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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

December 5, 2012 | The First European to Meet Obama after his Reelection

Georgi Ivanov: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov visited President Obama on Monday and brought also the ministers of foreign affairs, defence and interior to Washington. Bulgaria is located at the crossroads of three continents and transit country for two strategic natural gas pipeline projects. Relations with the US are perhaps the best in their 110-year history. …More

November 30, 2012 | Praise for Atlantic Community This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: Atlantic Community has impressed people throughout the foreign policy community. As members, you are an integral part of its success, so we want to share some of the compliments and testimonials we receive from decision makers, think tankers, and academics. …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

November 16, 2012 | Dr. Patryk Pawlak, EU Institute for Security Studies

Dr. Patryk Pawlak is a Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris where he deals with EU-US relations and US domestic and foreign policies. He also deals with EU Justice and Home Affairs, with …More

November 8, 2012 | Breakfast with the President

Alexander M Battaglia: The Atlantic Initiative and the Heinrich-Böll Foundation organized a breakfast in Berlin to watch the US election results, concession and victory speeches. The majority of the 300 mostly young people seemed overjoyed that Barack Obama had won, yet looked upon the next four years with a weary and restrained hope. …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

October 31, 2012 | American Troops Should Not be Stationed in Europe

America does not need a military presence in Europe. ++ In the past, collecting allies served as a means to an end, namely security. ++ Today it is an end in itself. ++ The objects of multilateral training and …More

October 22, 2012 | US-German Relations on the Brink of Collapse

US-German relations are quickly dismantling, putting the entire Western alliance in jeopardy. ++ There has been a fundamental shift, not so much over Libya in which case Germany’s abstention made no difference, but over events that …More

October 18, 2012 | Germany-Turkey-United States as a New Triple Entente

Tabish Shah: The on-going conflict in Syria, the anti-American nature of protests in the Middle East, increased Green on Blue attacks, among other issues has created a new set of geopolitical challenges. Could these challenges be better pre-empted by channelling smart defence through a more robust Germany-Turkey-United States partnership in order to advance NATO states’ collective interests? …More

October 16, 2012 | Is Iran a Cuban Missile Crisis in Slow Motion? This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: It is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. Occurring during the Cold War, the 1962 crisis was the moment when the world almost faced nuclear disaster. This interview with Graham Allison takes a look back at that incident and what it means for today. Does the past help us understand the Iran situation today? …More

October 15, 2012 | Obama vs. Romney: Fighting to Be Different

Joshua Clapp: Tomorrow marks the second US presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The debate, in a town meeting format, will include not only domestic policy but also foreign policy. How do the two candidates approach the outside world? Here is a look at five main foreign policy issues. …More

October 1, 2012 | End of Summer Reading List

Editorial Team: With summer already over, at least in the northern hemisphere, takes a look at some of the many issues that have been written by our community of 7,000 members over the summer break. …More

September 25, 2012 | Full Transatlantic Agenda No Matter Who's Elected

No matter who the next US president is, Europe and the US must work together. ++ The Arab Spring will reveal new conflicts that threaten that region’s stability. ++ America and Europe must work as partners on the economic …More

September 18, 2012 | Georgia's Road to the West & the Russian Obstacle in its Way

Rusudan Vashakidze: What should Georgia expect from its relationship with Russia even if the West gets nothing but aggressive energy policy and a disregard for international law? Four years after the August War in 2008 the road to the West for the young democratic country remains dynamic and filled with geopolitical struggles. …More

September 14, 2012 | Optimism for US-China Interdependency This Article contains Flash-Video

Foreign Affairs: Editor Gideon Rose interviews Columbia University professor Andrew Nathan on China’s global perspective and the current state of US-China relations. Nathan discusses US government policy towards Beijing and how transitions in Chinese leadership will affect the country’s assertiveness. …More

September 14, 2012 | Russia: A Friend When the US is in Need

Both Russia and China abhor the Salafist attack on the US embassy in Libya and both resent intervention to force “regime change”. ++ Yet, while China’s remarks lacked empathy, Russia showed solidarity so as to probe for new thinking in …More

September 6, 2012 | America's Euro Fatigue

Stanley R. Sloan: The American Euro-fatigue combined with a perception in Europe that Washington is losing interest in its affairs might mark the beginning of the end of transatlantic relations. Ignoring the significance in improving closer ties will only help to jeopardize European and American interests. …More

September 5, 2012 | Did Obama Really Abandon Central Europe?

Daria Wiktoria Dylla: Romney has attacked current US security policy for a missile defense plan unfavorable to NATO allies in Central Europe. Especially Poland may be in a vulnerable position without the external security balance provided by the US, but the removal of troops will be compensated for by the positioning of missiles. Thus, Poland has nothing to worry about. …More

September 3, 2012 | Dr. Charles Kupchan, Council on Foreign Relations This Article contains Flash-Video

AICGS President Jack Janes spoke with Charles Kupchan about the current state of affairs in the transatlantic community and the strength of the West in dealing with a changing global arena. You can watch the 20min video here …More

August 30, 2012 | Towards More Strategic Immigration Enforcement in Europe

Elizabeth Collett: The deportation of unauthorized immigrants can be enacted through various policy initiatives, each with its own challenges. European governments should adopt a more ‘nuanced’ approach to enforcement policies - both return and regularisation - based on an understanding of risk, effectiveness and need. …More

August 27, 2012 | A More Efficient and Just EU Policy

Anna Triandafyllidou: EU illegal immigration policy may have come up short with the Mobility Partnerships, but the Directive has paved the way for success. To improve its approach even more, the EU should realize the inevitability of illegal immigration and justly consider it as the demographic solution to an unfulfilled labor market. …More

August 24, 2012 | The US Has Learned, the UK Has Not

The approach that encouraged the financial crisis has still not been replaced and sufficient regulation is lacking on both sides of the Atlantic. ++ The US recognizes this, but the UK does not. ++ Some wrongfully claim the regulations of …More

August 23, 2012 | What Germans Want to Know Most About the US

Karsten Voigt: Fifteen frequently asked questions Germans often have about political and social developments in the US and fifteen answers from the former Coordinator for German-American Cooperation in the German Foreign Office.


August 20, 2012 | Wikileaks Founder is a Pawn in Ecuador's Plan

Ecuadorian President Correa’s decision to grant Julian Assange asylum has nothing to do with freedom of the press or Britain and everything to do with regional politics in the Western Hemisphere. ++ After expelling the US …More

August 20, 2012 | Model NATO Youth Summit: The Power of Simulations

Georgi Ivanov: Europe’s first Model NATO Youth Summit gathered at NATO headquarters in Brussels for six days of policy debate. Was it everything participants hoped it would be? Here is a firsthand look at the summit. …More

August 17, 2012 | Balancing a Rising China: The Future of Transatlantic Relations

Editorial Team: has received numerous outstanding articles from its community of over 7,000 members in the past several years. Our members have contributed to the think tank’s debates, theme weeks, and policy workshop competitions. A recurring discussion in our community revolved around a rising China and the challenges it poses to the West. …More

August 15, 2012 | Enhanced through Social Media

Editorial Team: employs social media to reach a larger audience. Twitter in particular reaches people who are not necessarily members of the community. Here is a closer look at our followers and how we use the social media platform. How do you use Twitter and other social media? …More

August 14, 2012 | Put an End to NATO Expansion

With the end of the Cold War, the justification for NATO expansion is gone and the new members bring more costs than benefits. ++ Georgia’s inclusion into NATO is a dangerous liability for the US. ++ It is a geopolitically aggressive move and can …More

August 7, 2012 | The Folly of Forgetting the West

In the 20th century, even in the face of wars and the collapse of the entire European state, the West dominated. Today, with over 200 countries in existence and each with a voice, usually in some sort of organization, it is easy to say the …More

July 27, 2012 | Dr. Stephen F. Szabo, Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy

The European Union, NATO, and above all transatlantic relations are the specific areas of expertise of Dr. Stephen F. Szabo. He is the Executive Director of the Transatlantic Academy, founded by the …More

July 26, 2012 | Romney is Clueless about Trans-Atlantic Relations

Mitt Romney, who has not yet articulated a trans-Atlantic policy, will soon visit Poland and the UK. ++ He may not be received well because he has neglected to mention anything about NATO or the EU. ++ His current European …More

July 24, 2012 | Reexamining Obama's Berlin Speech This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: Four years ago today, the Democratic Party presidential candidate rocked Berlin. Over 200,000 people attended Barack Obama’s speech at the Victory Column. We take a look back at that moment, and what people said at the time. Where do we find ourselves today? …More

July 19, 2012 | Defense Budget Transparencies; Between Security and Accountability

Yasmine Ali Mohamed Ibrahim: The talk in Egypt about the “Selmi” constitutional memorandum has stirred public debate over the right of the Egyptian defense institutions to keep information from the public. What should be the limit to how much information security actors are allowed to hide from citizens? …More

July 9, 2012 | Strengthening Europe's Ability to Act

The Euro crisis has been all consuming; German politicians have put all other policy priorities to the side. However, two members of the German parliament have stepped forward into this policy vacuum, and therefore their ideas are …More

July 9, 2012 | Editors' Picks for Your Summer Reading

Atlantic Insights 2 + 3: You can download for free two new eBooks based on our Iran theme week and other member articles selected by the editorial team. Enjoy stimulating summer reading on your eReader or a PDF printout. …More

July 8, 2012 | Dr. Arunas Molis, Vytautas Magnus University

Dr. Arunas Molis has been a member of since 2009 and works as an associated professor at Vytautas Magnus University and lector at Vilnius University. His range of expertise includes energy security, …More

July 2, 2012 | What's in Store for the Rest of 2012?

Editorial Team: Here is a look at the major international events taking place for the rest of the year. In the first half of 2012, Putin regained the presidency while Hollande vanquished Sarkozy. The year still holds much in store. Feel free to share your own ideas. What do you think is missing from the list?

June 30, 2012 | Highlights From the First Half of 2012

Editorial Team: We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your excellent contributions and to remind you of the standout achievements of our open think tank from the first half of the year. Your ideas are making an impact, and we look forward to your contributions for the rest of 2012. …More

June 26, 2012 | Shaping Our Future: 2012 Model NATO Youth Summit

Georgi Ivanov: The first annual 2012 Model NATO Youth Summit will take place July 8-13 in Brussels. This event offers students a unique chance to learn first-hand about how NATO operates since it simulates the actual decision-making process. The summit should also produce innovative ideas to help the Alliance in the future. …More

June 25, 2012 | Failure to Launch?

Andrew Walker: NATO hopes to have its anti-ballistic missile defense in place by 2018. Any future system will bring with it high financial and diplomatic costs. The question is whether NATO wishes to actually pay those costs for a system that is still unproven and will never be 100% effective. …More

June 22, 2012 | Who's the Cowboy Now? Obama and Drone Strikes

Joshua Clapp: Obama has rapidly escalated the drone campaign. Meanwhile, his administration has not been shy in advertising the use of drones. The White House should be careful however. Increased drone strikes do not actually help America. In fact, these attacks weaken Washington’s position. …More

June 20, 2012 | A More Perfect Alliance This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO: How can we achieve a more perfect alliance? Ambassador Zygimantas Pavilionis of Lithuania tries to answer this question and talks about how his experience influences his view of NATO as an organization protecting freedom and democracy, as part of a video series from the National Defense University’s Center for Transatlantic Security Studies. …More

June 18, 2012 | Making the G-20 Count

Four years after the beginning of the global crisis, the world economy is still fragile. ++ The G-20 meeting in Mexico is an opportunity to shift public perception, but resolute action is needed. ++ First, Europe needs to send a clear message that 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

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

June 2, 2012 | Karel de Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade

Karel De Gucht is the present European Commissioner for Trade and co-chairs the Transatlantic Economic Council. Up to February 2010, he served as European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid. He is a former Belgian …More

June 1, 2012 | Looking Beyond Chicago: How to Revitalize NATO

Memo 41: NATO’s Chicago Summit left many observers disappointed. Going forward, the Alliance should focus on concrete and achievable policy objectives. This Memo offers recommendations from members that could strengthen the Alliance’s unity and overall ability to deal with a changing world. …More

May 28, 2012 | NATO Summit Disappoints Despite Rosy Rhetoric

Joshua Clapp: With the Chicago Summit wrapped up, the pundits are weighing in about what they think the Summit accomplished and what it means for NATO. If most of the commentators are correct about the Summit, then the Alliance should not be congratulating itself too much. …More

May 26, 2012 | The Buzz about "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

Editorial Team: Our 2012 policy workshop competition has been a big success, generating a number of innovative policy recommendations and with an exciting event in Berlin coming up on May 21. The competition has also gotten plenty of recognition throughout the online foreign policy community. …More

May 25, 2012 | Keynote: A New Generation at "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

Philip Murphy: The US Ambassador to Germany spoke at’s event in Berlin about transparency for NATO in the 21st century, how the Atlantic Memo provides a “good solid policy report” on this important issue, and the value of youth engagement in transatlantic relations. …More

May 25, 2012 | Insights from the Next Generation: The Presentations

Editorial Team: At the culmination of’s policy workshop competition, the winners Stephanie Baulig, Geoffrey Levin, and Samuel Erickson discussed their team’s policy recommendations with Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense Christian Schmidt and US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy. …More

May 23, 2012 | The Balkans on the Transatlantic Radar: Where Are They?

Ilija Djugumanov: Only a year and a half since the New Strategic Concept was adopted, NATO has many challenges to deal with. As the global situation changes, so do the priorities of the Alliance. In light of the situation, where exactly are the Balkans on NATO’s agenda? …More

May 22, 2012 | Moving Forward with Smart Defense

Editorial Team: The many good ideas from non-shortlisted authors in the third category of our “Your Ideas, Your NATO” competition have been brought together in this article. A recurring theme was the need for NATO to more precisely define its and the Members’ roles in order for Smart Defense to be implemented successfully. …More

May 22, 2012 | Responding to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

Stefanie Babst: NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy appeared at’s policy debate in Berlin yesterday via video, offering her reaction to the three Atlantic Memos from the policy workshop competition. …More

May 20, 2012 | NATO and the R-Words: 10 Takes on the Chicago Summit

Joerg Wolf: A plethora of op-eds in the US and German media argue that the Alliance needs to be rescued, revitalized, resurrected, and reinvented. The think tankers want to reaffirm or renegotiate the transatlantic bargain and look for a revolution to overcome geostrategic irrelevance. …More

May 18, 2012 | NATO Summit: Looking Beyond Afghanistan

The NATO summit in Chicago needs to be about more than just Afghanistan. ++ The Alliance must also respond to defense cuts, troubled relations with Russia, and the lessons from Libya. ++ There are three main areas for action. ++ First, …More

May 18, 2012 | Putting the Finishing Touches on Chicago

Ramin Daniel Rezai: Preparations for the Chicago Summit are well underway, as NATO extends formal invitations to its strategic partners, undertakes pre-summit consultations with its members and sets summit priorities. As the summit approaches, the city of Chicago is putting strict security measures in place. …More

May 10, 2012 | A Still-Strong Alliance

This essay examines transatlantic relationships over the past two decades and the reasons behind why the Western alliance has been able to survive despite predictions of demise. Particular emphasis is given to what the skeptics got right and what they …More

May 9, 2012 | Daniel W. Hamilton, Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS

Dr. Daniel Hamilton is the Richard von Weizsäcker Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns …More

May 2, 2012 | Denmark's Strategic Importance to Transatlantic Security

Niall Mulchinock: In response to Lord West’s comments branding Denmark and Belgium as second-rate countries while insisting that Britain will continue to remain a major power, despite its defense cuts, it is necessary to signify the important role that Denmark plays in regards to its continued commitment to transatlantic security. …More

May 1, 2012 | Policy Makers Respond to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"

Editorial Team: The Canadian Defense Minister, members of the Canadian and Norwegian assemblies and a Policy Advisor for the Dutch House of Representatives have responded to the memos from our policy workshop! Read on to find out which proposals they support and see policy influence in action. …More

April 30, 2012 | The Road to Chicago: About the Upcoming NATO Summit

Editorial Team: The NATO Summit in Chicago offers the Alliance a chance to address some of its most pressing issues. Besides subjects such as Afghanistan and defense expenditures, NATO will also have to deal with the possibility of protests during the Summit and the concerns of Chicago citizens. …More

April 30, 2012 | Time to Leave Afghanistan

Any continued NATO presence in Afghanistan is doomed. ++ The Afghan government is corrupt. ++ The Taliban have not gone away. ++ Nearby countries like Pakistan, Iran, and India will continue to pursue their own interests in the area. ++ The recent …More

April 27, 2012 | Canadian Senator Responds to Atlantic Memo 38

Percy Downe: Vice Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Senate of Canada, Percy Downe, offers his response to our Atlantic Memo about NATO values and community. He agrees with the recommendations that NATO must reemphasize the benefits of alliance, bring soldiers together in a multinational environment, and broaden the scope of cyber-security. …More

April 27, 2012 | Dutch Parliamentary Advisor Responds to Atlantic Memo 38

Bert van Steeg: Policy Advisor on Foreign Affairs and Development Aid for the Christian Democratic Party (CDA) in the Dutch House of Representatives, Bert Steeg, offers his response to our Atlantic Memo about NATO values and community. He says the memo’s goal of strengthening unity is one the CDA “endorses wholeheartedly.” …More

April 27, 2012 | Building Community: How to Reinvigorate NATO's Mission

Editorial Team: The “Your Ideas, Your NATO” policy workshop competition produced many ideas. In particular, NATO must do much more to create unity amongst its Members. To ensure an enduring bond, the Alliance must build comprehensive ties with civil society in order to accentuate NATO’s economic benefits for its Members. …More

April 25, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: Insights from the Next Generation

Editorial Team: You are cordially invited to a discussion in Berlin between Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defense Christian Schmidt, US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy, and the winners of our policy workshop competition. The dialogue will focus on unity in the Alliance, NATO’s partnerships after the Arab Spring, and Smart Defense. …More

April 23, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: Smart Defense - The Winners

Editorial Team: is happy to announce the winners of Category 3 of our policy workshop competition. Samuel Eamon Erickson is our first place winner and will present the Atlantic Memo to decision makers at our event in May. Bram Peter De Ridder is our second place winner. …More

April 20, 2012 | How to Move Forward with Smart Defense

Editorial Team: The third and last category of our “Your Ideas, Your NATO” policy competition dealt with how to encourage NATO Members to invest in Smart Defense. While five articles have already been shortlisted, we wanted to highlight the other high quality submissions and policy ideas. …More

April 13, 2012 | NATO's Smart Sales: Smart Defense as a Product

Samuel Eamon Erickson: Successfully encouraging NATO Members to buy into the Smart Defense project requires proactive efforts to ensure a fair, efficient, and fiscally beneficial product. NATO must then focus on packaging this product in a convincing way. …More

April 12, 2012 | The EU's Normative Power - Strength or Weakness?

Tornike Metreveli: The paper tries to critically reflect on the concept of the European Union’s Normative Power as advocated by Ian Manners. By drawing on comparative analysis, the paper seeks to illustrate that the EU’s normative power can be its greatest strength and its greatest weakness. …More

April 12, 2012 | Smart Defense through Smart Strategy: The Need for a "Best Deal" Policy

Bram Peter De Ridder: As military integration traditionally has been a sensitive area, Smart Defense will be difficult to enforce. NATO’s best option might be relying on the laws of supply and demand to help meet the need for more efficient defense spending. …More

April 11, 2012 | How to Make Smart Defense a Success

The financial crisis has hit the defense budgets of NATO members. With no prospects for an economic upturn in sight, NATO has been urging its members to save money through specialization and collaboration, under the ‘smart defense’ …More

April 11, 2012 | NATO and Russia Need the "Smarts" to Cooperate

Dmitry Stefanovich: Military and technical cooperation with Russia would allow NATO to increase the efficiency of their Smart Defense initiative. A closer look at the areas of cooperation between NATO and Russia reveal they are ideally suited to being part of the Smart Defense concept.

April 10, 2012 | Solidarity and Sovereignty: A Blueprint for Smart Defense

Moritz Poellath: Only a true and legally secure agreement will make Smart Defense work and sustain NATO as the unique and successful provider of security for the coming decades. Clearly set rules for cooperation in a NATO framework would solve the delicate issues of sovereignty and solidarity. …More

April 9, 2012 | Specialization: Creating a Comparative (Defense) Advantage

Max Smeets: Smart Defense needs a framework that aims to mitigate the negative aspects of specialization that impose upon state sovereignty. In the context of Smart Defense, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Setting up NATO Pioneer Groups (NPG) is the way forward. …More

April 8, 2012 | Smart Defense through Strategic Dialogue

Scott Michael Moore: The key to a successful Smart Defense strategy is strong leadership in order to address Member concerns. The Strategic Defense initiative will need a more coherent framework than the current ad hoc arrangements while also allowing for diverse Smart Defense groupings. …More

April 8, 2012 | Spending Together, Saving Together

Dirk Siebels: In essence, ‘smart defense‘ is a euphemism, describing the need to achieve ‘greater security for less money‘ as defense budgets are under pressure in almost all NATO member states. Joint spending and common ownership, however, would indeed help NATO and its members to get more. …More

April 8, 2012 | Smart Defense with Full Sovereignty

Aaron Menenberg: History is rife with examples of successful multilateral defense efforts that required no loss of individual national sovereignty. Those deeply protective of sovereignty, like myself, need not be concerned about Smart Defense. …More

April 8, 2012 | Getting Smart: Foresight, Scalability and Learning

Costinel Anuta: Smart Defense should not envision only joining resources, or jointly developing critical capabilities. A Smart Defense approach needs to be built on foresight, scalability, as well as a sound lessons-learned mechanism in order to be truly smart. …More

April 8, 2012 | A New Era for Strategic Issues: For the Creation of a Smart Defense Agency

Thomas Brisson: Smart Defense is about sharing capabilities and coordinating strategies inside NATO. A structured and institutionalized cooperation as the Smart Defense Agency is the only way for it to be efficient, while safeguarding national sovereignty. …More

April 8, 2012 | Making Smart Defense Matter for Idling NATO Members

Nico Segers: Authoritative impact analysis and threat resilience studies carried out by scientific boards may sway idling NATO members to recognize the dire need to step up investments. The most important investments would come in areas that cover imminent and multilevel defense and security issues. …More

April 8, 2012 | "Smart Defense": Cutting Bureaucracy

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee: The first step to in building up “Smart Defense” is to cut back on the NATO “in country” bureaucracy. Bureaucratic bloat hinders NATO’s operations. The creation of a more unified command structure is the first step in making the Smart Defense initiative a success.

