Despite an effort by the United States to persuade its friends and allies not to use 5G wireless communications technology developed by Huawei, many will find it hard to avoid doing business with the Chinese telecom giant altogether.

Robert A. Manning, a senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, explains: “It will be difficult to avoid licensing any Huawei or Chinese 5G technology as Chinese firms hold 37 percent of all 5G patents.”

Huawei, for instance, said Manning, “has over 1,000 patents, so many nations and carriers may have little choice but to license some Chinese 5G technology.”

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The United States, working with its allies and democratic partners, can push back against Russian aggression, which has been marked by interference in elections in the United States and Europe; the harassment, invasion, and annexation of neighbors; and the propping up of despots in places such as Syria and Venezuela, Atlantic Council Distinguished Fellow Daniel Fried told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on May 1.

“The world’s great and emerging democracies have the power and political legitimacy” to not only push back against Russia, but also “to maintain a rules-based system that favors freedom and advances our nation’s interests and other nations’ interests,” Fried said at a hearing on “Countering a Resurgent Russia.”

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Awards presented to NATO, philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and FedEx Chairman Frederick W. Smith

There were two noteworthy firsts for the Atlantic Council at its 2019 Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner in Washington on April 30. For the first time in its history, the Atlantic Council presented an award to an international organization and a FedEx SameDay Bot, rolled out in February, turned heads as it carried an award onto stage.

The Atlantic Council presented its Distinguished Leadership Awards to three exemplary individuals—its Distinguished International Leadership Award to International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, its Distinguished Service Award to philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, and its Distinguished Business Leadership Award to FedEx Corp. Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith—and its Distinguished International Leadership Award to NATO in recognition of the Alliance’s contribution to promoting global peace and security.

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To mark the seventieth anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Atlantic Council honored the Alliance and its twenty-nine-member countries with a distinguished leadership award, the first time an international organization has been presented with that distinction.

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., a former Supreme Allied Commander Europe and executive chairman emeritus of the Atlantic Council said at the Atlantic Council Distinguished Leadership Awards Dinner on April 30, that NATO was being recognized “for the Alliance’s role in assuring peace, stability, and security in Europe and North America for the last seventy years.”

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Ellen O. Tauscher was “a patriot, a politician, a transatlanticist, an Atlantic Council board director, a mentor to many of us…and above all a friend to many of us,” retired US Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones, Jr., the Atlantic Council’s executive chairman emeritus, remembered on April 30. Tauscher, a seven-term California Democratic congresswoman and former undersecretary of state for arms control, passed away on April 29.

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At dawn in Caracas on April 30, security personnel carried out two bold moves in support of the interim government—and in defiance of Nicolás Maduro’s regime. These developments mark the best chance yet for Venezuelans to begin the next wave of reclaiming democracy and ending years of suffering.

Opposition politician Leopoldo López was released from house arrest—nearly two years after being placed under house arrest and more than five years after being detained—by agents of the Venezuelan intelligence service who had been guarding his home. Move one in defiance of Maduro.

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On a recent trip to Antarctica with scientists studying the effects of climate change, Jeff Goodell witnessed a twenty-five-mile-by-forty-mile section of ice calve off West Antarctica and collapse into the sea. Even for Goodell, who has long written about the effects of climate change and is the author of “The Water Will Come,” a book that examines the impact of rising sea levels, this was “an eye-opening experience.”

“It really gave me a sense of the scale of what we are facing with climate change,” he said.

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Center has a goal of enhancing the resilience of one billion people by 2030

The Atlantic Council on April 29 announced that it has received a $25-million gift from philanthropist Adrienne Arsht to endow the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. The gift follows a $30-million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Center will be renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center effective May 1.

Describing it as a “historic day for the Atlantic Council,” Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe said the Center will have “a major and ambitious goal” to “enhance the resilience of one billion people by 2030.”

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez bucked a European trend on April 28 when he won a victory for his center-left Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) in parliamentary elections. The right-wing People’s Party (PP), by contrast, suffered the same fate as conservatives elsewhere and lost support to the far right. Both stories come with a unique Spanish twist.

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One of Washington’s most important foreign policy voices, US Sen. Richard Lugar “was an American jewel,” Atlantic Council Eurasia Center Director John Herbst recalled. Lugar, who spent more than thirty years representing Indiana in the United States Senate, passed away on April 28 at the age of eighty-seven.

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