Upcoming Events


The Atlantic Council hosts hundreds of events each year on a range of topics affecting regions around the globe. All upcoming events are accessible below, starting with the most immediate. All of our events are searchable using the search box or the dropdown menus. If you have any questions, please contact our events team via email.

In 2019, more than 300 million Africans will have the opportunity to go to the polls, and many of them will vote in countries that are considered partly free at best. Dr. Greg Mills and former Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti will explore the obstacles to free and fair elections as they present their new book, Democracy Works, an exploration of how we can learn to nurture and deepen democracy in Africa to ensure economic growth and political stability. Drawing on the considerable policy experience of the book’s four authors—who also include former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Jeffrey Herbst—it identifies a ‘democratic playbook’ to meet the threats to free and fair elections. But substantive democracy demands more than simply regular polls. Democracy is fundamentally about the inner working of institutions, the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances, and leadership in government and civil society, as much as it is about values and the welfare and well-being of its citizens. It also demands that local leadership has a plan for the country beyond simply winning the popular vote. Democracy Works is directed toward leaders and citizens who want to address the extreme demographic and other challenges that Africa faces.

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Please join the Atlantic Council’s Asia Security Initiative, housed within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, for the 2019 Atlantic Council-East Asia Foundation Strategic Dialogue. This day-long conference will explore the current state of the United States and Republic of Korea’s ongoing negotiations with North Korea and the broader strategic picture developing in the Indo-Pacific. The Strategic Dialogue will feature keynote addresses by US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and ROK Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Do-hoon Lee. This will be H.E. Lee’s first public address in the United States, as well as the first time both Special Representatives will speak on the same stage.

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Please join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Eurasia Center on Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. for a public event entitled Russian Influence in Venezuela: What Should the United States Do? that will discuss the extent of Russian involvement in Venezuela, Moscow’s motivations and possible next moves, and how the United States should react. Breakfast will be provided.

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The Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and the Arab Barometer invite you to join us for a panel discussion to mark the release of new public opinion survey data on the state of the economy, institutional trust, migration, government performance, media consumption, corruption, and foreign relations in Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. The survey data was collected by the Arab Barometer, a nonpartisan research network that provides insight into the social, political, and economic attitudes and values of ordinary citizens across the Arab world. 

A presentation of the survey data will be followed by a moderated panel discussion to discuss the implications for US policy and the region. 

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Please join the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the Fifth Annual Central and Eastern European Energy Security Conference. The fifth annual CEE conference will highlight the current state of the Central and Eastern European energy regulatory landscape, transatlantic energy security cooperation, and the growing movement towards European energy independence.

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Please join the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security's Transatlantic Security Initiative for a public conversation on "NATO at 70: Refocusing for Change?" onThursday, June 27, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.) The seminar will feature two panels. The first will focus on today's evolving security environment in Europe and new ways to think about collective security, burden sharing, and partnerships. The second will focus on the need for a new strategic approach within NATO for today's rapidly changing world.

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