April 8, 2012 | Smart Defense Op-Ed: Optimizing and Coordinating NATO's Defense Capacity

Andrew Windsor: NATO’s Smart Defense initiative has the potential to restructure NATO in a sustainable way. This article illustrates two main focal points to maximize efficiency returns; refocusing standing NATO forces and a larger leadership role in coordinating defense efforts of member states.

April 8, 2012 | Democratic Legitimacy and Effective Sharing, the Key for Smart Defense

Jonathan Dowdall: Smart Defense cannot succeed with good PR alone. Diminishing military sovereignty in Smart Defense must be accepted by NATO. Real democratic debate and focus on existing “best practice” mechanisms is needed. …More

April 8, 2012 | Implementing the Smart Defense Initiative in a Smart Way

Dumitru Minzarari: In order for Smart Defense to be successful, then NATO must first confront the many difficulties of enacting such a policy. The only way to address these challenges is to gradually introduce the concept of Smart Defense while at the same time making it flexible enough for all participants. …More

April 8, 2012 | Implementing Smart defense: Cost-Effective Solutions Beyond the Taboos

Alice Pannier: Pooling and sharing defense equipment has become a strategic necessity for NATO members and especially European countries. Limited cooperation among two or three partners is the most flexible and efficient solution, but it requires careful coordination and the breaking of political taboos. …More

April 8, 2012 | Incremental Intelligence Sharing for a Smarter Defense

Francesc Pont: No twenty-first century defensive strategy should be deemed complete and truly comprehensive unless a further hitherto purely national element is included in the transnational mix pursued by NATO: incremental intelligence sharing between member states should be the icing on the contemporary security cake. …More

April 8, 2012 | NATO Smart Defense: The "Community Approach"

Iliana Panayotova: NATO shall seek a strategic partnership with the EU for the implementation of the smart defense concept on a “community level”. On a national level, the Alliance should enforce the bilateral dialogues with its members and assist them in adopting multilateral and bilateral approaches.

April 8, 2012 | Smart Defense: A Necessary "Bottom-Up" Approach

Jérémy Thirion: NATO should shift from a top-down approach to a “bottom-up” approach: a less centralized NATO, letting its Member States cooperate under its umbrella but with more flexibility. Such approach, allowing Member States to work on a regional or topic basis could be more motivating and satisfactory.

April 8, 2012 | Fostering Real NATO-EU Cooperation through an EU Structural Defense Fund

Georgi Ivanov: Creating an EU Structural Defense Fund is the key to NATO’s Smart Defense initiative. This will ease the fiscal commitment for NATO to do more with less, while providing states with the incentive to spend more on defense without meeting their 2 percent of GDP obligations. …More

April 8, 2012 | Smart Defense Success Starts with Common Goals

Tabish Shah: NATO’s Smart Defense initiative requires more than simply technological projects. The success of Smart Defense relies on NATO finding common strategic goals before Members are willing to come together and pool and share their military resources.

April 8, 2012 | Smart Defense: NATO's Reach Should Not Exceed Its Grasp

Zachary B. Toal: In order for Smart Defense to work, NATO member states need to be agree on a new purpose for NATO in the future. NATO members will not concede their monopoly of use of force if they cannot agree on when to use shared capabilities.

April 6, 2012 | Is the Age of the Underdogs Here?

Franco Pedroni: Civil society has long been or co-opted and appeased through the use of economic means. However, those means mean less today and global interconnectedness is higher than ever before. Are we seeing the emergence of the Underdogs as new global players? And where will the State-centric system end? …More

April 4, 2012 | Open and Interactive? A Critical Look at WE-NATO

Benedetta Berti, Gonca Noyan, Hristiana Grozdanova, and Jelena Petrovic: NATO has announced a new interactive web platform: WE-NATO. Given that NATO is already active in a plethora of social media sites, the relevancy of this new initiative is called into question. Does NATO really need another public diplomacy tool? …More

April 3, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: Partnerships after the Arab Spring - The Winners

Editorial Team: is happy to announce the winners of Category 2 of our policy workshop competition. Geoffrey Levin is our first place winner and will present the Atlantic Memo to decision makers at our event in May. Vivien Pertusot is our second place winner. …More

April 2, 2012 | Dr. Bobo Lo, Director of the Russia and China Programs at the CER

Bobo Lo joined the Centre for European Reform in March 2008 as Director of the Russia and China programs. He was previously Head of the Russia and Eurasia Program at Chatham House and a Visiting Scholar at …More

April 2, 2012 | Climate Change Policy: Pretext for Protectionism?

The EU proposal to require all flights to and from Europe to obtain emission permits might spark a new trade war. ++ The US and China are enraged over the new proposal and doubt the sincerity of it. ++ Europe’s trade …More

March 30, 2012 | NATO's Collateral Damage

The Alliance must ensure complete transparency in its military operations. ++ Last August, NATO bombs killed around 34 Libyan civilians in the small village of Majer. ++ NATO however has refused to fully investigate exactly what happened in Majer and …More

March 30, 2012 | March's Top 3 Highlights

Editorial Team: March was filled with a number of special segments at From our continuing Q&A series with NATO officials (the most extensive yet) to our policy workshop competition (with a second Atlantic Memo coming next week), here are the top highlights from the month. …More

March 28, 2012 | BRICS: Changing the Global System?

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) could be a force in reforming global institutions. ++ The BRICS are now looking for an identity backed by institutionalized cooperation such as a common development bank. ++ China …More

March 27, 2012 | How to Win the Afghan War

It is imperative for the US to support Afghanistan’s government. ++ American interests in the country have not changed: an abandoned Afghanistan threatens US security. ++ Obama should not give in to calls for a troop drawdown, the effects of which …More

March 26, 2012 | Coming Soon: The Transatlantic Market

There has never been a better opportunity for the US and EU to strike a free trade deal. ++ There is unparalleled backing for such an agreement. ++ Washington and Brussels have created a High Level Working Group to find ways to …More

March 22, 2012 | International Conferences on Afghanistan: From Bonn '01 to Bonn '11

Javeed Ahwar: This thesis highlights the untouched aspects of Afghanistan that were not discussed or integrated into the process of the Bonn conferences 2001 to 2011. In particular, it discusses the agendas of these conferences in terms of what they meant on paper and in practice. …More

March 16, 2012 | James Appathurai on the NATO Mission This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: Why doesn’t NATO have a good slogan? The NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy answers this and more in a final set of your questions, including answers about post-Cold War relevance and the strength of the Article 5 guarantee. …More

March 14, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: Values and Community - The Winners

Editorial Team: is happy to announce the winners of Category 1 of our policy workshop competition. Stephanie Baulig is our first place winner and will present the Atlantic Memo to decision makers at our event in May. Andrew Barr is our second place winner. …More

March 14, 2012 | Moscow Keeps a Wary Eye on Obama's New Defense Strategy

Valery Konyshev and Alexander Sergunin: Russia welcomes some aspects of the new US defense strategy, such as departing from the doctrine of being able to fight two major wars simultaneously and spending less on nuclear weapons. However, Moscow still has concerns about the new strategy when it comes to such diverse areas as the Arctic region, Iran, missile defense, and cyberwarfare. …More

March 13, 2012 | The Perils of Austerity

Greece’s troubles have been used to promote a false narrative about deficits and austerity. ++ Greece has officially defaulted on its debt, even if in a negotiated manner. ++ But the story of Greece shows that while deficits are bad, slashing …More

March 9, 2012 | Syria Intervention: All or Nothing

Any half-measures undertaken to stop the Syrian conflict might only inflame the situation. ++ Syria’s rebels are failing against the better-armed Assad regime. ++ A rising death toll increases the calls for intervention. ++ Piecemeal …More

March 8, 2012 | International Women's Day 2012 This Article contains Flash-Video

Atlantic Insights 1: is proud to launch its first Atlantic Insights ebook. To mark International Women’s Day 2012 we are republishing the three winning articles from our “Women on Transatlantic Security,” competition, in a new downloadable format. …More

March 8, 2012 | Sally McNamara, The Heritage Foundation

Sally McNamara is a Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs at The Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.
Formerly the Director of International Relations for the American Legislative Exchange Council, …More

March 8, 2012 | World Bank Risks Insignificance

The World Bank will become irrelevant if not reformed. ++ The US has traditionally appointed the World Bank president while Europe claims the IMF’s managing director. ++ This arrangement does not reflect the fact that emerging markets represent …More

March 8, 2012 | At the Crossroad: The Atlantic Order and the Pacific Oriented Economy

Valentin Naumescu: While the definitive decline of the post-war Atlantic order remains to be seen, there is definitely a gravity shift taking place in world economic and geopolitical activity. But to what extent the potential of emerging regions like the Asia-Pacific can be translated into real influence remains to be seen. …More

March 7, 2012 | How to Increase Identification with NATO

Editorial Team: The first theme week of our “Your Ideas, Your NATO” policy competition dealt with how to build NATO values and community. While five articles have already been shortlisted, we wanted to highlight the other high quality submissions and policy ideas. …More

March 7, 2012 | How to Refer Syrian Leaders to the ICC

Securing the investigation into Syrian war crimes is imperative. ++ Syria is not a member of the ICC so the only way to give the tribunal jurisdiction over the country’s leaders is through the Security Council’s enforcement. ++ The …More

March 7, 2012 | Janus-faced Turkey's Syria Challenge

Niklas Anzinger: Turkey’s success story of combining moderate Islam and democracy is being challenged by the ruling AK Party’s power grab. In this game, the struggle for power trumps ideology, but the religious resurgence remains an element of unpredictability in foreign policy. Regarding Syria, reality mugged the ill-guided Middle Eastern adventures of Turkey. …More

March 5, 2012 | America and the Next Phase of the Eurozone Crisis

The common denominator in the Eurozone crisis today is a lack of individual economic statesmanship and not simply the embeddedness of banking institutions. ++ Contrary to popular belief, America could afford to both pivot …More

March 2, 2012 | NATO and Corporate Social Responsibility

Costinel Anuta: Communication with the allied publics is no longer enough. A shift toward communion is needed, and communion is firstly about involvement. Therefore, by adopting and implementing a concept like the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), NATO could turn “they” into “we”. …More

March 1, 2012 | New Socio-Political Actors in North Africa: A Transatlantic Perspective

The chapters in this report analyze a number of features of each of the three socio-political actors in North Africa: the civil society, economic actors, and Islamist parties. It looks at their role in …More

March 1, 2012 | Europe and the Arab Revolutions: A New Vision for Democracy and Human Rights

The Arab revolutions present the EU with a distinct challenge: still embarrassed by their support for the stability offered by the former authoritarian leaders, it now aims at supporting the …More

March 1, 2012 | Sharing Values and Saving Money Through Citizen Ownership

Megan Ann Reiss: Through developing a strategic advertising campaign, NATO can instill ownership among its citizens and assure a strong future for the alliance. NATO must remind them of their shared values, advocate for diplomatic influence in decision making, and highlight the economic value of the organization. …More

February 29, 2012 | NATO Academies: Learning Together, Training Together, Feeling Together

Stephanie Theresa Baulig: In order to promote NATO values there should be a mandatory experience for all soldiers in a NATO academy, including language programs to foster understanding. If we start this now among the next generation of military leaders, we can begin building our common identity today. …More

February 28, 2012 | NATO's Public Diplomacy Overload

Daryl Morini: Today’s NATO suffers from a public diplomacy overload rather than an image problem. Far from being a panacea to its democratic deficit, the dominant influence of public diplomacy strategies and their advocates on Allied decision-making is arguably part of the problem. …More

February 27, 2012 | By the Numbers: How Quantifying State Action Can Lead to a Better NATO

Andrew Barr: Quantifying state involvement in NATO through the establishment of a “points system” is a necessary step towards quelling the discord from ambiguities in measuring participation. In addition, military, civilian and academic exchanges will augment a sense of community within NATO. …More

February 27, 2012 | January & February's Best Debates

Editorial Team: Great policy recommendations emerge from the collective intelligence of the community. That means your articles are not only important in themselves but as a platform for debate in the comments below. Here are the best debates from January and February, they’re still open to read and add your thoughts! …More

February 27, 2012 | Movement Towards A Kashmir Settlement

There is a subtle shift in the long held dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. ++ In public and private there is a growing view that Kashmir should take a back seat in favor of solving Pakistan’s domestic problems. ++ Pakistan …More

February 27, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: Values and Community

Editorial Team: In the first theme week from our current policy workshop, we focus on building the feeling of community among NATO members and increasing identification with this “unique community of values.” How does NATO need to change to better connect with its publics? Read the top ideas from our young writers! …More

February 26, 2012 | Tailored Multilevel Approach to Community Building

Jelena Petrovic: NATO can Increase its cohesion by using a multilevel approach to building its community. They should focus on a common denominator of threat, investment in wide institutions, and bringing the NATO organization closer to its Member States’ peoples. …More

February 26, 2012 | Refocusing On NATO's Values Is Essential For Collective Security

Milda Leonaviciute: The ambition to reset relations with Russia is made by a NATO administration that has forgotten its values. There is increased disunity among NATO members, and NATO needs to demonstrate it will protect and cooperate with its own people, particularly in the Baltic states. …More

February 26, 2012 | Saving Our Normative Community: NATO's Public Diplomacy and Beyond

Hristijan Ivanovski: While recent initiatives of GenSec Anders Fogh Rasmussen and his team have brought about highly demanded leadership action, they have done little to “sell” the Atlantic values more widely and regenerate the fabric of the transatlantic community. Steps are required beyond public diplomacy. …More

February 26, 2012 | Remembering NATO's Democratic Values

René van Eijk: In order to restore the relationship between the public and NATO, politicians of the member states should communicate to their citizens the continuous relevance of NATO by pointing out the original purpose of the organization and the new threats that lie ahead in the 21st century. …More

February 26, 2012 | You Have a Friend Request: NATO

Richmond Paul Blake: To restore transatlantic trust and to build institutional confidence, NATO must launch a bold social media-focused public diplomacy campaign to reach member state populations, not just diplomatic elites. …More

February 26, 2012 | Who are we in NATO?

Aleksandr Blagin: NATO is one of the most powerful organizations in the world and a big family for many nations. But there are internal problems of identification too that could be resolved through closer cooperation , better media representation, and a new common image. …More

February 26, 2012 | Improving NATO by Rethinking Collective Defense

Ian Andrews: To alleviate its internal discord, NATO must refocus its priorities on security issues that are inherently collective instead of pursuing collective security for its own sake. In this piece, humanitarian aid missions and extended deterrence are used as two supporting examples. …More

February 26, 2012 | Reuniting NATO: Revisiting Shared Values

Robert James Hurd: NATO should rejuvenate a fraying alliance dominated by language of “they” rather than “we,” by spreading the burden out, bringing new ideas in, and helping the developing world advance. …More

February 26, 2012 | European Identity vs. USA Superiority

Nargiz Guliyeva: The US global security perspective is competing with the European domestic security vision. This is accentuating the “we” and “they” approach within the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization. Establishing short-term goals, strengthening financial security and empowering public diplomacy will reduce these “transatlantic differences”. …More

February 26, 2012 | Smart Defense through Smarter Community

Gerald Gugerty: It has become increasingly evident that security, economic prosperity, and environmental stewardship are inextricably linked to one another, and a solution to one cannot ignore the other two. NATO should take an active role in finding solutions to these problems in order to develop a vital community. …More

February 26, 2012 | Flexibility: NATO's Main Weapon in Becoming a True Alliance

Louise Fahey: The end of the Cold War left NATO members without a common enemy, and in turn without a common interest. Instead of establishing a new consolidated threat to bring the Alliance closer, NATO must establish a policy of flexibility that enables it to adapt to threats, and also encourage common action. …More

February 26, 2012 | Bringing NATO Closer to the People

Seven Erdogan: A powerful NATO with more saying in world peace is only possible by creating an alliance that is close to people. In order to achieve a closer community it must soften its image as an alliance acting on the basis of decisions taken by heads of state through an effective communication campaign. …More

February 26, 2012 | NATO's Future Destination

Tilman Pradt: The future threats to NATO member states are no longer located in Europe and are non-traditional in nature. To revive support from and acceptance among its member states, NATO must address these new realities. Securing the waters of the Arabian Sea will serve these goals. …More

February 26, 2012 | NATO: Continuing a Legacy of Solidarity

Michael Miner: Whilst transformative events have led the Alliance into divergent paths, the core principles have not lost their value in entirety. NATO should establish continental force integration and exchange partnerships to reestablish these common bonds. …More

February 26, 2012 | Strengthening NATO's Operational and Public Communities

Thomas C Meyer: NATO can only build an internal community by emphasizing the role of day-to-day operational communities consisting of military personnel, foreign offices, development agencies, civil society groups, and private sector partners in addressing security. …More

February 26, 2012 | Community Building Calls for Citizen Voices

Yoonj Kim: To build strong community between NATO, its member states, and its citizens, a recognized public forum must emerge for people to make their voices heard directly. NATO “storytellers” would share their experiences of the organization in an accessible and relatable way. …More

February 26, 2012 | Enhancing the Partnership: Generating Cohesion among NATO Member Youth

Marielle Catherine Ness: NATO can encourage ownership and identification among member nations and their publics through a targeted assortment of youth programs that reach out to both military and civilian audiences. This includes an expansion of NATO education initiatives, cadet exchanges and model NATO. …More

February 26, 2012 | Bridging the Gap: The Role of Public Relations and Education in NATO

Daniel Richard Green: To overcome misconceptions among Europeans and Americans regarding NATO and its role in the world, the Alliance should begin a concerted public relations and education campaign that shows NATO as a community of nations with commonly-held values and ideals. …More

February 26, 2012 | NATO and the People

Balazs Gabor Kos: NATO’s New Strategic Concept outlines the aims of the leaders of MS regarding, terrorism, nuclear weapons and energy security, what it lacks is the involvement of the people. The Secretary-General should act as a unifying figure across member states and people could participate in petitions to raise awareness of common NATO issues. …More

February 26, 2012 | It's All About the People

Ned Shell: There are two channels through which NATO can turn “they” into “we.” One involves improving communication, the other involves tangible programming. This piece discusses how both can be utilized by NATO leadership to ensure the alliance continues to flourish for years to come. …More

February 26, 2012 | Strategic Engagement: A New Commitment to the NATO Public

Edward Andrew Grodin: NATO must connect with its public in a more concrete and meaningful way. A policy of “strategic engagement” whereby NATO enhances its grant-making activities can provide the impetus for long-term interactions between the organization and individuals. …More

February 26, 2012 | Engage in Youth Policies to Decrease Alienation

Tornike Metreveli: NATO is suffering a lack of consensus on transatlantic burden sharing issues and regional interests. NATO should engage more actively in youth policies in order to shift the persisting attitude of alienation felt among the NATO partners. …More

February 26, 2012 | Recapturing Internationalism in the NATO Community

Christopher Euan Whyte: The diffusion of interests since the end of the Cold War have led to the stagnation of values-based internationalism in NATO. An introduction of multilateral educational initiatives across the alliance could bring a much-needed return to the norm of collective responsibility. …More

February 26, 2012 | From Alliance to Community

Abdulhakim Altunkaya: NATO must be establish a firm set of political values and legal texts that encourage ownership and common identification with NATO. In doing this the organization will avoid the dangerous differentiation of foreign policies between states that could divide it. …More

February 26, 2012 | Sharing Values, Sharing Responsibility

Nikola Duric: The sharing of responsibility through redefining the share of financing inside NATO would lead towards an internalization of the NATO idea in the general public of member states. It would promote inter-governmental cooperation and reverse the alienation process between NATO and the citizens of member countries. …More

February 26, 2012 | Transatlantic Approaches to Common Culture

Tonka Kostadinova: Group identities and collective cultures are constructed and this article offers one potential approach to the development of a common transatlantic culture in terms of shared values, principles and democratic norms. …More

February 26, 2012 | NATO: A Worldwide Alliance for Democracy

Samantha Elizabeth Koss: The solution to the continental divisions between NATO members lies in enlarging membership and refocusing the identity and NATO’s mission. NATO should aim for the security and promotion of values of all democracies worldwide, not limited to those within the transatlantic alliance. …More

February 26, 2012 | Restoring a NATO Community Through an Economic Opportunity

Joshua Daniel Shainess: The global recession should be viewed as an opportunity to renew a sense of unified identity among NATO member states. By promoting vibrant economies among its member states and avoiding unnecessary commitments NATO will restore its sense of shared community. …More

February 26, 2012 | Battling Complacency to Reinvigorate Trans-Atlanticism

Greg Randolph Lawson: In the wake of a rapidly shifting global order, the United States and Europe, the pillars of transatlanticism, must reinvigorate their cultural connections and embrace a robust free trade agenda to remain competitive. They must hang together or they will hang separately. …More

February 26, 2012 | Values Can Only Compete on Their Own Terms

Scott Atherley: Lack of competition has fragmented essential elements of the NATO consensus. NATO must re-emphasize a defensive role, abandon aggressive action, and embrace a broader pool of nations to return focus to the protection of liberalism as it is broadly understood. …More

