isaac Herzog of Israel, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland, President Iván Duque of Colombia, Interim President Juan Guaidó of Venezuela, and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.
A conversation with Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Executive Vice-President of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager discusses how Europe is addressing the geopolitical moment and its economic challenges.
Special event with President of the World Bank Group David Malpass
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Malpass shares his vision for how the World Bank Group can respond to global challenges and help foster inclusive growth around the world.
A conversation with Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT—Plenković joined the Atlantic Council to share his perspective on the implications of Russia’s war in Ukraine for Europe and the Western Balkans, Croatia’s foreign-policy objectives, its entry into the eurozone and the Schengen area, and how his country’s Euro-Atlantic journey can serve as a source of inspiration for the Western Balkan countries and Ukraine.
A conversation with TotalEnergies Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – TotalEnergies Chairman and CEO, Patrick Pouyanné, joined the Atlantic Council to discuss industry’s role in an inclusive and sustainable energy transition.
A conversation with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Prime Minister Rutte joined the Atlantic Council during his visit to the United States to share his perspective on Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, the future of the transatlantic alliance and how to maintain unity in the face of mounting global challenges.
A conversation with Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Chair of CARICOM Philip Davis
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – What is Prime Minister of The Bahamas and CARICOM Chair Philip Davis’ vision for the future of the US-Caribbean relationship?
A conversation with Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – The South Asia Center hosted a conversation on the Pakistani government’s foreign policy goals, opportunities for deepening the Pakistan-US relationship, and Pakistan’s plan to address the climate crisis and resulting economic challenges.
A conversation with Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Tobias Billström
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – As Sweden assumes the presidency of the European Union in 2023 and looks to complete its accession to NATO, how does Stockholm aim to address the growing instability and change that lies ahead?
The future of US-Africa trade
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Ambassador Katherine Tai, the 19th United States Trade Representative, and Secretary General Wamkele Mene of the African Continental Free Trade Area discussed US-African engagement in the AfCFTA.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on climate and resilience at COP27
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – How can the US and allies bolster climate action and change the trajectory of global warming?
A conversation with President of Israel Isaac Herzog
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – President Isaac Herzog presented his vision for regional cooperation within the context of Israel-Arab normalization.
A conversation with Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – What role does Canada play in continuing to aid Ukraine and maintaining Western pressure on Russia? What future challenges and opportunities does Ottawa see for Ukraine after its stunning counteroffensive against the Russian military?
US role in the NATO alliance with Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Thom Tillis
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – What is the United States’ role in the alliance and how can NATO members continue to support Ukraine? United States Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Thom Tillis discuss.
A conversation with Danish Minister of Defense Morten Bødskov
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – What are the critical next steps for allies to support Ukraine and how will security in the Nordic-Baltic neighborhood change?
A conversation about Taiwan with the 27th US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Former US Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper shared his insights following the four-day Atlantic Council transatlantic delegation trip to Taiwan.
A conversation with Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – The nature of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has changed for the third time. What can the West do to help Ukraine defend itself from Russia’s terror campaign and continue to take back its territory on the frontlines?
A conversation with Dutch Minister of Defense Kajsa Ollongren
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – How are European allies like the Netherlands adjusting their defense policy to better deter Russia and defend every inch of NATO territory?
Allied resolve: NATO perspectives on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Four former Secretaries General of NATO offer their perspectives on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and NATO’s priorities ahead of the NATO Summit in Madrid.
A conversation with Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Western sanctions on Russia have eaten into the Kremlin’s capacity to wage war. What does Ukraine see as the best targets for the West to maintain economic pressure?
A conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo Albin Kurti
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Prime Minister Kurti discussed Kosovo’s domestic situation, relations with Serbia, and his ideas for accelerating European integration.
Will the US again be the arsenal of democracy? A conversation on lend-lease for Ukraine with US Senators Ben Cardin and John Cornyn
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – How can the US use military aid to more effectively enable Ukraine to defend itself against Russian aggression?
Special address by US Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen
Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen delivered a special address on the future of the global economy and US economic leadership.
A conversation with founder of the Open Russia movement Mikhail Khodorkovsky
With unique insight into the realities of Putin’s Russia and its challenges, Khodorkovsky discussed escalating repressions on dissent in Russia, the war, and the future of Russia.
