Events

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

North Macedonia on the threshold of Europe

Online Event Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev explains the country’s current situation, post-COVID-19 priorities, and roadmap for reform, as the Atlantic Council launches its report exploring the way forward for North Macedonia on its path toward Euro-Atlantic integration.

8:00am Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia European Union International Organizations

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Sat, Jan 9, 2021

Event recap: “Women’s gains in Afghanistan: Supporting economic opportunities for Afghan women as a driver of peace and security”

On Thursday January 7, 2021, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center partnered with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council (USAWC) and the American Council on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) to host an event on women’s gains in Afghanistan, the critical role of Afghan women in Afghanistan’s peace and security, and the role of US actors in […]

Event Recap by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Fri, Jan 8, 2021

FAST THINKING: What Biden can do with a Democratic Congress

Democrats have control of both Congress and the executive branch for the first time in a decade. That really opens things up for the incoming Biden administration, not least when it comes to its policy agenda on the economy, climate change, and national security. What can we expect?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections National Security

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

An opportunity for transformational leadership

In combining attributes such as decency and respect with political acumen and long-term relationships, Biden is well-positioned to cultivate bipartisan consensus and earn public support at home, while forging a new model of US leadership in a world that has become more reluctant to follow America’s lead.

New Atlanticist by Damon Wilson

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Damon Wilson is Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council. In this role, Wilson serves as the deputy executive, oversees Council strategy, and manages its 14 centers and programs.

Prior to the Council, Mr. Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council from 2007 to 2009. He played a leading role in developing and coordinating US government efforts to work with all European nations, including Turkey, as well as the European Union, NATO, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe; to advance a Europe whole and free; to deter and counter Russian aggression; and to work with Europe on global challenges.

Previously, Mr. Wilson served at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq as the Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff, where he helped manage one of the largest US embassies during a time of conflict. Prior to this posting, he worked at the National Security Council as the Director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European Affairs from 2004 to 2006, helping to enlarge NATO, to partner with Germany, and to support a democratic Ukraine. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Wilson served as Deputy Director in the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, playing a lead role on the Alliance’s response to 9/11 and its operations in Afghanistan and the Western Balkans.

Prior to serving in Brussels, Mr. Wilson worked in the Department of State’s Office of European Security and Political Affairs, on the State Department’s “China desk,” and at the US Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Wilson began his service at the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow helping to plan the Alliance’s 50th anniversary summit, its first post-Cold War enlargement, and military engagement in the Kosovo conflict.

Mr. Wilson completed his master’s degree at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs during which he taught an undergraduate class on NATO and also interned in the African Affairs Directorate of the National Security Council. From 1995-1996, he served as the first Hart Leadership Fellow, working in Rwanda for Save the Children’s Children and War Program. Mr. Wilson graduated summa cum laude from Duke University as a Benjamin N. Duke Leadership Scholar. He also studied at the University of Grenoble, France; conducted independent research on democracy in Estonia; and worked for the Unaccompanied Children in Exile refugee program in Croatia and Turkey.

Mr. Wilson speaks French. He has been decorated by leaders of Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Poland for his efforts to advance transatlantic relations, and by the living governors of South Carolina for his contribution to the state. He is from Charleston, South Carolina; is married to David Van Lear; lives in Washington, DC; and maintains his family’s farm in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

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