Event Recaps

Energy storage is set to become a dynamic disrupting force in the energy market as innovative battery technologies provide opportunities for increased green energy utilization and electric vehicle growth. On May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center hosted a lively discussion with Akshat Rathi, Mitalee Gupta, and Venkat Viswanathan on the future of energy storage, with panelists tackling the role of batteries within the low-carbon energy transition, bottlenecks in the critical mineral supply chain, and the possibility of battery-powered vehicular flight. The event began with an introduction by David Livingston, deputy director of climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, who provided context regarding the potential for US leadership in the advanced battery and electric vehicle markets.

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On May 16, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center welcomed Patrick Pouyanné, chief executive officer and chairman of Total, for a public discussion on global energy market trends and Total’s new low-carbon energy strategy. Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council, delivered introductory remarks, underscoring Total’s interest in becoming a responsible and transparent hydrocarbon giant. This event marked Pouyanné’s first official visit to Atlantic Council headquarters.

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On Thursday, May 16, the Africa Center hosted a discussion on women’s entrepreneurship and gendered barriers to raising capital in African markets.

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The Syrian civil war, which began nine years ago, has been a continuous tragedy for Syrians. Half a million lost their lives, and around 12 million have been forcibly displaced. Of those displaced, more than six million fled internally, while over 5.6 million went to neighboring countries, which make Syrians the largest refugee population in the world. Neighbouring Turkey has welcomed more than four million refugees from Syria and elsewhere, thus becoming the country hosting the largest refugee population in the world. Turkey has invested significantly to respond to the needs of 3.6 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, providing them with humanitarian and social assistance, education, health and other services.

The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center partnered with the George W. Bush Institute for a day of events around the topic “Promoting Growth in the Northern Triangle.” The Arsht Center’s Central America Portfolio and the Bush Center’s Central America Prosperity Project (CAPP) share the common goal of contributing towards propelling the region forward to generate better living conditions in order to prevent forced migration. On this occasion, the organizations joined efforts to discuss how the countries in the Northern Triangle –Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala— can advance their economic development and strengthen relationships with key partners such as the United States.

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On May 7, the Atlantic Council's Iraq Initiative hosted US Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East Michael "Mick" Mulroy for a private, off-the-record discussion on Iraq. Atlantic Council Middle East Programs Director and Rafik Hariri Center Director William F. Wechsler moderated the conversation.


On May 3, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program’s EuroGrowth Initiative hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of the global trading architecture featuring Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff, Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

On May 2, The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center held a private roundtable discussion on rising global critical mineral demand and security concerns arising from a lack of US mineral independence. The event highlighted a growing concern for resource-based national security, with evolving risks and opportunities providing a dynamic geopolitical discussion.

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On Thursday, April 25, the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center hosted the US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliot Abrams to discuss what an inclusive democratic transition in Venezuela looks like. The event convened key figures representing both the Venezuelan opposition and the dissident Chavismo, who are committed to bringing about a return to democracy in Venezuela.

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On Monday April 22, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted a panel discussion on the Afghanistan peace negotiations. The panel was moderated by the South Asia Center's Nonresident Senior Fellow Fatemeh Aman and focused on the role of regional powers helping to secure stability and peace.

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