A conversation with Minister of Defence of Germany Christine Lambrecht
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Germany’s Minister of Defence Christine Lambrecht discussed Germany’s new defense priorities in the face of Russia’s war against Ukraine.
A conversation with Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – With nearly 1,000 Ukrainian civilians dead, over 15,000 injured, and millions displaced, what can the United States and its allies do next to support Ukraine’s fight for freedom and independence?
Previewing the NATO Summit with Ambassador Julianne Smith
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – US Permanent Representative to NATO, Ambassador Julianne Smith, previewed the NATO Summit and discussed how the United States and its allies are strengthening defense and deterrence in Europe.
2022 Christopher J. Makins lecture – A conversation with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss joined the Atlantic Council for the 2022 Christopher J. Makins Lecture for a special conversation about the British and Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
International Women’s Day 2022: Mainstreaming gender in security
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – For International Women’s Day, Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde discussed how to mainstream a gender perspective across foreign and security policy.
A new China-Russia “alliance”? Featuring Stephen Hadley & Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Asia Society President and Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd and former US National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley joined The New Yorker’s Susan Glasser to discuss the strategic implications of a new era of China-Russia relations, co-hosted with the Asia Society.
A conversation with Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – How does the Office of the President of Ukraine interpret the outcome of the high-stakes meetings between the US, NATO, OSCE, and Russia? And what challenges does Ukraine see in dealing with this combination of Moscow’s ongoing war in Donbas and its threat of a major escalation?
A conversation with Pfizer Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer, discussed the state of the pandemic and the remaining challenges ahead, vaccine development, as well as his personal story.
A conversation with BioNTech co-founders Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – BioNTech Co-Founders, Professor Ugur Sahin and Dr. Özlem Türeci discussed the state of the pandemic and vaccine development, as well as their personal stories.
A conversation with European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – European Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton discussed COVID-19 and the EU’s digital and industrial policy agendas.
A conversation with Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory Meeks
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Congressman Gregory Meeks discussed renewed US engagement with African countries from a Congressional perspective.
A conversation with leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – What can officials in the United States do to support the democratic movement in Belarus in the face of continuing repression and state terror from Lukashenka’s regime? Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic opposition in Belarus, joined live from the Atlantic Council to discuss.
Trusted Connectivity: Securing digital infrastructure in an era of strategic competition with China
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Following consensus at the G7 Leaders’ Summit on countering China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and ahead of this Fall’s Tallinn Digital Summit, Estonian President H.E. Kersti Kaljulaid discussed the future of secure digital infrastructure for the United States and its allies and partners.
A special event with Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – A conversation with Director of the National Economic Council, Brian Deese on US industrial policy.
A conversation with Katherine Maher
A 360/OPEN SUMMIT #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Former Wikimedia CEO Katherine Maher discussed her experience leading one of the world’s largest and most trusted platforms, and the launch of the DFRLab’s new Democracy & Tech Initiative.
A conversation with US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart discussed the role of the US State Department in advancing LGBTQI equality at home and around the world.
A conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Secretary General Stoltenberg discussed the NATO 2030 agenda and his vision for the future of the Alliance.
Africa Day at the Atlantic Council: A vision for the African Century
High-profile US officials spoke to US-Africa policy under the Biden administration, spotlighting Africa’s strategic importance and dynamic outlook.
A conversation with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence: Realizing a US strategy for the AI era
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Mr. David McCormick hosted National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Commissioners Secretary Robert O. Work and Ms. Safra Catz to discuss the NSCAI’s final report, where AI sits in the broader geopolitical landscape, and implications for innovation, the US military, and its allies and partners.
The future of the transatlantic partnership with Afghanistan
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – The exclusive launch of the Transatlantic Charter on Afghanistan as part of the Strategic Dialogues on and with Afghanistan, hosted by the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
A conversation with President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – President Aleksandar Vučić discussed Serbia’s domestic agenda amid the pandemic as well as the country’s regional and foreign policy priorities.
A conversation with H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – H.E. Dr. Sultan Al Jaber discussed dialing up climate action in the UAE and in partnership with the global community in this special edition of #ACFrontPage joining energy leaders in “Raising Ambitions” on climate goals.
