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The Atlantic Council announced today that author and defense analyst Emerson T. Brooking has joined as Resident Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab).

“Emerson is one of the finest thinkers in anticipating the far-ranging effects of social media in conflicts,” said Graham Brookie, Director of DFRLab. “He has produced visionary work in this space, and we’re delighted to have him continue that work with our team.”

As Resident Fellow, Brooking will lead initiatives regarding the policy application of DFRLab research products. He will study the intersection of social media and conflict, considering how information manipulation shapes broader trends in the international security environment.

“The team at DFRLab have distinguished themselves as leaders in digital forensics and conflict and elections monitoring,” Brooking said. “They are working at the forefront of the global information revolution. I’m honored to join them and excited to help advance their mission.”

Brooking is the coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media (2018). LikeWar charts the rise of digitally enabled authoritarianism and the expanding information warfare capabilities of terrorist groups and national militaries alike. It is the only book to feature interviews with both former national security advisor Michael Flynn and former reality television villain Spencer Pratt. LikeWar was honored as a “Book of the Year” by Amazon and Foreign Affairs magazine.

Most recently, Brooking was Research Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations—the youngest researcher in a generation to receive such an appointment. He served as an adviser on information warfare to the National Security Council, Joint Staff, and U.S. intelligence community. Previously, Brooking was Research Associate for Defense Policy, also at the Council on Foreign Relations. In that capacity, he studied defense budgeting and strategy, national security bureaucracy, and civil-military relations.

Brooking has published articles in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, WIRED, and Rolling Stone, among others. He has provided commentary on defense and internet-related topics to National Public Radio. He was recently named to the “Forbes 30 Under 30.”

Brooking holds a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He will be based in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, DC - The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center announced today the selection of its inaugural class of fellows for its Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship. The Fellowship is a one-year, nonresident program for early to mid-career rising female leaders in the energy and climate field with an interest in policy.

“The energy sector drives the global economy and geopolitics, yet women make up less than a quarter of the workforce,” said Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council President and CEO. “Our fellowship will serve to highlight and be a leadership accelerator for women in the energy and climate field.”

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WASHINGTON DC – The Atlantic Council announced today that digital journalism pioneer Andy Carvin has joined the council as Senior Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab.  

“We’re very excited to have Andy join the team at DFRLab,” said Graham Brookie, Director of the lab. “He brings an unparalleled level of online journalism experience to our mission of forging a new kind of digital resilience that matches the speed of information.” 

As Senior Fellow, Carvin will oversee DFRLab’s training and capacity building efforts to create standards of excellence for open source investigations. He will also advise a growing international team of #DigitalSherlocks at the DFRLab and partner organizations.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the DFRLab team here in DC,” Carvin said, who joined the Council staff this week. “DFRLab is at the head of the pack when it comes to using open-source tools to investigate disinformation campaigns around the world. I can’t imagine a better place to collaborate with people as passionate about debunking disinformation as I am.”  

From 2006 to 2013, Carvin led NPR’s journalism innovation efforts, founding its social media desk in 2008. Through Carvin’s groundbreaking use of social media to forge closer relationships with the online public, NPR successfully strengthened the quality and diversity of its reporting, both internationally and in the United States. As part of the Peabody Award-winning team at NPR.org, Carvin’s reporting during the Arab Spring allowed him to become virtually embedded with protesters and rebel groups across North Africa and the Middle East, breaking news and conducting investigative reports that otherwise would have fallen through the cracks of more traditional reporting. His 2013 book, Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution (CUNY Journalism Press) is used as a teaching tool in journalism classrooms around the world. He was also the 2012 recipient of the Knight-Batten Award in journalism innovation, as well as the 2013 Shorty Award for best journalist on Twitter.  

After departing NPR, Carvin launched Reported.ly, a social reporting initiative focused on covering human rights and social justice issues around the world. Under Carvin’s leadership, Reported.ly received the prestigious 2015 Online Journalism Award for breaking news, for its real-time coverage of the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris. Later, Carvin served as senior editor-at-large at NowThis, where he led the social news startup’s breaking news efforts. Most recently, he served as Asper Visiting Professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism in Vancouver, where he taught visual storytelling and digital forensic techniques to journalism students. He lives with his family in Silver Spring, MD. 

