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WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, December 14, 2018, the Atlantic Council and PZU SA signed a multi-year strategic partnership agreement at the Council’s Annual Forum in Washington DC. PZU, a publicly-traded Polish insurance company, is the largest insurance group in Poland and stands among the largest financial institutions in Central Europe. Through this partnership, PZU will support the Council’s celebration of 100 years of US-Polish partnership and invest in the growing strategic alliance and economic bonds between the US and Poland.

This agreement is a pillar of the Council’s “100 Years Together” campaign, an Atlantic Council investment in Poland rooted in common values, shared interests, and commitment to a strong transatlantic community of freedom. This agreement is also a critical element of the Council’s Central Europe Initiative, aimed at mobilizing our alliance, developing and implementing strategies to bolster Central Europe, and reinvesting in the special ties between the US and the region.

The Atlantic Council’s enduring mission is working with allies to secure the future, but we cannot execute our vision alone and those allies include leading companies,” said Atlantic Council President and Chief Executive Officer Frederick Kempe. “Central Europe—with Poland at the helm—has the potential to be a major powerhouse driving economic growth, innovative policy, and bold ideas for the future—and partners such as PZU are crucial in helping us meet this century’s challenges.”

As part of its reinvestment in Central Europe, the Council is organizing several key projects with PZU, including:

  • Partnering with PZU to promote the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) to advance cross-border energy, transportation, and telecom infrastructure projects critical to Central’s Europe’s economic growth and integration within the European Union. The Council and PZU will work to foster deeper US strategic and economic ties to this region, including through the encouragement of American private sector participation in 3SI projects.
  • Partnering with PZU to support an annual investment conference in the United States to strengthen the US-Poland economic relationship and advance thinking on the role of business and investment in Central and Eastern Europe. This event will convene top business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, opinion-shapers, and decision-makers.
  • Supporting PZU’s efforts to be an industry leader in Central and Eastern Europe.


“I am delighted to solidify this new and important partnership with the Atlantic Council,”
said Paweł Surówka, Chief Executive Officer of PZU SA. “This is a very important time for the US and Poland to continue cooperation, and I look forward to working with the Council to complement and reinforce the strategic narrative of the economic success story of Poland and the entire region of Central and Eastern Europe.” 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that John F.W. Rogers, a Goldman Sachs executive and government service veteran, has been elected as Chairman of its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2019. Rogers succeeds General James L. Jones USMC (ret.), who served as Atlantic Council Chairman from 2007 to 2009 and again since 2017. 

Rogers has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, as a key figure in management in the executive branch, as a leader in the financial services industry, and as trustee or chairman of some of the nation’s most important non-profit institutions. 

Said General Jones, who will remain on the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council board as Executive Chairman Emeritus, “John wants to make a contribution that affects our national destiny and our leadership role in the world, and he has the rich skills to do so. That he believes that the Atlantic Council is the place where he would like to make that contribution is a compliment to all of us.” 

Said Atlantic Council President/CEO Frederick Kempe: “John brings to us a unique understanding of the interaction between global financial and political landscapes. We are fortunate that he will share his tireless commitment to public service and constructive US leadership with us at this crucial historic moment.

Rogers currently serves as Executive Vice President of Goldman Sachs and Secretary to the Board of Directors. He oversees Executive Administration and is responsible for the firm’s corporate affairs functions, including public, investor and government relations, as well as corporate engagement. Rogers previously served as Under Secretary of State for Management at the US Department of State from 1991 to 1993. Earlier, Mr. Rogers served as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1987 and as an Assistant to the President of the United States at the White House from 1981 to 1985.

I am honored that the Atlantic Council has entrusted me with this position at this critical moment in the organization’s history” said Rogers. “We live in an era of unprecedented change and disruption. The Atlantic Council’s mission of ‘working together to secure the future’ has seldom been more important. I look forward to working with the Atlantic Council’s extraordinary board of directors, leadership, and team to advance its cause.

Mr. Rogers has broad interests outside of business. He serves as a life trustee and treasurer of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Board of the White House Historical Association, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the American Academy in Rome.

The Search Committee, led by Atlantic Council Executive Vice Chairs Adrienne Arsht and Stephen Hadley, included candidates from many diverse backgrounds.

Said Arsht, “The search committee spent considerable time looking for the best candidate to lead the Atlantic Council’s board. In John F.W. Rogers, we have found that leader." 