A conversation with President of Colombia Iván Duque and US Senators Roy Blunt and Ben Cardin
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – A new government in the United States provides an opportunity to strengthen US-Colombia cooperation on many fronts. This high level-conversation discussed progress on key bilateral objectives and highlighted the strategic importance of strong US-Colombia relations.
A conversation with Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Markus Dohle discussed the publishing industry and the important role that storytelling plays in strengthening our social discourse, lifting diverse voices and experiences, and promoting democratic values around the globe.
A conversation with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai on education for all girls
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Going beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar approach, Ms. Yousafzai believes in expanding female participation in the formal labor force by creating opportunities and helping local partners break down societal barriers to the entry of women into the formal work force.
A conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and Chairman of CARICOM Keith Rowley
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – A conversation with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. the Honorable Keith Rowley, on “Re-Setting US-Caribbean Relations.”
A conversation with EU High Representative Josep Borrell
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – High Representative/Vice-President Borrell discussed opportunities for US-EU cooperation under a new US administration and his perspectives on how to build a more ambitious and resilient transatlantic partnership.
A conversation with the President of the European Council Charles Michel
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – His Excellency Charles Michel, President of the European Council, discussed the European Union and the outlook for transatlantic cooperation.
A conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – The Atlantic Council officially launched the Europe Center featuring a conversation on Europe and transatlantic relations with His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.
A conversation with Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and Dr. Richard Kurin of the Smithsonian Institution
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch and Dr. Richard Kurin discussed the role of art in culture, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
A conversation with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and global CEOs
A GLOBAL ENERGY FORUM #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Prince Charles and Brian Moynihan discussed the private sector’s transition to a sustainable future and the evolution of corporate climate pledges into impactful actions with Fred Kempe in a special edition of #ACFrontPage presented by the Global Energy Forum.
A conversation with US Senator Chris Murphy
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) discussed the attack on the US Capitol and what needs to be done to foster bipartisanship and repair the global standing of the US.
A conversation with entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Mo Ibrahim
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Dr. Mo Ibrahim reflected on the trajectory of African governance and 2020’s mixed record of progress.
A conversation with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discussed the need for the international community to stay focused on the Belarusian people’s effort to oust authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
A conversation with Former US National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Lt. General McMaster discussed the future of US strategy in an era of great power competition as well as US foreign policy in the Middle East.
Latin America and the Caribbean’s COVID-19 recovery: A conversation with IDB President Mauricio Claver-Carone
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – As the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) plays a critical role in enabling recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean. What actions can the Bank take to maximize its impact?
A conversation with Claudio Descalzi, chief executive officer of Eni
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Claudio Descalzi discussed how he views his company’s role in the broader energy transition, why he is leading the company into one of the most significant transformations in its history, and how his company responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and market turmoil.
Women, democracy, and peace: A conversation with First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – The South Asia Center and the George W. Bush Institute hosted a conversation with First Lady Rula Ghani and former First Lady Laura Bush to discuss strategies for ensuring long-term security without compromising on the rights of women and minorities as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strengthening US alliances and partnerships in an era of great-power competition: A conversation with US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper joined the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series in conversation with Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe to discuss the importance of alliances and partnership in US national security and how to enhance and expand those relationships.
A conversation with Mayor Pete Buttigieg
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Mayor Pete Buttigieg discussed the future of US leadership, reigniting support for American engagement and diversity in foreign policy.
A conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner and energy expert Daniel Yergin
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – With the 2020 elections around the corner, the energy industry particularly disrupted by coronavirus, and US-China tensions ratcheting higher, Yergin provided insights into the steps various countries are taking, particularly China, to shape the energy transition within a rapidly-changing geopolitical order.
A conversation with House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Majority Whip James E. Clyburn discussed the intersection between current US domestic challenges and America’s standing and role in the world.
Charting a path for Global Britain: A conversation with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab discussed the future of the UK’s Global Britain initiative in an uncertain world.
A conversation with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Secretary Pompeo discussed his recent trip to Central and Eastern Europe and how European nations are awakening to the China challenge.
