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Just prior to the official conclusion of Yemen’s National Dialogue, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted a roundtable discussing the culmination of Yemen’s National Dialogue Conference (NDC) and what challenges the country continues to face as it moves forward into the next phase of its transition.  The roundtable, held on January 24, 2014, featured analyst Abdul-Ghani al-Iryani of the Khobara Center, and Mohammed Albasha, spokesman at the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen, and was moderated by Abdulwahab Alkebsi of the Center for International Private Enterprise.

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Since the July 3 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, many have questioned whether efforts to transition to democracy in Egypt are working and whether democracy promotion should be part of US policy towards Egypt. On January 23, 2014, the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, in an event moderated by Michele Dunne, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to release Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne’s issue brief entitled: “Getting Democracy Promotion Right in Egypt.”

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Atlantic Editor at Large Steve Clemons covers the announcement that former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren has joined the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security as ambassador-in-residence:

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As Arctic ice recedes the world increasingly eyes the area for natural resources and maritime shipping lanes. NATO’s members and partners in the region are strategically poised to influence the region as it moves from tundra to territory, as militaries come to view the Arctic in a strategic context and various militaries increase their presence in the region. One of NATO’s most effective partners in the region is Finland.

On January 23, 2014, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative hosted Finnish Minster of Defense Carl Haglund for a discussion on regional defense cooperation in the strategically significant Nordic-Baltic region and what the transatlantic link means for one of NATO’s closest and most involved partners. The discussion also outlined how the success of Finland’s involvement in the regional security cooperative NORDEFCO with its neighbors serves as a model for other regional cooperation initiatives among NATO allies during an era of defense budget cuts and austerity.

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In a new Atlantic Council issue brief, “Getting Democracy Promotion Right in Egypt,” Amy Hawthorne contends that although the near-term prospects for democracy in Egypt are bleak, there is more the United States can do to promote democratic change over the longer term.

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Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof is quoted by Al Arabiya on the prospects of the Geneva II peace conference resulting in the ouster of Bashar al-Assad:

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Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow James Hasik is quoted by Defense News on executive turnover and cultural change at major defense companies:

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January 23, 2014

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WASHINGTON – The Atlantic Council announced today Michael B. Oren, who recently stepped down after four years as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, will join its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on February 1 as ambassador-in-residence.

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Global Business and Economics Program Senior Fellow Megan Greene joins NPR's Morning Edition to discuss Spain's economic recovery:

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Transatlantic Relations Program Senior Fellow Adrian Karatnycky writes in the Wall Street Journal on the outbreak of violence in Ukraine:

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