February 26, 2012 | Heritage & Renewal

Timothy James Hatter: NATO should institute a new internship program, which would dramatically increase the amount of students interacting with the institution and each other. By doing so, NATO can increase its relevance among the Millennial Generation and turn ‘they’ into ‘us.’ …More

February 23, 2012 | How Cameron Can Save the UK

If he proposed a federal UK, David Cameron could save the union while improving both Tory electoral chances and UK politics. ++ The current political arrangements in the UK are unsustainable. ++ Depending on timing, Scottish independence might not be …More

February 22, 2012 | Building Partnerships: Q&A with NATO's James Appathurai

Editorial Team: Join Atlantic Community for our first Question & Answer session of 2012. NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai will be taking your questions on NATO partnerships and regional initiatives, and answering in a video response. …More

February 21, 2012 | Europe Should Vote For the Republicans

Europe’s most powerful leaders are now aligned with the Republicans on major international issues. ++ European states disagree with Obama on the appropriateness of his stimulus package. ++ In opposing the quantitative easing program, …More

February 17, 2012 | Transatlanticism: From a Political to a Social Identity

Kristin Durant: Most important for the transatlantic relationship is the education and engagement of younger populations in debates which will affect their future. This must involve an identification with each other beyond the political constructs and a recognition of common transatlantic values. …More

February 16, 2012 | The Right Moment to Engage Iran

Isolated and struggling from devastating sanctions, Iran is now giving signs of renewed interest in diplomacy. ++ The regional balance of power has shifted since Arab countries are unafraid to condemn Iran, and Syria is weakened from within. ++ …More

February 15, 2012 | US and China: The View From Britain

The UK is advantaged by being a medium-sized power because it can watch from afar whilst other powers vie for the new global order. ++ Mr Xi Jinping’s trip to America is a perfect example of this high stakes encounter. ++ A US trip is a …More

February 14, 2012 | The American Left has Much to Teach Europe

Philiadelphia’s Occupy movement is the first to announce it will run for Congress. ++ There is a “spirit of opportunism” in the American Left, whereas there are only two socialists still governing in Europe. ++ The revival of the …More

February 14, 2012 | Your Ideas, Your NATO: A Closer Look at the Issues

Joshua Clapp: In conjunction with the “Your Ideas Your NATO” competition, we are providing an overview of the three categories of the contest: Values and Community, Partnerships after the Arab Spring, and Smart Defense. The readings below can help you get started on understanding the issues and making your own policy recommendations. …More

February 7, 2012 | Defense Cuts Demand Closer Cooperation

NATO: One of the main topics at the Munich Security Conference was America’s defense review and changes to the US military presence in Europe. Political leaders and experts from around the world discussed what this means for international security and the transatlantic partnership. …More

February 7, 2012 | Guide: Writing "Your Opinion" Articles

Editorial Team: Your Opinion articles are where the main debates on the Atlantic Community happen. They are a way of sharing your ideas and recommendations in short, focused 500-700 word articles. The editorial team would like to offer some advice on writing a good opinion piece. …More

February 6, 2012 | Poll Results: Atlantic Community's Focus in 2012

Editorial Team: We’re excited to reveal the results of our latest members’ poll and inform you of what our priorities will be in 2012. As well as displaying your decisions on the most important issues of 2012, we’re also announcing our first theme week and what we plan to do with the topics you requested throughout the rest of the year. …More

February 3, 2012 | Denying America's Diminished Power

Despite American rhetoric to the contrary, the United States’ power is declining. ++ Both Republicans and Democrats do not want to speak the simple truth that American influence is waning. ++ States such as China, India, and Brazil …More

February 2, 2012 | Recess is Over: Europe and Systemic Crisis

Asle Toje: It now seems clear that the economic crisis that started in 2008 is both deeper and more lasting than first thought. While leaders threat about the crisis bursting into the real economy, this specter is manageable compared with the dangers we will face if the economic crisis turns into a full-blown systemic crisis. …More

January 31, 2012 | An Irish View on the Fiscal Pact Treaty

Fiscal controls were not the cause of the Eurozone crisis and strengthening them will not solve it. ++ The debate over the crisis has been the worst of any Europe-related treaty, the current draft merely delays change for five years. ++ …More

January 30, 2012 | Chicago Summit Preview: NATO Sharpens Its Focus

Mathew Shearman: Alongside the launch of the “Your Ideas Your NATO” competition we are previewing the NATO Chicago Summit in May. It is becoming increasingly clear that the Chicago agenda will be focused on Afghanistan, smart defense, developing partnerships, and strengthening common NATO values. …More

January 25, 2012 | Which Topics Should Focus on in 2012?

Editorial Team: We want to know what issues you believe will be the most important this year. As well as an op-ed competition in the coming months, we will also be launching theme weeks on a number of key developing issues. So please take a look at the following briefs and express your views by voting and sharing your thoughts in the comments box below. …More

January 25, 2012 | Dr. van der Putten, Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme

Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten joined Atlantic Community in 2010. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Security and Conflict Programme and at Clingendael Asia Studies. In this interview Dr. Frans-Paul …More

January 6, 2012 | The Policy Implications of Happiness

Editorial Team: Happy New Year! Before we start discussing the tough security and economic challenges, we would like to wish our members all the best for 2012. Happiness is increasingly considered an additional benchmark for national progress, says Brookings expert Carol Graham. …More

January 4, 2012 | Lots of Talk, Little Action? Chances and Impediments for a New EU-US Trade Agenda

The annual meeting of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) in November 2011 presented an opportunity for German and American policymakers  to make progress on their efforts at greater …More

December 26, 2011 | Happy Holidays! Highlights from 2011

Editorial Team: We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your excellent contributions and to remind you of some of the stand-out achievements of our open think tank over the past twelve months. Your ideas are making an impact and we look forward to your contributions in 2012. …More

December 22, 2011 | Europe and Latin America: A Strategic Partnership

Editorial Team: We currently focus on how to step up bi-regional economic integration between the EU and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Our goal is to improve the effectiveness of the EU-LAC “Strategic Partnership” looking forward to the 2012 Summit in Santiago. …More

December 9, 2011 | The US, Turkey, and a Budding Relationship

Obama and Turkish PM Recep Erdogan have become unlikely partners as the Arab Spring has evolved. ++ After a blunt confrontation at the G-20 in Toronto, they have found common ground on Afghanistan, Iraq, and the fight against …More

December 7, 2011 | How to Write a Convincing Opinion Article

Editorial Team: Writing an “op-ed” for our “Your Opinion” section is very different to writing an essay at university. While the purpose of academic work is often to analyze a complex issue in depth, the goal of a think tank publication is to provide clear solutions for decision makers. …More

November 30, 2011 | November's Best Debates

Editorial Team: Atlantic Community articles aren’t the whole story. Member comments can have just as many interesting ideas. This month, our latest Atlantic Memo comes from a discussion on scrapping the CSDP, passions flared over stopping Iran’s nuclear program, and we debated international piracy and the impact of the European far right. …More

November 26, 2011 | Nina Hachigian, Center for American Progress

Nina Hachigian is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise.
Ms. Hachigian’s research interests include great power …More

November 23, 2011 | Pillar or Pole? NATO, CSDP, and the Transatlantic Relationship

Jordan Becker: The European security community must decide whether they want to exist as one part of an overall transatlantic security identity or to project power independent of NATO. Further EU defense integration can only occur when these two notions have been reconciled. …More

November 22, 2011 | Visions for NATO Transformation: Q&A with General Stéphane Abrial

Editorial Team: Join Atlantic Community for our next Q&A with General Stéphane Abrial, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. We invite you to ask questions about NATO’s ongoing efforts to implement “Smart Defense” and share your own thoughts on how to handle transformation in the 21st century. …More

November 10, 2011 | No Compromise on Cluster Bombs

In 2008, Britain led 22 other NATO allies in signing a ban on the use of cluster bombs. ++ Now the US, a notable holdout of the treaty, is trying to water down the ban to the point of near worthlessness. ++ Cluster bombs are an indefensible …More

November 2, 2011 | October's Best Debates

Editorial Team: Great policy ideas are collaborative, and member comments are a key part of our think tank. Here are some of the best comment debates from the past month, including discussions about Iran’s nuclear intentions, what Libya means to NATO, strategies for better engagement with Russia, and the possibilities of a Eurasian Union. …More

November 1, 2011 | Europe Threatens Obama's Reelection

The biggest danger to Obama’s re-election bid is the possibility of the European crisis spilling over to the US. ++ While the US economy is starting to show signs of gradual recovery, mounting European debt could send the American economy …More

November 1, 2011 | Migration and Development Policy: Six Lessons Learned

Over the past several decades, migration has been at the center of heated policy debates in both the United States and Europe. In this report by the Migration Policy Institute, Kathleen Newland evaluates what lessons can …More

October 31, 2011 | Overcoming the Paradox of Iranian Sanctions

Sascha Lohmann: The ever increasing use of sanctions against Iran reveals their actual function as a policy substitute. An engagement strategy based on concrete reciprocity should be used to fill this strategic void. …More

October 17, 2011 | A Betrayal of the Social Contract

Recent protests around the world have varied causes, but all share a basic theme: rejection of traditional elites and a perceived breaching of the social contract. ++ In the US, it is anger against banks and their cozy relationship to the …More

October 14, 2011 | Atlantic Community Highlights

Editorial Team: As an open think tank we strive to bridge the gap between policy makers and young political scientists. From the policy workshop competition to our trademark Atlantic Memos, we have selected Atlantic Community’s highlights from the last four months. …More

October 5, 2011 | Obama Must Explain Drone Strike Policy

The recent killing of al-Qaeda cleric and US citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki raises questions about the legality of using drone strikes. ++ Drone strikes have increased dramatically under the Obama administration as a weapon against terror groups, …More

October 3, 2011 | Back To School: The Summer's Most Popular Member Articles

Editorial Team: As students on both sides of the Atlantic are getting ready for another academic year, we take a closer look at what issues resonated most with our members over the summer break. …More

September 30, 2011 | Re-Engineering the Transatlantic Security and Defence Relationship

Stanley R. Sloan: As NATO leaders prepare for the May 2012 summit in Chicago, the allies should review their security priorities, redefine defense spending quotas, reaffirm their commitment to global partnerships, reinforce links with Turkey, and find ways to make better use of non-military resources. …More

September 29, 2011 | US and Europe: A Widening Atlantic? This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO: The transatlantic relationship has been the bedrock of NATO for over 60 years, but is it now changing? Is the US going off in new directions which will make it look more to Asia and less to Europe? …More

September 28, 2011 | The Future of EU-US Security and Defense Cooperation

Richard Gowan: It seems all too possible that the US and EU’s contrasting strategic concerns will continue to dilute their military cooperation in the years ahead. The hunt is still on for a convincing vision of how to avoid this outcome.

September 28, 2011 | A New Atlanticism

John C. Kornblum: European leaders should propose a new initiative for “crisis dialogue” with a broad agenda for a new Atlanticism. What Americans want is a sense of strategic consensus and a willingness to take political risks in support of joint interests. Open dialogue can lead to new strategic unity. …More

September 18, 2011 | US Should Invest in European Militaries

Jason Naselli: Direct US investment in European militaries would complement joint defense interests and strengthen logistical and political cooperation across the Atlantic. It would also encourage burden-sharing, advance specialization and reduce costs by increasing competition in an industry where it is sorely lacking. …More

September 6, 2011 | Security Policies 2.0: Can Facebook, Twitter and Co Make an Impact?

Stefanie Babst: NATO has embraced the power of social media. The Alliance engages thousands in discussions on defense and security and these open, online debates have already borne fruit. Transatlantic policy is no longer the realm of an isolated elite: all citizens now have a chance to make an impact. …More

September 1, 2011 | Children Need a Voice in Transatlantic Dialogue

Wolfgang J. Fischer: The transatlantic relationship depends on intercultural understanding and interaction. But children, our future decision makers, have long lacked access to media content. The Children’s Radio Bridge lets kids be active in their own media projects to expand their intercultural horizons. …More

August 22, 2011 | Mubarak's Trial: Arab Authoritarianism on Its Knees

Gillian Kennedy: The trial of Hosni Mubarak signals the end of an authoritarian era in the Middle East. For too long, the US and Europe acquiesced in fraudaulent elections and brutal political repression in the region. Now, they must engage with a new Arab polity to secure a real democratic transition. …More

August 19, 2011 | Britain is a "Lost Ally" for the US

The “special relationship” between the UK and US has become “a rather pathetic British conceit”. ++ In light of severe defense cuts that will see tanks and artillery cut by 40 percent, Britain no longer has the …More

August 16, 2011 | Rick Perry's Run for President is a Worry for Europe

Stewart Munn: The one time Democrat is now seen as the bright hope for America’s conservative religious right to challenge and topple Barack Obama in 2012. After Europe’s fraught relations with the last Texas Governor-turned President, we should be worried at the prospect of a “George Bush on steroids.” …More

August 12, 2011 | Hot Issue: How will the Debt Crisis End? This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: “Armadebton” and “Debtocalypse” are terms Jon Stewart has used to describe the US debt crisis. European commentators have not yet coined a name for their continent’s debt troubles as eurozone pessimism reaches new depths. Share your thoughts on the on-going sovereign debt crisis. …More

August 8, 2011 | Doomed to an Economic Double-Dip?

The world economy risks a double-dip, a second severe recession, thanks to an EU debt crisis, fiscal instability in the US, and slow manufacturing seemingly everywhere else. Policy makers are quickly running out of options to trigger …More

August 2, 2011 | Nixon and European Security, 1969-1971

Andrew Haworth: This thesis argues that the Nixon administration between 1969 and 1971 used delay tactics at home and abroad to satisfy its aim of postponing the Conference on European Security (CSCE) and Mutual Balance Force Reductions (MBFR). …More

July 28, 2011 | Self-Inflicted Crises Plague EU and US

Dysfunctional politics have turned financial challenges into crises on both sides of the Atlantic. ++ In Europe, officials have “dithered and argued at national, intergovernmental and pan-eurozone levels” as Greece’s …More

July 27, 2011 | Cutting the US Deficit: Listen to Bill

Stewart Munn: Bill Clinton is right to use the UK economy as a warning of what can happen if deficit spending is cut too severely. If Republicans get their way in the ongoing deficit negotiations, America’s economy could be headed for a long, painful spell. US politicians should take heed. …More

July 19, 2011 | Europe Has Obama's Attention

As the eurozone crisis groans on, a German-led Europe regains the stage as America’s most important foreign partner. ++ But this is more a matter of necessity than choice. “Openings to China and India have produced little. Relations with …More

July 15, 2011 | Boosted by Social Media

Editorial Team: recently passed two milestones, breaking the 1000-‘like’ barrier on Facebook just days after tallying 1000 followers on Twitter. …More

July 7, 2011 | America and Europe Deeply Entwined

Martyn Bond: So deep are the European Union’s ties with the US that it could be thought of as “the 28th member state”. Cooperation is institutionalized in the transatlantic legislators’ dialogue, the transatlantic economic council, business dialogue, the consumer dialogue, innovation dialogue, energy council, the education policy forum etc. …More

July 6, 2011 | Neglected Diseases: Open Innovation Offers a Way Forward

Sam Vanderslott: Despite disinterest of pharmaceutical companies, and thus of the developed world, neglected diseases, widespread infections in the developing regions, should be considered a transatlantic security issue. While not a traditional security issue, health is now accepted in a broadened understanding of security, on an individual rather than state-centred basis. …More

June 24, 2011 | Hate Crime Laws vs. Fundamental Freedoms

Victoria Naselskaya: Creating a framework to distinguish between freedom of expression and hate speech is one of the most challenging tasks lawmakers face. Since, “theoretically, the expression of anti-Semitic or racist speech may also fall into the scope of this basic freedom.” …More

June 15, 2011 | Canada and Russia: New Transatlantic Partners

Olga Kolesnichenko: Russia and Canada should set up a new G2 forum in order to enhance Western influence on emerging BRICS powers and to diminish any chance that a Cold War-style confrontation between the G8 and BRICS occurs. …More

June 9, 2011 | Angela Merkel: Friend or Free-Rider?

Editorial Team: The media in the United States and Germany has been awash with speculation over the future of transatlantic relations as Obama tries to charm Europe’s strongest leader with a Medal of Freedom. Can Obama’s charm offensive convince Germany to show more global leadership? …More

June 7, 2011 | Style Trumps Substance on Obama's Poland Visit

William C. Fleeson: US President Barack Obama’s trip to Europe this May would suggest a re-commitment to the transatlantic partnership, with special attention given to Poland and US dealings there. But on the issues of symbolic support, Israel and military ties, Obama’s trip revealed that his Poland policy is one more of style than of substance. …More

May 27, 2011 | A Migrant's Bill of Rights

Julia Follick: Increasing foreign populations in Europe and North America should not be an overlooked social problem. The solution to the radicalization of migrants is clearer international law, specifically a migrant’s bill of rights, emphasizing uniform rights and promoting fairer treatment. …More

May 20, 2011 | Division of Labor Between the EU and NATO

Stanislav Kulich: The concept of “Division of Labor” has been at the forefront of the EU-NATO debate over effective and mutually acceptable security role-sharing. However, due to the concept’s short-sightedness and inflexibility, cooperation has not gone smoothly. Regretfully as a result, transatlantic rivalry has escalated. …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

May 10, 2011 | Competition Winners: Women on Transatlantic Security

Editorial Team: It is with great pleasure that we are announcing the winners of our op-ed competition sponsored by the United States Mission to NATO and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division. We received over 100 submissions, many of such a high standard that they were used to produce two Atlantic Memos. These memos showcase the best ideas and solutions from our Open Think Tank and are distributed to decision-makers as executive summaries. …More

May 9, 2011 | Deepen the Transatlantic Community

Ira Louis Straus: On top of the transatlantic agenda should be the goal of deepening the transatlantic community on all levels, from the institutional rung of the ladder, to the identity-loyalty rung, to the membership rung. …More

May 4, 2011 | The Private Security Sector: A Call to Debate and Regulate

Erik Tropp: The privatization of security entails more than just a shift from public to private provision of security. While much of the debate tends to focus only on the utility of private security companies, the underlying transformations carry deep political consequences for both how we think and do security. …More

April 27, 2011 | Active Women, Modern Defense: Towards a 50:50 Principle

Nukhet Ahu Sandal: Women can find their voice in defense policies and security matters. They simply need a way in. By actively promoting the recruitment of women to military positions, we can achieve gender equality in modern defense.

April 25, 2011 | Women on Transatlantic Security

Editorial Team: Our Open Think Tank is devoted to promoting women voices in the transatlantic security debate. The op-ed competition in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 10th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 seeks to empower women in peace and security. …More

April 20, 2011 | The Backbone of International Relations

Kathrin Klein: Those of us who work in international education should make their voices heard much better in the political debate. After all, we who know one thing for sure: International relations is not about who is right or wrong. It is about having an open mindset. A mindset that embraces change. …More

April 20, 2011 | Cultural Diplomacy Will Hold Us Together

Sarah Drexler: With the end of the Cold War and the fall of the communist block the world lost its bipolar structure. In order to push for the solution of problems that we face altogether and receive the co-operation we want, we need to foster and (re-)build sustainable alliances and subsequently maintain them. …More

April 19, 2011 | Obama Still Confident for a Nuclear Free World

NATO supports an effective missile defence system enabling defence cooperation between Russia and the US. ++ To maintain the lowest level of nuclear deployment since the 1950s, pressure will be put on Iran to stop it exploiting …More

April 18, 2011 | The Elephant in the Room: Anticipatory Force and NATO Strategy

Jonathan Caskie Preece : This paper analyses the underlying notion of anticipatory force in NATO’s evolving strategic doctrine. …More

April 18, 2011 | Resolution 1325: From Rhetoric to Action

Natasha L Lamoreux: The most expedient way to engage more women at all levels of transnational and transatlantic security efforts, as well as to ensure the safety and security of women in post-conflict, is to move Resolution 1325 from rhetoric to action by enacting a quota-system during conflict resolution processes. …More

April 13, 2011 | Arab Spring: The West's Chance for a Fresh Start

Memo 30: Focusing on societal engagement, economic reform, and military confidence building, we should break with our questionable past and respond to the Arab uprisings by taking bold action to improve our reputation. …More

April 12, 2011 | Germany Has the Whole World in its Hands

With Japan sidelined through domestic crises, Germany has become world’s third power after United States and China. ++ Without German action, European economies and global debt markets are at risk. If Germany does not lead, European …More

April 8, 2011 | Is the EU ill-prepared to meet new global security challenges?

James Cussen: This question is loaded with the baggage of a transatlantic divide on countering terrorism that pre-dates September 11th and at least extends back to the last days of the Clinton presidency. The inadequacies of the American portion of this discussion are challenged for lacking a pragmatic focus. …More

April 1, 2011 | Between Europe and America: Polish choices for the 21st Century

Jeremy Wysakowski-Walters: Polish strategic thinking can only be understood within a social-constructivist framework. This paper looks at Polish foreign policy, with especial regard to US/Polish relations. …More

March 31, 2011 | Transatlantic Deadlock: Iranian Nuclear Talks

Aniseh Bassiri: Almost ten years after the Iranian nuclear issue first emerged, the EU and the US are still struggling to find appropriate means to confront the nuclear aspirations of the Islamic Republic. Alternatives to the failing double track approach of transatlantic sanctions and engagement have to be found. …More

March 30, 2011 | Real Integration Required in Immigration Policy

Soyen Park: Fear of immigrants largely based on false, politically motivated security arguments, including physical and economic security, serve only to play upon the prejudices of citizens. But integration and a focus on realistic, necessary immigration policies will help lead to internal political stability. …More

March 28, 2011 | Implementing the NATO Strategic Concept

Karolina MacLachlan: Rather than resting on laurels after adopting its 2010 Security Concept, NATO now needs to turn to how to best implement it. In the field of crisis management, the creation of a civilian interface capability deserves specific attention when putting the concept into action. …More

March 24, 2011 | The Disappearing State

Caroline Varin: The uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have highlighted the power of the masses against regimes that have failed to deliver essential public services. Yet instead of looking on in the West, people there should look at how their state is also failing to provide with privatization. …More

March 22, 2011 | The World Needs a Unified Policy on Water

Vijeta Rattani and Trupti Sahu: Water is becoming an issue which will change the dynamics of international relations. This has been raised and asserted many times in the past, yet surprisingly, the response of the global community has been passive and vague. The current situation offers the EU and US a chance to work together formulating a multilateral global water policy. …More

March 9, 2011 | Transatlantic Misperceptions: American Views of Europe

Mai'a K. Davis Cross: In this multi-polar world, with rising and often unpredictable powers, the EU and the US must continue to work together to have a global impact and promote their shared values. This relationship will only be strengthened, if Americans overcome their misconceptions about a weak Europe. …More

March 7, 2011 | What Next for NATO?

