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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council and Munich Security Conference (MSC) today announced a strategic partnership to bolster the transatlantic alliance and rules-based international order.

“In an era of growing political and economic uncertainty and new great power competition, it is imperative that we combine forces to defend and advance the values of democracy, rule of law, open markets and cooperation among like-minded allies,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Thus we are delighted to partner with the Munich Security Conference to galvanize support for transatlantic alliance, which has been the bedrock of peace and prosperity over the last seventy years.”

“The international order largely shaped and upheld by the liberal democracies in North America and Europe is under unprecedented pressure – from without and from within. In times like these, like-minded partners have to stand together,” said Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference. “Thus, I am very grateful that the Munich Security Conference and the Atlantic Council are strengthening their partnership to reinforce the transatlantic bond.”

The new strategic partnership, to formally launch at the 2019 Munich Security Conference on February 15-17, aims to: diversify participation and perspectives at existing Atlantic Council and MSC programming; integrate each other’s expertise and thought leadership into our research and analysis; and build innovative formats and activities to reach new audiences, foster fresh dialogue, and maximize our impact.

Specifically, the Atlantic Council will promote wider American participation in MSC programming across Europe, and stronger German and European perspectives in Atlantic Council programming. Our strategic partnership will inspire new convenings in Germany and the United States. to create new fora for problem-solving among a shared and broad base of decisionmakers and thought leaders.

Building on the success of NATO Engages: The Brussels Summit Dialogue, the Atlantic Council and MSC, along with The German Marshall Fund and other partners, will join forces to host the NATO Engages townhall in Washington DC on April 3 in celebration of the 70th anniversary of NATO. Allied foreign ministers will convene in Washington, DC to commemorate achievements over the last seven decades, address the challenges facing the alliance today, and highlight its enduring value and mission moving forward.

About the Atlantic Council
Driven by our mission of working together to secure the future, the Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community's central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

About the Munich Security Conference
Over the course of the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has developed into the world’s leading forum for the debate of international security policy. Each February, it brings together more than 450 senior decision-makers and thought-leaders from around the world to engage in an intensive debate on current and future challenges. Repeatedly rated as the “Best Think Tank Conference” in the world, the MSC provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discuss policy at the highest level in a protected and informal space.

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Former leaders from democratic nations call for renewed effort to defend shared values and push back against authoritarianism and anti-democratic trends

WASHINGTON, DC – Amidst the rising tide of authoritarianism and anti-democratic trends around the world, a prestigious group of bipartisan former leaders from democratic nations today issued a Declaration of Principles aimed at reaffirming shared values and a rules-based order.

Among those leading this effort are former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bidlt, and former Japanese foreign minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, co-chairs of a global bipartisan task force organized under the auspices of the Atlantic Council and Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

“For the past seven decades, free nations have drawn upon the shared values to advance freedom, increase prosperity, and secure peace,” said Albright. It’s time for citizens around the world who care about these values to stand up and make their voices heard. We need to make clear what we stand for and what kind of world we want to live in.”

“The goal is to reaffirm support for the principles that have been at the foundation of the international order since the end of World War II: democracy; free, fair, and open markets; and the rule of law,” said Bildt. “We cannot sit idly by while autocrats and demagogues undermine these core principles.”

The declaration will be released at the Munich Security Conference this weekend. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and several other world leaders will be in attendance, along with a large US congressional delegation.

Task force members David Miliband, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Tzipi Livni, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Wolfgang Ischinger, Ana Palacio, and Radek Sikorski will also be in Munich for the launch of the Declaration. The task force represents leading democracies around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The release of the declaration marks the beginning of an organized effort led by the Atlantic Council and CIGI to revitalize a rules-based order and rebuild public support in favor of democracy, open markets, and alliances. A key priority will be to engage influential members of Congress and parliamentarians in leading democracies and encourage concrete actions to secure and defend a rules-based order. At the same time, the Council will seek to establish a dialogue among a broader group of world powers to identify areas of agreement in support of a stable global order.

The Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace is available online here. A backgrounder is available here.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council, together with U.S. Missions and Embassies, will host #DisinfoWeek Europe, a series of strategic dialogues focused on the global challenge of disinformation. Public events will take place in Athens, Madrid, and Brussels in March 2019.

March 4, 2019: Athens
March 5, 2019: Madrid
March 7-8, 2019: Brussels

As state and non-state actors seek to influence Western democracies through targeted disinformation campaigns across multiple media environments, policymakers in Europe, the United States, and around the world recognize the growing threat to international security. To buttress governmental efforts, civil society groups, investigative journalists, think tanks, and tech platforms are also developing tools and tactics for countering and exposing disinformation narratives. In an effort to advance the transatlantic partnership on countering disinformation as national and EU parliamentary elections approach, we will host a series of events in Europe in March 2019 as part of #DisinfoWeek Europe.

