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  • Atlantic Council Honors Global Citizens

    To Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, being a global citizen means embodying two values: “a sense of shared responsibility and shared purpose.” Speaking at the Atlantic Council’s 9th annual Global Citizen Awards dinner in New York City, Solberg argued that in the world today, as “in a village, you cannot survive without trusting your fellow people. Without joining forces in everyday life.”

    The Atlantic Council presented its Global Citizen Award to Solberg, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Chobani, and the late Sen. John S. McCain.

    Frederick Kempe, president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, said in his opening remarks that “each awardee this evening embodies the leadership, commitment, and character that these challenging times demand.” Kempe added that “we hope that by recognizing these individuals, we could inspire a host of others.”

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    Atlantic Council 2018 Global Citizen Awards

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  • Atlantic Council Bestows Posthumous Global Citizen Award on John McCain

    John S. McCain was remembered at the Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Awards dinner in New York on September 24 as a man who spoke truth to power and was unafraid to stand up for the values in which he truly believed.

    McCain, a war hero who served for thirty-five years in the US Congress—first in the House and then the Senate—died on August 25 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

    The Atlantic Council honored McCain with a posthumous Global Citizen Award.

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  • Atlantic Council to Posthumously Honor Senator John McCain with Global Citizen Award

    Mrs. Cindy McCain to accept award in NYC on September 24

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that it will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Senator John McCain by posthumously honoring him with the 2018 Global Citizen Award on September 24. The award will be accepted by Mrs. Cindy McCain.

    Senator McCain lived a remarkable life of service, leadership, and courage – both in uniform and in Congress,” said Atlantic Council CEO and President Frederick Kempe. “The Senator exemplified global citizenship, fighting to defend the freedom, dignity, and human rights of people around the world. We are privileged to present this award to Cindy McCain to salute Senator McCain’s contributions and legacy.”

    Mrs. McCain will be introduced by General James L. Jones, Jr. USMC (Ret.), Interim Chairman of the...

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  • Atlantic Council to Honor President Macri, Prime Minster Solberg, and Hamdi Ulukaya with 2018 Global Citizen Award

    WASHINGTON, DC – The ninth Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards will honor President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri; Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Erna Solberg; and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chobani and founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, on the evening of September 24 in New York, NY.

    All three distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the event.

    “At this period of rapid global change and uncertainty, these awards send a particular message regarding the brand of consistent, principled and purposeful leadership that our times require,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Through these awards, we have tried not only to salute unique individuals such as these three leaders, but in doing so also inspire others to be better global citizens.”

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  • Sen. John McCain: Saluting a Champion of Freedom

    The Atlantic Council remembers US Sen. John McCain who received the Council’s Freedom Award in 2011. Here is a transcript of his remarks at the award ceremony.

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  • Russia's Interference in the US Judiciary


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  • Senators Rubio and Warner Push Back on Trump's Press Conference with Putin

    US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) described as “outrageous” US President Donald J. Trump’s July 16 press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while his Republican colleague, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), maintained that “what the president said today was not accurate.”

    The two senators, who spoke at an Atlantic Council event on the Kremlin’s interference in elections worldwide, directly criticized Trump’s remarks and reiterated their belief that Russia actively influenced the US elections in 2016.

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  • A Warning From Madeleine Albright: Beware of "Peddlers of Hate"

    Former US Secretary of State Among Four Recipients of Atlantic Council’s Freedom Award


    Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in accepting the Atlantic Council’s 2018 Freedom Award, urged Americans and Europeans alike not to allow “peddlers of hate,” on both sides of the Atlantic, “to hijack the institutions that ensure our freedom and define our democracies.”

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  • On Presidential Leadership

    Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe reflects on President Trump’s Iran decision and the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards

    It was a piquant coincidence that we scheduled the Atlantic Council’s annual Distinguished Leadership Awards dinner, saluting former President George W. Bush for his life-saving work against HIV-AIDS, opposite President Trump’s most consequential leadership decision to date, the undoing of the Iran nuclear deal.

    Receiving his award on May 10, the date on which Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in 1940, President Bush spoke with a clarity that ensured his meaning was not missed:

    “Churchill said in his lifetime two world wars had shown that oceans no longer protected the new world from the problems of the old. The only way for peace was through partnership and engagement. If we are together, nothing is impossible. If we are divided, all will fail. That’s why the Atlantic Council is important today....

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