Rachel J Emery: Many academics and journalists have put forth their own views on the future direction of NATO. However, what stills needs to be taken into account is that expansion of the Alliance’s scope beyond the immediate Euro-Atlantic area is not necessary in the current post Cold War security environment …More

February 24, 2011 | China's Perceived Threat to Transatlantic Security

Mei Gechlik: Hi-tech firms in the US and EU have expressed concerns about China’s indigenous innovation policy. Intellectual property rights and restricted access to the Chinese market for foreign firms are causing friction. The implications of this policy for transatlantic security have so far gained little attention. …More

February 18, 2011 | Targeting Religious Extremism in Pakistan

Eva Maria Krockow: The EU and US urgently need to shift their focus to terrorist threats in Baluchistan, the volatile Pakistani province bordering Afghanistan. Targeted sanctions will help to support the secular population against Islamabad’s clandestine radicalization policies. …More

February 10, 2011 | Is the OSCE Really Necessary?

Andrey Konstantinovich Nikitin: The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe incorporates 56 different countries in the Northern Hemisphere from “Vancouver to Vladivostok” and seeks to foster democracy, human rights and end conflicts in this region. But is it really necessary?


February 9, 2011 | Young Leaders Speak Out in Munich

Felix F. Seidler and Klaus Spiessberger: The Munich Security Conference is a major event in international security. 25 Young Leaders have recently been given the opportunity to join the debate. But is the political establishment willing to accept new ideas on political and security partnership? …More

February 4, 2011 | First Piece of Missile Defense System Now in Place This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO: For the first time, NATO commanders have access to technology which can protect deployed forces from ballistic missile attacks in the field of battle. This interim capability will be further expanded to form the cornerstone of a future missile defense system.


February 4, 2011 | Annette Heuser, Bertelsmann Foundation

Annette Heuser is executive director of the Bertelsmann Foundation Washington DC, a private, nonpartisan operating foundation, working to promote and strengthen transatlantic cooperation. Before launching the Bertelsman
Foundation in …More

February 1, 2011 | Smart Grid Security: A Transatlantic Responsibility

Halley Mallama Aelion: The transatlantic community cannot afford to be dumb about the smart grid. In our globalized world, smart grid technology – “master” digital, communications and energy networks – provides both opportunity and risk. The transatlantic partners need to learn from the Stuxnet incident and deal with cyber security as an international, rather than domestic issue. …More

January 28, 2011 | "Stopping the Trans-Atlantic Drift"

The United States and the EU seem further apart than they have ever been in their policies as much as in public attitudes. For the US, Europe appears to be “less relevant than ever; in Europe, anti-Americanism seems to be drifting into …More

January 26, 2011 | Priorities For the Transatlantic Agenda in 2011

Editorial Team: We would like to thank you for voting in our recent survey on transatlantic priorities. Three key issues which Atlantic Community members would like to focus on in the year ahead are China, the debt threat and climate change. These results as well as your suggestions will guide our thematic focus in 2011. …More

January 23, 2011 | China: To Hug the Panda or Slay the Dragon?

Editorial Team: Differing European and American approaches towards China have often caused tensions. This thesis examines transatlantic diplomatic developments surrounding growing Sino-European links in the strategic high-tech sector. Defence and aerospace are focused on in particular. …More

January 19, 2011 | Western Sahara's Polisario: Crime and Terrorism

Antonin Tisseron: The connection between crime and terrorism within the Polisario Front, Western Sahara’s rebel national liberation movement, is becoming increasingly clear. Moreover, there is also increasing evidence of Al-Qaeda involvement in the organization.


January 18, 2011 | UN Reform: Common Values, Common Goals

Georg Schulze Zumkley: Following its accession to the UN Security Council, Germany is set to promote its core foreign policy values of human rights and the rule of law. With much emphasis on the increasing influence of China, the time is ripe for the Atlantic partners to clearly define and influence the UN mission. Germany should have a bigger role in this process. …More

January 13, 2011 | Europe and China: Weapons for Investment?

Editorial Team: EU countries mired in debt are getting help from an unlikely source: China. The ascendant superpower is buying up large amounts of European bonds and investing heavily in euro zone countries. Moreover, there is talk of a reversal of the long standing EU arms embargo on China. Is this all a coincidence? …More

January 11, 2011 | Into the Blue: Germany's Maritime Security Agenda

Sebastian Bruns: Germany’s presence on the UN Security Council from 2011 to 2012 is a golden opportunity to advance its maritime security agenda. Three key areas in which progress can be made are piracy, the UN presence in Lebanon and international law of the seas. …More

December 30, 2010 | What Should Top the Transatlantic Agenda in 2011?

Editorial Team: We invite you to tell us which three topics you think should top the agenda for the transatlantic partners in 2011. Your preferences will determine’s focus in the New Year. …More

December 27, 2010 | 2010 Highlights: Atlantic Community's Policy Memos

Editorial Team: The Winter break is upon us and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your excellent contributions and to remind you of some of the stand-out achievements of our open think tank over the past year. Your ideas are having an impact at the highest levels of foreign policy planning and implementation. …More

December 27, 2010 | 2010 Highlights: Atlantic Community's Special Projects

Editorial Team: Over the past year, the editorial team has cooperated with a wide range of prominent partners. We have analyzed the potential of digital technology for international politics and civic engagement, supported German soldiers in Afghanistan, determined Russian perspectives on NATO, and much more. …More

December 21, 2010 | Transatlantic Engagement with Iran on the Basis of Common Interests

Colette Grace Mazzucelli: The International Relations Learning Community at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs responds to’s Memos and argues that isolation and regime change in Iran are not viable options. Instead the West has to identify common interests with Tehran. …More

December 16, 2010 | Siegfried Fina, Co-Director of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum

Professor Siegfried Fina is the Co-Director of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum. He focuses on the business-related and technology-related law and policy of the …More

December 15, 2010 | Globalization Versus the State

Alexandra Dobra: It is popularly believed that neoliberalism and globalization go hand in and are detrimental to the power of the State. Indeed, globalization appears as the very enemy of the State, by undermining its democratic capabilities. Nevertheless, both the State and globalization share a symbiotic relationship- they both require each other for survival.


December 13, 2010 | Five Reasons Why Russia Could Join NATO

1: Russia has civilian and democratic control over its army. ++ 2: Russia’s envoy to NATO is a staunch champion of a strengthened relationship with NATO. ++ 3: Russia’s membership of NATO would not be a threat to China. ++ 4: The …More

December 9, 2010 | Implementing NATO's Strategic Concept

Felix F. Seidler: After its recent summit, NATO needs a plan for the implementation of its new strategic concept. The alliance cannot afford the achievements of the summit to fizzle out. Tax payers should demand that the pretensions of “active engagement” and “modern defence” be underlined by concrete actions. …More

December 7, 2010 | Wikileaks: True Drama and Trying Times for Diplomats

Editorial Team: Worldwide audiences got glimpses behind the curtains of U.S. embassies around the world with the publication of the second round of documents by Wikileaks. Most German diplomats and politicians however refused to be swept along by the media hype and stressed the importance of the transatlantic partnership. The real dilemma faced by diplomacy in the digital age is how to maintain the secrecy of sensitive data and protect the trust essential to the successful conduct of daily business. …More

December 7, 2010 | Let's Lobby for a New Ostpolitik in Washington

Olaf Boehnke and Matthew Sohm: The fortieth anniversary of Willy Brandt’s historic visit to Warsaw offers an oppurtunity for the West to rethink how it sees its neighbors to the East. A new START treaty with Russia is key to this, but requires that vested interests in the US be lobbied. …More

December 3, 2010 | Why is Wikileaks Only Targeting the West?

By making the West the focus of recent diplomatic disclosures, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, betrays an agenda every bit as sinister as the one of which he accuses his enemies. ++ Where are the “Chinese embassy Cables”, or the …More

December 3, 2010 | Dr. Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House

In January 2007, Dr. Niblett was appointed director of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), the United Kingdom’s leading foreign policy institute. Chatham House was founded in 1920 and provides …More

November 23, 2010 | Obama's Afterthought: Is the EU Getting Short Shrift?

The recent EU-US Summit has generated an interesting debate among observers. ++ For some, Republicans increased power after the US mid-term elections may threaten transatlantic coordination on major issues such as …More

November 23, 2010 | Global Tasks and Summit Solutions

Transatlantic Relations formed the center of discussion at the recent annual summits of NATO, the United States and the European Union in Lisbon. ++ NATO set out a clear future plan for itself in Afghanistan and endorsed an improved …More

November 22, 2010 | NATO and the Media: Winning Hearts and Minds

Yasser Abumuailek: NATO needs to reach out to both its own citizens and those at risk of being recruited by terrorists through the media. The New Strategic Concept unfortunately overlooks this aspect, as the mass media is a key defensive weapon against terrorist propaganda. …More

November 19, 2010 | Upgrading the Transatlantic Partnership

Johanna Hasting & Diana Gierstorfer: Recent Mid-term elections have left Atlanticists in Europe and the US feeling uneasy about the future of the relationship. However, both sides should still step up efforts to work on closer institutional ties. …More

November 19, 2010 | Revitalizing NATO and Cooperation with Russia

Editorial Team: Atlantic Community members have discussed, made suggestions and contributed to the debate around NATO’s much awaited New Strategic Concept. We have already presented an Atlantic Memo to the Alliance and are currently involved in a Policy Workshop on Russian-Western Relations.


November 19, 2010 | Europe and America: Aligned for the Future

The upcoming NATO and US-EU Summit reflect an enduring truth of American foreign policy: The US relationship with Europe is the cornerstone of its engagement with the world, and a catalyst for global cooperation. ++ “Put simply, we …More

November 17, 2010 | Obama's Transatlantic Challenges

President Obama will shortly meet NATO and EU leaders in Lisbon where he will be presented with urgent, complex challenges. ++ There are a number of things that need to be made clear. ++ An unambiguous determination to prevail in Afghanistan. …More

November 4, 2010 | Defense Cuts: A Rescue Plan for NATO

Hans Binnendijk and Richard Kugler: NATO’s European allies are set to make swingeing cuts in their defence budgets. The following is an 8-point plan for ensuring that austerity policies do not weaken NATO and endanger transatlantic relations. …More

November 2, 2010 | Midterm Elections: What Should Europe Expect from Obama 2.0?

Alexis Leigh Serfaty: The results of the US Midterm Elections will see a Congress comprised of invigorated Republicans and ‘Tea Partiers’. European leaders would be well advised to reach-out to Obama and listen to US political realities more closely than has been the case during the last two years. …More

October 21, 2010 | Dale Medearis, Senior Environmental Planner for the North Virginia Regional Commission

Dale Medearis is the Senior Environmental Planner for the North Virginia Regional Commission. He is particularly interested in promoting the transatlantic exchange of ideas on efforts to …More

October 20, 2010 | Empowering Women in International Relations

Editorial Team: We are launching a new op-ed competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 and to contribute to the implementation of its goal of empowering women in peace and security. …More

October 20, 2010 | Defense Cuts: How do We Get More Bang for Our Buck?

Editorial Team: Across Europe, governments are being forced to rationalize spending on their militaries in what is fast becoming an age of austerity. Aside from changing the fundamental make-up of Europe’s armed forces, this will have wider implications for the transatlantic security agenda. …More

October 19, 2010 | Rebooting NATO: Assessing and Moving Forward

Christopher Lee Davis: The following analysis provides an assessment of the current capabilities as well as recommendations to improve the efficiency and credibility of the NATO Alliance. Short term answers are no longer sufficient; the Alliance must plan for the future and take the necessary measures to remain relevant. …More

October 14, 2010 | Show Me the Money: Burden Sharing Troubles NATO

Lidija Levkovska: Unless burden sharing is adequately addressed in NATO, countries that contribute more may well demand greater influence. If this becomes the case, the primary security challenge for the Alliance will come from NATO’s own backyard. …More

October 4, 2010 | Terrorism: Should Europe and the US Go to Red Alert?

Editorial Team: Counterterrorism officials in France, Germany, Britain, and the United States have given warnings this week about the rising threat of attacks by Al Qaeda and its affiliates, especially in Europe. Are our politicians listening? Are you concerned? …More

September 23, 2010 | Public Support for NATO Remains Consistent

Stefanie Babst: Although a considerable degree of trust and confidence still exists for NATO, many people have difficulties relating it to the new security threats. In particular, the post-Cold War generation only has foggy ideas of NATO’s new missions and policies. In response, NATO is pursuing more open and transparent public diplomacy. …More

September 23, 2010 | Unrequited Love: The Anglo-American "Special Relationship"

Eoin Michael Heaney : Recent events including the Gulf oil spill and another confrontation between the UK and Argentina over the Falkland Islands have prompted the British press to lament the demise of the Special Relationship. But in fact, the success of the partnership is all down to personality and always has been. …More

September 16, 2010 | The Limited Power of Presidential Popularity

Editorial Team: President Obama’s popularity in Europe does not translate into more support for US policies. According to Transatlantic Trends 2010 differences in public opinion remain on Iran and Afghanistan. Europeans are much more pessimistic than Americans regarding the ISAF mission, but they share US support for NATO being prepared to act outside of Europe. …More

September 7, 2010 | Differences in European and American Islamophobia

Islamophobia looks different in Europe than it does in the US, where it gained traction only after 9/11. ++ In Europe, its roots are deeper and “Islamophobia is less thinly veiled.” ++ Demographics however do not lend support to …More

September 6, 2010 | Democratizing States: Nuancing Mainstream State-Civil Society Relations

Editorial Team: The presence of an active, engaging civil society is a “precondition for effective governance.” This international logic is premised on a “watchdog” angle to civil society. …More

August 23, 2010 | The Transformation of NATO's Identity after the Cold War

Dzintars Kalnins: The events of September 11, 2001 changed NATO’s identity by providing the Alliance with a new enemy image. The result provides a case study of how the terrorist challenge brought about an identity change in an international organization. …More

August 20, 2010 | Five Lessons to be Learned From Afghanistan

Felix F. Seidler: NATO’s expected withdrawal from Afghanistan is the result of a loss in focus. The country will hardly be stable in 2014 and beyond. The aims proclaimed by the international community were not realistic in the first place. Decision makers have to take the long view, if they wish to succeed. …More

August 5, 2010 | Whither EU-US Relations?

Lukas Linsi and Mustafa Kutlay: It is quite clear that US-EU relations are far from being satisfactory. More worrying than the cooling down of transatlantic relations in itself, however, is the fact that it is the result of an absence of clear vision and political will on both sides of the Atlantic. …More

August 5, 2010 | Moralisation of Capitalism: The New Enlightenment?

The financial crisis has marked the start of a new chapter in history: the post-western world. ++ The global balance of power is shifting, and the traditional responses of denial from America and soul-searching from Europe …More

August 3, 2010 | US Can't Look to NATO or the EU to Support its Russia Strategy

Stephen Szabo: Europe is proving a foreign policy disappointment to the Obama Administration as it struggles to propound a clearer strategy toward Russia. Washington now recognises that only Berlin has the key to a new relationship with Moscow. …More

August 2, 2010 | Humanitarian Intervention and the Prohibition on the Use of Force

Maya Todorova Stanulova: Humanitarian intervention, although not yet an exception to the prohibition on the use of force in Article 2(4), is steadily transforming into such. …More

August 1, 2010 | Sascha Müller-Kraenner, European Representative of The Nature Conservancy

Foreign policy, European integration and environmental policy are subjects of predilection for Sascha Müller-Kraenner and questions on which he has extensively published in the past. He …More

July 29, 2010 | Europe's Vision Deficit

Guy Sorman: Governments throughout Western Europe are suffering from a dearth of popular support. Leaders from the left, right and center of the political spectrum have all seen drops in approval ratings. They have proven themselves incapable of explaining the economic crisis to their citizens and lack vision. …More

July 28, 2010 | Obama's Grand Strategy and Europe

Erik Brattberg: The new US National Security Strategy should prompt the EU to get its act together. Instead of complaining about its position on Washington’s list of priorities, Europe should aim to recapture its strategic importance by focusing on becoming a more effective foreign policy actor. …More

July 27, 2010 | Turkey Turning East but Looking West

Western opinion holds that Turkey is turning East, but Ankara is actually pursuing a policy centered on its economic and geographic power. ++ Europe remains a key goal, but Turkey has diversified its alliances and no longer depends on the …More

July 26, 2010 | Beef Up the Budget of the I.M.F.

The International Monetary Fund needs to increase its available resources and adjust its policies to new economic realities. ++ Flexible and precautionary credit lines that guarantee some measure of protection against the aftershocks of a …More

July 22, 2010 | Missile-defense Cooperation is a Joint Priority

North America, Europe, and Russia should work together to create a Euro-Atlantic security system based on trilateral missile-defense cooperation. ++ Political rather than technical obstacles have been the main stumbling blocks. …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

July 20, 2010 | The Special Relationship is No Longer So Special

David Cameron’s first visit to the White House will be accompanied by the usual pomp and circumstance, but the special relationship between the UK and the US is devoid of any real substance. ++ Obama and Cameron do not …More

July 19, 2010 | Spain Worried About Cuba's Intentions

With nine newly released political prisoners arriving from Havana today, Spain is now “obliged to try to get the EU to change its policy towards Cuba following this gesture.” ++ The question remains whether the prisoners are …More

July 19, 2010 | GMF's Pro-Turkey Bias

Ulf Gartzke: The West assumes that Turkey’s Islamist AKP government plays a constructive role in the Middle East, promoting “universal values.” This view is dangerously mistaken. Instead of full EU membership, a far more cautious “privileged partnership” between the EU and Turkey should be pursued for now. …More

July 14, 2010 | Africa: Fighting Corruption with Mobile Phones

Once the plaything of the yuppie generation, mobile phones are conquering Africa: Today, nearly 60 percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa have access to the technology. The period 2002 through 2007 witnessed a yearly …More

July 12, 2010 | Where Europe and America Differ on Global Banking Regulation

Avinash Persaud: It is tempting to base ideas for global financial regulation on bashing big banks. The greater problem is that of diverging American and European views on a safer rulebook. …More

July 9, 2010 | Cold Warriors Obstruct the Path to Reset Button

Dmitri Medvedev has launched a charm offensive to secure American acquiescence in Russia’s drive to deepen its integration with Europe. ++ By supporting further sanctions against Iran and the new START, Russia has shown good …More

July 7, 2010 | Calling Human Security? Assessing Civil Society's Mobile Connection

Colette Grace Mazzucelli: The explosive growth of mobile phone use in developing countries brings human rights abuses to the world’s attention. International civil society could become a bulwark of protection against oppressive regimes. …More

July 5, 2010 | Alliances and the Clash of Civilizations

Maya Todorova Stanulova: States from the same civilization are more likely to form an alliance and such an alliance is more likely to be durable than states/alliances across civilizations.

July 1, 2010 | The Broken Promise of the Post-Industrial Economy

The industrial economies of Germany and China have weathered the global financial crisis much better than their high-consumption, post-industrial American competitor. ++ American capitalism has abandoned its manufacturing sector …More

June 29, 2010 | Consumers Can Change Climate

A new study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research shows that a 80% reduction in the emissions caused by agriculture is possible by the year 2055. ++ Considerably less methane and nitrous oxide would be released into the atmosphere, if …More

June 28, 2010 | Permanent Alliance: Is There an Alternative?

Stanley R. Sloan: For NATO to survive, the US must be convinced that political and military cooperation with the Europeans contributes to its security. Meanwhile, it is important for the Europeans to feel that their contribution to US efforts gives them some say in US security decision making. …More

June 23, 2010 | Germany - Yes You Can

Russell Miller: Joachim Gauck should be elected Germany’s next President. These turbulent times are precisely the moment when Germans need the steadying hand and inspirational vision of a good President. Gauck embodies competence and vision in leadership. …More

June 21, 2010 | EU and Russian Federation Need an Association Agreement

Heinrich Bonnenberg and Jakob Schirmer: Because of its special relationship with Russia, Germany should take the lead in bringing about an Association Agreement between the EU and the Russia. Such an agreement would speed up the creation of a whole new Europe. …More

June 18, 2010 | Fabrice Pothier, Director of Carnegie Europe

Fabrice Pothier is the director of Carnegie Europe, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s pan-European foreign policy forum for senior policy makers, experts, and leading journalists. Pothier is a noted commentator on …More

June 15, 2010 | The Safety of Europe is Tied to United States Debt

The United States’ rising debt runs the risk of creating a security threat for Europe.  ++ “Should [Europe] continue to rely on the US? Should it bolster its armed forces to become self-reliant? Or should it …More

June 14, 2010 | Changing Demographics in Europe and NATO

The implications of the demographic changes in Europe and their effect on NATO are a topic that deserves greater attention in the discussions surrounding NATO’s new strategic concept. This notwithstanding, the greatest challenge to …More

June 14, 2010 | BP Taints the "Special Relationship"

US President Obama has stepped up his rhetoric against BP in recent weeks, calling for criminal investigations and increasing efforts to remove the statutory cap on the company’s liability. ++ “Given the extraordinary …More

June 7, 2010 | Asylum Policy as Laid Down in the Stockholm Programme: a Dead-End?