"John has a rich blend of experience in the private and public sectors" said Hadley.  "He has the integrity, expertise and skill to join us in our mission to work with our global partners and allies to shape the future.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center today named Mark Linscott as a senior fellow. Most recently, Linscott served as Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Linscott will lead the South Asia Center’s US-India Trade Initiative, aimed at convening thought leadership and policy-makers in an effort to maintain focus on the importance of a burgeoning trade relationship between the United States and India.

“Mark’s addition to our team will be a significant boost given the rapid development of the Trump Administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council CEO and President. “This will build further upon our commitment so the South Asian region and, in particular, the growth of US-Indian trade relations.”

As USTR for South and Central Asian Affairs, Linscott was responsible for the development of the United States’ trade policy with countries comprising the South and Central Asia region.

Linscott also led efforts in the bilateral Trade Policy Forum with India, and in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) with Central Asia, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. An expert in international trade and policy, Linscott also previously served as Assistant USTR for the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Multilateral Affairs, where he coordinated US trade policies in the WTO, OECD, G20, and directed related free trade agreement negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“I am excited to bring my years of experience as a trade negotiator to the work of the Atlantic Council, particularly its efforts to strengthen and broaden the bilateral relationship between the United States and India,” said Linscott. 

Among the Atlantic Council’s thirteen regional and thematic centers, the South Asia Center serves as the Atlantic Council's focal point for work on greater South Asia as well as its relations between these countries, the neighboring regions, Europe, and the United States. It seeks to foster partnerships with key institutions in the region to establish itself as a forum for dialogue between decision-makers in South Asia, the United States, and NATO, and continues to "wage peace" in the region. 

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Washington – Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe today issued the following statement on Secretary of State Pompeo’s decision to appoint J. Peter Pham, Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, as United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa:

“The Atlantic Council is proud that Secretary of State Pompeo has selected one of our own, J. Peter Pham, to serve in the role of Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, to address the numerous challenges facing the region and represent the United States in negotiations on commercial and diplomatic issues.

For more than seven years, the Atlantic Council has been privileged to have Peter on our team. Peter has produced a great number of cutting edge projects and impressive written work focused on the African continent. It’s difficult to imagine anyone with deeper subject-matter expertise on the challenges faced by Africans or US ties with the countries of the African Great Lakes. No one has greater passion for the people and the opportunities that exist in those relationships. Few, if any, Americans enjoy greater trust and respect among our African partners.


We are delighted that Peter will maintain his role as Vice President for Research and Regional Initiatives and Director of our Africa Center. We look forward to supporting him as he takes on this important role at the Department of State.”


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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council is excited to announce the addition of two new fellows to the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Dr. Hans Binnendijk, formerly a NSC Senior Director for Defense Policy, will join as a distinguished fellow, and Timo Koster, Dutch ambassador-at-large for security policy and cyber, will join as an ambassadorial fellow. Both will greatly contribute to the Scowcroft Center’s core work on transatlantic security issues and NATO.

Said Scowcroft Center director Barry Pavel, “We are delighted that both Ambassador Koster and Dr. Binnendijk, two highly distinguished and widely experienced experts, are joining our team to contribute their expertise at such a critical time for the NATO Alliance. We look forward to engaging Ambassador Koster and Dr. Binnendijk across a wide range of strategic issues, particularly as we approach NATO’s seventieth anniversary.”

Hans Binnendijk served until 2012 as vice president for research at the National Defense University and director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. He served twice on the National Security Council Staff – first as an officer for southern European affairs and later as senior director for defense policy and arms control. In addition to his time on the NSC, Dr. Binnendijk served as deputy director (and acting director) of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, and on Capitol Hill as deputy staff director and legislative director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In academia, Dr. Binnendijk served as director of Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy,  director of studies at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies in London, and a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies. He also serves as an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is author, coauthor, or editor of 20 books and has written over 200 articles and reports. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A.L.D. and his Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Prior to joining the Council and accepting his position as the Netherlands’ ambassador-at-large focusing on security policy and cyber, Ambassador Timo Koster served at NATO headquarters in Brussels for ten years – first as defense adviser at the Netherlands’ Permanent Representation to NATO and then as director for defense policy and capabilities on the NATO International Staff. He has led a distinguished diplomatic career, including posts in Nairobi, London, and Athens, where he served as Deputy Ambassador. Within the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Koster has served in several positions, including project director and private secretary to the Minister for European Affairs. He also served as acting director for European integration in the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Ambassador Koster holds a law degree from the University of Amsterdam.

The Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security produces cutting-edge analyses and develops strategies for how the United States can best work with like-minded partners to shape the future. Named in honor of two-time US national security advisor and former Atlantic Council board chairman, Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, the Center pursues a foreign policy vision grounded in his legacy of American statecraft, built upon a foundation of bipartisanship and cooperation with America’s friends and allies.

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Mrs. Cindy McCain to accept award in NYC on September 24

WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that it will pay tribute to the life and legacy of Senator John McCain by posthumously honoring him with the 2018 Global Citizen Award on September 24. The award will be accepted by Mrs. Cindy McCain.

Senator McCain lived a remarkable life of service, leadership, and courage – both in uniform and in Congress,” said Atlantic Council CEO and President Frederick Kempe. “The Senator exemplified global citizenship, fighting to defend the freedom, dignity, and human rights of people around the world. We are privileged to present this award to Cindy McCain to salute Senator McCain’s contributions and legacy.”

Mrs. McCain will be introduced by General James L. Jones, Jr. USMC (Ret.), Interim Chairman of the Atlantic Council. Musician Kate Davis will perform during a video tribute.

The Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards honors those individuals who best exemplify “Global Citizenship” through their unique contributions toward improving the state of the world, and salutes them before an audience of 500 global government, business, and civil society leaders. 

Senator McCain will be honored alongside other previously announced 2018 Global Citizen Award honorees: President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri; Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Erna Solberg; and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chobani and founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees.

President Macri will be presented his award by Adrienne Arsht, Executive Vice Chair of the Atlantic Council, and Chairman Emeritas of TotalBank. Prime Minister Solberg will receive her award from Dr. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum. Mr. Ulukaya will be introduced by The Hon. Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

DATE: Monday, September 24, 2018
TIME:​​ 7:00 p.m.
LOCATION:​ New York, NY.  Details to be provided upon accreditation

This event is on-the-record and open to press. To request accreditation or for additional details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Sunday, September 23. Location and further timing details will be provided upon confirmation of accreditation.

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The Executive Committee—on behalf of all the board directors, members, and staff of the Atlantic Council—mourns the loss of David Acheson, an Atlantic Council honorary board director and former President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, a position he served in from 1993-1999. He passed away peacefully at his home in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2018, at the age of 96.

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Appointment comes as North Korea negotiations continue, US-China tensions increase, and nontraditional security issues such as artificial intelligence emerge.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that Dr. Miyeon Oh has been named the first director of the Asia Security Initiative within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Dr. Oh was previously a senior fellow in the Scowcroft Center. In her new role, Dr. Oh will oversee the Asia Security Initiative’s expanded scope to foster trans-Atlantic-Pacific partnerships that can adapt, revitalize, and defend the rules-based international order in Asia.

Miyeon has grown the Atlantic Council’s Asia efforts by leaps and bounds through her tireless dedication and strategic leadership,” said Frederick Kempe, CEO and President of the Atlantic Council. “The Trans-Atlantic-Pacific relationship is more important than ever before due to regional security sector shifts of global consequence. This appointment demonstrates the Atlantic Council’s commitment to addressing a host of emerging challenges.”

The Asia Security Initiative develops purposeful programming to address both traditional and non-traditional security issues. As transformations in the region’s political-economic architecture lead to increasing great power competition, traditional issues—such as the North Korean challenge and US-China tensions—will remain central to any discussion of Asia-Pacific regional security. At the same time, emerging strategic challenges demand greater agility and innovation from policymakers, as resource scarcity issues related to food, water, and energy rise in importance, and old paradigms are upended by disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics, and biotechnology.

The Asia Security Initiative’s model of active partnership has been most visible in its relationship with the Republic of Korea, as it aims to unite experts and policymakers from the United States and the Republic of Korea to develop a forward-looking vision for the US-ROK security alliance and economic partnership. The Asia Security Initiative, along with the Korea Foundation, hosted in 2017 the inaugural Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum with then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to explore how the US-ROK relationship fits into the administration’s emerging strategy toward the Asia Pacific. The Asia Security Initiative is also launching this year a journalist fellowship program with the Korea Foundation, which will host American journalists interested in learning about Korea, and will include private roundtables and a trip to Korea.

