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Ideas with Impact is proud to announce its policy workshop competition “Ideas with Impact” for students at German universities, sponsored by the Embassy of the United States in Berlin. 

We want to encourage students to develop policy recommendations for pressing issues that have continuously seen deadlock in the international community, yet also offer new opportunities for increased transatlantic cooperation: climate change, Iran's nuclear program, and relations between Russia and the West. More information.

December 12, 2012 | Climate Change: The US and its Credibility Problem

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 …More

June 16, 2011 | Students Advise Decision Makers This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: At the culmination of’s policy workshop competition, German students Julia Grauvogel, Philipp Große and Sascha Lohmann discussed their team’s policy recommendations with US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy and CDU/CSU Foreign Policy Spokesman Philipp Mißfelder. …More

May 17, 2011 | Ideas with Impact: Students Advise Decision Makers

Editorial Team: You are cordially invited to a dialogue hosted by the Atlantic Initiative in Berlin between the US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy, CDU/CSU Foreign Policy Spokesperson Philipp Mißfelder and the winners of our student competition. The dialogue will focus on Iran’s nuclear program, Russia and the West, and climate change. …More

December 10, 2010 | Transatlantic Leadership by Example: Toward Inclusive Climate Change Policy

Memo 29: The United States and the EU countries need to lead by example on climate change in order to reestablish moral authority. Environmental sustainability should be made part of the criteria for diplomatic relations. An online and democratic global patent pool will enhance technology transfers. …More

December 3, 2010 | Policy Workshop: Revitalizing Climate Change Policy

Editorial Team: As the delegates at the Climate Change Conference in Cancun search for solutions, is focusing on how the transatlantic partners can best cooperate. As the final part of our student competition sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Germany, we are publishing six short-listed articles. …More

December 3, 2010 | Sustainable Development Through Climate Change Tech Pool

Jan Schierkolk: A transnational collaborative knowledge pool with digital grassroots involvement would enable and incentivize unprecedented climate change technology transfer. The online medium would help bypass current political constraints and promote sustainable development and empowerment by providing measureable reputation gains for contributors. …More

December 2, 2010 | The EU Needs to Take the Initiative

Julia Franziska Grauvogel: The EU must foster reduction targets that are superior to those proposed by the US and engage both the US and China in order to establish a new threesome leadership of climate protection. Financial concessions to developing countries and the governance struture for a future Green Fund are key. …More

December 1, 2010 | Clean Technology Transfers are Needed

Edson Ziso: Post Copenhagen, the emphasis should no longer be on just reducing emissions, but rather creating viable alternatives. Taxation on both the production and consumption of environmentally unfriendly products is required. Also, the EU and US should provide clean technology transfers to developing nations. …More

November 30, 2010 | EU and US Should Lead By Example

Philip Strothmann: Actions against climate change need to be global. However, the US and the EU have a historical responsibility to ensure that they lead by example. Accordingly, EU-US should realize that climate policy is energy policy and focus on renewable energy technology as a way forward. …More

November 29, 2010 | Learn from Mistakes of Past International Environmental Treaties

Dominik Hübner: Diverse national interests have halted progress during previous climate negotiations. The EU and US can lead efforts in combating climate change by advocating smaller, regional cooperation forums with fewer actors. These would prepare the ground for a future workable global treaty. …More

November 29, 2010 | Identity, Incentives and Action: A New Approach to Climate Change

Salvador Santino F Regilme: For the EU and US to tackle global climate change, they need to adopt a three pronged approach: Revive their identities as normative powers, incentivize companies toward cleaner technology and act upon their soft power to convince the developing world. …More

November 26, 2010 | The Reset: How Germany Can Set a New Tone for Western-Russian Engagement

Memo 28: Relations between Moscow and the West suffer from a lack of trust. Berlin can play a key role in overcoming this by “resetting” foreign policy discourse and facilitating greater civil society engagement as well as economic and security cooperation. …More

November 16, 2010 | Change Through Rapprochement: Russia in a Greater Europe

Marcel Lewicki: Many important issues currently facing the West such as energy security and terrorism, can be resolved more easily with the help of Russia. Germany should play a key role in drawing Moscow closer to Europe in order to do so. …More

