Event Recaps

Just minutes before the September 30 deadline, the United States and Canada – following the US-Mexico deal – reached a new trade accord that modernizes the nearly 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement. The newly rebranded United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is now set to be signed before December 1, 2018. The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program held a rapid reaction conference call on Tuesday, October 2 to discuss key points of the deal and the implications for the future of North American relations. Below is the audio recording and summary.

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On October 2, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted a roundtable with Taban Deng Gai, currently first vice president of the Republic of South Sudan, on the situation in his country following the signing of the most recent peace agreement between President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar last month.

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On the margins of the 73rd ordinary session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and Global Energy Center hosted a half-day conference focusing on new opportunities for development across Africa’s energy sector. The event featured welcoming and introductory remarks by Dr. J. Peter Pham, Atlantic Council vice president and Africa Center director, followed by brief remarks by Mr. Bernard Looney, BP chief executive for upstream. H.E. Daniel Kablan Duncan, vice president of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire and Mr. Andrew M. Herscowitz, Power Africa coordinator at the US Agency for International Development, presented keynote remarks during the event, while Mr. Randolph Bell, Global Energy Center director, delivered closing remarks.

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On September 21, 2018 Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Center along with the Eurasia Center co-hosted a roundtable with Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

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On September 18th, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience convened a private, senior-level tabletop exercise in Newport, Rhode Island, to explore ways of better building resilience into our systems before the next disruption. The discussion, entitled SURGING SHORES and enabled by a simulation tool developed by Dutch digital infrastructure modeling company SIM-CI, elicited from participants their perspectives on policy and operational approaches aimed at improving resilience to natural hazards and manmade attacks. Participants included Navy Vice Admiral Mary Jackson; Major General Brian Callahan, The Adjutant General for Rhode Island; multiple members of the Newport, RI City Council; David Smith, former executive director of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency; Rhode Island Homeland Security and Cyber Advisor, Mike Steinmetz; and Laura Favinger, chief administrative officer, Insurance Information Institute. Atlantic Council Board Directors Sherri Goodman and Frank Kramer played key roles in the discussion.

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The event “Hacker-Powered Security: Voices on Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure” hosted at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters on Tuesday, September 18, 2018, celebrated the launch of the comic book, It Takes a Village: How Hacktivity Can Save Your Company—an endeavor of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative supported by HackerOne, a company that connects ethical, white-hat hackers with companies and government agencies to find and disclose vulnerabilities through bug bounties or Vulnerability Disclosure Programs (VPDs).

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On September 12, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative launched an issue brief, Defining Russian Election Interference: An Analysis of Select 2014 to 2018 Cyber Enabled Incidents. As the extent of foreign interference in domestic elections over the world becomes clear, an essential first step in combatting cyber-enabled interference is developing a common terminology that can then guide strategy going forward.

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On September 6, 2018 the Atlantic Council IN TURKEY, in cooperation with the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center and the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK), hosted a half-day conference in Istanbul titled Turkey’s investment Opportunities in Africa, to explore business opportunities on the African continent.

Turkey’s interest and engagement in Africa has grown significantly in recent years. Since 2013, bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Africa has grown to $17.5 billion and total Turkish investment in Africa is estimated at around $7 billion.

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On Thursday, September 6th, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East held a conference to discuss the universe of Islamic tradition and the reality on the ground for people who exist in the human rights discourse, including the abuses of it. The panel coincided with the launching of a report, “The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse,” in which scholars, practitioners, and activists explore the questions of Islamic tradition and human rights discourse by presenting new stories of minorities, analysis of law, and geographies beyond the question of compatibility.

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On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted a private roundtable discussion on US Sanctions towards Russia with the Ambassador Daniel Fried.

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