#DisinfoWeek Europe is on-the-record and open to the press upon accreditation, and will begin with discussions in Athens and Madrid, followed by a capstone conference in Brussels that will convene media and technology companies, political leaders, activists, and researchers across Europe and the United States to discuss opportunities for collaboration and strategies to build a transatlantic response to disinformation. On March 8, the Brussels event will host a special session for media and journalists, focusing on the issue of Reporting in the Age of Disinformation.

A full agenda available to view and download here.

To register for #DisinfoWeek Europe, or to request an interview, please contact Michael Newton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or find our more here.

Featured speakers include:

Athens:

The Hon. Geoffrey Pyatt, US Ambassador to Greece
Mr. Kyriakos Pierakakais, Head of Research, Dianeosis
Mr. Valentinos Tzekas, Founder and CEO, FightHoax
Mr. Theodoros Georgakopoulos, Content Director, Dianeosis

Madrid:

Minister Ana Palacio, Senior Strategic Counsel, Albright Stonebridge Group; Board Director, Atlantic Council
Mr. Nicolas de Pedro, Senior Fellow, The Institute for Statecraft
Mr. David Alandete, Journalist, Diario ABC

Brussels:

Ambassador Daniel Fried, Distinguished Fellow, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council
Mr. Ben Nimmo, Senior Fellow for Information Defense, Digital Forensic Research Lab, Atlantic Council
Ms. Jessikka Aro, Investigative Reporter, Yle
Mr. Clint Watts, Distinguished Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute; Senior Fellow, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, The George Washington University
Dr. Alina Polyakova, David. M. Rubenstein Fellow for Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
Mr. Alexandre Alaphilippe, Executive Director, EU DisinfoLab
WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council announced today the selection of its inaugural class of Fellows for its Korea Journalist Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity for early and mid-career, US-based journalists working in US media to develop a deeper knowledge of the most critical economic and security issues on the Korean peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific more broadly.

“The past year proved to be a crucial one for the Korean Peninsula and for trilateral relations among the US, Republic of Korea, and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO and former prize-winning editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal. “As preparations for a second Trump-Kim summit accelerate, this distinguished group of journalists will play a critical role in explaining the historic developments occurring on the Korean Peninsula.”

The Fellowship will begin in January 2019 and will include three private roundtables in Washington, DC as well as a trip to South Korea, where the delegation will meet with high-level government officials, seasoned journalists, and opinion leaders, enabling the Fellows to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the future of the Korea Peninsula.

By engaging with thinkers and policy shapers in Seoul and by working with leading experts in Washington, DC, Fellows will gain a better understanding of current attitudes, issues, and shifting perceptions that will affect the US-ROK relationship in years to come. Fellows will have the opportunity both to deepen and broaden their professional portfolios while building lasting ties with their counterparts in Korea.

The fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of the Korea Foundation; the Foundation plays no role in selecting Fellows.

The 2019 Class of Fellows:

  • Kylie Atwood, CNN
  • Megan Cassella, Politico Pro
  • Conor Finnegan, ABC News
  • Uri Friedman, The Atlantic
  • Olivia Gazis, CBS News
  • Michelle Lee, The Washington Post
  • Deirdre Shesgreen, USA Today
  • Adam Taylor, The Washington Post

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Atlantic Council announced that Mr. Christopher Skaluba will join the Atlantic Council as Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative (TSI) in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Mr. Skaluba served for 15 years as a civilian defense official in the United States Department of Defense and, since leaving government service, has worked as a Washington-based Adjunct Professor of International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. At the Council, Skaluba will direct the Scowcroft Center’s transatlantic security portfolio, with responsibility for strategy and policy analysis concerning NATO and European security — core issues of the Council’s founding mission.

Atlantic Council Senior Vice President and Director of the Scowcroft Center Barry Pavel said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Chris Skaluba joining our team to lead our core work on NATO and European security, the stakes of which seem to grow more significant by the month. In this turbulent era of great-power rivalry, Chris’s leadership will be essential to continuing the Council’s efforts to strengthen the United States’ transatlantic security bonds with our closest allies and to render actionable policy and strategy recommendations.”

From 2001 to 2016, Skaluba served as a career civil servant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, rising from a Presidential Management Fellow to the Senior Executive Service. His government service was highlighted by a lengthy tenure as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy, where he formulated and implemented U.S. defense policy for Europe. In this role, he conducted defense relationships with 31 European nations, helping to launch the European Deterrence Initiative in the wake of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Skaluba frequently represented the Department of Defense at bilateral, multilateral, and interagency negotiations associated with transatlantic security, developing strong relationships with NATO allies and partners.

