Power of Transparency

  • The Power of Transparency to increase Economic Resilience, with IMF Director Christine Lagarde

    On February 8, The Atlantic Council Global hosted International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde at the sixth and final installment of the Power of Transparency Series hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics program and Thomson Reuters. She later participated in a discussion moderated by Axel Threlfall, editor-at-large at Reuters.

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  • Too Big to Fail? The Power of Transparency in Preventing Future Financial Crises

    On January 25, the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters hosted Richard Berner, Director of the Office of Financial Research, U.S. Department of the Treasury.


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  • The Power of Transparency in Advancing Geo-spatial Intelligence

    On January 13, the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters hosted Mr. Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The discussion was moderated by Mr. John Walcott, Foreign Policy and National Security Editor for Thomson Reuters. 


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  • In Syria, the United States Must Navigate a Complex Intelligence-Sharing Landscape With Russia

    The Obama administration will carefully consider what intelligence it shares with Russia pertaining to enemy targets in Syria in part due to the belief that the Russians do not apply the same degree of care to avoiding civilian casualties, a senior US official said at the Atlantic Council on September 13.

    Noting that the US military has a “highly attuned objective of limiting civilian casualties to zero wherever we can,” Marcel Lettre, undersecretary for intelligence at the Department of Defense, added: “It’s not been clear to the US military in the past that the Russian operating approach has that similar calibration.”

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  • The Power of Transparency: The Role of Transparency in Strengthening National Intelligence

    As part of the 'Power of Transparency' series, a speaker series co-hosted by the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters, the Atlantic Council hosted the Honorable Marcel Lettre, under secretary for defense in intelligence at the Department of Defense, on September 13 to talk about how transparency has transformed the intelligence community since 9/11.

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  • New Report Shows Global Fiscal Transparency Lagging Behind US Standards

    Developing countries are failing to meet fiscal transparency standards as established by the United States, according to a report released on July 28.

    The US State Department’s Fiscal Transparency Report—released annually since 2012—details which countries meet the State Department’s minimum fiscal transparency requirements, which countries are making progress towards it, and which countries are making no significant progress.

    In the 2016 report, sixty-four countries failed to meet the minimum standards. Of those, only eight showed significant progress.

    The report reveals the highest number of countries that fail to meet the minimum standard and the lowest number making progress since 2012, when only thirty-four countries failed,...

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  • The Role of Transparency and How It Can Spur Global Prosperity and Sustainable Economic Opportunity at Home and Abroad

    On July 20th, Catherine Novelli, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the US Department of State, joined the Atlantic Council to discuss transparency and economic growth (see transcript of remarks). Novelli was the second speaker in the Power of Transparency Speaker Series, a collaboration between the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters that seeks to highlight how government leaders can leverage transparency to achieve policy ends.

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  • The Role of Transparency in Fighting Corruption and Preventing Illicit Activity in Financial Systems

    On March 16, 2016 the Atlantic Council and Thomson Reuters launched of the "Power of Transparency" speaker series, featuring Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel Glaser, to discuss the role of transparency in fighting corruption and preventing illicit activity in financial systems.

    Transparency is a fundamental element to fulfilling the Treasury’s mission of maintaining a strong economy and creating economic and job opportunities. Further, transparency strengthens national security and protects the integrity of the financial system. Controlling corruption is possible only when government, citizens, and the private sector cooperate to ensure transparency.

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