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October 1, 2012 | NATO and Social Media: New Challenges Demand Aggressive Strategies

Yasser Abumuailek: Despite its re-conception after the fall of Communism to adapt to the new challenges of an ever-changing world, NATO is facing a new challenge it must master before it’s too late: winning the hearts and minds on the social media front. …More

August 6, 2012 | Thought Control in a Digital World

The analogue years are long over, as an increasing number of people across the globe have access to the information that they need from digital media. ++ It is becoming more difficult for authoritarian regimes to mis/disinform the public. ++ …More

June 12, 2012 | Smart Defense: What Does it Mean? This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO Review: Smart defense is a concept that encourages Allies to cooperate in developing, acquiring and maintaining military capabilities to meet current security problems in accordance with the new NATO strategic concept. Therefore, NATO smart defense means pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities and coordinating efforts better. …More

June 4, 2012 | Confronting Serious Threats from Cybercrime

With much attention focused on avoiding plunging off a fiscal cliff in 2013, little attention has been given to the cybercliff that the US is moving toward. ++ National security and private industry are at risk. ++ Businesses are not …More

May 15, 2012 | Self-Defense More Important Than What Russia Thinks

Only hours after reassuming the presidency this month, Vladimir Putin called on the United States to provide “firm guarantees” that its missile-defense system in Europe will not be targeted against Russia. ++ President Obama …More

April 24, 2012 | The Creator Falls Victim

There has been a diffusion of power away from governments over the years. ++ Cyberspace is a good case in point. ++ The recent sabotage of Iranian centrifuges is just one example of cyber warfare. ++ Large countries, such as the US, which built the …More

April 13, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: Smart Defense

Editorial Team: In the third theme week from our policy workshop, we focus on NATO and Smart Defense. How might NATO encourage nations, concerned about diminished sovereignty, to invest in Smart Defense? What mechanisms would make this kind of cooperation efficient and effective? Read our young writers’ top ideas! …More

March 29, 2012 | Cyber-Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection: The Case of Iceland

Jón Kristinn Ragnarsson: A thesis on cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection. Iceland provides the case study for the options of a small state. These are examined in terms of aiding the fight against cyber-threats. …More

February 21, 2012 | Opening a Novel Chapter in US-Russian Arms Control

Tomas A. Nagy: Close to a year ago, the New START Treaty took effect. While the treaty extends beyond 2012, there is further room for activity this year. However, Moscow and Washington must first overcome differences over missile defense and how to categorize certain nuclear weapons. …More

February 20, 2012 | Cyber Wars Could Spark Real War

Arab-Israeli tensions are being played out by citizen hacktivists on both sides. ++ If a hacker causes real physical damage to critical systems it could quickly involve governments in the real world. ++ There is no operations center that a nation …More

February 3, 2012 | Indian Aerospace: Poised For Takeoff?

Rodnie J. Allison: India is finding increased leverage in the procurement of weapons systems from Western (specifically European) countries. This development could help deepen cooperation between India and the West. Case in point: India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition. …More

December 15, 2011 | Rediscovering the Americas: An Innovative 21st Century Alliance

Raúl Rivera: Latin American countries are an ideal “pilot region” to research and test innovative solutions to emerging world challenges. The keyword for a new trans-Atlantic alliance should be innovation; namely, to increase the stock of knowledge, to devise new applications, to design new products and to develop new technology. …More

November 1, 2011 | Cyberdefense: Fighting the Invisible Enemy This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO: Since the cyber attacks against NATO member Estonia in 2007, cyber threats have rapidly evolved in frequency and sophistication. The development and use of cyber tools can threaten and destabilize national and Euro-Atlantic security and stability. NATO is advancing its efforts to confront the wide range of cyber threats targeting the Alliance’s networks on a daily basis. …More

September 22, 2011 | New Threats: The Cyber-Dimension

Olaf Theiler: September 11th, 2001 has often been called the day that changed everything. This might not be true for our day to day life, but in security, it really marked a new era. Together with the Twin Towers, our traditional perceptions of threats collapsed. The Cold War scenario that had dominated for over 50 years was radically and irrevocably altered. …More

September 5, 2011 | Germany Must Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Arne Schoenbohm: The Internet has become a fifth ‘military battleground’ and poses a grave threat to governments and industries across the world. Some states have spent billions on cyber defense. Now others, notably Germany, must also take bold action to limit the damage of the growing cyber threat. …More

