Frederick Kempe

  • Trump as Juggler-in-Chief

    The Trump administration is engaged in a global juggling act involving so many strategically significant balls that it would confound the capabilities of the most skilled circus performer.

    President Trump’s allies praise him for his willingness to take on issues long neglected by US policy makers: confronting China’s unfair trade practices, taking on Iran’s malign regional behavior, working to replace Venezuela’s dictator with democracy, and deploying carrots and sticks to denuclearize North Korea, to name just a few.

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  • Ending US-China Illusions

    This is the week that financial markets should abandon any remaining illusion that U.S.-China trade talks would be a time-constrained, tradable event that ultimately would result in a deal reassuring investors. Near dead is the notion that both sides would inevitably compromise because they so badly need an agreement for their own political and economic purposes. 

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  • Terrorism’s Lethal Turn

    Washington – This one is both highly personal and disturbingly global.

    On Wednesday afternoon last week, fifth grade students of Sidwell Friends Middle School walked down Wisconsin Avenue to the Washington National Cathedral to say goodbye to one of their own. A suicide terrorist’s bomb – at an Easter Sunday brunch at a Sri Lankan hotel – had taken the life of their classmate, Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, age 11.

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  • 2019 Distinguished Leadership Awards - Adrienne Arsht

    Atlantic Council
    2019 Distinguished Leadership Awards
    Distinguished Service Award
    John F.W. Rogers,
    Atlantic Council Board of Directors
    Frederick Kempe,
    President and CEO,
    Atlantic Council
    Adrienne Arsht,
    Executive Vice Chair,
    Atlantic Council
    Alonzo Mourning
    Location:  Washington, D.C.
    Time:  7:00 p.m. EDT
    Date:  Tuesday, April 30, 2019


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  • Atlantic Council Launches Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

    Center has a goal of enhancing the resilience ofone billion people by 2030

    The Atlantic Council on April 29 announced that it has received a $25-million gift from philanthropist Adrienne Arsht to endow the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience. The gift follows a $30-million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The Center will be renamed the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center effective May 1.

    Describing it as a “historic day for the Atlantic Council,” Atlantic Council President and CEO Frederick Kempe said the Center will have “a major and ambitious goal” to “enhance the resilience of one billion people by 2030.”

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  • China's Global Power Play

    Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s ambition by now is clear: to reclaim his country’s global greatness and establish itself over time as the pre-eminent economic and political power, not only in Asia but across the world stage.
    His most significant platform to achieve that has been the Belt and Road Initiative, which since it was launched in 2013 has resulted in cooperation agreements with 125 countries and 29 international organizations and estimated planned investments at more than $1 trillion.

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  • The World China Wants

    European Union leaders sat down this week in Brussels for a summit with a China it recently branded a “systemic rival,” and the United States is nearing the end game of trade talks with a China that national security documents refer to as a “strategic adversary.”
    So, it’s surprising that transatlantic leaders are neither working at common cause nor asking the most crucial geopolitical questions of our age.

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  • Russia’s Venezuela Challenge

    The first major showdown of our new era of great power competition, unfolding with accelerating speed over the past ten weeks in Venezuela, has entered a dangerous new phase. That is true, most of all, for the Venezuelan people, but also for Latin American democracies and for vital US interests in the Western Hemisphere.

    How this drama turns out may mark the most significant test yet of the Trump administration's credibility, following a highest-level chorus this week of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton, who all declared – in one way or another – that Russia had to get out of the country.

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  • Trump Doctrine Aims to Strengthen NATO, Says US Official

    The time is right now to renew our vows and to engage a new generation in freedom’s cause,’ says former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

    NATO is a critical part of US President Donald J. Trump’s foreign policy doctrine, which aims to strengthen rather than weaken the Alliance, a senior US State Department official said in Washington on April 3.

    “The Trump doctrine I think speaks to some of the challenges that NATO has faced in recent years,” said Kiron K. Skinner, director of the Office of Policy Planning and senior policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    Skinner said the US approach to NATO aims to preserve sovereignty of the nation state and focus on equitable burden sharing — “core aspects of NATO that will strengthen, not weaken, NATO.” 

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  • Special Edition: Reverse Brexit, Save Britain!

    Perhaps the best one can hope for this coming week in the United Kingdom, in light of a slightly extended Brexit deadline to April 12, is something akin to a failed suicide. As is sometimes the case after narrowly escaped tragedy, the potential victim draws meaning from the exhilaration of unexpected survival.

    Perhaps, by some miracle in the coming days, wiser heads in the UK government and parliament can construct a longer Brexit extension for a year or more that would allow a period of national reflection, resulting possibly in a new general election or even a second referendum, a so-called "people's vote," on whether to leave the European Union under now-known terms.

    Perhaps, British legislators will see this reexamination as the only alternative, having soundly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan twice – an agreement the EU has insisted it won't renegotiate. They voted as well against the only other outcome on offer: a hard, no-deal Brexit with all its devastating economic consequences.

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