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Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Frederic C. Hof is quoted by BuzzFeed on Syria's Bashar al-Assad:

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The Atlantic Council mourns the death of Alexandros Petersen, a victim of Friday's terrorist attack in Kabul that killed twenty-one people. Petersen was a former fellow for transatlantic energy security and associate director of the Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and had been serving in Kabul as a professor at the American University of Afghanistan. We send our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues on the loss of a young man who followed some of the world's most challenging issues with enormous passion and an intrepid nature. Petersen was selflessly committed to supporting a democratic transition in Afghanistan. At the Atlantic Council, his work focused on Eurasian energy geopolitics. He was a few months away from completing a biography of Mikheil Saakashvili, and served as an advisor to the European Energy Security Initiative at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Council President and CEO Fred Kempe extended his condolences on Twitter, prompting a number of responses.


Some of Petersen's work while he was at the Council:

EU-US Energy Coordination Should Focus on Unconventional Gas (December 20, 2011)
Leviathan in the Levant (February 4, 2011)
Egypt Needs Reform, Not Revolution (January 31, 2011)
Who Will Play the Lead in Eurasia's Pipeline Opera? (January 24, 2011)
Frederic C. Hof, senior fellow for the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, writes in the Financial Times on the upcoming Syria peace talks in Geneva:

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South Asia Center Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin talks with German public radio network Deutschlandfunk about the strain between the United States and Israel that has resulted from the interim nuclear pact between Iran and the P5+1 group:

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Barbara Slavin writes on Iran's implementation of the recently-finalized interim nuclear deal for Al Jazeera America:

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South Asia Center Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin joins NPR's Morning Edition to assess Iran's role at the Syrian peace talks in Geneva.

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Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Matthew Kroenig talks with CBC News' Lang & O'Leary Exchange about the Iranian nuclear deal and the possibility of new sanctions should talks around a comprehensive deal collapse. 
Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Fellow Faysal Itani joins BBC World News to discuss the trial of four men accused of carrying out the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri:

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Atlantic Council VP and Brent Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel is quoted in the Telegraph on former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' criticism of UK defense spending cuts:

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Unified Combatant Commands (UCCs or COCOMS) were created after World War II as a way to organize and streamline United States military engagement around the world. Nine COCOMs exist currently—six based on geographic regions while the remaining three are functionally oriented. After the US Department of Defense discussed the possibility of realigning the current COCOMS, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security formed the Combatant Commands Task Force to explore potential realignment and its effect on the American people, military, and global presence.

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