• George W. Bush Warns Against Isolationism

    Former US president makes a pitch for preserving PEPFAR

    Former US President George W. Bush, accepting the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished International Leadership Award in Washington on May 10, warned of the dangers of isolationism and said it is critical that the United States step up to the responsibilities of global leadership.

    Bush also made a pitch for securing a program started on his watch that has saved the lives of more than thirteen million people in Africa who are suffering from HIV/AIDS.

    “America is indispensable for the world,” said Bush. “The dangers of isolation loom."

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  • Former US President George W. Bush: "People in the United States Cannot Escape World Responsibility"

    Atlantic Council
    2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards
    Distinguished International Leadership Award Presentation

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  • Atlantic Council Announces 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council will honor former President George W. Bush; Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, US European Command General Curtis M. Scaparrotti; seven-time Grammy Award winner Gloria Estefan;and Executive Chairman of Starbucks Corporation Howard Schultz with its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards on the evening of May 10 in Washington, DC.

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

    “This year’s honorees underscore the essence and range of global leadership,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “From a US president who countered terrorism and saved countless lives in Africa, to a Grammy Award-winning singer who made generations dance, to an international business leader and philanthropist who changed the way the world drinks coffee, to an alliance...

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  • Past Freedom Awards Honorees

    Past Freedom Award Honorees

    2017 Honorees

    Migrant Offshore Aid Station
    Ani Choying Drolma
    NATO forces in Central and Eastern Europe
    Ambassador Daniel Fried
    The Hon. Zbigniew Brzezinski (posthumous)

    2016 Honorees

    Dr. Horst Teltschik
    Maciej Zieba
    Nighat Dad
    Syria Civil Defence (“The White Helmets”)

    2015 Honorees

    H.E. Carl Bildt
    Donetsk National University
    Agnieszka Holland
    Nadia Savchenko
    Boris Nemtsov (posthumous)

    2014 Honorees

    H.E. Toomas Hendrik Ilves
    H.E. Miklós Németh
    Polish-American Freedom Foundation
    The People of the Maidan

    2013 Honorees

    Malala Yousafzai
    H.E. Tadeusz...

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  • Chris Brummer Testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services on Cryptocurrencies and ICO markets

    Statement of Chris Brummer
    Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Business and Economics, Atlantic Council

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  • Gloria Estefan

    Gloria Estefan

    Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award

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    International Superstar Gloria Estefan is a Grammy award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers. Billboard Magazine considers her the single most successful Latin crossover artist in music history.

    Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Gloria is a successful entrepreneur alongside her husband Emilio. The couple own and operate several businesses, including a globally recognized music publishing company and a hospitality division that includes seven restaurants and two hotels (the...

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  • Howard Schultz

    Howard Schultz

    Distinguished Business Leadership Award

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    It all started with a cup of coffee.

    Recognized for his entrepreneurship and servant leadership, Howard Schultz built Starbucks Coffee Company into one of the world’s most recognized and respected businesses, a company committed to strengthening communities through human connection and social innovation.

    Howard grew up in public housing and was the first in his family to graduate college. As a young entrepreneur, he set out to build a different kind of company, one that delivers business excellence through a culture of compassion. Under his leadership, Starbucks has delivered approximately 18,000 percent in shareholder returns since its Initial...

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  • President George W. Bush, 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award

    President George W. Bush

    Distinguished International Leadership Award

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    President Bush was born on July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where George W. Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1974. He settled in Midland, where he started an energy business and married Laura Welch on November 5, 1977. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, George W. Bush joined a...

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  • General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, 2018 Distinguished Military Leadership Award

    General Curtis M. Scaparrotti

    Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander, US European Command

    Distinguished Military Leadership Award

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    US Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed duties as commander of European Command and as supreme allied commander, Europe in late spring of 2016.

    General Curtis M. Scaparrotti is a native of Logan, Ohio, graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1978, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army.

    A career infantry officer, General Scaparrotti was previously assigned as the commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea. He also served as the director, Joint Staff. Prior to his tour with the Joint...

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  • 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards Honorees

    2018 Honorees

    The 2018 Distinguished Leadership Awards will honor the following individuals:

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    President George W. Bush

    Distinguished International Leadership Award

    Stephen Hadley
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