In other government roles, Skaluba served as the Principal Director for Strategy and Force Development, where he was responsible for assessing the future of international security and crafting the Defense Department’s strategies for navigating that future in order to develop a prepared, capable, and effective US military. Prior to this assignment, Skaluba served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy in the gap between political appointees. In earlier tours, Skaluba worked on secondment to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, where he managed London’s defense relations with Japan and South Korea, and at the U.S. Mission to NATO, where he analyzed NATO capabilities.

“I am ecstatic to join the Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council,” said Skaluba following his appointment. “The centrality of the Atlantic Council to the advancement of transatlantic security is well-established, as is the quality of analysis conducted under the auspices of the Scowcroft Center and TSI. At a moment in history when the value of our traditional alliances and institutions is increasingly questioned, the policy community has a responsibility to better explain the role of organizations like NATO to the public while simultaneously generating ideas that make such institutions responsive and effective tools of statecraft. I am grateful to be joining such a consequential and highly-accomplished team.”

Skaluba is a graduate of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he earned a Master of Arts in International Relations. He also holds a Master of Arts in English from Syracuse and a Bachelors’ degree in English and History from Penn State. Among his professional honors, Skaluba was twice awarded the Defense Department’s Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service, was chosen Leader of the Year by the action offers of the Pentagon’s Policy organization, and was honored with the Order of the Cross of the Terra Mariana by the Republic of Estonia.

The Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security works to develop sustainable, nonpartisan strategies to address the most important security challenges facing the United States and the world. The Center honors General Brent Scowcroft’s legacy of service and embodies his ethos of nonpartisan commitment to the cause of security, support for US leadership in cooperation with allies and partners, and dedication to the mentorship of the next generation of leaders.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named Benjamin Haddad, a leading French analyst and author, as the new director of its Future Europe Initiative (FEI).

He will lead the Initiative at a pivotal time for the future of Europe, for its place in the world, and for the transatlantic relationship. Two of Haddad’s immediate priorities will be tracking political change in the European Union in 2019 and promoting greater understanding between West and East European partners.

Haddad comes to the Atlantic Council with deep and diverse expertise and experience on European politics and transatlantic relations. Before assuming his new role as FEI director at the Atlantic Council, he was a fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC. In his work, he has advocated for transatlantic unity in the face of Russian aggression as well as greater European responsibility and investment in strategic matters.

His forthcoming book, "Paradise Lost: Europe in the world of Trump," makes the case for greater European unity to confront new challenges. In 2017, during the last French presidential election, he served as the Washington DC representative of Emmanuel Macron's movement En Marche.

He is a prolific writer and appears frequently in major media, including Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, NPR, BBC, France 24, Le Figaro, and Le Monde.

“Benjamin brings to the Atlantic Council a wealth of experience in European politics and a vision for a vibrant transatlantic partnership, in which Europe assumes greater strategic responsibilities,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. “Benjamin’s appointment doubles down on the Atlantic Council’s core missions of promoting constructive US leadership in close cooperation with our European allies and building as Europe whole, free, and at peace.”

“In Benjamin, the Council has found someone with the skills, wisdom, and experience to lead our work on Europe at a time when the region faces unprecedented internal and external pressures and challenges,” said Damon Wilson, Atlantic Council Executive Vice President. “He is in a unique position to expand the Council’s network and footprint from Paris to Brussels, Berlin, and beyond.”

“I am excited to serve as the new director for the Future Europe Initiative and to be joining the dynamic team at the Atlantic Council committed to US-European cooperation and partnership,” said Haddad. “This is an incredible opportunity to promote rising leaders from both sides of the Atlantic and shape a common response to the challenges we face in a time of great power competition and the rise of authoritarians.”

Haddad also brings economic expertise to the table, with a masters in Financial Economics from HEC School of Management in Paris and a B.A. from Sciences Po Paris.

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Abu Dhabi – The third-annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum concluded today in Abu Dhabi. As part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Forum convened regional and global policymakers and industry leaders to discuss the geopolitical and economic impact on the energy agenda.

This year’s Forum focused on four major themes: the future of oil, the digitization of energy, diversification within energy companies and countries, and a regional focus on east and southeast Asia.

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates, opened the Global Energy Forum by welcoming participants and commenting on the 2019 energy agenda. Following the remarks made by H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company addressed the audience. Other speakers on the opening day included; Musabbeh Al-Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company and The Hon. Ernest Moniz, President and CEO, Energy Futures Initiative; former Secretary, US Department of Energy. The Hon. Moniz discussed the impact of new energy technologies on geopolitics.

