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The South Asia Center and the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a discussion entitled “US-Iran Reconciliation Under President Rouhani?”

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On September 12, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion with Dr. Thomas Bagger, head of policy planning at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

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With Yemen’s national dialogue scheduled to conclude September 18 and an upcoming Friends of Yemen meeting set for September 25, the Atlantic Council convened a group of Yemen experts to explore what international donors and partners should consider in the next phase of Yemen’s transition. The roundtable discussion on September 12, 2013, featured a presentation of a new Chatham House report on Yemen’s political economy presented by analyst Peter Salisbury, with commentary from Senior Democracy and Governance Officer Chris Jennings, and independent policy analyst Fatima al Asrar, with a moderated discussion led by Hariri Center Deputy Director Danya Greenfield. Greenfield set the stage by noting three key topics relating to Yemen’s current political economy: what has or has not changed with the current transitional government and dialogue process, how the international community has engaged with the process, and what issues are involved in looking toward Yemen’s post-dialogue phase.

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NEW YORK – The Atlantic Council is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual Global Citizen Awards onSeptember 26 in New York City: President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and world-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa.

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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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