Claire Schaepelynck : The Stockholm Programme appears to place human rights protection right at the heart of the European agenda. However, much is left to individual member states. Hence, the hoped-for improvement on the asylum issue may fail to materialize. …More

May 31, 2010 | Europe Needs to Get Its Act Together

The financial crisis demonstrated that European leadership is virtually nonexistant; only the actions of individual states like Germany, France, and the UK prevented a complete catastrophe. ++ It is “absolutely essential to foresake the …More

May 27, 2010 | Russia's New Elite Increasingly Anti-American

There is “a disturbing trend” among those set to become “the new faces of Russia.” More and more students at Moscow’s elite universities wholeheartedly embrace conspiracy theories, such as George W. …More

May 24, 2010 | Belgian Political Stability and its Implications for the US Economy

Paul Pass: In spite of the present media attention to the economic problems in Greece, a problem is brewing in the heart of Europe that European and American policymakers would be ill-advised to ignore. The possible break-up of the Belgian state might have severe repercussions on the stability of the European Union and negatively affect the US economy as well. For the sake of future transatlantic relations, the US and Europe should pay close attention to the developments in Brussels. …More

May 18, 2010 | A New Concept for Reshaping EU-US Relations

Nicole Gnesotto: The combined power of the two partners, together accounting for more than half of the world’s wealth, and the interdependence of their economies in the current crisis necesitate closer Euro-American cooperation. The stage has theoretically been set for the renewal and further development of a strong partnership between Europe and the United States. …More

May 12, 2010 | HOT ISSUE: Britain's New Government

Editorial Team: The British election has brought yet another coalition government to power in Europe. For Britain, however, it is the first such government since 1945. Some observers see great hope in Mr. Cameron’s rise to power as one of the youngest Prime Ministers ever. Others fear that he faces overwhelming odds and the internal mechanisms of a coalition government could well bring about his downfall as swiftly as his rise. What are the chances of Mr. Cameron’s government succeeding? …More

May 2, 2010 | Who Are the Major Players in Transatlantic Relations?

Editorial Team: TIME Magazine has just published its annual list of the world’s most influential people. Now we would like to ask you, dear readers, who are the biggest movers and shakers in transatlantic relations? Who is setting the transatlantic agenda right now? Who are the most influential leaders and thinkers? …More

April 30, 2010 | Public Portraits: The Northern Frontier Revisited

Ann H. Sontz: The new Atlanticism seeks to revitalize transatlantic cooperation and support shared economic, environmental and political interests. Coherence in cross-border public and private sector participation can be facilitated further through the creation of a centralized data archive that tracks economic growth and infrastructure development. …More

April 30, 2010 | Holding Ratings Agencies Accountable

“If the crisis proves anything, it is that the agencies enjoy too much authority among investors and regulators. Any reform that would loosen their grip on bond markets deserves a shot.” ++ There are several ways to accomplish …More

April 21, 2010 | What Should NATO's New Strategic Concept Look Like?

Djörn Eversteijn: NATO’s new strategic concept should define the alliance’s role in responding to 21st century security threats, while acknowledging that the organisation’s capacities are limited. NATO needs to prioritize and address the so called “desolidarisation” within the alliance, while also reinforcing public support, especially amongst the younger generations. …More

April 14, 2010 | Don't Sacrifice Disarmament at the Altar of Missile Defense

Subrata Ghoshroy: Europe should not throw away a chance to move toward real disarmament by signing on to a costly and misguided missile defense program. Europe should recall the principles behind the now-defunct Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty before embarking on a missile defense venture against a fictitious Iranian threat. …More

April 13, 2010 | Fight Not Flight for US-EU Strategic Dialogue

Tobias Fella: Atlanticists hoped that Barack Obama would be the savior of transatlantic relations, but dashed expectations have strained the relationship. The US and the EU should not be afraid to engage one another to save the alliance. The partners need to promptly engage in a strategic dialogue on transatlantic issues including trade and the Middle East. …More

April 9, 2010 | Growing US-Central European Ties

M. Brzezinski & W. Mitchell: Building a long-term US-Central European relationship requires looking beyond security collaboration. Washington must not repeat the mistake of allowing relations with Central Europe to become disproportionately hinged on a particular initiative or program, and fluctuate according to the ups and downs of the political agenda. …More

April 2, 2010 | No "Special Relationship" Between UK and US

The myth of Britain’s “special relationship” with the US has finally been exposed. ++ Nowadays, the term conjures up images of a United Kingdom subservient to the wishes of Washington and is highly damaging to the reputation and …More

April 2, 2010 | Renewing the Oldest Atlantic Alliance

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made it clear in 2007 that he was “A friend of America,” as he sought to repair damage to a transatlantic relationship that has deteriorated as a result of the Iraq war. ++ More recently, Sarkozy has …More

April 1, 2010 | US Foreign Office Favors Women's Progress

Fifteen years after the Fourth UN Conference on Women, the condition of women worldwide has greatly improved: more and more girls go to school, and the equality between men and women is increasingly being recognised …More

March 30, 2010 | US-Russia Relations Off to a Good START

The US and Russia’s new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) is an important step towards Obama’s goals of stronger diplomatic ties between the former rivals and a stronger front against North Korea and Iran. ++ The arms …More

March 23, 2010 | The "Obama Effect" Unveils Transatlantic Tensions

Kurt Volker: Despite Europe’s public enthusiasm, Barack Obama’s first year in the White House has revealed official dissatisfaction in both the EU and the US over transatlantic relations. Here is a six-step agenda for repairing and strengthening them. …More

March 19, 2010 | "American Dream" Hardly a Deterrent to Radicalization

Jonathan Laurence: A slew of recent arrests of US citizens plotting terrorist attacks has shattered the notion that American multiculturalism and upward mobility is somehow enough to deter extremism. US-EU counter-terrorism efforts must now accept the reality of the threat of home-grown terrorism on both sides of the Atlantic. …More

March 19, 2010 | Obama Distancing Friends, Courting Enemies

President Obama thus far has failed to strengthen relationships with historic allies, focusing instead on a fruitless search for improved relations with adversaries. ++ “This administration pays lip-service to ‘multilateralism,’ …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 | The New Arctic World Order

Robert W. Corell: Science and traditional/local knowledge can play invigorating roles in tackling these Arctic challenges relating to climate change - coupled with the impacts of globalization towards collaborative efforts within and among the Arctic states …More

March 12, 2010 | Indonesia and the US Contemplate Forming a Union

Indonesia is trying to determine whether to increase diplomatic engagement with the US in the run up to Pres. Obama’s visit on March 20. ++ The Asian country could be a good partner for the US as it has proved its …More

March 11, 2010 | How to Better Prepare for the Next Financial Crisis

The financial crisis demonstrated that economic difficulties arise as a result of misguided financial as well as monetary policies. With the crisis a recent memory, the chances are good for tackling the root of the problem …More

March 11, 2010 | Ten Suggestions for Strengthening Transatlantic Ties

The United States and Europe urgently need to reconsider their relationship. There is room for redefining and improving the nature of relations across the Atlantic. Both the United States and Europe should make use of …More

March 10, 2010 | Obama is no Atlanticist

The Obama presidency has left many in Europe disappointed. ++ The post-Bush euphoria has slowly given way to the sobering reality that Europe is not high on Obama’s list of priorities. ++ “The great struggles of the Cold War, which bound …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 9, 2010 | Better Late than Never: Time for Russia to Join NATO

The time has finally come to invite Russia to join NATO. ++ “Trans-Atlantic security needs have changed fundamentally in the last two decades. The East-West confrontation has ended, and Moscow now shares many …More

March 8, 2010 | Obama Has Few Foreign Friends

Obama has been unable to form a personal bond with a foreign leader since assuming the Presidency. ++ A series of snubs have cooled Obama’s relationship with Pres. Sarkozy, Chancellor Merkel, and PM Brown. ++ “In this he is the opposite …More

March 5, 2010 | Alliance Asymmetries

Jackson Janes: In order to maintain its relevancy, NATO must convince the world that is as important now as it was 60 years ago. To to this, NATO should re-affirm its commitment to collective defense within a twenty-first century security context, properly resource deployments, and more equally share burdens. …More

March 5, 2010 | NATO's Women This Article contains Flash-Video

Stefanie Babst: Although NATO and women are not two words that typically go together, the organization is taking a number of actions to increase the representation of women both in policy and on the ground. NATO is an active supporter of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. …More

March 5, 2010 | USA-China-Europe: Tomorrow's New Triad?

Juliette Dixon: With the declining influence of the US, an ageing, slow moving EU and the threatening rise of China, stronger cooperation between the powers in such a sensitive context should be looked at more closely. The culture gap between the East and the West is vivid and prevents the Western powers from finding common ground with the Chinese partner. …More

March 4, 2010 | Biomass, an Energy Source of the Future?

Jean Pierre Schaeken Willemaers: The current European energy scheme is not sustainable. In that perspective all technological options must be considered and energy savings must be the top priority. Among the current renewable energies, biomass is not given the importance it deserves. …More

March 2, 2010 | Europe Adrift

“An inward-focused continent in danger of being left behind.” ++ Europe will be doomed to irrelevancy unless it corrects its geo-political approach in three strategic areas: Islam, Asia, and the transatlantic partnership. ++ By showing “moral cowardice” on the …More

March 2, 2010 | Dutch Exodus a Game Changer

Julian Lindley-French & Kurt Volker: The departure of the highly-acclaimed Dutch force from Uruzghan has ramifications for both regional security and transatlantic relations in a broader sense. If no other European power fills the void, regional security could deteriorate and NATO cohesion will be strained. …More

February 25, 2010 | US-EU Co-operation is Key to Global Governance

Robert Hutchings: The globalised economy and the rise of new economic giants demand a radically reformed international system. But it will nevertheless fall to Europe and America to fashion these new structures for global governance. …More

February 25, 2010 | Is NATO's Future Threatened by the Diverging Priorities of its Members?

Joerg Wolf: The United States and some of its European partners seem to have increasingly different policy priorities. Should NATO members support the surge in Afghanistan and increase their defense budgets? Or should NATO focus on nuclear disarmament?


February 24, 2010 | Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side of the Pond?

US Liberals tend to think the grass is always greener on the other side of the pond. ++ These intellectuals look to other countries as evidence of America’s shortcomings. ++ The problem is that these people only see what …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 22, 2010 | Global Weirding, Not Global Warming

Record snowfall in Washington has fueled American skepticism of climate change. ++ The scientific community must act tough and stop reacting defensively. ++ “The weather gets weird-the hots are expected to get hotter, the wets wetter, the …More

February 22, 2010 | EU-US Couple Better Off Courting Syria

Michael Patrick McCarthy: The EU and the United States are both taking proper steps in their relationship with Syria. While they have some differing interests in the Middle East, both Western strategies could work more successfully if they worked more closely to support each other’s diplomacy with Syria. …More

February 19, 2010 | Israel's Obama-Anxiety is Subsiding

Israelis had been riddled with anxiety since Obama took office. ++ Obama is believed to be naïve about Middle East policy and is seen as being too much of a leftist. ++ Over the past year evidence has emerged to disprove that …More

February 19, 2010 | German Justice Differs for a Reason

Russell Miller: American alarm over Jens Soering’s possible release from a German prison misunderstands Germany’s legal commitment to human dignity. …More

February 17, 2010 | The US Wants its Allies to Support Themselves

Djörn Eversteijn: The new US Quadrennial Defense Review marks a shift away from previous views on international security and warfare. A major objective of the review is to develop the capacity for US partners and allies to solve their own conflicts and security issues. It remains to be seen if this will be an effective approach in combatting security threats. …More

February 16, 2010 | Iranian Sanctions Need to Bite Louder than their Bark

Ahmadinejad’s regime is unlikely to back down from its nuclear ambitions. ++ The Obama administration is taking steps to put pressure on Iran by imposing sanctions through the Treasury Dept., the State Dept., and …More

February 12, 2010 | Four Scenarios for Iran's Future

It is nearly impossible to predict what the future will hold for Iranian politics. Nevertheless, thinking through various conceivable scenarios does provide decision-makers with important cues as to possible future developments. Two variables …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 12, 2010 | More Security for the Global Energy Market

The global energy market is headed towards a crisis. With the entry of China and India, new consumer nations that do not necessarily seek to satisfy their energy needs by the usual commercial deals are forcing their way into the …More

February 12, 2010 | NATO Making Friends with China and India

At the Munich Security Conference, NATO SecGen Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced that the organization will widen its scope to include relations with China, India and other global players. ++ It’s time for NATO to adapt to the new …More

February 12, 2010 | Dealing with a More Assertive China

Andrew Small: The mood on China is beginning to darken. From cyber-attacks to obstinacy in Copenhagen, Beijing’s assertiveness and the hardening tone of its diplomacy are prompting a rethink. If the competitive aspects of the relationship with China are going to dominate in the years ahead, have the US and Europe got their strategies right? …More

February 11, 2010 | The Need for an International Environmental Agency

The high hopes placed in the multilateral decision-making process at the Copenhagen Climate Conference were sorely disappointing. The meeting brought 192 states and 110 heads of state and government together but failed to …More

February 9, 2010 | Emerging Countries Backing Iran on Nuclear Program

China has replaced Russia at the UN Security Council as the one remaining obstacle to coercive sanctions on Iran’s military nuclear ambitions. ++ The possible Chinese veto finds a sound echo among the emerging countries. ++ …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 3, 2010 | London Conference Exposes Contradictions

Last week’s London conference has reached two major consensuses: there needs to be a 5 year plan to shift security responsibilities to the Afghan people and Taliban members need to be lured out their ranks and into the mainstream. …More

February 2, 2010 | Davos Reveals Unexpected Gap

The Davos Economic Forum 2010 reaches very little outcome regarding the current economic and financial challenges. ++ Still, what strikes most is the surprisingly widening gap between fast-recovering emerging economies and old struggling …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 | 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 28, 2010 | What Does the State of the Union Mean for Transatlantic Relations? This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: US President Barack Obama discussed some of the most important issues governing transatlantic affairs in his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and the American public. …More

January 27, 2010 | A Future Without Borders? This Article contains Flash-Video

Parag Khanna: Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter. However, by using maps of the past and present, we can understand the root causes of modern border conflicts worldwide. This oft overlooked explanation gives insight into a series of conflict zones, and can offer simple solutions towards their resolution. …More

January 26, 2010 | Tobin-Tax Revival

Haiti reminds us of our common responsibility to help poor countries in both short and long terms. ++ The climate crisis and the Millennium Development Goals push us to fulfill our duties. ++ The UK will do more by giving out 0.7% of its GDP in aid. Still …More

January 19, 2010 | The Nixon Strategy

Christian E. Rieck: The Bush administration’s spin doctors are doing their best to ensure that history will reflect kindly upon the 43rd president’s legacy. However, like another beleaguered Republican administration, the actual achievements undermined the legitimacy which the United States clearly needs now. …More

January 19, 2010 | Think Global, Act Local

After a short hopeful break, there is more room for “green-scepticism” than ever before. ++ First, Climategate undermined public confidence in the impartiality of academics. ++ Second, the hope put into the Copenhagen conference was …More

January 13, 2010 | EU Diplomacy Acts Tough But Talks Soft, Again

As Baroness Ashton, the brand new face of EU foreign policy, is auditioned by the European parliament, scepticism prevails. ++ The new head of European diplomacy is neither convincing nor federating. ++ Silence remains over hot …More

January 11, 2010 | There Is Such a Thing as Society

Americans fear the heathcare plan is a sign of a shift towards the “lousy” European social democracy. ++ Statistics prove the “Old Continent’s” model to be an economically dynamic one, challenging both the current financial crisis and long-run …More

January 8, 2010 | Asia's Changing Power Dynamics

Brahma Chellaney: Never before have China, India, and Japan been powerful at the same time, yet now they make up the strategic trio that is central to the region’s future. Asia houses the fastest growing markets, fastest-rising military expenditures, and the most volatile hot spots. Thus, these main three actors must find a way to reconcile their interests in Asia. …More

January 7, 2010 | Anchors Aweigh

Sebastian Bruns: A renaissance of NATO’s maritime dimension is necessary in this globalized world, where piracy can wreak havoc on trade and international security. The new strategic concept must take into account the unique and increasing role that waterways will play in the twenty-first century. …More

December 22, 2009 | HOT ISSUE: Losing HOPEnhagen?

Editorial Team: According to some, the resulting accord is an important first step, while others decry Copenhagen as a “climate crime scene.” As of now, the European Union has the only binding carbon deal in the world. What are the real lessons learned from COP15? …More

December 15, 2009 | Crystal Clear on Copenhagen

Following a meeting in Brussels last week, EU leaders have come to an agreement on climate change assistance for developing countries and now expect Washington to follow suit. ++ A total of EUR2.4 billion annually from 2010-2012 was pledged for …More

December 9, 2009 | Why Obama's Giving Europe the Cold Shoulder

As Obama recognizes that we are moving into a post-America world he is bypassing Europe in favour of a multi-partner strategy with powers such as China and Russia. ++ Europe’s infantile attention seeking and complacency is placing …More

December 7, 2009 | The Post-9/11 Era: A Lost Decade

Fabian Martin Lieschke: With President Obama’s announcement to start withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in 2011, we may be tempted to think that the post-9/11 period is giving way to a new era. Yet, it is precisely such thinking that has turned the years after 9/11 into a lost decade. We should not repeat this mistake. …More

December 4, 2009 | Frankenstein's Monster and the Law of the Eternal Compromise

André Budick: The EU is often criticized for its apparent deficit in formulating a coherent foreign and security policy. Yet, that ‘deficit’ really lies at the heart of the EU’s identity as a transnational entity, outside the norms of conventional thinking on International Relations. …More

November 18, 2009 | Medvedev Sticks to the Script, Almost

Joshua Posaner: Dmitri Medvedev’s second state of the nation address gave observers an indication of the complex relationship at the top of Russian politics. His different approach may appear to be shifting Russia away from ‘Putinism’ and towards reform, but this is all just smoke and mirrors. …More

November 13, 2009 | Obama Needs Time and Allies

Editorial Team: One year into a four-year term is too early to judge whether Mr. Obama is living up to his promises, especially in the American system of government. Mr. Obama will need to make major progress on health reform, and find allies across the Atlantic to become a successful president. …More

November 12, 2009 | For & Against: Transparency and the Political Process

For: Transparency Strengthens Citizens’ RightsAnton Howes | Adam Smith Institute | November 2009 The information revolution is about to usher in the “post-democratic” state in Great Britain. The conservative shadow …More

November 11, 2009 | Keep Your Friends Close

A 2009 report by the Anti-Defamation League found that a vast majority of Americans view Israel as a strong ally and are substantially less sympathetic towards Palestine. ++ In fact, the US policy to back Israel is one that consistently receives the …More

November 6, 2009 | Germany's Grace Period is Over

Josef Braml: The US will no longer give Germany a free-pass on sharing “the burden of global responsibility.” As skepticism of American foreign commitments broadens at home, and with Chancellor Merkel’s address before a joint session of Congress, Germany is no longer in a position to drag its heels on issues that the US finds most important. Furthermore, if Germany hopes to have any future sway in US politics, fulfilling expectations now is necessary. …More

November 5, 2009 | Rising to the Challenge

Angela Merkel surpassed expectations at home and impressed the joint session of Congress with her historic speech in Washington on Tuesday. ++ Unlike Adenauer’s, her speech was an enthusiastic acknowledgement of the German-American relationship. ++ With …More

November 5, 2009 | What Obama Should Propose in Beijing

M Brzezinski and M Fung: The success of President Obama’s inaugural visit to China depends on his approach. “Constructive engagement” between Washington and Beijing can break the mold of Sino-US relations if a series of “deliverables” can be agreed upon regarding Pakistan, Afghanistan, and informal military cooperation. …More

November 4, 2009 | Angela Merkel is Europe's Quiet Leader

Anne Applebaum: The international community is not worried that Germany is heading towards a Fourth Reich because Angela Merkel is at the helm. It is the Chancellor’s dull-pragmatism, her “anti-Obama” demeanor, which has allowed her to quietly increase Berlin’s influence, while being roundly applauded. …More

November 3, 2009 | Merkel Must Set The Right Tone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel must set the right tone in Washington, applauding a strong relationship but also showing the determination to step up in a multi-polar world. ++ Realpolitik requires greater cooperation in Afghanistan through …More

November 2, 2009 | Europe is Wasting its "Obama Moment"

Jeremy Shapiro & Nick Witney: Europe needs to start acting as a unified collective if it is to become a credible and strategic partner for the US. If Europe does not step up, the US will look for other partners. …More

October 29, 2009 | Next Step For NATO: Cohesion After Bratislava

Jorge Benitez: After excluding the security concerns of NATO’s eastern members as alliance priorities in the past, Secretary General Rasmussen reveals changes at a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers in Bratislava. Are these real changes in alliance policy or just lip service? The answer will be determined by how NATO settles the issue of contingency planning. …More

October 28, 2009 | Blair for EU President! A Chance for Justice?

