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We also interview leading personalities working in the international arena and weigh arguments of contested policy issues in a pro & con.

Top Press Commentary  | Trade, Economics & Finance  

It Is Time for Transatlantic Free Trade

S.E. Eizenstat & D.S. Hamilton, EUBC & JHU | December 19, 2012 Europe buys three times more US products than China. ++ Though US orientation towards Asia is legitimate, the importance of transatlantic relations must not be neglected. ++ A Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement can significantly foster bilateral economic growth. ++ Liberalizing trade and eliminating tariffs can lead to 7 million new jobs in both the US and ...More

Top Press Commentary  | Turkey  

Turkey and the EU - a Slow Alienation

Amanda Paul, Today's Zaman | December 18, 2012 Negotiations between the EU and Turkey about full membership have almost come to a dead end. ++ A breakthrough will be difficult to achieve due to the continuing criticism on Turkey’s restrictions on human rights. ++ Recent surveys show a decreasing identification of Turks as Europeans and as Turkey as a part of Europe. ++ Direct Turkish involvement ...More

Top Press Commentary  | India  

Overrating China Neglects India's Prospects

A. Gary Shilling, President GS & Co. | December 17, 2012 Touting China as global growth engine can prove to be a deception. ++ China has to transform its internationally oriented economy into a domestically directed one. ++ China’s governmental structure, its one-child policy, an aging population and rising wages are some of the Chinese flaws. ++ India offers much better conditions for foreign investment and ...More

Top Press Commentary  | Eastern Europe/Central Asia  

US-Russian Relations: Towards The Eurasia Pivot

T. E. Graham & D. Trenin, Kiss. Assoc. & CC Moscow | December 14, 2012 Cooperation between the US and Russia in international affairs still suffers from mutual distrust. ++ An improvement demands the willingness to shape a longer-term strategy addressing contemporary global challenges. ++ American and Russian interests do not necessarily collide. ++ A common agenda can be possible when it comes to the rise of China, energy ...More

Top Press Commentary  | Climate Change  

Climate Change: The US and its Credibility Problem

Alexander Ochs, World Watch Institute (in German) | December 12, 2012 Neither the Bush nor the Obama administration could successfully alter the bad US image in combating climate change. ++ Given latest decisions in US climate policy, the US seems unwilling to take the lead. ++ However, the US reduced its emission of carbon dioxide by 10 percent and increased its percentage of renewables. ++ Despite this domestic development, the ...More

3 comments Top Press Commentary  | NATO Strategic Concept  

Strengthening "Defense Europe" within NATO

Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France | December 7, 2012 NATO has to remain a special instrument of the trans-Atlantic relationship. ++ The return of France to integrated command, however, must not affect the independence of its foreign policy. ++ Events like the Libya crisis have demonstrated the need for common European action and European defense policy. ++ NATO members should actively and calmly discuss a new ...More

1 comment Top Press Commentary  | Transatlantic  

Why Not Create an "Economic NATO"?

David Ignatius, The Washington Post | December 6, 2012 Historically, austerity measures have proven wrong to stimulate sustainable economic growth. ++ A trans-Atlantic free trade agreement can be the right move to foster both the US and the European economies. ++ Harmonizing markets and reducing trade barriers through a so called "Economic NATO" can serve as a catalyst for job growth and would boost US and European ...More

December 3, 2012 |  1 comment Atlantic Faces  | Trade, Economics & Finance  

Shada Islam, Friends of Europe

Shada Islam is the head of the Asia Programme at Friends of Europe - a Brussels-based European think-tank promoting discussion and debate on the future of the EU. For over 25 years, she has covered Europe-Asia relations as a correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and the German News Agency. As an expert on Asia, she has broadcast experience with the ...More

1 comment Top Press Commentary  | North American  

US Should Engage with Mexico

Editorial, The Economist | December 3, 2012 Despite the worldwide discussion on economic growth in the BRICs, the US might be well-advised to look more south. ++ In the coming years, the US will acknowledge an increasing Mexican influence in imports with "Made in Mexico" having replaced "Made in China". ++ Mexico in US perception still has a bad image due to high violence and drug trafficking, yet the ...More

Best Of Think Tanks  | Polar Politics  

Arctic Strategies

Alyson Bailes & Lassi Heininen, University of Iceland | December 2012 Abstract: "The future of the Arctic, as its ice melts by land and sea, has become a hot topic in governmental as well as academic and media circles.  Over the last decade, each of the eight countries that founded the Arctic Council - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation, Sweden and the USA - has published at least one major ...More


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