November 15, 2010 | A United EU Approach Toward Moscow is Required

Benjamin Hanke: Germany’s economic interests are the key obstacle to a closer link between Russia and the West. Berlin is following an appeasement policy towards Moscow due to a need for energy. What Germany needs to do is to revive its European vision and spearhead a common EU approach to Moscow. …More

November 12, 2010 | Acknowledge the Past and Invest in the Future

Guli Babadjanova: Fuelled by a recent economic boom and past glories, the Russian people still regard their country as a great power. The West needs to recognize and respect this, while still pushing for human rights reform and investing in Russia’s modernization. …More

November 11, 2010 | Climate Change a Catalyst for a New Beginning

Matthias Conrad: Russia’s top security priority is the need to adapt to socio‐economic challenges that will be aggravated by the effects of climate change. The West with Germany playing a leading role should engage in bilateral cooperation with Moscow and intensify energy interdependence. …More

November 10, 2010 | Western Values Key to Progress with Russia

Philipp Johannes Große: The West needs to promote accountability and the rule of law in Russia. Focus should be on reaching out to the general population, not self-declared elites. Germany’s position should be firmly rooted in the West, not midway between Paris and Moscow. …More

November 10, 2010 | A Clash of Discourses: Sovereignty vs. Integration

Alexandra Vasileva: To overcome the challenges toward closer cooperation between Russia and the West, the political dialogue must be changed. The West needs to alter its judgmental rhetoric and provide true incentives for partnership such as respecting the “shared neighborhood” and visa liberalization. …More

November 8, 2010 | Engaging Tehran with Concrete Reciprocity

Memo 27: The only way to overcome the deadlock on Iran’s nuclear program is to engage constructively with the existing regime. Progress will only be made when both sides admit their past failures and engage in genuine ‘concrete reciprocity’. …More

November 8, 2010 | Consistent Regime-Change Policy in Iran This Article contains Flash-Video

Memo 26: The character of the Iranian State is such that rapprochement with the West is impossible. Therefore, a systematic policy of undermining the regime is the only way to stop the nuclear program and prevent a military confrontation. …More

October 29, 2010 | Policy Workshop: Iran's Nuclear Program

Editorial Team: From the 26th to the 29th of October, we focused on transatlantic policy concerning Iran’s nuclear program. As part of our student competition sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Germany, six short-listed articles were published and debated. …More

October 29, 2010 | Political Concessions Prevent Nuclear Weapons

Alexander Pyka: War rhetoric and demands for the suspension of the Iranian nuclear program clearly do not work. It is time to make concessions to Tehran in order to move forward and prevent the accession of another country into the nuclear weapons club. …More

October 28, 2010 | Iran: Practical Incentives Instead of Punitive Measures

Felix Haass: In the past, Transatlantic-Iranian relations have suffered from mutual mistrust on both sides. This has been a major impediment to a solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Any policy aimed at resolving the issue has to address these trust issues in one way or the other. …More

October 27, 2010 | Mutual Trust Building is Required Between the West and Iran

Sascha Lohmann: A system of ‘concrete reciprocity’ is required between the Transatlantic partners and Tehran. Moreover, the psychological dimension and the domestic factors of Iranian nuclear politics also have to be taken into consideration. …More

October 27, 2010 | Regime Change Online: Iran's Internet Generation Holds the Key

Felix F. Seidler: The situation in Iran will only change through the ousting of Ahmadinejad by democratic means. This will require the West to energize the opposition and youth of the country via the media. …More

October 26, 2010 | Carrots Not Sticks: Incentives are the Way Forward with Iran

Tobias Heinrich Siegfried Sauer: The West’s current approach towards Iran is failing. Diplomatic efforts should be boosted, incentives concentrated on, and sanctions strategy reformed. …More

October 26, 2010 | Isolate the Regime in Tehran

Niklas Anzinger: President Obama’s current dialogue policy legitimizes and strengthens radical forces in Iran, while it weakens moderates. The West should adopt a more confrontational strategy which includes consistent political and economic isolation. …More

July 21, 2010 | Ideas with Impact: Policy Workshop Competition 2010 This Article contains Flash-Video

Final Call for Submisssions: This competition for students at German universities is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States in Berlin. The goal is to develop policy recommendations for increased transatlantic cooperation. …More


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