This idea of Tony Blair as EU President is an idea abhorrent to many because of his role in launching an illegal war in Iraq and keeping Britain out of the Euro zone. ++ However, his appointment “could do more for world …More

October 23, 2009 | Rasmussen Set to Reinvigorate NATO

Sebastian Bruns: The new Secretary General of NATO needs to seize momentum to reinvigorate NATO’s influence, now the Eurocentric alliance is in decline. He will need tact and diplomacy to act as a mediator between the French and the Americans, whilst keeping the other member states united. …More

October 21, 2009 | The Future of Transatlantic Relations

Vilborg Ása Guðjónsdóttir: Lessons from Disagreements between the United States and Europe from 1954-2009 …More

October 21, 2009 | Obama Should Engage Sudan Carefully

Washington is set to “replace a punishment-heavy approach with one that is more balanced” toward Sudan. ++ President Obama has cited fears of a new terrorist safe haven as the reason for offering talks with President Omar Hassan …More

October 19, 2009 | Is Obama's Domestic Policy Undermining Global Stability?

Greg Randolph Lawson: President Obama’s domestic and foreign policies align in such a way as to likely limit American flexibility in addressing unforeseen threats over the long run. In essence, the President seems ready to bet that “institutional cooperation” will be sufficient to guarantee global stability. …More

October 9, 2009 | Is Obama a Worthy 'Nobel Peace Prize' Winner?

Editorial Team: Barack Obama has just been declared the winner of the ‘Nobel Peace Prize’ beating other nominees such as Chinese dissident Hu Jia, Ingrid Betancourt and Colombian activist Piedad Cordoba. Is it too soon or are you happy with the committee’s decision? …More

October 2, 2009 | Google Books and the Future of Knowledge This Article contains Flash-Video

Video Live Stream: Disappropriation or Infotopia? The Heinrich Boell Foundation considers the promises of “knowledge for all” and the dangers of an information monopoly. In a one day conference the Google Books settlement and its implications for readers, libraries, and authors will be discussed. Recorded live stream here. (In German) …More

September 25, 2009 | US Reset Button Broken as Georgia Pays Price

A renewed naval patrol around the Georgian coast has been Russia’s reaction to the cancellation of the missile defence project as threats are turning into a veiled policy to undermine its sovereignty. ++ “Moscow has …More

September 24, 2009 | The Shield's Dangerous Fallout

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: The cancellation of the missile defense shield in its initially proposed form was inevitable for many. However, this has made the fallout no less dramatic as the risk of setting a dangerous precedent of appeasement with Russia increases. …More

September 21, 2009 | Missile Defense System Still On

Contrary to current reports, the missile defense system in Eastern Europe will be strengthened and not scrapped. ++ The previous proposal would have been delayed until 2017 whilst the current one will see an active defense from the Iranian threat …More

September 18, 2009 | How to Be Compensated for Failure?

Anne Deter: Despite the harsh lesson the banks obviously haven’t learnt. As Sarkozy, Obama and Brown all rail against the excesses of the CEO’s and huge bonus payments the trend continues. A return to the basics of the social market economy could provide the perfect solution and hopefully lead to self regulation. …More

September 17, 2009 | Obama Abandoning Eastern Europe? This Article contains Flash-Video

Greg Randolph Lawson: The Obama Administration’s decision to stop the deployment of the ballistic missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic is unwise. It is unlikely to yield concessions from Russia on key issues and may cause other allies around the globe to question US defense commitments. …More

September 17, 2009 | Strengthening the Non-Aggression Norm within NATO

Ian Davis: Criticism of Germany as an unreliable military ally is widespread and growing. But rather than deregulating the rules of German military engagement, we should be looking to include similar non-aggression clauses in the national legislation of other NATO member states. …More

September 14, 2009 | Performance Matters, Challenges for Democracy Assistance

Marc Saxer: Democracy assistance must seek to strengthen confidence in the ability to perform of the democratic model and step up its efforts to highlight, by discursive means, the long-term benefits of the democratic model. …More

September 11, 2009 | G20 Need to Push Green Technology Markets

Global Green Recovery Task Force: In a report commissioned by the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office, an online task force conducted by the Atlantic Initiative with 26 experts from Germany, the US and the UK, derived green technology market recommendations in three broad areas: 1) generating new sources of revenues to fund green technologies; 2) intensifying dialogue on existing national green policies; and 3) spurring new international co-operation on green technologies. …More

September 9, 2009 | Lots of Love for Obama, Less for US Policy

Editorial Team: The Atlantic Community, alongside its partner the German Marshall Fund, proudly presents this year’s summary of emerging trends in the transatlantic debate. As relations between the EU and US improve divisions still remain over climate change, Afghanistan and Turkey that may still serve to define the future of transatlantic ties. …More

September 2, 2009 | Protecting Human Rights with Credibility and Confrontation This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Günter Nooke: Germany’s Human Rights Commissioner welcomes Washington’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council this month. It is now time for Germany to assist in any way it can to produce a credible front. One step towards this goal would be the acceptance of Guantanamo prisoners. …More

August 28, 2009 | Will Germany Remain Part of the West?

Hans Kundnani: In a sense, the central question of Germany’s post war identity is of whether it constitutes a part of the West or not. As the historian Heinrich August Winkler tells it, Germany has completed its long westward journey. However, the reality is more complicated considering the increasing shift of the Federal Republic’s foreign policy towards Moscow. …More

August 24, 2009 | The UK Was too Hasty to Free al-Megrahi

The release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, is set to develop into a new political crisis for the British government. ++ The US backlash is disproportionate: given their record on the imprisonment of terrorist suspects …More

August 20, 2009 | NATO Should Cooperate with Asia's Rising Powers

NATO should draw Russia into a closer association to consolidate security in Europe and indirectly facilitate “the fading of Russia’s lingering imperial ambitions.” ++ Improved NATO-Russia relations could pave …More

August 10, 2009 | Obama Knows: Cameron Is More than Just Sizzle

Obama said to favour Brown’s substance over David Cameron’s ‘sizzle’ although the White House denies the claims. ++ The private meeting between Obama and Cameron earlier this year shows how important the …More

July 31, 2009 | Is America More European Than Europe?

Editorial Team: We have all heard that America and Europe are worlds apart. But a careful look at social statistics shows that the US is just as “European” as any country in the EU. With the rise of conservative governments in Europe and the new social movement springing up around the Obama Administration, it is time to reconsider current world views. …More

July 29, 2009 | Data Security: Why the US and Europe Cannot Agree

The EU Commission’s willingness to allow the US to access European bank data must be questioned. ++ “How much should personal rights be constrained for anti-terror investigations?” ++ No solution to this …More

July 28, 2009 | USA Ends Dependence on Ukraine and Georgia

Ingo Mannteufel: US President Barack Obama proclaimed a new start in Russian-American relations; now it is the Vice President’s job to initiate a new policy towards the governments of Ukraine and Georgia. Biden made it clear that the US is no longer willing to give these countries whatever it takes to counterbalance Russia. …More

July 27, 2009 | International Law Begins at Home

Jakob Stenfalk: Solving the problems of the 21st century requires broad international cooperation. Having glaring double standards is fundamentally destructive of the trust that such cooperation requires. …More

July 21, 2009 | American Success in Iraq Shuts Europe Up

Christoph Suess: If someone had said two years ago that the US would have largely withdrawn its forces from Iraqi cities by now, he would have been called naive. Nobody here in Europe believed that the Iraqis would be able to handle their own security so soon. Given that, Europe’s silence on the latest US move is suspicious. …More

July 14, 2009 | G8 Is Dead

As a global leadership forum presenting western norms and values, the G8 has failed. ++ The L’Aquila summit showed that emerging economies demand more say at the negotiating table. ++ Former ideals are losing ground to the principle of  “common survival”. ++ The …More

July 8, 2009 | Nonproliferation Needs Action, Not Words

While Russia and the US agree on nonproliferation, global proliferation rises. ++ China and Israel modernize their arsenal; developments in North Korea and Iran endanger world stability. ++ Iran’s nuclear ambitions risk a domino effect …More

July 8, 2009 | Israel's Sea of Enemies

Biden’s words giving Israel the green light for a military strike should Iran obtain nuclear capabilities caused public discomfort. ++ Yet anything less would be irresponsible: Jewish history taught Israel it cannot wait for the worst case scenario - …More

July 7, 2009 | A View of the World after the Crisis

The numerous attempts to explain the financial and
economic crisis range from complicated theses regarding the global financial
system to general theses proclaiming a self-destroying system whose collapse
was long overdue. Along this …More

July 7, 2009 | New NATO Concept a Chance for Europe to Recommit to Alliance

Jan Techau: Drafting a new strategic concept for NATO provides a great chance for Europeans to get real about what it means to be allies and stop the great threat to the continent’s defense - the decoupling of the transatlantic alliance. But this means more and smarter spending on defense and most certainly more casualties. …More

July 6, 2009 | US Needs to Put its Own Interests First in Russia

President Obama’s visit to Moscow is supposed to foster “a more substantive relationship with Russia” - particularly on Iran’s atomic ambitions, Afghanistan and a replacement arms treaty - but Russia hardly looks “inclined to …More

July 6, 2009 | EU-NATO Intelligence Wall Creates an Unnecessary Liability

Jesse Michelle Kalata: The EU and NATO have to increase their strategic co-operation. In times of ever increasing global threats best practices for future missions have to be developed. Only a profound approach to transatlantic governance can establish these prerequisites.

July 3, 2009 | With Russia, Trust is Good, Control is Better

The West can’t ignore Russia’s belligerent moves towards Georgia - warning signs that Russia is not ready for the relationship we seek. ++ “Extensive fighting could
erupt again” and Russia may be preparing to install a puppet …More

July 3, 2009 | Watch Out For Turkey, the Rising Strategic Star

Turkey’s rapprochement with Syria shows its transformation to a confident regional player. ++ The foreign policy crafted by the Islamist regime has three focuses, making Turkey a valuable international partner: to forge ties …More

July 1, 2009 | The Opel Sale: An Elegant Solution for All Involved?

Irina Aervitz: The purchase of a slice of car company Opel by a consortium consisting of Magna, Canada’s largest automobile parts manufacturer, and Sberbank, Russia’s state-owned bank, may be another step in Moscow’s plan to revive the nation’s automotive sector.


July 1, 2009 | World Must Condemn Honduran Coup

The coup against Honduran President Zelaya should be reversed. ++ There must be united international condemnation with heavy pressure from the US, a crucial trade partner. ++ Yet,
the crisis opens the way to address a regional problem. ++ …More

June 30, 2009 | Jeff Gedmin, President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Fighting tyranny through the airwaves is Jeff Gedmin’s goal. He was named president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on February 2, 2007. Prior to taking this new position, Gedmin had been head of the Aspen …More

June 29, 2009 | Is Freedom for Free? Join the Debate! This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: You are in a crowded, run-down basement. Lights are flashing in your eyes and your heart is racing. You’ve broken out in a sweat and it’s running down your back. People are anxious. Someone is screaming. Danger seems imminent. …More

June 26, 2009 | Could Distance Between Obama and Merkel Impair US-German Relations?

Editorial Team: Prior to Chancellor Merkel’s trip to Washington DC both US and German journalists described a strained personal relationship between President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. Do you believe the two leaders’ different personalities and rhetorics have a negative effect on US-German relations? …More

June 24, 2009 | Realism: The Solution to Establishing NATO-Russia Relationship

Luca Ratti: Expansion of NATO membership into Eastern Europe has provoked Russia. NATO must attempt constructive dialogue with Russia to solve this problem. The future and continued success of NATO will depend on either including Russia, or ceasing its open membership policy. …More

June 19, 2009 | Is there a Zimbabwean Solution to the Iranian Crisis?

There are four potential scenarios that could come out of the Iranian crisis. ++ A revolution is unlikely: neither side favors a coup. ++ The regime must avoid a Tiananmen-like crackdown as that would ruin its legitimacy. …More

June 18, 2009 | EU Must Bring Its Expertise to Pakistan

Editorial Team: Terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons are growing threats for the EU. 30 international experts interviewed by nearly unanimously call for a much stronger EU commitments to the stabilization of Pakistan than promised at yesterday’s EU-Pakistan summit. The EU should complement US strategy with a long-term focus on state building. …More

June 17, 2009 | Europe is no Longer a Role Model for the US

Eventually, Europe and the US must be seen as two gravely different societies. ++ America shouldn’t look up to the “bureaucratic powerhouse of the EU” as it was unable to cope with recent crises. ++ There is an essential link between …More

June 15, 2009 | How to Respond to the Iranian Elections? This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: Amid chaos in the streets of Tehran, uncertainty remains as to the legitimacy of the election results and the appropriate response by Western countries. Please weigh in on the situation in our poll. …More

June 15, 2009 | Economic Crisis not Severe Enough to Change Kremlin Policy

Editorial Team: In the third part of our survey, experts agree that the economic crisis is a small window of opportunity for enhanced Western-Russian cooperation, but not (yet) severe enough to make Moscow more amenable. The Kremlin might continue with its assertive foreign policy to deflect from increasing social tensions. …More

June 8, 2009 | NATO's Future Not Solely Dependent on Afghanistan

Since the end of the
Cold War there have been regular prognoses concerning the absolution of NATO.
In fact since then the Alliance has undergone scores of tests: Bosnia, Kosovo,
9/11, Iraq and most recently Afghanistan. …More

June 8, 2009 | Social States: The Myth of the Atlantic Divide

Everyone is familiar with the idea of a “wide
Atlantic” and the alleged fundamental differences between the US and Europe:
the Americans believe in the unbridled free market, while the Europeans only
accept it against their …More

June 8, 2009 | Russian Mindset is Barrier to Improved Relations with the West

Editorial Team: Experts from Europe and the US polled by believe that despite current tensions, Russia and the West have more common than diverging interests. But decades of mistrust have clouded the Russian mindset, and Moscow can’t yet see all that they have in common with the West. …More

June 5, 2009 | Obama's Speech Courageous, but is it Legendary?

Obama has delivered a complaisant speech in the Middle East. ++ “No Western leader before him has been as empathetic and obliging” when addressing the Islamic population. ++The reciprocal dimension of his approach must not …More

June 3, 2009 | State-Backed Opel Deal Poses Threat to Free Markets

Jens F. Laurson & George A. Pieler : The recent deal to save Opel in Europe, which was backed by the US, German and Russian leaders and included a 1.5 billion euro investment from Germany, is not the end of the story. The deal blithely gave the state control of a major industry - putting free markets themselves at stake. …More

June 2, 2009 | Obama's Apologies Undermine US Power

Barack Obama should stop apologizing for his country because it’s weakening the US and making it more vulnerable to attack. ++ Obama wants to engage enemies through the application of “smart power” but recent missile tests by Iran and …More

June 1, 2009 | Russia Should See NATO as Friend Not Foe

Heiko Pääbo: Changing perceptions of the world order have influenced NATO’s open door policy. Russia believes that relations with NATO should be based on mutual respect and is reluctant to see the Alliance as a partner. NATO must maintain its shared values and consider Russia’s interests for a successful partnership. …More

May 29, 2009 | Only China's People Power Can Bring Recovery

US consumers won’t spend us out of the downturn - they lack the leverage: recession ends the old cycle of the US buying up Chinese goods, fueling global growth, building Chinese savings thus financing US borrowing. ++ Recovery is …More

May 28, 2009 | Preventive War and the Erosion of the Westphalian Order

Djörn Eversteijn: In this era of international flux, state power and even state sovereignty are increasingly disputed, questioned and redefined - whether by international corporations due to the war on terror or by preventive war. The state-oriented world order characterized by the Treaty of Westphalia is up for grabs. …More

May 27, 2009 | Russia-West Partnership Hurt by Moscow's Paranoia

André Budick: Russia has an ongoing fear of being encircled and slowly pushed back by the West, making it difficult for other nations to have valuable relations with Moscow. Should the West even pursue a partnership with such a paranoid regime, even though the alternative is very unpleasant? …More

May 26, 2009 | Jonathan Laurence, Transatlantic Academy

Jonathan Laurence is a Transatlantic Academy fellow at the German Marshall Fund, non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an assistant
professor of political science at Boston College. He has received his Ph.D. …More

May 25, 2009 | Atlantic Community: Saving Political Science from Itself This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: Joseph Nye accuses political science of losing relevance and short-changing students by overemphasizing theory in lieu of policymaking. hopes to offer a space where students, academics, and professionals can debate global problems, develop solutions, and formulate policy recommendations. …More

May 25, 2009 | NATO: Striking Bargains with Member States and Russia

Memo 17: Enlargement, Russian relations and internal cooperation will test NATO’s ability to compromise and strike bargains in the upcoming months and years. In return for greater decision-making power, European NATO member states must increase contributions to the Alliance. …More

May 22, 2009 | NATO Alone Cannot Tackle Global Instability

Prosper Thuysbaert: NATO requires assistance in order to facilitate democracy and peace across the world. The United Nations Security Council needs to be reformed and made more globally representative, and smaller regional organizations need to be set up and work alongside NATO to assist failing states. …More

May 20, 2009 | US Must End Cold War Trade Hangover

The Obama Administration must get rid of a “cold war fossil” - the Jackson-Vanik amendment - which makes normal trade relations with Russia contingent on free emigration. ++ Russia has allowed such freedom for years, but the law remains
in …More

May 18, 2009 | EU Hedge Funds Directive is Closet Protectionism

The EU directive which aims to impose new regulation on hedge funds and private equity is a politically driven effort to place obstacles in the way of an industry that is almost exclusively based in the US and the UK. ++ The …More

May 18, 2009 | Hard Road Ahead to Save Pakistan from Collapse

Urs Schrade: Pakistan could be weeks away from full-blown civil war and state collapse. To bring Pakistan back from the brink, international aid must urgently be spent on improving security and economic development. Many Taliban supporters have a financial - not religious - motive for backing the group. …More

May 15, 2009 | Taking Gitmo Inmates Would be a Dangerous Gamble

Ulf Gartzke: The SPD’s candidate for chancellor, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, is risking public backlash and is taking a reckless gamble with the security of the German nation by supporting an Obama administration plan to resettle Guantanamo Bay prisoners in this country. Steinmeier previously opposed the plan when it was suggested by the Bush Administration. …More

May 14, 2009 | We Need to Define NATO's Future Role

NATO, so far the most successful regional security alliance, needs to define its strategic focus.++ While Afghanistan remains the pressing issue, NATO needs to move beyond a focus on the topical hotspots towards long-term strategic …More

May 13, 2009 | Somalia: Prosecuting Pirates and Ensuring a Viable Economy

Memo 16: Combating piracy requires judicial and technical avenues to manage the situation. Conducting effective prosecutions will deter further acts of piracy and regional partnerships with the African Union and Arab League can bring stability and economic development to Somalia. …More

May 11, 2009 | Pragmatic Russians Seek to Exert Influence

Janusz Bugajski: Russia’s priority will be to reinforce its national interests and exert influence over the foreign and security policies of disparate states in an attempt to distract from their domestic problems. This increases the importance for NATO and its allies to work not only with Russia, but also its border countries. …More

May 8, 2009 | Public Must Help Shape a Better, More Open NATO

Ian Davis: NATO needs to become closer to the more than 1 billion stakeholder citizens. Two new public consultation projects aim to make NATO more accountable, transparent and open. NATO must be more agile, flexible and creative when analysing threats and when subsequently dealing with them. …More

May 7, 2009 | Atlantic Initiative Event Excites Audience in Washington

Editorial Team: Web 2.0 technology and social media are reshaping politics and citizen participation on a global scale. The Atlantic Initiative event featured a panel discussion on this topic with Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Andrew Rasiej of Personal Democracy Forum, and Jose Antonio Vargas of The Washington Post. …More

May 7, 2009 | Guantanamo Closing, Detention Still Needed

Prosecution of the legalizers of torture risk candor in political council and distract from questions of enemy detainees. ++ As warriors, committed to destroying our way of life, law of war and military tribunals remain the venue for …More

May 6, 2009 | Limited Strategic Partnership with Russia is Possible

Jeffrey Mankoff: The success of attempts to build a strategic partnership will laregly rest with Russia. Not doing so should not be considered a failure as the positions of both sides would become clearer. Russia has the most to lose from not building a relationship, the West can bide its time. …More

May 5, 2009 | Atlantic Community Wins Third Award!

