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Most headlines out of Libya today are about the political and security crises gripping the country, and little has been said about the state of the economy beyond a recent spate of oil export disruptions.

Hariri Center Senior Fellows Mohsin Khan and Karim Mezran recently authored an issue brief evaluating Libya's underlying structural economic problems and offering short, medium, and long-term recommendations to address the economic challenges amid political and security instability. The report, "The Libyan Economy after the Revolution: Still No Clear Vision," was launched at a roundtable event on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 under the auspices of the Libya Working Group where Khan and Mezran presented their findings and analysis to a group of nearly fifty participants including US government personnel, scholars, and private sector representatives. Ralph Chami, division chief and Libya mission chief at the International Monetary Fund, provided commentary.

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On August 23rd, the Atlantic Council hosted a private, single-table working luncheon conversation with Irakli Alasania, minister of defense of Georgia.

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According to an IHS Jane's study, defense spending in the Asia-Pacific will overtake North American defense budgets by 2021. What are the strategic implications of this expenditure rise? What is the US role to be in this militarizing region? On August 22, 2013, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security held a panel discussion as part of its Cross-Straits Series on the trend of the increasing defense budgets in the Asia-Pacific region; what it means for the US strategy; and its impact on regional security.

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On August 22, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record strategy session with H.E. Nicolai Wammen, the newly appointed Minister of Defense of Denmark.

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In an event moderated by Hariri Center Senior Fellow Richard LeBaron, journalist and commentator Sultan al-Qassemi and Hani Sabra, director for Middle East at the Eurasia Group analyzed Gulf state priorities towards Egypt in light of the turbulent changes taking place after Mohamed Morsi's ouster.

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On August 12, 2013 the South Asia Center’s Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin conducted a briefing call on Iran following President Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration.

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On August 13, the Atlantic Council hosted an off-the-record transition seminar for Ambassador Douglas E. Lute, the newly appointed US permanent representative to NATO.

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The Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted a private roundtable on August 5 to release a new issue brief, "Jordan's Youth: Avenues for Activism," and to discuss how Jordanian youth are engaging in the political process and prospects for coordinated efforts. Hariri Center Director Michele Dunne moderated a discussion with Deputy Director Danya Greenfield, Jordanian journalist Rana Sweis, and Resident Director of Friedrich Ebert Foundation's Jordan Office Anja Wehler-Shoeck.

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On August 1, 2013, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security held a conference call in reaction to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s announcement of the results of the Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR).

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On July 31, the Atlantic Council hosted the latest event in its Defense-Industrial Policy Series, a discussion with the two officials in the Obama Administration most directly responsible for export control of the products and technologies of the aerospace and defense industry.

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