Tag Archives: Atlantic Council Events

Ambassador Samantha Power on Russia

Samantha Power gave her final speech as US Ambassador to the United Nations at the Atlantic Council on January 17, outlining the threat that Russia poses to the rules-based international order and what must be done to address that threat.

Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation

Islamophobia is on the rise in non-Muslim-majority countries. Following the recent spate of global terrorist attacks, Muslims are increasingly portrayed negatively by the media. Furthermore, some US politicians and their European counterparts have proposed an array of policies – from policing Muslim communities to controlling the flow of refugees and migrants from the Middle East.

On October 20, 2016, our distinguished group of panelists addressed issues including the media’s influence on shaping public perceptions of Islam and Muslims; the role policymakers can and should play in bridging the gap between Muslim and non-Muslim communities; and the role art and cultural institutions can play in shifting the narrative to a more inclusive and productive discussion.

The panel features Karen Armstrong, author and commentator on comparative religion; Dr. Mehmet Aydin, former Turkish Minister of State; Vali Nasr, dean of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University; and Zainab Salbi, host of Zainab Salbi Project of the HuffPost Originals. Ms. Vuslat Doğan Sabancı, vice president of the Aydın Doğan Foundation and publisher of Hürriyet, delivered welcoming remarks, and Frederick Kempe, President and CEO of the Atlantic Council moderated the discussion.

Global Risks 2035: Search for a New Normal

In the four years since the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends 2030 was published, the biggest change in the world is the increased risk of major conflict. In 2012, a large-scale US/NATO conflict with Russia or China was close to unthinkable. Now, the post-Cold War security order has broken down, and the consequences are immense, potentially threatening globalization itself.

In Global Risks 2035: Search for a New Normal, Mathew Burrows, director of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative and author of Global Trends 2030, analyzes geopolitical and technological trends to present five alternative futures based on how well global actors may respond, react, and adapt to growing uncertainty and change. A panel, consisting of report author Mathew Burrows, Millennium Leadership Fellow Samantha Vinograd, Former US Ambassador to Mexico and Argentina Earl Anthony Wayne, and Director of Communications for 1776 Erin McPike, discussed the highlights of Burrows’ report and then responded to questions from the audience on September 22, 2016. The original report can be found here.

The Changing Face of Kremlin Propaganda: Recent Developments and Strategies for 2016

What’s the nature of modern Russian propaganda? Our panel of four journalists from Russia and Ukraine discuss the changing face of Kremlin propaganda. The panelists were Masha Gessen, journalist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin; Vasily Gatov, visiting fellow at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Daria Dieguts, foreign correspondent of TV Channel “Ukraine”; and Natalka Pisnya, special reporter and head of bureau in the United States for 1+1 Media Group. The discussion focused on the challenges facing independent Russian-language journalism, and was moderated by Karina Orlova, a journalist with Echo of Moscow. The event took place on May 23, 2016.

2016 Global Strategy Forum – Debate with Kori Schake and David Rothkopf

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

2016 Global Strategy Forum – How a changing world affects America

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.

Beyond Riyadh: Breaking Down the US-GCC Summit

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.

An Address by Susan E. Rice on Administration’s Approach to Western Hemisphere

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.

Alliance at Risk: Strengthening European Defense

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.

ADM Michael S. Rogers, Commander of US Cyber Command and Director of the NSA

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.

Reflections of Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

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.

America’s Role in the World: Senator Lindsey Graham

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.