May 13, 2011 | 21st Century Statecraft: How New Technology is Changing Foreign Policy

Editorial Team: Ben Scott, policy advisor for innovation to Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, joined Atlantic Initiative, publisher of, at a roundtable discussion to talk about the importance of new media in foreign policy. …More

April 1, 2011 | The Era of Nuclear Energy is Over

Heinrich Bonnenberg: The energy industry and politicians valued profitability over safety. They built unsafe nuclear power plants with light water reactors based on a faulty design meant only for submarines. Due to the disaster in Fukushima, people have lost confidence in all nuclear energy technologies, including the safe very high-temperature reactor (HTR). …More

September 23, 2010 | Making Money Virtually as Development Tool

Social networks are on the verge of connecting to financial services providers to turn virtual money earned online into the real thing. ++ It is hoped that this will promote the rise of a new meritocracy, where individuals can turn …More

September 20, 2010 | An Emerging Cyber Cold War

Lyle Brecht: The vast majority of the cyber ecosystem infrastructure resides in the hands of private actors, both in the US and the rest of the world, not public sector government. Thus, the private sector should secure the cyber ecosystem. That’s the best way to prevent a cyber cold war among nations. …More

August 26, 2010 | Cybersecurity is New Obsession at Pentagon

The Pentagon’s new “Cyberstrategy 3.0” treats our global communications highway as a zone of potential warfare. ++ The approach focuses on a concept of deterrence, whereby American infrastructure will be beefed up to a point that …More

July 6, 2010 | An Icelandic Media Haven in Europe

Gregg Dubow: Iceland’s bold and progressive move towards passing a new media protection law could protect reliable sources of valuable information from censorship just as tax havens legally protect various sources of revenue from taxation. …More

March 16, 2010 | The Risks of Geo-engineering the Planet

The solar radiation management (SRM) represents the last great temptation of the industrialized world to continue its energy-intensive lifestyle and to forgo costly and inconvenient mitigation and adaptation. The costs to the rest of the …More

March 16, 2010 | Geo-Engineering: Researching on a Global "Sun Block"

Faced with the grim reality of global warming, one researcher or the other may have dreamed of coming up with a type of sun block for the planet. This dream may yet come to pass. Canadian scientists are confident that …More

March 16, 2010 | Rethinking Nanomaterial Governance

Regulating nanomaterial is indeed difficult: For one, it is nearly impossible to intervene in early development phases - for example to ensure environmentally-friendly design - since the final application of the material may yet be unknown at …More

March 9, 2010 | The New Public Diplomacy

Joseph S. Nye: The world of traditional power politics was typically about whose military or economy would win. In today’s information age, politics is also about whose “story” wins. Social media is an essential tool in public diplomacy, but can easily turn into credibility-killing propaganda when misused. …More

March 1, 2010 | Social Media Shapes Public Opinion This Article contains Flash-Video

Interviews at DLD: Peter Berger of the website asserts that it is essential for governments to participate in social media. New media is making the spread of information across borders instantaneous. …More

February 23, 2010 | The Wiki Way to Create Change in Global Politics This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Jimmy Wales: The founder of Wikipedia discusses the importance of websites like Atlantic Community where people come together to create solutions for how to make the world a better place. The key to constructive online debates is to amplify the more moderate voices. …More

February 12, 2010 | Water Scarcity Forces Business Leaders to Legislate

Increasing water scarcity worldwide is quickly becoming one of the major challenges of the 21st century, which policymakers and business leaders will have to tackle together. Policymakers need to realize that certain …More

February 5, 2010 | Social Media Challenges International Organizations This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Jeff Jarvis: The internet is putting power in the hands of global citizens. Large international organizations are missing opportunities to harness that power to improve relations with their constituents. Citizens need to continue to use this technology to create new “social assets”. …More

February 2, 2010 | The Internet Revolutionizes Politics This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with David Kirkpatrick: Facebook is already a powerful network to organize political protest and could contribute to the emergence of global political parties. Social Media might even create a global government. The technology is advanced, but the attitudes of the citizens need to catch up. …More