We are thrilled that Dr. Oh has been promoted to be the director of our rapidly growing Asia Security Initiative,” said Barry Pavel, Senior Vice President, and director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. “She has already demonstrated extraordinary leadership and a laser-like focus on impact in her relatively short tenure as a senior fellow, and this bodes enormously well for the Scowcroft Center’s intensifying efforts under her leadership to help advance US relations with our most important Indo-Pacific allies and partners.

I am honored to be named as the director of the Asia Security Initiative and to further develop my career with the Atlantic Council, one of the most vibrant and impactful think tanks in international affairs,” Oh said. “It has been rewarding to promote mutual understanding between the United States and its allies and partners, and to fill policy gaps where there exist different approaches. I am fortunate to be a part of this evolution of policy in the face of pressing global challenges.

Dr. Miyeon Oh is also a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she received her PhD. She has been selected as the 2017 Strategy and Policy fellow by the Smith Richardson Foundation and was a foreign policy pre-doctoral research fellow at the Brookings Institution. In addition, Dr. Oh has a significant background in public policy and international affairs with two master’s degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Yonsei University in Korea, as well as public sector experience with the United Nations and Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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WASHINGTON, DC – The ninth Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards will honor President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri; Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway Erna Solberg; and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Chobani and founder of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, on the evening of September 24 in New York, NY.

All three distinguished honorees will attend and speak at the event.

“At this period of rapid global change and uncertainty, these awards send a particular message regarding the brand of consistent, principled and purposeful leadership that our times require,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Through these awards, we have tried not only to salute unique individuals such as these three leaders, but in doing so also inspire others to be better global citizens.”

The Atlantic Council salutes President Macri for his tireless and uncompromising dedication to his country and people through his pragmatic approach to policy, commitment to economic reform and revitalization, and renewal of relations with international partners exemplified by Argentina’s current presidency of the G20.

It honors Prime Minister Solberg for her exemplary contributions to her nation and the global community, demonstrated through her dedication to ocean conservation and sustainable environmental policies, as well as improved quality and access to education around the world. We will also celebrate the strong US-Norway bilateral relationship.

The Atlantic Council will also honor Hamdi Ulukaya for his inspirational achievements as a business leader, and his devotion and commitment to improving the livelihoods of refugees. Through the establishment of the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Ulukaya is raising awareness of the ongoing refugee crisis and working to positively impact the lives of millions.

The Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards, their ninth edition, honors those individuals who best exemplify “Global Citizenship” through their unique contributions toward improving the state of the world, and salutes them before an audience of 500 global government, business, and civil society leaders.

Past honorees have included US Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, Bono, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

DATE: Monday, September 24
TIME: 7 p.m. EST (based on tentative run of show)
LOCATION: New York, NY. Details to be provided upon accreditation

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Abu Dhabi, UAE - The third annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi on January 12-13, 2019, again kicking off Abu Dhabi’s Sustainability Week.

The two-day premier event gathers international and regional political, industry, and thought leaders to set the global energy agenda for the year and examine the longer-term geopolitical and geo-economic implications of the changing energy system. The conference agenda this year will focus on the future of oil, the digitization of energy, diversification in energy companies and countries, and will have a regional focus on East Asian energy demand and energy innovation. Last year’s event brought over 450 people to Abu Dhabi from around the world, including CEOs, Ministers, global media, and industry experts.

The forum will once again be 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 will be convened in partnership with the Ministry of Energy & Industry of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Mubadala Investment Company, and is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy & Industry, United Arab Emirates, said:

“The Global Energy Forum looks at the importance of all forms of energy: nuclear, oil, gas, renewable, and others. The diversity among its subjects and experts is what makes the Forum an important part of the energy calendar.”

Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council, said:

“Abu Dhabi is a leader in the international global energy sector through its foresight, innovation, and strategic planning, and has become a magnet for policymakers, experts and business leaders. The Atlantic Council’s 2019 Global Energy Forum will bring together these crucial actors from across the globe to set the energy agenda for 2019.”

Randolph Bell, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, said:

“With our focus on East Asian energy demand and innovation in 2019, the Global Energy Forum plans to highlight how the region’s global energy partnerships – particularly with the Gulf -- and race for new energy technologies will fundamentally reshape the energy system and geopolitical order of the 21st century. By encouraging forward-looking discussion between policymakers and business leaders, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum aims to maximize the opportunities emerging from the sweeping changes to the global energy mix, and shape outcomes that leaves us all more secure and prosperous.”

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