Latin America during and after COVID-19: A conversation with IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Many Latin America and the Caribbean countries have responded with unprecedented policies to combat the multi-dimensional threats of COVID-19. What should be the role of international institutions like the IDB to accelerate a regional recovery?
A conversation with Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert C. O’Brien
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Robert C. O’Brien discussed key security challenges facing the next US presidential administration, as well as opportunities for renewed global cooperation.
A conversation with H.E. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – H.E. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, discusses the recent announcement of normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel.
A conversation with former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the key foreign policy priorities for the next presidential administration and the future of US leadership.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Poland’s COVID-19 response and strategies for a post-crisis Europe
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was at the forefront during a critical moment for Poland, Central Europe, and the transatlantic community. We explored Poland’s handling of the coronavirus and Poland’s role in the transatlantic relationship.
Asia’s response to US-China tensions and COVID-19: A conversation with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and David M. Rubenstein
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Prime Minister Lee discusses topics ranging from Singapore’s response to COVID-19 to the importance of strengthening international cooperation and keeping global chains open. Prime Minister Lee further elaborates on the regional response to US-China tensions, featured in his recent Foreign Affairs essay, “The Endangered Asian Century.”
Out in global leadership: Fighting coronavirus and injustice
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić of Serbia, and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland join to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, the state of the transatlantic relationship, their outlook on LGBTI equality, and the injustices seen around the world.
A conversation with German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on resilience and the transatlantic alliance
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer joins the Atlantic Council to discuss transatlantic resilience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of the transatlantic alliance, and the geopolitical challenges from Russia and China.
A conversation with European Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager
AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – Executive Vice President Vestager discusses the EU’s economic strategy in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the outlook for the forthcoming EU digital policy initiatives, and growing support in the EU for a stronger focus on digital sovereignty.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta: Strengthening US-African ties through trade
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – US-Kenya free trade agreement negotiations must now proceed alongside global efforts to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. How will this blueprint free trade agreement adapt to the threats the coronavirus crisis poses, and how is Kenya stepping up to take a leading role in the African response?
Afghanistan’s vision for peace: A conversation with H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discusses Afghanistan’s vision for peace and how to sustain progress towards stability and prosperity with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and the United States Institute of Peace. 10:00am (DC) / 6:30pm (Kabul).
NATO 2030: Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on strengthening the Alliance in a post-COVID-19 world
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – As COVID-19 accelerates existing global trends and tensions, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discusses how the Alliance is embracing this new normal and preparing for the next decade and beyond.
Where the world is headed: A conversation with David M. Rubenstein
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – At this perilous moment, we ask private equity pioneer, student of history, master analyst and legendary philanthropist, David M. Rubenstein, for his take on where America and the world are headed this year and beyond.
IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva: A conversation on the global economic crisis
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a global economic crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Great Depression. The International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, is leading her institution’s work to ensure global financial stability.
Interim President of Venezuela Juan Guaidó: COVID-19, a pandemic within a crisis
#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – An event in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. In the midst of the greatest man-made crisis in the Western Hemisphere, the coronavirus outbreak poses critical new challenges for Venezuela’s fragile population. Interim President Juan Guaidó continues to push for a better future for Venezuelans and has recently called for the formation of a national emergency government.
President Iván Duque: Colombia’s COVID-19 response and strategies moving forward
FRONT PAGE EVENT – As President Duque has said, the choice between the economy and health is nonexistent; without health there is no economy and without the economy, public health will suffer. Join us to hear him discuss his country’s plans live with the Atlantic Council.
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Biden faces a relieved but cautious Europe
In remarks aired Thursday during a dialogue with the Atlantic Council, French President Emmanuel Macron cheered Biden’s arrival, but emphasized his vision of “European sovereignty,” where the continent takes more ownership of its security and more proactively reckons with crises in its neighborhood, from North Africa to Russia’s borderlands.
Caribbean bloc calls for more equity in COVID vaccine distribution
Rowley made the call on behalf of the bloc during a virtual appearance sponsored by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. His plea comes as most Caribbean and Latin American nations continue to wait on deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines from a slow-moving United Nations-backed facility known as COVAX, and as worldwide vaccine shortages and quickly spreading variants of the coronavirus increase the urgency for relief.