The Atlantic Council is a non-profit, non-partisan network of U.S. leaders that facilitates dialogue and consensus among the Administration, Congress, corporate and nonprofit sectors, and specifically encourages international engagement. It has an exceptionally long list of members, on various boards and committees, which should be considered in the context that it encourages dialogue among them.
In September 2009, it was the venue for detailed presentations and discussions of the Obama Administration's new proposals for European ballistic missile defense. In October, it hosted a conference hosted the first of a series of conferences today discussing the impact of the August 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict on European security and on NATO.
Strategic Advisory Group
Made up of well-known and respected US and European security and defense experts, its goal is to assess significant transatlantic defense issues and "persuasively communicate the significance of those issues and make policy recommendations to senior-level government officials and to the general public."
International Advisory Board
With a mission statement of “Renewing the Atlantic Community for 21st Century global challenges,” the International Advisory Board (IAB) is made up of chairmen and chief executives of significant global companies and accomplished former policy makers of cabinet rank or above. Members serve three-year renewable terms. All have demonstrated support for the Euro-Atlantic relationship.