Testimony

Testimonies given by Atlantic Council staff or affiliates before Congressional committees.

  • Raising the Price for Putin

    Russia poses a geostrategic threat to the United States and our interests. Indeed, earlier this month Defense Secretary Ash Carter listed it first among the threats faced by our nation. 

    It is unfortunate that in the twenty-first century Russia and the United States remain opposed to one another on most foreign policy issues. The reality is that the Russian government is pursuing policies that run counter to US national security interests and values.

    The Kremlin’s objectives are clear: 1) retain Vladimir Putin’s position as the leader of the Russian Federation, preserving the autocratic political system and mafia-style crony economy that together comprise “Putinism”; 2) restore Russia’s status as a great power; 3) rewrite the international rules and norms to prevent intervention in states to protect citizens; 4) maintain political control of Russia’s geographical periphery; and, if possible, 5) break NATO, the European Union, and transatlantic unity. 

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  • Rallying the Transatlantic Community Toward a Greater Purpose

    A new era of US leadership can lead an effort to help adapt, revitalize, and defend an international order that advances security, democratic governance, and prosperity, says Atlantic Council’s Damon Wilson

    Europe is in crisis. The continent today faces a confluence of crises far more profound than most realize. As a result, the United States risks losing its most important strategic asset in global affairs: a vibrant Europe as a partner of first resort. It’s time for the United States to shift from observer to actor, and return to our historic posture of helping to forge European unity—not for the sake of some vision of a united Europe, but so that we have a European partner better equipped to work with us on enormous global challenges.

    Today, Europe faces historic tests. To the east, Russia seeks to roll back the gains of the post-Cold War period, aiming to rewrite the rules fundamental to Europe’s security, undermine Europe’s unity, challenge its core values, and foster instability on its periphery. To the south, the erosion of state authority and borders in the Middle East threatens Europe with mass refugee flows and Islamic terrorism.

    And yet the greatest challenge to Europe is not external, but internal. There is a crisis in confidence, a loss of strategic purpose that puts at risk the so-called European project, which aims to turn former adversaries into an integrated Union.

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  • Cunningham Testifies on Obama Administration’s Strategy in Afghanistan

    Ambassador James B. Cunningham, Khalilzad Chair, South Asia Center, testifies at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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  • Vakhshouri Testifies Before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

    Global Energy Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Sara Vakhshouri testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on terrorism and global oil markets:
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  • Jones Testifies on Defense Department Modernization

    Brent Scowcroft Center Chairman General James L. Jones, Jr. testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on The Goldwater– Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act (GNA) of 1986 and what further reforms are needed modernize the Department of Defense to meet both present and future security challenges:

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  • Besharov Testifies Before House Committee on Ways and Means

    Global Business and Economics Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Douglas Besharov testifies before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources on welfare reform in other countries:

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  • Czuperski on Confronting Putin's Hybrid Wars in an Engagement Age

    Special Assistant to the President and CEO Maksymilian Czuperski testifies before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation on Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the propaganda that threatens Europe:

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  • Pham Testifies on African Terror Threats

    J. Peter Pham, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security hearing, “Terrorism in Africa: The Imminent Threat to the United States.” 

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  • Herbst Testifies to Senate Committee on US Policy in Ukraine

    John E. Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, will testify on “US Policy in Ukraine: Countering Russia and Driving Reform” before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 10 a.m. on March 10.

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  • US and Allies Risk War with Russia by a ‘Hesitancy on Ukraine’

    Wilson: Only the US Can Lead in Defending Europe Against Putin’s Rising Ambition


    The United States and its allies must confront the aggressive actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin because failing to do so will escalate his ambitions—perhaps to the point of forcing a war with NATO, the Atlantic Council’s Damon Wilson told the US Senate this week.

    And the United States must lead, because no European country is strong enough to do so against a Kremlin that increasingly targets not just Russia’s ex-Soviet neighbors but the democracy and unity of Europe, Wilson said. The US government should galvanize a strategy including tightened economic sanctions on Russia, arms supplies for Ukraine’s defense, and a financial commitment similar to those for other major crises such as the Ebola outbreak and the ISIS war in the Middle East, he said.

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