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today named Kathy Baughman McLeod, a leading risk and resilience expert, as the director of its Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience.

At a pivotal time defined by an increase in major natural disasters and disruptive events, Baughman McLeod will lead and expand the Center’s work to develop solutions to build the resilience capacity of individuals, communities and institutions facing three key challenges - climate change, migration and security.

Baughman McLeod brings to the Atlantic Council a wealth of global experience and expertise in risk and resilience on issues that include climate change, natural disasters, financial tools, climate adaptation and insurance solutions.

“Kathy is a high-energy strategist, thought leader, and operative in the business of creating innovative strategies and solutions to build resilience in communities and organizations,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. “Kathy’s appointment underscores the Council’s commitment to building the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience into one of the world’s leading resources for demonstrated, scalable solutions to foster resilience.”

Baughman McLeod comes to the Atlantic Council from Bank of America, where she served as Senior Vice President, Global Environmental & Social Risk where she led the Bank’s climate change risk assessment and strategy and global environmental and social risk policy. She also helped leverage the organization’s global reach to advance low carbon and climate-resilient investments, helping to achieve its commitment to deploy $125 billion in capital by 2025.

Prior to this, she was Global Managing Director, Climate Risk & Resilience for the Nature Conservancy, where she transformed the organization’s approach to reducing climate impacts by developing new market-based insurance products based on nature’s protective value for economies and launching a global humanitarian initiative to safeguard vulnerable coastal communities.

Adrienne Arsht, chairman emerita of TotalBank and executive vice chair of the Atlantic Council, provided the vision and was the founding donor for the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience in 2016. The concept then and now has been to provide strategies that help nations, cities, communities and individuals respond effectively to disruptions, understand and manage complex interdependent systems, and thrive in an unpredictable global environment.

“Kathy brings to the groundbreaking work of the Arsht Center for Resilience a depth of expertise and perspectives from the private and public sectors,” said Arsht. “At a time when volatility and change is the only certainty, I am delighted that such a capable person will lead our pioneering work on resilience.”

Said Baughman McLeod, “the opportunity to help build resilience around the world through the deep expertise, stellar reputation and global reach of the Atlantic Council is a professional dream come true. I am thrilled to be leading the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience.”

Baughman McLeod is an award-winning creator and producer of the documentary film series, The Nature of People, was a policy fellow of the French Foreign Ministry and a gubernatorial appointee to the Florida Energy & Climate Commission. She earned an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, and MS in Geography, and a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University.

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Summit to mark NATO’s 70th anniversary by convening defense and security leaders to discuss future of alliance amidst rise in global challenges
 
Washington — Nearly seventy years to the day after President Harry Truman signed the North Atlantic Treaty and established the world’s strongest political-military alliance, the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund, and the Munich Security Conference, in partnership with NATO Public Diplomacy Division, will host “NATO Engages: The Alliance at 70,” a summit that will bring together NATO leaders, European and US defense officials, and foreign policy experts in conjunction with NATO’s April ministerial meeting in Washington.

Taking place on Wednesday, April 3, the town hall-style, scene-setting event will feature a series of conversations on the state of the alliance at seventy, its key accomplishments, and will look toward NATO’s future as it grapples with next-generation threats and geopolitical uncertainty.

Confirmed speakers and further details on timing will be released in the coming weeks and updated here: https://nato-engages.org/

Media registration is now open. Members of the media should be in touch with the media relations contacts below to request credentials or with any questions.

Event Information:
WHAT: NATO ENGAGES: The Alliance at 70; hosted by the Atlantic Council, German Marshall Fund, and Munich Security Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, April 3, 2018
WHERE: Washington, DC // Venue to be announced
RSVP: Email the media relations contacts below

Media Relations Contacts:
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Atlantic Council
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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.

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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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