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Thu, Mar 25, 2021

Event recap: “Women’s gains in Afghanistan: Leadership and peace”

The Atlantic Council, in partnership with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security, hosted a conversation on the efforts made by Afghan women and their US partners to improve women’s leadership opportunities in Afghanistan, what these improvements mean for Afghan women, and the critical role women play in Afghanistan’s aspirations for long-term peace.

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Human Rights

Wed, Mar 10, 2021

Kyiv Security Forum-Atlantic Council statement on strengthening US-Ukraine relations

A group of more than 70 elected officials, ambassadors, and experts release a statement with 12 key recommendations for strengthening US-Ukraine relations.

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Politics & Diplomacy Ukraine

Tue, Mar 2, 2021

Event recap: “Women’s gains in Afghanistan: Healthcare’s essential role in stabilizing Afghanistan”

The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center hosted an event on the gains that women have made in Afghanistan, the critical role of Afghan women in Afghanistan’s peace and security, and the role that US actors have in partnering with and empowering Afghan women.

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Afghanistan Civil Society

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky, a foreign policy expert and former diplomat specializing in national security affairs, is a senior fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and vice chair of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

From 2010 to 2012, she was Senior Vice President and Global Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Thomson Reuters, responsible for designing and implementing a corporate approach for engagement in Washington, DC and other key capitals around the globe. She was instrumental in the development of Thomson Reuters’ financial regulatory strategy. During this time, she was also appointed the Distinguished National Security Chair at the US Naval Academy. From 2001 to 2009, Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. Among her primary accomplishments, she established and led the US-India, US-China, and US- Brazil Global Issues Fora. In February 2007, as the President’s Envoy to Northern Ireland, Ambassador Dobriansky received the Secretary of State’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, for her contribution to the historic devolution of power in Belfast.

During her more than twenty-five years in national security affairs, Ambassador Dobriansky has held many Senate-confirmed, senior level positions in the U.S. government including Director of European and Soviet Affairs at the National Security Council, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Associate Director for Policy and Programs at the United States Information Agency and Deputy Head, U.S. Delegation to the 1990 Copenhagen Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). From 1997 to 2001, she served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was the first George F. Kennan Senior Fellow on Russian and Eurasian Studies. 

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy, Ambassador Dobriansky serves on the Defense Policy Board, the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and the Atlantic Council Board.  She is also a Trustee of the Trilateral Commission, on the Board of Advisors of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Chair of the Bush Center’s Women’s Initiative Policy Advisory Council. Ambassador Dobriansky received a BSFS summa cum laude in international politics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, as well as an MA and PhD in Soviet political and military affairs from Harvard University.