All posts by Eliza Ball

Conference Call – Sanctioning Venezuela: Options and Impact

On Wednesday August 9, 2017 the Atlantic Council held a conference call where the options and impacts of US sanctions to Venezuela were discussed. Speakers included: Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American Energy Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and David Mortlock, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. The discussion was moderated by Jason Marczak, director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council.

Westmacott: ‘Turkey’s European Journey’ Has Taken a Detour

The title of Sir Peter Westmacott’s new paper, Turkey’s European Journey, does not indicate where he thinks the country stands on that path, whether he believes Ankara is still headed toward Europe or whether it has turned off that road permanently.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Sir Peter Westmacott, a distinguished ambassadorial fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative who has served as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to France, Turkey, and the United States, about how he sees Turkey’s current status under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A Decade After “Web War 1,” Former Estonian President Blasts EU Cyber Inertia

Even as the pervasive and destructive capacity of cyberattacks becomes ever more evident with the alleged Russian meddling in European and American politics, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, a former president of Estonia, marvels at the European Union’s under-performance in dealing with the threat.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to former Estonian President Toomas Ilves about Estonia’s internet adaptability,  “Web War 1,” and Russia’s interference in the European political space.

Sorin Ducaru, NATO’s Man with Many Helmets

Bearing a title that obligates him to manage evolving security threats, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru has his hands more than full.  With the threat landscape against the alliance changing constantly in unpredictable ways, many of them breaking new terrain in warfare, Ducaru and his staff have to be prescient, agile, and humble about their abilities to predict what’s next.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges Sorin Ducaru about how the alliance is approaching all its new threats and adapting its mindset in some surprising ways.

Lonely GOP Outpost in Brussels Sees Supporters Slowly Emerge

It’s not a secret that expatriate Americans, along with Europeans, tend to feel more closely aligned with the Democratic Party in the United States. However,  Michael Kulbickas, chairman of Republicans Overseas, says he has spent many years hoping a candidate as transformative as Donald Trump would come along.

In this episode, host Teri Schultz speaks to Michael Kulbickas, Chairman of Republicans Overseas about support for Trump in Europe and the role that Republicans Overseas is playing in bringing the US and Europe closer together.

2017 Distinguished Leadership Awards – Part 2

On Monday, June 5, 2017 the Atlantic Council held its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards. Each year the Atlantic Council honors several distinguished leaders for their versatile contributions to the strengthening of the transatlantic relationship. The event convenes an elite audience of some eight hundred guests from more than fifty countries, including the highest level of government, business, military, media, and civil society leaders.

The 2017 Distinguished Leadership Awards honored the following individuals:

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award)
  • Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples and U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (Distinguished Military Leadership Award)
  • Renée Fleming, Award  Winning American Soprano (Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award)
  • William C. Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company (Distinguished Business Leadership Award)
  • His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Distinguished International Leadership Award)

2017 Distinguished Leadership Awards – Part 1

On Monday, June 5, 2017 the Atlantic Council held its annual Distinguished Leadership Awards. Each year the Atlantic Council honors several distinguished leaders for their versatile contributions to the strengthening of the transatlantic relationship. The event convenes an elite audience of some eight hundred guests from more than fifty countries, including the highest level of government, business, military, media, and civil society leaders.

The 2017 Distinguished Leadership Awards honored the following individuals:

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein (Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award)
  • Admiral Michelle Howard, Commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command Naples and U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa (Distinguished Military Leadership Award)
  • Renée Fleming, Award  Winning American Soprano (Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award)
  • William C. Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company (Distinguished Business Leadership Award)
  • His Excellency Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Distinguished International Leadership Award)

 

Women’s Leadership in Latin America

Latin America, with its history of female heads of state, seems to be a rising global leader in terms of notable women in top-level leadership roles. What is the region’s secret sauce? Does this phenomenon translate to the empowerment of women throughout Latin American societies? And are women rising to the top across sectors?

On May 31, 2017, the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center held a discussion on the realities of women in business and politics throughout the region and discussed concrete tools to guide the empowering of female leadership. The event launched our latest report, “Women’s Leadership in Latin America: The key to growth and sustainable development”.