January 29, 2010 | UNHCR: Tweets from the Edge This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Claudia Gonzalez: Social media is transforming how the UN relates humanitarian crises to the global public. In this interview, the former head of Public Relations and Special Projects in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees explains how Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and other platforms have added a new dimension to their humanitarian work. …More

January 29, 2010 | Google-China Fight: Second Round in Davos

The up-coming Davos Forum is the perfect place to have a real debate about the limits to global information freedom. ++ The Google vs. China fight is not a David vs. Goliath-like struggle, for technologies do not side with freedom …More

January 8, 2010 | "Twitter vs. Terror"

Texts, tweets, and friend requests are playing their part in what is being dubbed “twenty-first century statecraft.” ++ The US State Department is actively promoting the use of modern communications and social networking technologies to …More

January 4, 2010 | Looking Our for Itself

First and foremost: Beijing’s primary international interest is in preserving its own position. ++ The recent execution of Briton Akmal Shaik, despite official remonstrations by Gordon Brown proves that bilateral ties are limited. ++ China’s …More

November 12, 2009 | Virtual Attacks as an Integral Part of Warfare

Cyberspace is set to become one of the most important battlefields of the future. Virtual attacks will rob combatants of their sense of orientation and their means of communication. Assaults in cyberspace will confuse the enemy and …More

October 15, 2009 | Wanted: A Campaign for Global Technological Innovation

Melissaratos/Slabbert: As global challenges become increasingly technocentric, a concerted campaign to usher the world into a new technological era is sorely needed. Thus, the US and other governments should invest in a global campaign for technological innovation. …More

October 9, 2009 | NASA is No Longer Getting to Outer Space

According to American experts, the United States will have a hard time engaging in future conflicts in space. The 2003 Columbia disaster and increasing security concerns are set to force NASA to retire its Space Shuttle fleet in 2010, …More

October 9, 2009 | Nanotechnology: Transatlantic Regulation Required

From ketchup to facial creams, we face a silent revolution in industrial society at the nano-level (one billionth of a meter). Nanotechnologies have entered our daily lives as ingredients in all sorts of products from …More

September 24, 2009 | How Web 2.0 is Changing Politics

Bohnen & Kallmorgen: The political decision-making process, and thus our very democracy, will change rapidly in the next few years. New technologies will make participation among citizens and other actors much more common and important. …More

August 19, 2009 | Tactical Nuclear Weapons in Russian Foreign Policy

Claudine Lamond: The different role of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) in Russia and the United States will be a major challenge to their bilateral disarmament efforts. Whereas US TNWs are mainly political in nature, Russian tactical nuclear weapons are more fundamental to its military doctrine. …More

July 17, 2009 | A Nightmare: Obama Wants Nuclear Disarmament

Thomas Speckmann: The nuclear disarmament talks between Obama and Medvedev have been much celebrated, but the reality is not so rosy. Instead of a reduction in overall weapons, the talks signal a shift from nuclear to conventional weapons that could be much more dangerous in the long run as conventional rearmament could increase the number of bloody conflicts. …More

July 7, 2009 | New and Old Media Strengthen Democracy Together

Recent events in Iran and China have demonstrated the impressive power
of the internet. Iranians used web communication technologies like Twitter to
spread reports and images of their protests worldwide, despite attempts …More

June 15, 2009 | The Climate-Industrial Complex

Bjoern Lomborg: Some businesses see nothing but profits in the green movement. They are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets. …More

April 24, 2009 | The Global Water Challenge

Problems of water supply and security will be exacerbated if action is not taken. ++ Better water management and efficiency of use will go some way in dealing with the problem. ++ Both developed and developing countries will be affected, with …More

April 17, 2009 | Imaginary Trees Will Not Solve Climate Change

According to the WWF, the world is living beyond its environmental means. ++ Environmental organizations state that to offset carbon dioxide emissions, new forests are needed. ++ This oversimplifies the problem and does not take …More

March 16, 2009 | The Global Village: Still in the Making

The internet frenzy of the 21st century and the increase in online social networks was expected to create the “global village.” ++ While people have hundreds of Facebook “friends,” they only keep in touch with …More

February 10, 2009 | "Iran's New Satellite Challenges China"

Iran celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Republic by launching a satellite (Omid) into space. ++ While the world over criticized this move, China’s awkward silence has been stirring suspicion. ++ Let’s not …More

