Robert Work, Deputy Secretary at the US Department of Defense, discussed art, narrative, and the third offset in the ending keynote of 2016 Global Strategy Forum on May 2, 2016. The discussion was moderated by August Cole, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Art of the future Project, and introduced by Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.
On May 2nd 2016, the Atlantic Council hosted its second annual Global Strategy Forum. In this episode, you will hear our debate on America’s role in the world between David Rothkopf, CEO and editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy Magazine, and Kori Schake, research fellow at the Hoover Institution. The panel debated the resolution: We must “Make America Great” again. The debate was moderated by Daniel Chiu, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for strategy and force development in the US Department of Defense
On May 2, 2016, the Atlantic Council hosted its second annual Global Strategy Forum. This year’s theme was “America’s Role in the World,” and featured TED-style talks, a formal, moderated debate on America’s Role in a Changing World, as well a final keynote address by Deputy Secretary Robert Work on how fiction and art can help the Third Offset Strategy succeed.
This podcast highlights the first panel, “Strategic Foresight: How a Changing World Affects America”, with panelists Arati Prabhakar, director of DARPA at the US Department of Defense; Jennifer Sciubba, senior fellow at the Strategic Foresight Initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security; Amy Zalman, founder and principal of Strategic Narrative Institute; and moderator Deborah Westphal, CEO of Toffler Associates.
President Obama met with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders at a summit meeting in Riyadh on April 21 amid recent tense exchanges in the press over the United States’ relationship with the Gulf states. The meeting agenda was wide-ranging in scope and subject matter, and included the state of progress on the deliverable items from last year’s summit at Camp David and the most pressing regional security issues.
On Tuesday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m. EDT, a special members and press call was convened to discuss the challenges facing the US and its GCC partners, priorities for the summit, and prospects for the future of the US-GCC relationship with Zalmay Khalilzad, President of Gryphon Partners; Barry Pavel, Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security; and Ali Tulbah, Managing Director at McLarty Associates.
On March 17, just days before the President’s trip to Cuba and Argentina, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice discussed President Obama’s vision for the Western Hemisphere and how, during his visit to Latin America, he aimed to solidify and advance this strategic partnership.
This podcast covers our launch event for the report: Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense in an Age of Turbulence and Competition. The event took place at the Atlantic Council’s headquarters on February 26. It featured a discussion of the report with a panel of leading experts, moderated by Barry Pavel, Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.
Despite Russian aggression in Ukraine and growing threats along NATO’s southern flank, many European allies find it difficult to increase their defense capabilities and meet the commitments they made at the Wales Summit. To address this important challenge, the Atlantic Council produced its Alliance at Risk report, which draws together noted experts and former senior officials to examine the vulnerabilities in European defense and provides recommendations on the way forward. The project highlights six leading nations from NATO’s north, south, east, and west, illuminating the many perspectives and diverse defense priorities that exist within the Alliance today.
Crude oil prices have hit a twelve-year low owing to a combination of resurgent Iraqi exports, the United States’ shale revolution, and Saudi Arabia’s refusal to cut production in an effort to protect its market share. Additionally, post-sanctions Iran’s re-entrance into the global marketplace has contributed to this global glut, which will only pose further challenges to the region’s energy producers. Dr. Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority; The Hon. Sherri Goodman, Board Director at the Atlantic Council; Karen Elliott House, Former Publisher at the Wall Street Journal; and Raad Alkadiri, Managing Director for Petroleum Sector Risk at IHS Energy discuss the security and economic implications of falling oil prices on the Middle East.
Admiral Michael S. Rogers, the Commander of US Cyber Command and Director of the National Security Agency, talks about his strategic priorities for 2016. The event took place on January 21, 2016, at the Atlantic Council headquarters.
The Atlantic Council recently held a special event, “Reflections of a Former Secretary of Defense,” a conversation with the 24th Secretary of Defense and former US Senator from Nebraska, Chuck Hagel. Listen as he discusses his unparalleled experience across branches of government, in academia, and in the private sector. He spoke to a packed audience at the Atlantic Council headquarters on January 13, 2016.
At a time when women’s participation in government is increasing throughout Latin America, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and fellow influencers in the region for the launch of the Women’s Leadership in Latin America Initiative. Led by Ambassador-in-Residence Capricia Penavic Marshall, the event featured a panel of female leaders from Mexico, Costa Rica, and Colombia.
A top Citibank executive and one of Ukraine’s most popular rock stars were among five luminaries who offered their suggestions on November 9 for cleaning up the endemic corruption that has long strangled the Ukrainian economy and kept foreign investors away. Andy Hunder, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, moderated the discussion titled “Securing Ukraine’s Future: Winning the Fight Against Corruption,” with Anna Derevyanko, Executive Director of the European Business Association; Svyatoslav “Slava” Vakarchuck, a social activist and lead vocalist with the Ukrainian rock band Okean Elzy; Steven Fisher, CEO of Citibank Ukraine; and Ihor Petrashko, Deputy CEO of UkrLandFarming.
