On Wednesday, April 10, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs hosted a discussion with Nobel Laureate Ouidad Bouchamaoui for a roundtable discussion on Ms. Bouchamaoui’s experience during the Tunisian revolution, current affairs, and hopes for Tunisia’s future. The discussion, moderated by Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson, touched on how Libya’s conflict can potentially affect Tunisia’s security, the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, and the role Ms. Bouchamaoui believes Tunisia should play in the region moving forward.
On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY hosted a private roundtable discussion in Washington, DC titled, “Turkey-US Relations in a Shifting Global Order,” with Professor Gülnar Aybet, senior advisor to the President of the Republic of Turkey, member of the Presidential Security and Foreign Policy Center, and professor at the Turkish National Defense University. The roundtable discussion was moderated by Damon Wilson, executive vice president of the Atlantic Council.
On Thursday, April 4, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted H.E. Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
2018 saw political tides turn in three of Latin America’s largest democracies. These elections also saw deep polarization and distrust in institutions among Brazilians, Mexicans, and Colombians in an information environment ripe with disinformation. Following a year-long effort in which the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and its Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) exposed and explained disinformation around key elections in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico, on Thursday, March 28, 2019, the teams launched a comprehensive report that outlines trends and lessons learned from the 2018 presidential elections in Latin America.
On March 28, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Iraq Initiative hosted a private roundtable with Mr. Mohammed al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq. Atlantic Council Board Director General David Petraeus moderated the conversation. Atlantic Council Executive Vice President Damon Wilson gave opening remarks.
On March 28, 2019, the Atlantic Council Northern Europe Office in collaboration with the U.S Embassy in Stockholm, organized a day seminar on 'Resistance and Resilience: Fighting Disinformation by Democratic Means.' The seminar brought together journalists, academic experts, civil society and representatives of government and organizations to discuss the challenge presented by disinformation and different ways to improve resilience ahead of a string of elections in Europe during 2019.
On March 27, 2019, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, hosted a public panel to discuss supply chain cybersecurity. The timely discussion, underwritten by Raytheon, followed on the heels of the March 25 disclosure that computer hardware company ASUS had unwittingly been delivering malicious software to ASUS computer owners via its automatic software update utility. While an estimated one million ASUS computer users were affected in the campaign that Symantec Corporation believes began as early as June 2018, other supply chain attacks, such as NotPetya in 2017, have been far more widespread and damaging, and will certainly grow more so in the future.
On Wednesday, March 27, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted H.E. Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga, prime minister, and H.E. Kamissa Camara, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, of the Republic of Mali, for a discussion on the security situation in Mali and the Sahel region.
On Wednesday, March 27, the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative hosted a conversation on environmental degradation, water shortages, climate change and implications for the Middle East and North Africa region. Barbara Slavin, director of the Future of Iran Initiative, moderated the discussion as Peter Gleick, a world-renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues framed some of the most impending challenges the region faces today. Kaveh Madani, an environmental scientist, educator, and activist, and former Iranian government official, discussed Iran’s challenges in this area, and Caitlin Werrell, co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security examined the implications of climate change, water stress and natural resource mismanagement in Syria and North Africa.
On March 27th, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, K&L Gates, and the Embassy of Denmark hosted a discussion on the future of renewable energy and the role of the free market in efficiently and effectively advancing the energy transition. Julia Pyper, senior editor of Greentech Media, moderated a panel consisting of David Livingston, deputy director for climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center; Morten Bæk, permanent secretary of state for the Danish Ministry of Energy; Nicolas Loris, deputy director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies and fellow in energy and environmental policy for the Heritage Foundation; and William Keyser, partner and practice group coordinator for K&L Gates. The conversation explored a number of financial, infrastructure, and policy issues related to the energy transition, and looked to Denmark as a potential success story for their efficient transition to offshore wind.