January 20, 2009 | Placing Hopes in Technology

The annual Science Congress 2009 has taken place in India, following a tradition which started in 1967 and projected technology as the means through which to achieve greater ‘’social, gender and economic equality.” ++ Indeed, in the …More

January 15, 2009 | BBC Provides Persian TV Channel

Although TV makes little positive contribution to anything, the BBC’s Persian TV channel, which aims to provide Iranian viewers with objective international news, deserves nothing but praise. ++ Running the channel is not easy, given …More

December 17, 2008 | Obama's Internet Agenda Will Boost Economy

Having used the Internet with great success during his campaign, Obama has announced plans to build up the US’ Internet infrastructure to boost the economy. ++ The US only ranks 15th in the world in access to high-speed …More

December 12, 2008 | Put GM, Chrysler and Ford Into Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is the right path for Detroit car companies. ++ Under “Chapter 11” proceedings they will be able to continue and restructure production. ++ This will not undermine trust in American cars -the company executives of GM and …More

November 13, 2008 | Only Less Consumption Can Stop the Crash

The disastrous effects of unfettered consumption have been known and understood for 40 years already. Back then, American environmental researchers Paul Ehrlich and John Holdren created the “Ehrlich equation,” a tool that can also be …More

October 24, 2008 | US Can Benefit From Indian Know-How

India launched a space probe to the moon, proving that it is on its path to becoming an influential scientific power. ++ India’s progress is the result of “paring back state suffocation of its economy.” ++ By 2014 about two …More

September 26, 2008 | Staying in Space Means Cooperating with Russia

The US Senate must pass a waiver buying seats aboard Russian space vehicles for US astronauts.++ The NASA shuttle fleet retires in two years, and its new space vehicle, the Orion, will not be ready until 2015, essentially leaving …More

August 15, 2008 | Doing Good Efficiently

Finn E. Kydland: Six Nobel Peace Prize laureates asked themselves what the most effective way would be to spend $75 billion in order to make the world a better place. The ranking list they developed gives very different answers than those policymakers usually do. …More

August 7, 2008 | Working Toward an Electricity Economy

Heinrich Bonnenberg: The need to reduce CO2 emissions, manage price increases, and deal with resource shortages is causing the energy economy to change. Electricity should eventually replace oil and gas. Nuclear power will have to play an increasingly important role in the new electricity economy. …More

July 23, 2008 | We Need to Challenge Climate Change Consensus

Scientists who challenge the mainstream theory of global warming and claim that the increase in global temperatures is not caused by greenhouse gas emissions struggle to attain funding and publish their findings. ++ Mankind’s …More

June 17, 2008 | A Green Chinese Energy and Environmental Policy?

The 4th China-US Economic Dialogue will be held in the US this week. ++ The US and China can only win when cooperating in the energy and environment sector. ++ Chinese officials state they are working on reducing energy …More

May 26, 2008 | Fear Encourages the Nuclear Rush of Iran's Neighbors

Recently President Bush signed an agreement to cooperate with Saudi Arabia on developing civilian nuclear energy. ++ In the case of Saudi Arabia, the agreement seems unnecessary. ++ There are alarming signs that this sudden …More

May 15, 2008 | Global Competitiveness Begins with Education

Some highly developed nations with bourgeoning service sectors are experiencing difficulties in adapting out-dated education policies to a more competitive, business-oriented world. ++ Scandinavian countries are leading a new trend …More

May 15, 2008 | Weapons in Space: A New Kind of Armament

The US is making a bold, perhaps doltish, move by refusing to discuss a treaty aimed at preventing weapons in outer space. ++ China and Russia have warned that a countermove would be unavoidable to ensure their own security. ++ Many …More

May 2, 2008 | The Excellence Initiative and its Effect on the German University System

Tim H. Stuchtey: The German Excellence Initiative will cause more heterogenity in the German higher education system. But it can only reach its aims if it will be repeated frequently and if the lay-out of the competition is improved. …More

April 22, 2008 | Google Gathers Earth Day Pledges

Googlers from around the world are exchanging ideas and intentions on how to combat climate change on the Earth Day-specific mashup map. ++ The “nifty map” is part of the initiative “go green with Google” which provides …More

March 13, 2008 | Bangalore and the Challenge of Inclusive Growth

Hans F. Bellstedt: As a modern and economically booming city, Bangalore stands for the upside of globalization and offers a possible foretaste of what India will be like in the future. Yet Bangalore’s success story is still an exception in a country that suffers from deep-set structural problems. …More

March 12, 2008 | India's Jatroph Nut: Perfect New Energy Source?

