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On September 11th, the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center hosted Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, Cypriot minister of energy, commerce, industry and tourism for an off-the-record strategy session as part of the Council's Eurasian Energy Futures Initiative.

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One year after the deadly attack in Benghazi that claimed the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the Libya Working Group–a joint initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and Freedom House–convened a panel discussion to assess developments in Libya and the role of the United States and the international community in supporting its democratic transition.

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At an event co-hosted by the Atlantic Council and International Relief and Development (IRD), Ambassador James Dobbins, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, US Department of State, said the international community’s provision of civilian assistance to Pakistan was a calculated bet on regional stability, economic progress, and long-term development.

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On September 10, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record strategy session with the Swedish Parliament Committee on Defense.

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One year ago this week, an attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya tragically claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Ambassador Stevens was widely respected as a champion of serious US commitment to Libya and broad engagement with its people. In the year since his death, however, the United States has had limited engagement with the North African country during a critical stage of its transition. 

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Key Issues in Ensuring Access to Energy, Protecting Energy Security, and Enhancing Environmental Performance

In the face of today’s environmental, economic, and energy challenges, it turns out our engineers may be just as important as our natural resources.  Law and policy doubtless still matter.  But what we’re building today lays the foundation for tomorrow’s innovative technological solutions.  Future generations will reap the benefits of our investments in safe and secure supplies of electricity, meeting economic needs in balance with environmental goals. 

These were just a few of the more thoughtful observations at the Atlantic Council and the Global CCS Institute’s event on advanced fossil energy technologies on Monday, September 9, 2013, in Washington, DC.  The event focused on the state-of-the-art coal gasification and carbon capture plant currently being constructed in Kemper County, Mississippi, which will use locally-mined, low rank coal and capture of at least 65 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions for use in enhanced oil recovery operations.

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J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center, was a featured speaker at a Global Town Hall on "Countering the Narratives of Violent Extremism" organized by the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) in conjunction with the release of the results of its yearlong worldwide investigation into countering violent extremism (CVE).

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WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council has named one of the world's leading experts on global trends analysis, Mathew J. Burrows, as its new Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative director in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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A September 4 Atlantic Council discussion moderated by Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof with Research Analyst Elizabeth O'Bagy, Brent Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel, and Hariri Center Fellow Faysal Itani debated the reasoning and potential effectiveness a limited US strike against Syria might have in changing the military calculus of those involved in the conflict.

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The Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Cyber Statecraft Initiative hosted Dr. Tughral Yamin for a discussion on cyber security in South Asia, and the potential for building regional confidence building measures for the information space.

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