• Pence Affirms US Commitment to NATO, Collective Defense

    Transatlantic Alliance Front and Center at Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards

    US Vice President Mike Pence affirmed the United States’ support for NATO and its commitment to the collective defense of the Alliance at the Atlantic Council's Distinguished Leadership Awards reception in Washington on June 5.

    “Our commitment [to NATO] is unwavering,” Pence said.  The United States, he added, will “meet our obligations to people to provide for the collective defense of all of our allies. The United States is resolved… to live by that principle that an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

    Pence made a commitment to Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which deals with collective defense, less than two weeks after US President Donald J. Trump publicly omitted doing so at a meeting of NATO leaders in Brussels, reportedly...

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  • Colombia Peace and Prosperity Report Launch: A Dinner with President Juan Manuel Santos

    After almost twelve months of consultations and deliberations, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center launched on May 17 the Colombia Peace and Prosperity Task Force report: A Roadmap for US Engagement with Colombia. It was the culmination of the work of a notable group co-chaired by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Ben Cardin(D-MD), who strived to provide a roadmap for US engagement with Colombia going forward. The goal was to keep the focus on the US-Colombia partnership as the country implements peace and agenda items compete for priority in the new US administration.

    With Plan Colombia, a bipartisan strategic framework sustained over almost two decades, Colombia and the United States consolidated a mutually beneficial relationship. Today, the...

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  • Trump’s First 100 Days: What Next?

    No one can say President Donald Trump’s first 100 days were uneventful. First met with unprecedented opposition, the administration proceeded to swiftly implement the vision Trump laid out on the campaign trail. However, he has had both high-profile setbacks, like not being able to get an Obamacare reform bill to the floor, and positive developments, like the widely praised Syria strikes. Meanwhile, Trump seems to already be changing his mind on many of his most remarkable foreign policy stances on the campaign, for example, that NATO is now no longer “obsolete” and that he will not label China a currency manipulator.

    The question at and past the 100 days mark is: what next? What else is there to expect from the Trump administration both at home and abroad beyond the first 100 days? Are the latest personnel issues and policy stances a sign of things to come? Or are these just the natural growing pains of a new presidency? To answer these questions, the Atlantic Council...

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  • Putin is Not Russia

    US senators, Russian opposition activist call for calibrated pressure on Vladimir Putin

    Two US senators—one a Republican and the other a Democrat—and a Russian opposition activist who has survived two apparent attempts on his life made a call for greater international pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to respect human rights. Speaking at the Atlantic Council on March 30, all three stated quite clearly that even as this pressure is applied, care must be taken not to hurt the Russian people in the process.

    Vladimir Kara-Murza, an ardent critic of Putin who has twice slipped into a coma after mysteriously falling ill—once in 2015 and more recently in February—said it was important to turn up the heat on Putin and his cronies, but noted that it is equally important not to equate Putin’s regime with the Russian people.


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  • Reforming the H1B Visa System: A Conversation with Congressman Darrell Issa

    The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a discussion at the Capitol Hill with Congressman Darell Issa. Moderated by Dr. Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center, the conversation focused on Congressman Issa's proposed legislation to review the H-1B program and ways to strengthen it.   

    Critics contend that systemic weaknesses in the H-1B program allow companies to import cheap foreign labor at the expense of US workers. As the primary recipients of H-1B visas, skilled Indian workers would be most significantly impacted by changes to the program. Congressman Issa expressed his views on the reform with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center. 

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  • Congressman Adam Kinzinger on the US Role in the Middle East and the World

    On March 17, 2017, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center hosted a discussion with Congressman Adam Kinzinger to discuss America’s role in the Middle East and the world. Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, director of the Hariri Center, moderated the event.

    Kinzinger began by emphasizing that self-governance should be one of America’s mission statements for the world. He said that the Soviet Union’s dissolution was mainly due to the change in ideas among its citizens: the Soviet people saw Western life as a model and started to demand their freedom from the Soviet government. Kinzinger noted, however, that unlike during the Cold War era, there are now multiple “iron curtains” such as ISIS, authoritarian regimes, and discrimination. He explained that another mission statement of America should be to recognize those curtains and pull them down, and underscored that America’s most important goal in the Middle East should be to bring freedom.

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  • America's Role in the World: Congress and US Foreign Policy

    As the Trump administration continues to form its foreign policy and national security strategy, Congress has a distinct role of its own to play in shaping how the United States addresses emerging global threats and approaches its leadership role on the international stage.  

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  • The Seventh Annual Christopher J. Makins Lecture featuring Toomas Hendrik Ilves

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    The Seventh Annual Christopher J. Makins Lecture featuring Toomas Hendrik Ilves

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  • 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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