• Russia’s Cyberattacks Put Transatlantic Security in ‘a Whole Different Light’

    Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, sees the dangers of digital warfare

    Russian cyberattacks that aim to disrupt elections in Europe—much like they did in the United States in 2016—have put transatlantic security in “a whole different light,” Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, said at the Atlantic Council on February 9.

    “Today, unconstrained by the limits of kinetic war, by the range of missiles and bombers, by the logistics needed to support an armored division, we can succumb to digital warfare,” Ilves said. “You don’t have to hack the power grid, let alone attack with a division of tanks, if you can hack the elections and change the policies of a country,” he added.

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  • Iran Symposium: Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Help or Harm US Interests in the Middle East

    On Monday, January 30, 2017, the South Asia Center’s Future of Iran Initiative co-hosted a half-day symposium with The Iran Project. The event focused on the record of the Iran nuclear deal and its likely fate under the Trump administration. The intent was to help forge a bipartisan path forward that will preserve the non-proliferation gains of the accord while finding a resolution for other Iranian activities that are of concern and contributing to conflict resolution.

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  • Trump’s Immigration Ban Will Have ‘Catastrophic Implications’

    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) sees order as a ‘gift’ to hardliners in Iran

    US President Donald Trump’s executive order that curtails immigration and the rights of refugees is illegal, has “catastrophic implications” for the United States, and is a “gift” to hardliners in Iran as it paints all Iranians as a security threat to the United States, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said at the Atlantic Council in Washington on January 30.

    “This ban on immigration from Iran to the United States is a gift to the hardliners at a moment in which we should not be giving them gifts,” said Murphy, noting that it comes at a particularly delicate time for the moderates in Iran soon after the death of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on January 8. “This is a movement that does not need another body blow, and yet they got it,” said Murphy.

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  • Bipartisan Colombia Task Force Calls for Renewed US Engagement with Critical Ally

    Atlantic Council Launches Group Chaired by US Senators Blunt and Cardin
    Task Force to Propose Path Ahead for US-Colombia Relations

    The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center concluded on December 8, 2016 the first convening of its Colombia Peace and Prosperity Task Force, chaired by US Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD).The meeting ended with a call for the incoming Donald Trump administration to make strengthening relations with this critical US ally a key foreign policy goal. Meeting just one week after Congressional approval of the peace accords with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Task Force reiterated the importance of continued bipartisan support to ensure a lasting peace in the country. It called for mobilizing new US and international development assistance as well as expanded diplomatic,...

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  • Can They Get Any Closer? The Case for Deepening the Partnerships Between Sweden and Finland with NATO

    The dinner between Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, President Sauli Niinistö, and the Heads of States of NATO in Warsaw in July 2016, was a landmark in the partnership between Sweden, Finland and the Alliance.
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  • The World Energy Council and the Atlantic Council Join Forces to Discuss Crucial Energy Issues Next Week

    The Atlantic Council will hold two panel discussions at the World Energy Congress, one of the most comprehensive gatherings on the global energy scene, to highlight diverse perspectives on crucial energy issues.

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  • Nuclear Energy: The Imperative for Innovation & Modernization

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  • Seventh Annual Global Citizen Awards Honors Exceptional, Diverse Leaders

    The Atlantic Council presented its annual Global Citizen Awards in New York on September 19 to three exceptional individuals whose extraordinary leadership has been invaluable in addressing global challenges and fostering unity.

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  • Arslan Joins Voice of America to Discuss the Implications of Turkey's Failed Coup

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  • NATO Air Power in a Contested Air Domain

    On July 26, 2016 the Atlantic Council hosted a private roundtable on “NATO Air Power in a Contested Air Domain.” The session featured a keynote address by General Frank Gorenc, Commander of US Air Forces in Europe and Africa, and a moderated discussion led by Jorge Benitez, director of NATOSource and senior fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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