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.
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.
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.