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WASHINGTON, DC- The Atlantic Council announced today the launch and inaugural members of its nomination-only Councilors Program, an initiative aimed at convening a results-oriented group of private sector leaders dedicated to more actively exploring and acting on issues at the intersection of business, foreign policy, and politics that will shape the global future.  

"This new program is aimed at galvanizing the capabilities and dedication of unique individuals in the private sector who wish to be more deeply involved in shaping the future," said Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.  "This program will bring together individuals who understand that the most crucial challenges we face, ranging from environmental threats to the manifold matters of national security and geo-economics, will require more intensive public-private engagement."    

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WASHINGTON, DC- The Atlantic Council announced today the launch and inaugural members of its nomination-only Councilors Program, an initiative aimed at convening a results-oriented group of private sector leaders dedicated to more actively exploring and acting on issues at the intersection of business, foreign policy, and politics that will shape the global future.  

"This new program is aimed at galvanizing the capabilities and dedication of unique individuals in the private sector who wish to be more deeply involved in shaping the future," said Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.  "This program will bring together individuals who understand that the most crucial challenges we face, ranging from environmental threats to the manifold matters of national security and geo-economics, will require more intensive public-private engagement."    

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Washington, DC – Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe today issued the following statement on the appointment of Christopher Porter, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and Chief Technology Officer for Global Cybersecurity Policy at FireEye, to the position of National Intelligence Officer for Cyber in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

“The Atlantic Council is proud to have one of our own, Christopher Porter, selected to serve as the top intelligence officer for cyber in the US government. The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, housed in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, has been very privileged to have Christopher in our network of experts. Christopher has been among our most active Fellows, consistently writing and speaking on the most pressing cyber issues facing the United States and our allies, including cyber espionage and cyber diplomacy and the enforcement of arms control agreements in cyberspace.

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CHICAGO, IL – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center will host its inaugural Veterans Advanced Energy Summit on Tuesday, August 13 in Chicago, Illinois. The Summit will feature cutting-edge presentations and conversations at the intersection of advanced energy and national security. 

The Summit will feature business and military leaders, policymakers, and others with insight into where energy markets and energy technologies are heading, and how clean energy development impacts the economic competitiveness and national security of the United States. It will also highlight the role of veterans in energy, and will open doors to new career opportunities. Any and all interested individuals are welcome to attend the Summit. Thanks to the generosity of Exelon Corporation, more than 40 travel scholarships were awarded to veterans, active duty, reservists, and military spouses from around the country to enable them to attend the Summit

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On Thursday, July 25, The Atlantic Council was designated an “undesirable organization” by the Russian Ministry of Justice. The Atlantic Council has released the following statement by its President and CEO, Frederick Kempe:

"We have seen reports that the Russian Prosecutor General added the Atlantic Council to its list of 'undesirable organizations,' which would mean that our activities had been deemed a threat to the national security of Russia. We have not been informed either formally or informally of the decision by the Russian authorities.

"We are proud of the Council’s long tradition of work on Russia and with Russians, and are disappointed that Russian authorities have announced this step. We are looking into the implications of this decision, which a number of our peer organizations have faced in recent years. 

"The Atlantic Council stands by its body of work on Russia and we will continue to advance our mission of working together with friends and allies to solve global challenges, in ways consistent with our deepest values. We will continue to be an unwavering voice for a better Russia and the future of its citizens."

WASHINGTON DC—The Atlantic Council and GLOBSEC announced today a strategic partnership to reiterate the US commitment to a Europe whole and free with Central Europe an integral part of it and to develop an agenda for US-Central European ties for the future.

“During times in which our democratic societies are facing unprecedented challenges, we cannot take the transatlantic relationship for granted,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Against a backdrop of global uncertainty, it is now more important than ever to unite with partners that share a common commitment to working together to shape a better future. We are therefore delighted to partner with GLOBSEC to achieve our shared purpose of galvanizing transatlantic leadership to secure a peaceful and prosperous Europe allied with the United States.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today announced Trey Herr as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative in its Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Dr. Herr will be central to further strengthening the Initiative’s continued work on cyberspace as a tool of statecraft in an era of expanding great-power competition where geopolitics and cybersecurity increasingly overlap.

“Trey's extensive policy experience and creative mindset will play a key role in molding the Initiative's programming and impact. The international cyber community continues to face massive challenges - from navigating complex international supply chains to securing and protecting critical infrastructure and democratic institutions,” said Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today announced that Adnan Amin, Director-General Emeritus of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), has joined the Council as a Distinguished Fellow with the Global Energy Center. 

“We’re honored to have Adnan join the Global Energy Center team,” said Randy Bell, Director of the Global Energy Center. “His remarkable experience and expertise will help bring our efforts to promote energy security and address climate change to the next level.”

As a Distinguished Fellow, Amin will contribute to the Global Energy Center’s growing Climate and Advanced Energy Program, led by Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy David Livingston. The Program focuses on advancing US leadership amid the global energy transition and catalyzing new alliances and partnerships to address the challenges posed by climate change.

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WASHINGTON DC—The Atlantic Council this week named Irfan Nooruddin, Georgetown University professor and director of the school’s India Initiative, as the new head of its South Asia Center.

“In Irfan, we are adding to our leadership team a proven institution-builder and an impressive, widely published intellect to the Council,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “He combines rigorous scholarship with a policy entrepreneur’s vision on how to address a region that is at the same time one of the most promising and most perilous in the world.”

Said Nooruddin, “South Asia is rich with innovative economies, diverse cultures, and complex politics, making it a region of critical importance to American strategic and commercial interests in the twenty-first century. The Atlantic Council can play an important role in helping the United States forge a productive relationship with South Asia, and I am proud to help do so as the new director of its South Asia Center.”

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WASHINGTON, DC—The Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab (@DFRLab) will host its 360/OS summit on June 20-21 in London, England. 360/OS convenes journalists, activists, innovators, and leaders from around the world as part of a grassroots digital solidarity movement fighting for objective truth as a foundation of democracy.

Over two days of interactive sessions and hands-on trainings, a group of 300 “Digital Sherlocks” will create and cultivate techniques needed to expose disinformation, document human rights abuses, and report the actuality of global events in real-time. 

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