The Atlantic Council hosts its first TPP-focused public event in Washington, DC since the successful conclusion of negotiations. US Trade Representative Michael Froman and Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US Department of State Daniel R. Russel discuss what the Trans-Pacific Partnership means for US economic and strategic leadership and the implications for commercial opportunities in Latin America and in Asia.
Stella Dawson of Thomson Reuters moderates a discussion on using big data to target human trafficking in a strategically significant way, and what the government can do to prevent malevolent actors from using new technologies for nefarious purposes. Other speakers include Ernie Allen, Former President and CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris Project; Kilian Moote, Project Director of KnowTheChain, Humanity United; Amy Pope, Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, White House; and John Solomon, Director of Threat Finance at Thomson Reuters.
The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security recently held a high-level war game to explore future courses of action that the US-led coalition could pursue against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, including staying the course, implementing a diplomatic surge, and carrying out a heavy military intervention. Participants explored these options with the aim of informing key domestic and regional stakeholders on the critical components of a successful coalition strategy. The public event presents the findings of the simulation, before initiating a broader discussion of the strategic challenges facing the United States and its partners in the fight against ISIS.
The Hon. Chuck Hagel, Distinguished Statesman at the Atlantic Council, and H.E. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Norway, discuss the major challenges facing NATO and the political and military way forward as the Alliance approaches its crucially important Warsaw Summit in 2016. The event took place on September 24, 2015, and was moderated by Fred Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council.
With renewed fighting in Ukraine’s east, few now deny that Moscow is financially and militarily backing the separatist war in east Ukraine and has in fact invaded its neighbor on several occasions in the past year. The new report by The Interpreter, “An Invasion by Any Other Name: The Kremlin’s Dirty War in Ukraine”, aims to offer a complete account that proves Russia is behind the unrest in the Donbas region in Ukraine’s east. Listen to the conversation with Michael Weiss, Editor-in-Chief of The Interpreter and Senior Editor at The Daily Beast; and James Miller, Managing Editor of The Interpreter.
Penny Mordaunt is the first woman to assume the post of Minister of State for the Armed Forces at the UK Ministry of Defense. At the Atlantic Council on September 3, 2015, she provided her perspective on the priorities of the UK military for the short and long term, and commented on the UK’s strategic aims as a partner and ally.
Can the United States really shame another country for espionage excess? The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security featured a discussion on how the United States should react to Chinese cyberattacks on sensitive government systems, such as the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Siobhan Gorman, a Director in the Washington office of the advisory firm Brunswick, moderates the panel featuring Catherine Lotrionte, Director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security at Georgetown University; Robert Knake, the Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Jason Healey, a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council.
On Thursday, July 30, 2015 the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center launched its task force report, “Empowering America: How Energy Abundance Can Strengthen US Global Leadership.” Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Warner discussed the report’s recommendations and answered questions from audience members. David L. Goldwyn, Chairman of the Atlantic Council’s Energy Advisory Group, moderated the discussion, and Richard L. Morningstar, Founding Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center, provided welcome remarks.
The United States is nearly alone in professing that states should not spy for the private sector’s commercial benefit. But could the United States reach better economic and national security outcomes if it joined its adversaries in spying for profit? Melanie Teplinsky of the American University Washington College of Law moderates a panel of cyber security experts: Dmitri Alperovitch, Cofounder and CTO of CrowdStrike and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council; Stewart Baker, a Partner at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP; and Harvey Rishikof, Chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security. The event took place on July 29, 2015.
On June 9, 2015, the Atlantic Council hosted What’s Religion Got to Do with It?, a Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) event featuring Co-Chairs Madeleine K. Albright and Stephen J. Hadley, together with a panel of experts on Islam, politics, and Islamist extremist groups’ use of social media as a recruitment tool. The participants examined the extent to which religion is a driver behind the rise of violent extremism and sectarianism in regional politics.
The Middle East Strategy Task Force (MEST) is a bipartisan effort that seeks to examine, through dialogue with partners in the Middle East and the international community, how the United States and other key actors can better collaborate to rebuild a regional order based on well-governed, legitimate states. MEST Co-Chairs Madeline Albright and Stephen Hadley discuss public opinion in the Middle East with a distinguished panel on June 4, 2015. The event was the public launch of MEST. To view the data presentations, please watch the webcast at http://bit.ly/1OLCSgJ.
After twenty months of negotiations, a deal has been reached over Iran’s nuclear program. While the details of the deal have finally been made public, many questions remain. Atlantic Council Senior Fellows Matthew Kroenig and Barbara Slavin have a discussion on what comes next after the agreement, moderated by Director of the Rafik Hariri Center and former US Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone. The call took place on July 15, one day after the agreement took place.
