Showing posts from September, 2015
Colombian President Santos' Quest for Peace The Atlantic Council will honor Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos with its Global Citizen Award in New York on October 1 in recognition of his unwavering commitment to make peace with leftist guerrillas and end Latin America’s longest-running war.
A Failed European Response to Migrant Crisis Will Hurt Transatlantic Ties, says Norwegian Defense Minister A failure to deal appropriately with the migrant crisis will cause rifts within Europe that will have serious implications for transatlantic unity, Norway’s Defense Minister, Ine Eriksen Søreide, said at the Atlantic Council on September 24.
Will the European Union’s Plan to Distribute Migrants Hurt Europe? European ministers on September 22 approved a plan that would force EU member states to take in their share of 120,000 migrants, a majority of whom are fleeing the war in Syria. 
In Greece, Alexis Tsipras’ Gamble Pays Off. Now What?  Alexis Tsipras has won his third election this year. It's a remarkable achievement for a man who won his first election on an anti-austerity platform, his second after urging voters to support that position, and his third after doing a U-turn and accepting tough bailout conditions demanded by Greece’s creditors.
David Miliband: Europe’s Feeble Response to Migrant Crisis Threatens EU Europe’s “feeble” response to the migrant crisis—the largest displacement of people since World War II—is threatening the European Union, and European countries as well as the United States need to step up to do more to help these refugees, David Miliband, a former British Foreign Secretary, said in Washington September 18.
Is a US-Russia Confrontation Over Syria in the Cards?  The Obama administration will have to confront Russia and Iran—supporters of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—if it wants to win the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Frederic C. Hof, a Resident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center, said September 16.
Energizing Democracy in Benin   A new five-year, $375-million deal to develop the power sector in Benin will be the engine that will "jumpstart" democracy by contributing to stability in the West African nation, Benin’s President, Thomas Boni Yayi, said September 10.
Europe Grapples with the Migrant Question  As the world faces its biggest migrant crisis since World War II, governments across Europe are struggling to find a solution to a situation that is as much about integration and identity as it is about immigration.
Instability in Guatemala Has National Security Implications for the United States  Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina’s surprise resignation on September 3 in the face of corruption allegations will likely plunge the Central American nation into a period of further political as well as economic uncertainty with direct implications for US national security, said the Atlantic Council’s Jason Marczak.
‘Why is Pakistan Playing this Game?’ Shinkai Karokhail, a member of the budget and finance committee of the lower house (Wolesi Jirga) of the Afghan National Assembly and a longtime activist for women’s rights, education, and conflict prevention, sat down with the New Atlanticist's Ashish Kumar Sen for an interview on a recent visit to Washington.