Indian state Chhattisgarh is positioned to become biodiesel hub. ++ Local jatroph nut is inedible, grows on wasteland, requires little cultivation, and produces 3x more oil per hectare than soybeans - a cheap energy …More

March 6, 2008 | The Shifting of Technological Supremacy

In the footsteps of Microsoft and Google, everyone is speculating about the next big disruptive change in the technology industry. ++ From the original dreams of AI, to web 3.0 and the “semantic web,” the aim has evolved from making smart …More

March 4, 2008 | Working With Iran

The US’s current “insistence on zero enrichment of uranium” in Iran is unreasonable. ++ The US needs to encourage Iran to abandon its national enrichment activities in favor of a multilateral program based in Iran. ++ While there would be many risks, such a …More

February 22, 2008 | A Nuclear "Rogue Axis"

Christian E. Rieck: A further proliferation of nuclear technology among ambitious middle powers is inevitable. Even though such a cooperation between Iran and Venezuela seems far-fetched at the moment, deepening ties amongst mounting international pressure could create an attractive nuclear possibility for them. …More

February 6, 2008 | Bush in Wilson's Footsteps

Dominik Bertram: This paper is going to examine the legacy of the 28th president of the USA, Woodrow Wilson, and in how far his approach to international affairs is still a factor in the conduct of US foreign policy.

February 5, 2008 | Missile Defense: Poland Has Less Room to Maneuver

Wess Mitchell: I outline recent developments between the United States and Poland regarding the US missile defense program. Relations between Poland and Russia are likely to deteriorate and Tusk may have compromised himself by acting so decisively this early in his term. …More

February 4, 2008 | [live]The US Economy: A Deep Concern

The coping mechanisms which have kept US middle-class families afloat since the 1970’s are no longer sufficient. ++ Wages, adjusted for inflation, have barely increased in three decades, so Americans have moved more women into …More

January 15, 2008 | Gasoline Made Out of Carbon Dioxide

Chuck Squatriglia of Wired News reports that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico have found a way of using sunlight to recycle carbon dioxide and produce fuels like methanol or gasoline. The technology, which could help …More

January 2, 2008 | A Lack of Real Innovation in India and China

Alarmists, especially in the US, fear that China’s and India’s combination of raw brainpower and raw ambition will threaten America’s technological leadership, while skeptics dwell on the countries’ shortage …More

December 17, 2007 | Immigration Promotes Innovation

For all the criticism globalization receives today, the diversity it has brought about offers a range of benefits. And these are not only social and cultural benefits. There are also tangible economic benefits.

Legrain points towards the …More

November 27, 2007 | Not Scared Yet? View the Global Incident Map

The Global Incident Map was created to give the public a new way to visualize, and become instantly aware of terrorism and security incidents across the world.
The constantly updated map was created by the publishers of and as a continuation of their efforts “to contribute to the Global War on Terrorism.”

The Global Incident Map

November 15, 2007 | The West Needs to Adapt to the Challenges of Open-Source Warfare

Iraqi insurgents are increasingly powerful because they constantly learn and adapt in the same way that the open-source movement revolutionized software development. Technological might has proved ineffectual in …More

May 11, 2007 | Collective Intelligence and the Future of Decision Making

Johannes Bohnen: Collective intelligence is the cornerstone of and a potential catalyst for policy innovation. …More

May 9, 2007 | Germany's Innovation Dilemma

David Vickrey: German businesses should take a cue from the vibrant start-up culture in the United States and be more open to the radical change that innovation can bring. There is no room for fear of failure if Germany is to achieve the sustainable economic growth that it so desires. …More

April 25, 2007 | Andrew Kramer on Russia's Challenge to US GPS Monopoly

Though the space race battles of the cold war are long past, Russia is now poised to challenge the US in a twenty-first century technological battle: satellite navigation. This $15 billion market is currently dominated by …More

April 11, 2007 | The $100 Laptop

Joerg Wolf: The mission of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative is to bridge the digital divide and provide children in developing countries with new opportunities to learn, create and share. …More


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