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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.

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Conference part of Council’s “100 Years Together” initiative aimed at forging the next century of Polish-American partnership

WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council and PKO Bank Polski announced today a major cyber conference “A New Initiative for Poland: A Future Global Leader in Securing the 4th Industrial Revolution” to take place in Warsaw on January 16-17, 2019. The high-level pubic conference, which comes on the 100th anniversary of US-Poland relations, will convene key decisionmakers and policymakers to deepen US-Polish transatlantic ties by developing cybersecurity as a key pillar of the relationship.

We are excited to launch this important cyber conference that will explore Poland’s significant potential to become a global leader in cybersecurity,” said Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe. This conference is part of a body of work that further deepens the Atlantic Council’s commitment to Poland, an important ally to the United States, who celebrates its 100th anniversary since regaining independence.  We look forward to the next 100 years of Polish-American friendship and alliance that will help meet this century’s most pressing challenges.”

The cyber conference, featuring His Excellency Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of Poland, and General Keith Alexander (ret.), former commander of US Cyber Command, will explore cybersecurity issues in three tracks—policy, innovation, and private sector leadership. It will include cyber, innovation, defense, and foreign policy experts from the United States, Poland, and other European countries, and aims to highlight Poland’s potential to become a powerhouse on cyber issues in Europe and the world while bolstering Poland’s cybersecurity expertise in the policy and strategy space.

“Digital transformation and its impact across society and the economy make cybersecurity a critical business issue and development enabler. No country or company can deal with this challenge alone. International cooperation is the key to versatile, modern, and flexible cybersecurity solutions and is a way to solve human capital crisis in this industry. As an unquestioned leader of the Polish banking sector, each day we support the development of Poland and Poles. Therefore, we are committed to the idea of Polish-American cybersecurity alliance – we can benefit both at the level of individual entities and the national economy,” says Zbigniew Jagiełło, President of the Management Board of PKO Bank Polski.

Over the course of two days, participants will consider key issues underpinning Poland’s ongoing digital transformation, such as the role of innovation, combating disinformation, cloud technologies, critical infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity education. Speakers will include: Ambassador Daniel Fried, distinguished fellow with the Atlantic Council and former US Ambassador to Poland; Tom Bossert, former assistant to the US president for homeland security and counterterrorism; Lt. Gen. William Mayville (ret.), former deputy commander of US Cyber Command; Merle Maigre, executive vice president of government relations at CybExer Technologies; Christopher Porter, chief intelligence strategist at FireEye; Klara Jordan, director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative; Fred Streefland, Regional Chief Security Officer (CSO) for North & East-Europe at Palo Alto Networks, Paula Januszkiewicz, founder and CEO of CQURE; and Adam Marciniak, vice president of PKO Bank Polski.

The conference is a part of the Atlantic Council’s “100 Years Together” initiative aimed at forging the next century of Polish-American partnership rooted in common values, shared interests, and commitment to a strong transatlantic community of freedom.


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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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