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The year 2014 will mark a critical test for Pakistan and its new civilian leadership. Upcoming elections in two neighboring countries, a slated withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, and growing regional security and economic demands place Sartaj Aziz, leading national security and foreign affairs adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, at the helm of the path forward.

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Agence France-Presse quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on the agenda for this week's African Union summit:

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South Asia Center Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin assesses America's foreign policy toward the Middle East for Al Jazeera America in their "The Real State of the Union" series:

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J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, reviewed Africa and the War on Drugs by Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig in the current issue of the International Journal of African Historical Studies.

According to Pham, the book is “an ambitious attempt to present an alternative perspective on the question of drug use and trafficking across the continent” and while “the authors are not entirely successful in making their case…their argument nonetheless is one that deserves to be engaged.”
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Founded in 1968 by the distinguished historian of East Africa, Norman Bennett, the International Journal of African Historical Studies is published three times a year by the African Studies Center at Boston University.
J. Peter Pham, director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, spoke today on “Lessons from the Former Somalia” at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In his invited lecture to students in the College’s Department of National Security and Strategy, Pham discussed the role that state collapse, extremism, insurgency, piracy, famine, foreign intervention, and counterinsurgency have played in shaping the strategic landscape of “the world’s most spectacularly failed state” as well as the “wishful thinking” that continues to color the international community’s response to the ongoing crisis.

Pham’s presentation came, coincidentally, one day after US military forces launched an airstrike in southern Somalia targeting a “senior leader” of the Somali militant group al-Shabaab who was alleged to have ties to al-Qaeda.

Established in 1901, the US Army War College prepares selected military, civilian, and international leaders for the responsibilities of strategic leadership in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational environment. The Strategic Studies Institute at the College recently published Pham’s monograph, State Collapse, Insurgency, and Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Somalia.

WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security has added new senior fellows who will advance the Center’s mission of serving as Washington’s premier thought leadership institute on the role of the transatlantic community in shaping global strategy and security policy.

These fellows bring decades of experience in government, business, and academia focused on global trends, transatlantic security, Asia security, deterrence, cyber security, missile defense, and strategy.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Taleen Ananian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Cyber Statecraft Initiative Director Jason Healey is quoted by NBC News on the revelation that the UK government tapped into data from social media sites including Facebook and YouTube:

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In November 2013, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) signed an interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. While a significant breakthrough, the deal has not been universally considered a guarantee against Iranian acquisition of nuclear weapons. Focusing on regional views of nuclear diplomacy with Iran, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and South Asia Center jointly hosted a roundtable discussion on January 27, 2014 with Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) scholars and Atlantic Council experts. The roundtable discussion forms part of a wider strategic partnership between the Atlantic Council and RUSI.

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The upcoming Indian general elections, likely to take place in 2014, provide an ideal opportunity to examine the foreign policy legacy of the United Progressive Alliance, the coalition of parties governing India under the leadership of the Congress Party.

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