In the following program, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Bilal Saab launches his report, “The New Containment: Changing America’s Approach to Middle East Security.” Following his presentation, CNN Correspondent Barbara Starr moderates a discussion with Bilal Saab, Dr. Barry Posen, Director of Security Studies at MIT, and Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations about US interests, regional cooperation, state sustainability, and relations with Iran.
What role would the United States’ play in the international community if Senator Lindsey Graham was president? Senator Graham speaks about his foreign policy strategy with CNN’s Jake Tapper as part of the Brent Scowcroft Center’s “America’s Role in the World” series.
What new threats does the United States face with missile defense? General James Cartwright, former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Barry Pavel, Vice President and Director of the Brent Scowcroft Center at the Atlantic Council, address this question and discuss the role of regional cooperation and potential future technologies in missile defense.
On June 24, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a panel discussion on the Pew Research Center’s “2015 US Image and Global Balance of Power” survey. Dr. Richard Wike, Director of Global Attitudes Research for the Pew Research Center, presented the major findings from the survey. Barry Pavel moderated the discussion with James B. Cunningham, Nora Bensahel, and Claire Yorke on next generation perspectives, as well as the opinions of US soft and hard power around the world.
The Ambassadors of France (Gerard Araud), Britain (Peter Westmacott), and Germany (Peter Wittig) to the United States join the Atlantic Council to discuss the role of the “E-3” in negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran, and the implications of a comprehensive long-term deal for European relations with Iran. The panel was moderated by Barbara Slavin.
Will the struggles over power and resources on Earth extend off-world? If so, how might they play out? The Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Art of Future Warfare project travels into the final decade of the 21st Century to consider conflict in space. Panelists include best-selling science fiction writer David Brin; Jason Batt, editorial director at the 100 Year Starship; Jaym Gates, editor and communications director at the Science Fiction Writers Association; and author of the war-art challenge winning story From A Remove, Alec Medénto.
What is the future of Iraqi Kurdistan and the region viewed from Erbil? What are the challenges and priorities of Iraqi Kurdistan in the war against ISIS? What are the key issues in US-KRG relations? On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, the Atlantic Council and the United States Institute of Peace welcomed H.E. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, for a public address to answer these questions at the Atlantic Council headquarters in Washington, DC.
Jamie Metzl, Nonresident Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council, speaks about the flaws in the Chinese reform process at the China-US Business Alliance in New York.
Among the issues that are shaping the international agenda of the twenty-first century, the role of trade in securing the future of US leadership in the world is more important than ever. US Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivers a strong pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on April 23, 2015, at the Atlantic Council headquarters.
New regional initiatives support by China, such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the New Development Bank (“BRICS Bank”) and the Silk Road initiative are showing strong momentum. At the same time, China is facing many economic challenges. Chinese Vice Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao provides his perspective on China’s role in shaping the global economic order and its vision for a more prosperous Asia-Pacific region.
Despite the recent boost from cheaper oil and sustained US growth, global economic recovery is still impeded by high public debt, high unemployment, and insufficient public investment. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, will discuss the state of the global economy and policy actions needed to ensure sustained economic recovery and growth.
How should we assess the global terrorist threats posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda? Should al-Qaeda continue to be a counterterrorism priority for the United States? Are al-Qaeda and ISIS equally dangerous, but in different ways?
Listen to this week’s episode for a discussion of the potential differences between ISIS and al-Qaeda and how the US government should deal with the threats from both.
Despite the ceasefire agreement, Russia continues to supply weapons, equipment and troops to support separatists in Ukraine’s east. As Ukraine prepares for another assault from Russian-backed separatists, what steps should the United States and NATO take to help Ukraine withstand Russian aggression? General Clark, former NATO Allied Commander, joins us at the Atlantic Council for an exclusive briefing from Ukraine’s front lines.
The Atlantic Council and the U.S. Institute of Peace welcomed the President of Afghanistan, His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on the occasion of his first official visit to Washington, DC since being sworn in as President. The public address, with questions and answers from the audience and via Twitter, took place on March 25, 2015, at USIP headquarters in Washington, DC.
Just over 100 years since the outbreak of World War I, where and when might a 21st Century’s ‘Great Power’ war begin? Who will fight, and why? What will be the decisive technologies of a great power war? What will be the role of narrative both before and during such a conflict? In this episode, James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Ryan Evans, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of War on the Rocks, Siobhan Gorman, Director of the Brunswick Group, and Nikolas Katsimpras, Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University, answer these questions.
As the annual COP21 international climate negotiations draw near, and as the world experiences symptoms of climate change including increased precipitation, sea level rise, and heat waves, the next few months are crucial. In this episode, Secretary Kerry speaks about the US government’s climate efforts, place climate negotiations in a global context, and outline why climate change is a priority for the nation’s chief diplomat.