Atlantic Council

  • Application Opens for Year Two of Atlantic Council Veterans Take Point Initiative

    The Atlantic Council is taking the lead in developing the next generation of veteran foreign policy leaders. Through an intensive fellowship program dubbed “Take Point”, the Council and Bob Woodruff Foundation will offer professional training, networking, engagement with senior foreign policy heavyweights such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Gov. Jon Huntsman, and General James Cartwright, and $75,000 in seed funding to support veteran-run foreign policy initiatives. The Council is currently accepting applications for this program with a deadline of August 16 via

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  • United States Cannot Lead from Behind in the Arctic

    Even as the United States celebrates the beginning of its chairmanship of the Arctic Council, it hesitates to take leadership in the Arctic region. This reluctance highlights a dichotomy between US strategic interests in the Arctic and that of every other Arctic power which, if not addressed, increases the likelihood of regional instability. 

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  • Young Professionals Day 2015 Report

    The Atlantic Council, in partnership with NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), held the 4th annual Young Professionals Day (YP Day) in Washington, DC, on March 24. The event featured a full-day, outcome-oriented, strategic design thinking exercise with sixty young professionals representing twenty-four of NATO's twenty-eight member nations. Delegates collaborated to produce a list of creative solutions to pressing challenges NATO faces, ranging from how to address hybrid warfare and threats on NATO's southern flank, to how NATO can encourage innovation and deliver on the promises from the 2014 Wales Summit.

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  • Atlantic Council Welcomes Inaugural Class of Millennium Fellows

    The Atlantic Council is convening twenty-one exceptional rising leaders from around the world this week in Washington, DC for the formal launch of the Millennium Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to connect innovative  leaders under thirty-five years old who will shape the twenty-first century and empower them to pursue transformational change with a global vision.

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  • Daniel Bennett

    Daniel Bennett

    Director, Millennium Leadership Program


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  • Navy Pilot Ben Kohlmann Wins Top Prize in Inaugural Atlantic Council Take Point Initiative Competition, with former Marine Corps Captain Amanda Burke and 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Zachary McDonald as Finalists

    The Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program, in partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, is proud to announce Navy F/A-18 pilot Benjamin Kohlmann and his initiative, the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), as the winner of the inaugural Take Point Initiative Competition. Selected by a panel of distinguished judges from the ten projects proposed by each of the ten Take Point Fellows, Ben and DEF will receive $25,000 in seed funding to further their mission of fostering a culture of innovation within the military and throughout the defense sector. Other competition finalists included projects from former 82nd Airborne paratrooper Zachary McDonald (Service2School), and former Marine Corps Captain Amanda Burke (Team Rubicon). Congratulations to Ben, DEF, and to all of the Take Point Fellows for their innovative ideas, invaluable skills, and...
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  • Atlantic Council Welcomes 2015 Take Point Initiative Fellows

    The Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program is pleased to announce the 2015 Take Point Initiative fellows. Funded with a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, this fellowship is designed to prepare veterans who are thirty-five years old and younger for leadership positions in the nonprofit and policy fields, with a focus on international affairs and national security.

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  • Strategizing in Singapore

    A Tiny State, Vulnerable over Its Water Supply, Turns Weakness into Strength

    A four-week dry spell wouldn’t be a crisis in most Southeast Asian countries, but when February became Singapore’s driest month in 150-plus years, the city-state’s six million people were reminded sharply that water scarcity has become a core national security issue. Singapore has been uncomfortably dependent for its water supplies since the 1960s, when, on the eve of independence, it signed two agreements to import its water from the neighboring Malaysian state of Johor.

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  • US Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert J. Papp Joins ACCEL Fellows for Youth in the Arctic in Reykjavik, Iceland

    On October 31st, 2014, United States Special Representative for the Arctic Admiral Robert J. Papp spoke with young leaders from around the world at a breakout session titled "Youth in the Arctic" at the 2014 Arctic Circle conference (video). Admiral Papp engaged in a forty minute question and answer as well as fielded live questions from online participants via Twitter. Admiral Papp addressed issues ranging from engaging indigenous populations to Arctic security and the need for improved American ice-breaking capabilities.

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  • Youth in the Arctic: A Breakout Session Connecting the Leaders of Tomorrow and Today

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    The Arctic Climate Change Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ACCEL), Barents Regional Youth Council, Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP), Reykjavik University, and Youth Arctic Coalition invite you to participate in a question and answer session with Admiral Robert J. Papp, U.S. Special Representative for the Arctic and the top U.S. Government Arctic official. The session will take place at the Arctic Circle Conference on Friday, October 31st from 5:00 to 6:30 PM GMT/1:00 to 2:30 PM EST and focus Arctic youth (ages 18-35). This event will be livestreamed and the moderator will field questions from a global online audience. To ask your question, join the conversation at #ArcticCircle2014.

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