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Rafik Hariri Center Fellow Faysal Itani is quoted in the Washington Times on Hezbollah's influence in Lebanon:

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The Washington Post quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on negotiations between South Sudan and rebel forces:

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Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham is quoted by PBS Newshour on a bombing in Somalia by Al Shabaab that killed ten last Friday:

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The Atlantic Council offices are officially closed from December 25, 2013 through January 1, 2014, so that our staff can spend time with their families. Whatever you celebrate this season, the Council wishes you a happy holiday and a prosperous new year.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) spoke at the Atlantic Council in his first address on the Ukrainian crisis following his visit to the country. He was introduced by Atlantic Council President and CEO, Frederick Kempe, and after delivering remarks had a conversation with the Council's Executive Vice President, Damon Wilson.

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called on the US government to more actively support "the peaceful aspirations of all Ukrainians" for a democratic future linked to Europe and independent of Russian domination. McCain spoke at the Atlantic Council in his first address on the Ukrainian crisis following his visit to the country.

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Mexico is poised to expand its oil production so dramatically that it may become one of the world’s most strategically important oil exporters within the next decade, US analysts and a top Mexican official told a conference at the Atlantic Council. Mexico’s decision this year to end the 75-year monopoly of the state-owned company PEMEX, and to invite private and foreign investors into its energy market, will put the country into close competition with Colombia and Brazil as the Western Hemisphere’s most-sought destinations for energy investment, according to David Goldwyn, the State Department’s former special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs. Goldwyn, who authored "Mexico Rising: Comprehensive Energy Reform at Last?" a report for the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, presented his findings at the report's launch event on December 19.

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WASHINGTON – A report released today by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Mexican energy reform argues that Mexico has positioned itself to become a major player in the global market as a competitive and transparent supplier of oil.

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A new Atlantic Council issue brief, “Stability through Change: Toward a New Political Economy in Jordan,” contends that Jordan could be a promising experiment with economic and political environment in a relatively stable environment, and a model for reform in Arab transition countries.

Issue brief author Faysal Itani, a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, argues that King Abdullah ought to move forward transforming Jordan’s institutions and reimagining its relationship with its citizens, despite the associated political risks. The report’s central conclusion is that economic change has undermined Jordan’s old social contract. To ensure its long-term survival in a new economy, the monarchy must build a state of laws and citizens that extends meaningful political and economic participation to its historic social base. Itani warns that if Jordan does not tackle this issue head-on, it runs the risk of serious civil unrest in the future.

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