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December 10, 2012 | Germany: The Abstention Champion

Oliver Krumme: Germany’s present foreign policy has been marked by not taking positions in crucial votes during its two-year membership of the UN Security Council. Whenever there was a decision to make, it was almost certain for Germany to abstain. Germany is the undisputed abstention champion. …More

November 30, 2012 | The EU and the Middle East: Divided We Decide

On November 29, the UN approved Palestine’s bid for being a “non-member observer state”. ++ Despite all the risks of this decision, the EU has once again shown its inability of acting unanimously. ++ While France, Portugal and …More

November 23, 2012 | Cyprus Conflict Prevents EU-NATO Strategic Partnership

Remziye Yilmaz: Despite all efforts to have a fully-fledged strategic partnership between the EU and NATO, such a genuine strategic partnership has still not been achieved because of various obstacles. Cyprus conflict is one of the main obstacles that have decreased EU-NATO cooperation in the context of security and defense. …More

North American

December 3, 2012 | US Should Engage with Mexico

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 …More

November 12, 2012 | Five Challenges for US Foreign Policy

Five paramount issues exist in shaping the US foreign policy agenda. ++ Managing America’s Asian alliances means a competition for influence in the Asia-Pacific. ++ In dealing with the Arab Spring US leverage will be limited. ++ With …More

November 8, 2012 | Uniting the States with Pragmatism

America’s s polarization is not only an academic and media notion, it is real. ++ Obama must engage in overcoming this societal and party chasm. ++ The country needs a bipartisan approach to consensus given increasing domestic and …More


December 19, 2012 | It Is Time for Transatlantic Free Trade

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 …More

December 7, 2012 | Most Commented Articles in 2012

Editorial Team: The most intense debates among members were about NATO, Iran, Syria, Hungary and translantic relations in general. Twenty articles received more than ten comments this year. …More

December 6, 2012 | Why Not Create an "Economic NATO"?

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 …More

Expert Survey

August 21, 2012 | How German Experts Perceived the Chicago Summit

Joerg Wolf: German experts assess the NATO Summit in Chicago as “partly successful”. The resolutions relating to Afghanistan barely shifted their opinions. The Alliance only demonstrated to some extent that it had strengthened international partnerships. The think tankers, academics, and journalists surveyed by Atlantic Initiative were especially skeptical of the Smart Defense initiative, with which the Alliance wants to promote efficient defense spending. …More

June 4, 2012 | The Transatlantic Economy 2012

Europe and the US remain each other’s most important markets despite the recession. The transatlantic economy generates close to $5 trillion in total commercial sales a year and employs up to 15 million workers in mutually …More

August 3, 2011 | Building on Lisbon

Joerg Wolf & Victoria Naselskaya: Russia’s strategic community strongly supports Moscow’s cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan and considers missile defense the cornerstone of NATO-Russia relations. While the experts are surprisingly optimistic regarding the success of this ambitious project, they are also concerned by the lack of trust and equality in the partnership. …More

German Debates

November 22, 2012 | Germany: A Casual Bystander

Turkey has requested NATO members to deploy Patriot missiles close to its Syrian border. ++ The inquiry has generated a lively debate in Germany. ++ The Foreign Ministry stressed that Turkey´s request should be approved while the political …More

June 13, 2012 | Berating Berlin is Detrimental to Europe

Spain is now viewed as part of a wider struggle to rescue Europe, with Germany portrayed as the villain. ++ Intellectuals are calling for Berlin to take measures that may lead to political radicalization. ++ From Berlin’s view, it is …More

June 4, 2012 | A Pillar of Freedom: As US Retreats, Germany Needs to Play Larger Role in Preserving the Liberal World Order

Germany has had enormous luck over the last few decades; the conditions for its success were essentially guaranteed by others. But Berlin can no longer rely on the …More


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