Editorial Team: We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious “Speaker and Dialogue Prize.” …More

May 4, 2009 | Robust Germany is a Pillar of the Global Economy

Germany’s economic stimulus efforts are comparable to the US’. ++ Strong financial, social welfare and regulatory systems have allowed Germany to absorb the shockwaves from the crisis and the nation is now boosting the global …More

May 1, 2009 | Swine Flu Pandemic Tests WHO Powers

The WHO has only been able to effectively handle pandemics since the enactment of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005. ++ Powers of the WHO under old regulations were limited. ++ The IHR give “a sound legal basis for the WHO …More

April 30, 2009 | Financial Crisis Requires Deeper Changes

The IMF estimates the fiscal costs of rescue efforts to be high and difficult to obtain. ++ Still, the solid logic remains: the fiscal costs of deep recessions are greater than those of rescuing finance. ++ Choices of how to fix the …More

April 30, 2009 | Poland Challenges Transatlantic Relations

A switch is occurring in US-Polish relations. ++ With two wars and the unpopular missile defense proposal, the US is increasingly seen as an uncomfortable, rather than essential security partner. ++ Public opinion is turning to …More

April 29, 2009 | The Next Steps for NATO

Karsten Voigt: The transatlantic Alliance enters a modern era with different global challenges requiring new and innovative approaches. NATO must reassess its geopolitical position in addressing these issues and, if necessary, adapt accordingly. …More

April 28, 2009 | Piracy Requires a Concerted International Response

Abukar Arman: Make no mistake: proliferation of piracy off the Somali coast is a serious problem — not only for the international community but for Somalia, and especially, the current Islamist-led government of national unity. After all, Islamic law has zero tolerance for banditry, whether sea-based or land-based …More

April 27, 2009 | Cohesion Vital for NATO's Future

Olaf Theiler: The balance of burden sharing is crucial to the strength of the alliance. Contributions ranging from military personnel to medical equipment are vital to securing successful outcomes. Ensuring NATO is cohesive is crucial to its future effectiveness. …More

April 23, 2009 | Diplomacy Key to Finding Common Ground

Challenges facing the world offer President Obama a “moment of unique opportunity”. ++ Negotiations are being held with a number of countries on various strategic and political issues. ++ Action is required following this “concert …More

April 23, 2009 | Future of Democracy in Question After Financial Crisis

Bijan Daniel Khezri: Blind faith in democracy is coming to an end. Rather than introducing more regulation, democracies should become more corporate and results-oriented. Until such reform happens, increasing numbers of ambitious citizens will abandon democracies for other nations. …More

April 22, 2009 | Counter the Pirates on Sea with New Strategies

There are 3 truths about the piracy problem: the lawlessness of Somalia creates a safe haven for criminals; the consequences of an attack are significant for shipping companies, its ships and crews; the coalition naval forces are …More

April 16, 2009 | Make Institutions Stronger to Stabilize South East Asia

The unconstitutional rule of Commodore Bainimarama in Fiji and the mayhem in Thailand reinforced the fragility of democracy in South East Asia.++ The problem of young democracies is a lack of restraining institutions to …More

April 14, 2009 | Globalization and Nationalism: An Analysis

Christian von Campe: The process of globalization not only erodes nationalism, but at the same time presents the opportunity for the ideology of nationalism to return to the fore. The current economic crisis presents a new challenge to the globalized world. …More

April 14, 2009 | How Social Media is Changing International Relations

Editorial Team: Join the debate featuring Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Andrew Rasiej (Personal Democracy Forum), and Jose Antonio Vargas (Washington Post) at the launch of Atlantic Initiative U.S. in Washington DC on April 30, 2009. …More

April 9, 2009 | HOT ISSUE: The Verdict on Obama's European Trip

Editorial Team: Does one achievement stand out as a significant development at the infancy of the Obama presidency’s foreign policy, or have the early signs of progress been exaggerated out of context? Take part in our poll and vote what you think Obama’s greatest achievement has been. …More

April 8, 2009 | Turkey's Shift Questions Brussels' Approach

President Obama’s visit to Turkey signals its importance. ++ It can serve as a model of a stable democratic Muslim country and as a strategic bridge “between energy-poor Europe and energy-rich Russia, Central Asia, and the Middle …More

April 8, 2009 | The Economic Crisis Focuses on the G2, Not the G20

President Obama’s “deferential diplomacy” cannot surmount fundamental transatlantic differences, as exemplified by the failure of a wider fiscal stimulus. ++ Demographic patterns dictate policy responses to the …More

April 6, 2009 | Will the Armenian Genocide Issue Shape Future US-Turkey Relations?

Marie Grunert: Ahead of his visit to Turkey, there has been much speculation as to whether President Obama would carry out his intention and recognize the Armenian genocide. In doing so, whilst he would be carrying out an intention stated in his campaign, it could have a lasting impact on US-Turkey relations …More

April 3, 2009 | Repose in US-Russia Tensions Thanks to Crisis?

Some 85% of Russian exports are based on energy and raw materials. Falling prices in the international market mercilessly expose these vulnerabilities of the Russian economy: no other newly industrialized country is so dependent …More

April 3, 2009 | US Losing its "Immigrant Appeal"

The United States is considered the destination of choice by immigrants the world over. Especially highly skilled immigrants regard the US as a land of endless possibilities and ever attractive prospects. However, more and more immigrants …More

April 3, 2009 | Happy Birthday NATO!

On April 4 the Atlantic Alliance will celebrate its 60th birthday. ++ An apt occasion to review its tasks and raison d’etre with a changed décor and security challenges. ++ There are several issues to tackle.  ++ It is clear is that Article 5 …More

April 2, 2009 | NATO in 2020: What Lies Ahead? This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO Livefeed: Right here you had the chance to watch the NATO Youth Forum in Strasbourg from April 2-3, 2009. Distinguished speakers discussed topics ranging from the future security environment and NATO’s role within it, to how NATO can best use new communication channels in order to reach out to the next generation of atlanticists. …More

April 2, 2009 | Nuclear Stress: From Iran to North Korea

The period between April 4-8 will be characterized by tension given North Korea’s plans to launch a rocket and the suspicion that it might be a long range missile. ++ The US spoke of a defensive response if the rocket heads …More

April 2, 2009 | How to Extend NATO's MAP to Ukraine and Georgia

Fabian Martin Lieschke: US leadership can respond to the more imminent challenge of Iranian nuclear ambitions and extend NATO’s Membership Action Plan (MAP) to Ukraine and Georgia. Here is a recommendation to President Obama.

April 1, 2009 | US-UK Relationship: Not so Special Anymore

William Wallace and Christopher Phillips: The “special relationship” between the US and the UK has been characterized as the preeminent transatlantic bond. But the relationship differs as presidents and prime ministers change. The Obama administration is interested in a partnership with the major European states collectively more than with the UK alone. …More

April 1, 2009 | Poor People Will Pay Heavier Toll

Developing countries —even if not located at the at the center of the crisis— will feel the impact of the financial crisis’ “second wave.” ++ As remittances decline and demand for exports falls, poor households …More

April 1, 2009 | Reconciling Frayed Ties

This year holds promise for the Russia-US bilateral relation. ++ The Russian President has argued Russia and the US should attend the G20 and try “establish universal rules and disciplines that would apply to all parties without exception […] …More

March 31, 2009 | The European Union on the "Way to Hell?"

Matthias Stephan Fifka: Recent comments made by Mirek Topolanek concerning the US approach to the global economic downturn have cast a shadow ahead of the G20 meeting in London. Finding solutions to the current crisis will not be easy, and Topolanek’s remarks may make future agreements even harder to acheive. …More

March 30, 2009 | Public Opinion and its Influence in Foreign Policy Making

Rudi Guraziu: The debate between realists and liberals outlines the importance of public opinion in foreign policy making. However, its impact remains limited. …More

March 30, 2009 | Global Development Still on Top of Transatlantic Agenda

Marie Grunert: The US and the EU have strengthened their commitment towards global development. Instead of a pretext to concentrate solely on the domestic scene and resort to protectionism, the economic crisis ought to be used as an opportunity to re-define the development strategies in light of the new challenges. …More

March 26, 2009 | A Bulgarian Should Head NATO

Ira Louis Straus: Bulgaria’s former foreign minister Solomon Passy is the best candidate running for the position of NATO Secretary General. His better understanding of Atlanticism stems out of Bulgarian Atlanticism, which unlike most Eastern European Atlanticisms has managed to overcome Cold War attitudes. …More

March 26, 2009 | Obama's Nuclear Disarmament Plans

Obama stated that he would restart talks on arms controls. ++ The upcoming meeting between Obama and Medvedev on April 1st offers an opportunity to negotiate a successor to START I. ++ Similarly, Obama’s next moves should be to …More

March 25, 2009 | Going it Alone: The Case of Latin America

Florian Kuhne: Latin America can realize its potential and become one of the powerful global players if it is able to establish a true community of nations. In order to so do, it must shake of the shackles of its past, and its links to the US. …More

March 24, 2009 | Realism Still Carries the Day

The election of President Obama created hope that realism will cease to determine US foreign policy. ++ But the changing attitude of Obama towards the Armenian genocide prioritizes American-Turkish relations—and American national …More

March 24, 2009 | Iran and US Share Their First Words

Obama used television to address the people and government of Iran. ++ The President invited Iran into the “community of nations” but reminded them that rights come with responsibilities. ++ Iran replied by saying that actions …More

March 23, 2009 | Romanticism Should Guide the G20

Romanticism has something to say in the upcoming G20 meeting concerning the “limits of universal rationalist solutions.” ++ While globalization demands co-ordinated responses, national or perhaps regional solutions might be effective as …More

March 23, 2009 | Have Faith in the Market

Nobel Prize Winner Gary Becker argues that the current economic crisis is born out of big government, the Fed’s low interest rates policy, and the “bubble mentality” meaning the reckless borrowing based on “expectations that …More

March 17, 2009 | Priorities for the Transatlantic Agenda

Editorial Team: Atlantic Community members have voted: NATO, Russia and the international trade order are at the top of the transatlantic agenda. We will use these results as the map for our thematic focus in 2009. …More

March 17, 2009 | Iran Elections Stir Concern

The upcoming Arab summit is causing a lot of diplomatic activity in the Middle East. ++ Three Gulf states have warned Qatar that if Iran attends the meeting their representation will weaken, which marks a shift from the usual …More

March 17, 2009 | Quick, Sell Arms to India

India’s reliance on Russia for defense equipment is largely ineffective and increasingly dangerous. ++ The entire Russian fleet of MiG-29 is seen to suffer structural defects and adds to the fact that “Russia’s defense …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

March 13, 2009 | North Korea's Religious Nature

Mike Chinoy says that North Korea should be seen as a “religious camp grafted on to a very conservative, inward-looking society steeped in Confucian tradition, where the purpose of life is to glorify the reigning deity.” …More

March 13, 2009 | France Re-Discovers NATO

After 43 years of abstinence France is returning to NATO. ++ President Sarkozy decided that France should “reintegrat[e] into all structures of the Atlantic alliance.” ++ The move brings France closer to the US and undoes de Gaulle’s …More

March 12, 2009 | The Misinterpretation of the Financial Crisis

Noble Prize winner Amartya Sen argues that the current global crisis does not signal the end of capitalism, but rather calls for rethinking the nature of capitalism. ++ Sen refers to Adam Smith to argue that the pioneer of the …More

March 12, 2009 | Russia is Out Scheming Again

While a US victory in Afghanistan would benefit Russia in terms of controlling the spread of Islamists in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Russia needs to be prepared for potential failure. ++ Given that the potential of a Russian led military force …More

March 12, 2009 | Governance and Science: The Emerging Fourth Sector

Noah Chutz: Structures of global governance are too clumsy to effectively respond to the challenges of climate change. The international community and the private sector will continue to operate in an uncoordinated and self-interested manner. Only science, a new fourth sector, can rescue the planet from its impending peril. …More

March 10, 2009 | Hillary Resets the Start Button

Secretary of State Clinton’s European trip set out the seriousness of the Obama administration’s commitment and marked a new era of transatlantic relations. ++ The tête à tête between Clinton and Lavrov — symbolized by a …More

March 9, 2009 | An Empty Special Relationship

Gordon Brown, like several of his predecessors, is incapable of admitting how unbalanced the UK’s special relationship with the US really is.++ But has it ever been a relationship amongst equals? ++ Even Churchill, who coined the phrase, was aware …More

March 6, 2009 | Expectations Run Too High as Clinton Visits Europe

Hillary Clinton is in Brussels, but “will trans-Atlantic relations soon be sunshine and roses again” as hoped in the European capital? ++ For the time being it doesn’t look like it; Europe continues to feel ignored and America …More

March 6, 2009 | France Don't Panic Your Voice Will Be Heard

The argument that France would lose its diplomatic freedom and image of independent power by re-integrating into the military structure of NATO is unfounded. ++ It would assure France a better defense of its national interests. ++ …More

March 6, 2009 | The Dawn of Socialism in the US

Obama’s election worried those who fear creeping socialism. ++ Today’s democratic socialism has little interest in nationalization and abolishing the private market. ++ It aims to humanize and democratize capitalism, allowing free …More

March 5, 2009 | Things Can Only Get Better: Meeting the Challenges of Global Governance

Jacob Comenetz: The key to a future of successful global governance is to embrace the trends towards regionalization and transgovernmentalism, and work constructively to support and develop the evolution of structures corresponding to these paradigms. …More

March 3, 2009 | A "Green Stimulus" for Growth and Jobs

inauguration of US President Obama was overshadowed by the financial crisis,
which for the time being will set the agenda in the White House. High on the
list of priorities is the nearly 800 billion US dollar stimulus package. …More

March 3, 2009 | A Transatlantic Compact for the 21st Century

This April NATO will celebrate its 60th anniversary at its summits in Strasbourg, Baden-Baden and Kiel.
The Alliance
should use this opportunity to declare its future strategy. This could be the
first step towards a new …More

March 3, 2009 | Space Debris Endangers Communication and Safety

The collision of the American iridium mobile
communication satellite with a Russian satellite wreck on February 10th left behind a huge cloud of rubbish in outer space. There are 18,000 objects
bigger than 10cm in size …More

March 3, 2009 | US Nuclear Weapons in Europe Are Obsolete

Claudine Lamond: The argument that US nuclear weapons in Europe are essential to security provision is losing its persuasion force. NATO’s Strategic Concept (2009) is an opportunity to reassess the idea that the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe enhances European security.


March 3, 2009 | This Time Around, Think of Ethics

The financial crisis was not a total shock; some economists - Stiglitz - warned of the dangers which inhabited the global economy. ++ Currently, the use of public funds to revive the economy will only succeed if done in an ethical way …More

March 3, 2009 | The Ones Behind the Scenes are Equally Important

From the time of Machiavelli to today, academics were present in politics. ++ Kennan is seen as the “father” of America’s policy of “containment” in his theory that communism has an innate need …More

March 2, 2009 | A New "Hot" Spot in the Middle East.

Pakistan is the place where the US should concentrate, given the Taliban’s dominance in the Swat region and the recent ceasefire based on the adoption of sharia law. ++ Similar past agreements did little to prevent extreme …More

February 27, 2009 | Japan Must Find its Place in the 21st Century

Japan fears abandonment. ++ The US has tried to reassure it by making it the first stop on Clinton’s tour and receiving PM Aso as the first foreign dignitary in Washington, but this does not suffice. ++ Tokyo has difficulty …More

February 27, 2009 | Bring on the New Center-Left

The UK Tories will be back in power within 15 months, it seems almost certain. ++ In hand with this, Thatcherism is being revisited 30 years after it began. ++ But too stark a comparison between now and then is foolish. ++ Thatcher was a product …More

February 26, 2009 | Lure France Back into NATO

When France left NATO’s permanent command structure 43 years ago, it was confident in its decision. ++ Contemporary realties —the financial crisis and the need for transatlantic cooperation in light of a slowly emerging …More

February 26, 2009 | Brown Must Bring the Global Agenda to Obama

Next week’s meeting with Obama offers PM Brown a chance to inject some energy into his ailing premiership. ++ But the discussion must be more than a photo-op: a closely coordination “war against economic horror” is …More

February 26, 2009 | Unity in Diversity: EU-US Collaboration in Colombia

Dorly Castaneda: European and American approaches to Colombia’s troubled democracy are currently hindered by a lack of coordination. Whilst each party has different interests in the region, Obama’s new multilateralism offers the perfect umbrella under which to use their different leverage powers to secure peace. …More

February 25, 2009 | Obama Will Save the World at the G-20

Obama is the only man who can bring about effective change and make the financial crisis a passed nightmare: “he is untainted, popular and leader of the country that, for good and ill, remains central.” ++ On the occasion of the G-20 he …More

February 25, 2009 | West, Stuborness Doesn't Pay Off!

Albeit at a slow pace, Iran is proceeding with its uranium enrichment program. ++ Unless the West completely reconsiders its diplomacy tactic vis à vis Iran, it is difficult to imagine a changed scenario: “years have been lost to …More

February 25, 2009 | NATO to Lead the War on Terror

Yasser Abumuailek: If NATO applies global governance principles, it will be able to become the global leader in combating terrorism. Its military expertise and success in security provision, a sense of global legitimacy and its civilian-military approach to security promise success.


February 24, 2009 | The Longevity of the UNSC Will Depend on Successful Democratization

Kay-Michael Dankl: If the UNSC is to maintain its international legitimacy specific procedural features should be reformed, and the principle of equity of states should be strengthened.

February 23, 2009 | Obama, If You Play with Fire You Get Burned

Hit hard by the financial crisis, now is no time for Russia to make enemies and the Kremlin should be content that Obama opted for an extended-hand diplomacy. ++ Yet, “even if Medvedev goes for detente, he may not be able to …More

February 20, 2009 | NATO's New Public Diplomacy: The Art of Engaging and Influencing

Stefanie Babst: If governments are to deal effectively with the key foreign policy challenges of our age, they must engage in a new form of public diplomacy: one that combines understanding a given challenge with the ability to mobilize networks and public support to bring about concrete change. …More

February 19, 2009 | NATO Is Not the Answer

Sarkozy’s decision to rejoin NATO’s military command is the wrong response to the new era Obama has ushered in. ++ NATO remains an organization designed for the Cold War era without the legitimacy to take on a universal role. ++ Sarkozy is …More

February 19, 2009 | Khamenei Holds The Keys to Iran's Future

Whilst he does not possess absolute authority, on Iran’s political stage nothing can be done without the green light of Ayatollah Khamenei: “he can no more be bypassed than the Great Recession.” ++ The relevance for the US is that …More

February 19, 2009 | Beware of Creeping Totalitarianism

Britain has always taken pride in its liberalism: unrestricted individual liberty, a right to privacy, outmost respect for human rights. ++ But the current paranoia with CCTV cameras, data collection and unjustified surveillance threatens to …More

February 18, 2009 | Afghanistan: Achilles Heel of Transatlantic Alliance

The pledge for a new era of cooperation made by Joe Biden during the Security Conference in Munich has been received with great enthusiasm worldwide. ++ Europe is, however, slowly realizing that the cost of Obama’s …More

February 17, 2009 | Next Year is Too Late; Act Now for Green Growth

The recovery of the economy lies, justifiably, at the center of political attention. ++ But while states are busy coming up with stimulus plans they should not neglect the environment. ++ A three-step plan should be conceived. …More

February 17, 2009 | Don't Worry, It's All Part of the Game

When comparing the recession-prone capitalist system to the recession-free communist system, it is surprising that it is the latter which has collapsed. ++ Despite numerous predictions of its demise, capitalism continues in the …More

February 16, 2009 | The Cost of Change

A lot has happened recently, but the event which still steals the thunder is the election of President Obama and the new foreign policy he has designed for the US. ++ The Munich Security Conference offers confirmation; Biden came to Europe and promised …More

February 16, 2009 | Iran: Between Islam and Modernity

From the Alborz Mountains one catches sight of Tehran, a world apart in terms of political and religious liberties. ++ In the mountains “everything” is permitted, and several young people flee there to escape the physical and mental …More

February 13, 2009 | The Birth of Democracy in Iraq

The success of the Iraqi election shot down Washington’s contention that democracy in Iraq was a fantasy and provided stark contrast to the post-Saddam days when “the only communal or social ties […] were those of ethnicity and …More

February 13, 2009 | Israel: Two Winners in Rotation?

Livni and Netayahu are like Schröder and Merkel, but may go another way. ++ Both “have won,” Livni with the largest party, Netanyahu due to the strength of the right. ++ Lieberman, leader of the secular far right, could deal with …More

February 12, 2009 | Appeasing Russia Over Missiles in Eastern Europe

Biden’s comment at the Security Conference in Munich regarding the need for expert opinion prior to deploying defense missiles in Eastern Europe has raised fear in the Czech Republic. ++ “It’s beginning to look as though the …More

February 12, 2009 | Russia Should Learn the Rules in Ukraine

The Russian ambassador to Kiev has stated that Russian influence in the region is diminishing due to changed attitudes within the country and the large US presence there. ++ While the Obama administration will continue to lure Ukraine …More

February 12, 2009 | A NATO Rethink Is In Order

NATO’s effectiveness is being jeopardized by a series of disputes over its purpose. ++ Proposals for a European army, supported by UK Defense Sec. Hutton, would deplete NATO and undermine its efforts. ++ The alliance is also threatened by …More

February 11, 2009 | Obama Lays Down Demands For Germany

The Munich Security Conference revealed to Germany the price it will have to pay if it wants to be America’s dear friend: increased troop deployment in Afghanistan and a preparedness to stand by the US if Iran remains uncooperative. …More

February 11, 2009 | Democracies Advocate War

The world’s most recent wars —Gaza 09, Iraq 03 — had the same objective: secure deterrence through the extreme suffering of civilians. ++ This policy has left many speechless as it revealed a “tacit endorsement by large democratic …More

February 10, 2009 | Israel Shows Suspicion of Obama

Israel is going to the polls today yet there is little feeling that the election will be a watershed on Israel’s Gaza policy. ++ The outcome of the election will most probably result in the formation of a right of center, status quo …More

February 9, 2009 | Advocate For More War

Netanyahu aims to be Israel’s PM on the promise of more war: “we must smash Hamas power in Gaza.” ++ This attitude would complicate Obama’s policy of using diplomacy to address ME conflicts. ++ While US concerns are not ungrounded — during …More

February 9, 2009 | Do Not Confront Iran

The upcoming Iranian election is a critical one: the big question is whether the new president will seek to normalize relations with the West. ++ The former reformist President Khatami disappointed reform aspirations and the current president is …More

February 9, 2009 | The Case for Germany First

Tyson Barker: Biden’s historic first visit to Germany underscores a new reality in trans-Atlantic relations when the US is looking for partners on the tough economic and political questions, the road to Europe goes through Berlin. …More

February 9, 2009 | Which Topics Should be Prioritized on the 2009 Transatlantic Agenda?

Editorial Team: The new Democrat administration and Europe’s positive welcome of President Obama promise to revitalize the transatlantic relationship. We are inviting you to tell us which three topics you think the US and Europe should prioritize. Your preferences will determine our focus in 2009.