Opening day two of the forum, H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, delivered a plenary address to the Forum’s participants by giving an update on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 transformation program and the status of the oil markets. The address was followed by a question and answer discussion with Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. Day two also included discussions on the decarbonization of oil and gas, the future of shale, and a closing session on the Vienna alliance with H.E. Al Mazrouei and H.E. Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

In its third year, the Global Energy Forum is the premier international gathering of government, industry, and thought leaders to set the global energy agenda for the year and anticipate and respond to the dramatic changes in the world of energy.

The Forum is hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. It is convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Industry of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Mubadala Investment Company, with Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum as Platinum Co-Chair.

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Abu Dhabi - As part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Atlantic Council officially launched its third-annual Global Energy Forum in the UAE capital today. The three-day premier event gathers international and regional industry leaders in Abu Dhabi to address the geopolitical, energy and sustainability challenges and opportunities of the future.

The Forum is hosted under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. It is convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Industry of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Mubadala Investment Company, with Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum as Platinum Co-Chair.

On the official opening of the event, global and regional policymakers and business leaders set the 2019 energy policy agenda and policy framework, addressing geopolitics, economic uncertainty, and new technologies dominating the energy conversation. Participants of the discussion included:

  • H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Industry, United Arab Emirates
  • Lisa Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Energy, and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG
  • Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, US Department of State
  • Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum


Other speakers on the opening day included: H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Musabbeh Al-Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company.

Elsewhere, the first day also included an address by The Hon. Ernest Moniz, President and CEO, Energy Futures Initiative; former Secretary, US Department of Energy, on new energy technologies and new energy geopolitics and a session on meeting the Asian energy demand in an increasingly volatile price environment.

A full list of content including photos and videos, is available here

The second day of the Global Energy Forum will feature a plenary address on Saudi’s vision 2030 and the oil market, with H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To livestream the Forum, please watch here.

Also, on the agenda for day two are sessions on the decarbonization of oil and gas and the future of shale. In addition, the Atlantic Council will launch its latest reports ‘Sovereign Investors: A Means for Economic Diversification,’ and ‘Meeting East Asian LNG Demand.’

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On January 10, 2019, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Oslo released a statement on Facebook reiterating erroneous claims that the Government of Norway funded the Atlantic Council report, The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 3. The embassy claimed that the author of the report’s Norwegian chapter, Øystein Bogen, was “generously sponsored by Norwegian state agencies, most notably the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.” These claims are untrue and unsubstantiated.

As noted, The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 3 is written and published in accordance with Atlantic Council Policy on Intellectual Independence. The authors are solely responsible for its analysis and recommendations. The Atlantic Council and its donors do not determine, nor do they necessarily endorse or advocate for, any of this report’s conclusions. For further details, please refer to our intellectual independence policy: http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/support/intellectual-independence-policy

International and regional industry and political leaders to focus on key geopolitical and technology challenges that will drive energy markets in 2019 and beyond 

WASHINGTON, DC – The third annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi on January 11-13, 2019. The premier event gathers international and regional political, industry, and thought leaders to set the global energy agenda for the year and examine the long-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy landscape. 

“We are gathering at a time of rapid geopolitical and technological change, which is challenging energy markets and governments around the world,” said Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council. “For that reason, each year we convene in Abu Dhabi some of the world’s most important policy and business actors to discuss how these shifts are driving innovation, investments, corporate strategy, geopolitics and the energy sector as a whole.”

For a third consecutive year, the Forum will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.  

Convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Industry of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Mubadala Investment Company, with Sharjah-based Crescent Petroleum as Platinum Co-Chair, the Forum is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The 2019 Forum will focus on four key themes: the future of oil, the digitization of energy, diversification within energy companies and countries, and will have a regional focus on East and Southeast Asia energy demand and energy innovation. Full event agenda is available here.  

Speakers include: H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy & Industry, United Arab Emirates; H.E. Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia; H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, United Arab Emirates and Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company; Musabbeh Al-Kaabi, CEO, Petroleum and Petrochemicals, Mubadala Investment Company; H.E. Mohammad Barkindo, Secretary General, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries; Claudio Descalzi, Chief Executive Officer, Eni S.p.A.; Lisa Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Energy, and Member of the Managing Board, Siemens AG; Yongsoo Huh, CEO of GS Energy; Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum; Adam Sieminski, President of KAPSARC; and Masakazu Toyoda, Chair & CEO, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.

The event is on-the-record and open to press. To request accreditation or for additional details, please email Travis Horne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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