February 6, 2009 | In Munich, Testosterone Rules the World

The Munich Conference on Security Policy needs renewal. ++ In 2007 Putin declared the end of unipolarity here. ++ This year NATO seeks discreet dialog with Russia, but the focus will be on the seating of US and Iranian delegations. ++ …More

February 5, 2009 | British Lament Changes to "Special Relationship"

Nothing upsets the British diplomatic core more than a threat to their half-century old “special relationship” with the US. ++ UK FM Miliband dashed to Washington yesterday to beat the French and Germans in the …More

February 5, 2009 | Iraq; America's Unexpected Ally

The US finds itself involved in most of the regional conflicts in the M-E. ++ When the US looks for a friendly face in the region it is confronted with hostile regional states (Iran), strategic liabilities (Afghanistan), and allies which …More

February 4, 2009 | Steinmeier Turns the Page on the Bush Years

Prior to his trip to the US, German FM Steinmeier has stated that he wants to start a new disarmament initiative, a cornerstone of the Obama administration. ++ Russia should also be addressed and the NATO-Russia Council revitalized, …More

February 4, 2009 |, a Landmark in the Land of Ideas

Jules Gal: “Germany – Land of Ideas,” with the patronage of the Federal President of Germany and Deutsche Bank, honors organizations demonstrating innovation and civic engagement. was selected, and the award ceremony was accompanied by a panel discussion regarding the role of online platforms in politics. …More

February 3, 2009 | To Follow or to Abstain?

Obama’s presidency is causing political divisions in Berlin. ++ Merkel is patiently waiting to see Obama’s actual policy plans before giving her unconditional support. ++ FM Steinmeier, on the other hand, has enthusiastically joined …More

February 2, 2009 | Erdogan's AKP Alienates Turkey From the West

Developments in Turkey since AKP’s accession to power in 2002 are seriously compromising the special relation between Ankara and the West. ++ Activities at both the domestic — discrimination against women — and international …More

February 2, 2009 | Making Europe's Relationship With Obama More Than a Flirt

Jordan Michael Smith: The unprecedented enthusiasm with which the election of President Obama has been received in Europe is destined to sink when European and American interests conflict. Measures can, however, be applied on both sides of the Atlantic to secure the positive development of the Euro-American relationship. …More

January 29, 2009 | The New Feel of Washington This Article contains Flash-Video

Rüdiger Lentz: Inclusiveness, openness and transparency are the key experiences of the early Obama administration, according to Rüdiger Lentz, President of Atlantic Initiative U.S. in his new video message. …More

January 27, 2009 | Finally, the End of Immigration

The financial crisis may produce an “automated” solution to migration: as jobs lessen immigration currents are reduced. ++ In the US, the numbers of those “caught trying to sneak in […] from Mexico is at its lowest level …More

January 26, 2009 | The Dawn of Liberalism

US liberalism has enjoyed popularity in cycles. ++ In the 1980s, liberal ideas were at a low as social unrest and low wages reflected “liberal governance [as] demanding far too much sacrifice.” ++ Obama is eager to revive the pre 1970s …More

January 26, 2009 | US-Germany: Time To Reawaken the Relationship

Iraq has only confirmed the souring of German-US relations. ++ The golden years of friendship following WW2, characterized by the Marshall Plan and lasting until German reunification, seem distant. ++ Even Obama does not appear …More

January 23, 2009 | The US Bubble Will Not Be Helped More Debt

Obama spoke of sacrifice, but the only ones sacrificing are the Chinese, Japanese and Saudis who fund America’s debt. ++ These countries are the sole creditor nations able to buy bonds to finance the spending expected by Americans. …More

January 22, 2009 | The Verdict on the Global Financial Crisis

The solution to the financial crisis — probably the product of excess supply and demand due to “huge asset price bubbles” — may lie with a simple economic equation: “at world level, supply must equal …More

January 21, 2009 | A Surprising Inauguration Speech

Now that the long-awaited inauguration of Barack Obama has been and gone, it is time to evaluate the first words of the new US president. ++ The speech appears poor in terms of language and one is surprised that “Obama the writer” …More

January 20, 2009 | Time to Start Transatlantic Relations Afresh

Memo 10: In this new era under the Obama White House, it is high time for a transformation of transatlantic relations. The US must distance itself from the unipolar policies of the past and come to terms with a multipolar world. The EU has to develop more proactive policies. …More

January 20, 2009 | ''The End of Ideology''

The 1960s were expected to be the period when ideological tensions would ease in the US. ++ However, feminism, the rise of information technology and the Vietnam War challenged social cohesion and introduced ideological politics, which penetrated …More

January 19, 2009 | Is Obama the Next Abraham Lincoln?

Barack Obama has repeatedly expressed admiration for the man who managed to abolish slavery: Abraham Lincoln. ++ Indeed, the two men seem to have a lot in common given their shared belief in inalienable rights and economic independence, …More

January 16, 2009 | HOT ISSUE: UK Slams Poor European Committment in Afghanistan

From the Editorial Team: British Defence Secretary John Hutton has called upon NATO allies to pull their weight and share the burden in Afghanistan. In one of the most outspoken speeches from a British defence minister in years, Hutton reprimands some EU members for a lack of commitment to global security interests. …More

January 16, 2009 | Obama's Europe

Under Bush, relations between Europe and the US have been tense, with disagreements causing concerns of a break up of the special transatlantic partnership. ++ Pessimism seems to be persisting, despite the coming of a new President. ++ However, the situation …More

January 16, 2009 | Wins Second Award

From the Editorial Team: We have been given the honor of being selected as “A Landmark in the Land of Ideas 2009.” …More

January 16, 2009 | Obama to Revive Relations With Turkey?

The US-Turkey bilateral relation is under strain due to disagreement over policy under the Bush administration and many hope that the change of Presidency will bring a change of feeling. ++ However, this might not be the whole story …More

January 15, 2009 | What Sikorski Brings to NATO

Tyson Barker: NATO is consistently looking for a means of reinventing itself to increase its relevance in the post-Cold War era. By boldly appointing Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski as the next Secretary General of NATO, the alliance can start the process in earnest. …More

January 13, 2009 | Protecting Boarders or Protecting People?

Criticism has been directed against British Immigration Minister Woolas’ contesting the Geneva Convention - cornerstone of humanitarian law setting standards on the treatment of noncombatants and prisoners of war. ++ Woolas claims …More

January 12, 2009 | A New Strategy for Afghanistan

Assem Akram: It is time for strategy overhaul in Afghanistan. The size of the Afghan army must be dramatically increased; foreign troops should lock down borders; Pakistan must become a partner in providing solutions in Afghanistan; and the Afghan government needs top-to-bottom reform. Progress can only come with security. …More

December 19, 2008 | A New Consensus for Global Financial Regulation

“We need a financial system that operates with less leverage, has stronger oversight, and is more transparent.” ++ Already existing regulators have been under pressure from top-earning bankers to not use their powers. ++ The US …More

December 19, 2008 | Young Atlanticists' Views on NATO, Russia and Obama This Article contains Flash-Video

Interviews with YATA Delegates: Youth Atlantic Treaty Association delegates interviewed at their General Assembly held in Berlin in November 2008. The topics range from Russian relations to what Obama will ask Europe to do. …More

December 18, 2008 | NATO Must Find Political Voice

NATO has become “a military alliance without any political clout” and is in the midst of an identity crisis. ++ The campaign in Afghanistan is suffering because of NATO’s lack of a political voice and a lack of cohesion between …More

December 17, 2008 | Turkey Knows How to Mediate In the Middle East

Over the last year Turkey has accomplished more in the Middle East than the entire transatlantic contingent. ++ Last week Erdogan negotiated with the Afghan and Pakistani presidents over economic projects, in which both countries …More

December 12, 2008 | How And Why Did NATO Survive the Bush Doctrine?

Stanley R. Sloan: The hegemonic behavior of the Bush administration during its first term almost led to the end of the transatlantic partnership. The US will not be able to face the challenges of this century without its allies and NATO. A closely coordinated US-EU-NATO cooperation is essential to attain shared interests. …More

December 12, 2008 | Delaying Indictments on Sudan Requires Peace Talks

The international community has done little to end the atrocities committed by Sudanese militia in Darfur. ++ President Bashir has pledged to punish “anyone guilty of crimes in Darfur.” ++ The African Union as well …More

December 11, 2008 | Human Rights in Need of Overhaul

Yesterday marked the 60th anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. ++ There is still much work to be done. ++ The UN Human Rights Council, established in 2006, has been hampered by America’s absence. ++ Compounding …More

December 10, 2008 | Wrong Approaches in DR Congo

MONUC, the biggest peace mission worldwide, has not managed to stabilize the situation in DR Congo. ++ The unfair distribution of power and resources as well as militaristic thinking, on which political decisions are based, constitute the roots of …More

December 9, 2008 | Germany Wins on Globalization, but Not All Germans are Winners

Markus Drake: What do you do when your research yields clear results, but business interests and politicians pick up only a narrow part of the message? Shouting louder is certainly not an option. Professor Daniel S. Hamilton faced this dilemma when presenting his research on Germany and globalization at the event The Global Marketplace 2020: Where Will Germany Be? …More

December 9, 2008 | A Global European Union is Possible

We now have an opportunity for a world government - a global currency, supreme court, law, civil service, and military force, as in the EU, is possible. ++ Global warming, the financial crisis and the war on terror offer reasons for such …More

December 9, 2008 | Georgia and Ukraine: Circumnavigating the MAP

Jeffrey Mankoff: Washington and London have proposed dropping the NATO MAPs for Georgia and Ukraine, favoring an open-ended development plan for both countries. Germany and France protest such unorthodoxy, but this more flexible approach might allow NATO to balance its Russian interests with eventual expansion. …More

December 5, 2008 | What Makes a 'Global' City?

Today globalization takes place in places where masses of people live and work: in cities. But in order to earn the title “global” a city must provide ideas and value that impact the rest of the world. Additionally, global cities are …More

December 5, 2008 | "Unilateral Germany Threatens to Weaken Europe"

Germany’s increasingly unilateral foreign policies are causing unrest within the EU and Atlantic alliance. ++ The US, UK and France are frustrated by Berlin’s reluctance to impose sanctions on Iran as well as its …More

December 5, 2008 | How to Repair Our Relationship with Europe

Matthew Yglesias: US relationships with EU countries have been marred not only by our disastrous military engagements but also by a lack of actual diplomacy from the Bush administration. A return to the hallmarks of a liberal society coupled with the simple measure of common courtesy would go a long way. …More

December 4, 2008 | Institutions and State Actors in Transatlantic Cooperation This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with John C. Kornblum: The former US ambassador to Germany outlines the role of states, institutions and high-level political leaders in the transatlantic relationship at a conference hosted in Berlin by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS). …More

December 4, 2008 | "Gloom, but Not Doom"

“Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World” portends a severely diminished role for the US and a planet hobbled by multipolarity. ++ The irony is that the Bush administration, in their attempt to further American preeminence, has done …More

December 3, 2008 | Obama the Atlanticist?

Nanne Zwagerman: Transatlantic themes were not central to President-elect Obama’s campaign. With the shape of the team unfolding, his Presidency now looks likely to signal a renaissance of the transatlantic alliance. This may well be a shrewd strategy for foreign relations as well as his domestic agenda. …More

December 2, 2008 | Averting the Clinton Challenge

Contrary to his promise to distance himself from the “Clinton political method,” Obama has set up a “Team of Rivals,” assigning Hillary Clinton to the important office of secretary of state. ++ His choice can be viewed as …More

December 1, 2008 | US Elections Boost Initiative to Reopen Amerika Haus Berlin This Article contains Flash-Video

Editorial Team: A civil society initiative is working to reopen the Amerika Haus Berlin, where permanent activities were suspended in 2006. A two month series of panel discussions about the US elections of 2008 brought the house back to life, and showed the potential of this open meeting space. …More

November 28, 2008 | Obama's Multipolar Moment

Wess Mitchell: President-elect Obama will be the first president facing the reality of global multipolarity. In view of the intricate international agenda that is challenging US policy, Obama must break with the unipolar mentality of President Bush. He must distance himself from his predecessors bipolar approaches and adjust US foreign policy to the actuality of a multipolar world. …More

November 27, 2008 | Europe's Role Reversal over Russia

In the past, the European right reliably took a hard-line stance against Russian expansionism, with the left playing the role of apologists. ++ “Today, there has been an odd reversal,” with the likes of Merkel, Berlusconi, and …More

November 25, 2008 | Central Banks Should Buy Low, Sell High

Central banks should go on an internationally coordinated shopping spree. ++ They should target not only municipal bonds, but buy up bank shares on the open market, the price of which are down to as low as a tenth of what they were two …More

November 25, 2008 | "Obama, Dafur and ICC Justice"

The most pressing moral issue the next US administration will have to face, is the genocide that is taking place in Dafur. ++ The International Criminial Court is likely to issue a warrant for arresting Sudan’s president, al-Bashir, …More

November 24, 2008 | Keynes to the Rescue

Keynesian economics prevail in times of economic turmoil. ++ Britain should “expect plans for higher borrowing, tax cuts, and more spending in Monday’s pre-Budget statement.” ++ While economists and politicians differ on intervention policies, Keynes …More

November 24, 2008 | EU: Upholding Human Rights, Yet Still More to Do This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Lotte Leicht: The director of Human Rights Watch in Brussels says that the EU must fulfill its role in upholding human rights. But before it can credibly promote human rights throughout the world, the EU must first hold its allies accountable for human rights violations, particularly the US. …More

November 21, 2008 | Quelling Anti-Americanism

The election of Obama could have marked the beginning of improved Russian-US relations, but the “new cold war” will continue. ++ Anti-American sentiment is the result of Russia’s perceived security threats and is fuelled by official …More

November 21, 2008 | Who Needs the G8 Anyway

In view of the economic crisis rocking the international community, the G8 has lost its right to exist. ++ Emerging nations like India took part in the G20 summit, discussing new finance regulation structures. ++ G8 nations have to understand that in a …More

November 20, 2008 | America: New Beginnings, an Old Idea

Jesse Schwartz: The 2008 election evinces the timeless notion of America as more than a place - “At its best, it is an idea.” Barack Obama’s meteoric rise to the White House substantiates this conviction. Moreover, it seems to confirm that the Atlantic Ocean may not be as wide as it was just four years ago. …More

November 19, 2008 | Fighting Piracy Should Be More Like the Old Days

The hijacking of a Saudi-owned oil tanker is unprecedented but only part of the recent, dramatic rise in piracy. ++ Capturing pirates in not a major problem, but due process makes dealing with captive pirates more complex than in …More

November 19, 2008 | Priorities for German-American Cooperation This Article contains Flash-Video

Interview with Jackson Janes: The executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies tells that Russia, energy security, climate change, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the financial crisis are all pressing issues to be addressed jointly by Germany and the United States under an Obama administration. …More

November 18, 2008 | A European Briefing Book for Barack Obama

Bertelsmann Foundation: Written with a distinctly European perspective, this Trans-Atlantic Briefing Book for the Obama administration is a policy blueprint that offers strategies for cooperation between Europe and the new US leadership. …More

November 18, 2008 | Congratulations Mr. President ... Here is our Agenda

Thomas Bauer: Barack Obama’s election has created a ground swelling of excitement in Europe. In an effort to revitalize transatlantic relations, several issues need to be addressed. First and foremost, Europe needs to get its own house in order if it expects the new President to heed its calls for greater cooperation. …More

November 17, 2008 | Bretton Woods Revisited, Again

Luke A. Nichter: With this weekend’s G-20 meeting in Washington, calls for the return to a Bretton Woods-like system can be heard around the world. However, before getting caught up in the momentum of “reform,” the incoming administration of President-elect Obama should carefully heed the lessons of history. …More

November 14, 2008 | Young Atlanticists' Views on NATO, Russia and Obama

Youth Atlantic Treaty Association delegates interviewed at their General Assembly held in Berlin in November 2008. The topics range from Russian relations to what Obama will ask Europe to do.
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November 14, 2008 | Revitalizing EU-Russian Partnership

The EU and Russia will meet for an annual meeting, focusing on the renewal of their partnership agreement. ++ Since the attacks on Georgia, EU-Russian relations have been shattered. ++ Europeans will not accept a divided Georgia. ++ The EU …More

November 12, 2008 | "An End to the Russian Chill"

In 2003 the EU created a “security strategy;” the first draft didn’t even mention Russia. ++ For better or worse, it’s time to revise that plan. ++ The one good side effect from the war with Georgia is that it allowed …More

November 12, 2008 | Minimum Target for the G20: Do No Harm

The G20-meeting may harm the economy if conflicts surface and the US is blamed for the crisis. ++ The IMF lacks legitimacy due to an under-representation of Asian powers and over-representation of Europeans. ++ Obama must agree to the …More

November 12, 2008 | Renaissance of Protectionism

Jens F. Laurson & George A. Pieler: The first dangerous results from governmental overreaction to the financial crisis are beginning to show. Bailout bills have counterproductive effects as political pressure is even brought on institutions that do not need the governmental help. Following protectionist approaches could lead to a harmful and tragic economic outcome. …More

November 11, 2008 | Online Survey among Foreigners in Germany

Olena Kornyeyeva: My research deals with the way people perceive their own acculturation as foreigners living in Germany. …More

November 11, 2008 | Sarkozy Against "Polite Conversation"

French President Sarkozy is rushing on with demands for the upcoming G20-meeting, at the expense of diplomacy. ++ His harsh call for multilateral action, blaming Wall Street for the crisis, is explained by a feeling of support from …More

November 11, 2008 | How Obama Must Renew US-Russian Relations

Last week, Medvedev threatened to station missiles near Poland if the US administration continued its plans to install a missile defense system there and in the Czech Republic. ++ President-elect Obama has to improve US-Russian …More

November 10, 2008 | Improving Transatlantic Relations Requires a Frank Dialogue

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: Obama will move with regard to matters of detention and climate change in a direction, favoring European interests. However, bridging the transatlantic gap is not definite. With the US economy in danger there is little scope to make dramatic policy shifts. Europe must speak clearly, so that both partners can converge again. …More

November 10, 2008 | Beware Deflation

Deflation is the financial threat that might catch us unaware. ++ Relief from high food and oil prices is pleasant, but extreme price drops could signal economic havoc. ++ For now, falling prices will suppress inflation (5% in the US and 9% in Asia in 2008), …More

November 10, 2008 | "Europe in Wonderland"

Actions undertaken by governments and central banks won’t be able to adress the financial crisis as other huge risks are threatening the financial system. ++ The world has benefited from over-consuming America, but the “US engine of …More

November 7, 2008 | A New Deal for America

This election was special; a barrier was crossed and “America’s new deal” will begin. ++ This momentous occasion “will be seen as a miracle which could happen only in America.” ++ Obama, who “embodies the America of …More

November 6, 2008 | "Country First" to Be Obama's Motto

Simon K. Koschut: President-elect Obama faces a tough challenge once he takes office. The world is expecting change from America, but they shouldn’t hope for too much, too fast. Instead, in countries like Germany, the question needs to be “what can we do for the United States?” Likely topics of discussion will regard burden sharing in Afghanistan and possibly even Iraq. …More

November 6, 2008 | Don't Call Russia's Bluff, Ignore It

President Medvedev’s speech harshly attacked the United States and threatened to deploy new missile systems. ++ This threat is a bluff to trick the US or NATO allies into abandoning a plan for a simple missile system in Poland …More

November 6, 2008 | How President Obama Can Solve America's Crisis

It is no wonder that Barack Obama has won the presidential elections as he understood the failures of the current administration. ++ To make up for these mistakes Obama must replace Bush’s economic bailout plan by …More

November 5, 2008 | A New Day Rising After Election Night

From the Editorial Team: We spent the election night at a number of parties throughout Berlin. In light of the blithe atmosphere surrounding these events, we decided to ask fellow revelers a few questions regarding their election thoughts. …More

November 5, 2008 | Excited About Obama, Realistic About Transatlantic Cooperation This Article contains Flash-Video

From the Editorial Team: German and American policy pundits and exchange students celebrated Obama’s election and look forward to a new era in transatlantic relations, but they also recognize the limits of further US-European cooperation. …More

November 5, 2008 | "A New Era for America"

Americans have proven that they are more united than ever, by clearly electing Obama the next president of the US as well as by chosing a strong Democratic Congress. ++ With regard to the political legacy of George W. Bush, Obama is facing the …More

November 5, 2008 | Chance to Turn Over a New Transatlantic Leaf

By next fall, there will be a new US president, a new European parliament and probably a new EU commission. ++ This means new challenges and huge opportunity to renew positive transatlantic relations. ++ Immediate action is needed to …More

November 4, 2008 | Old System of Finance is Kaputt

Germans now lament eschewing the “glorious era” of state ownership of banks. ++ They are missing a cardinal fact, though: The European Central Bank’s independence “enabled it to serve as a corrective to governmental …More

November 4, 2008 | Upgrading US Nuclear Weapons Arsenal

America could prevent proliferation ambitions around the world by upgrading its own nuclear weapons arsenal. ++ Congressional funding would allow for building safer and more reliable arms. ++ The proposed “Reliable Replacement Warhead …More

November 4, 2008 | Far-Right Bucking (but Not Wrecking) the System

Right-wing victory in Austria is not a revival of Nazism but a reinforcement of democracy. ++ Unchecked fears of nationalism and overly sensitive cultural policies prevented Europeans from properly dealing with the cultural …More

November 3, 2008 | Europe Needs a Strong American Partner!

Eckart von Klaeden: No matter whom the American voters elect, a radical change in US foreign policy towards its European allies is unlikely. Both McCain and Obama would generally continue to follow the multilateral course pursued by President Bush in his second term of office and before him by President Clinton. …More

November 3, 2008 | How to Solve the Financial Crisis

With the financial crisis still in full progress, political leaders are ready to cooperate. ++ As politicians negotiate next week, they have to realize that the economy is still too unstable to carry out extensive reforms. ++ Discussions are …More

October 31, 2008 | All Is Not Lost in US Foreign Affairs

While it is true that G.W. Bush has ruined his country’s finances, alienated many of its friends and botched the risky occupation of Iraq, not everything was a disaster. ++ Coaxing China into a rules-based economic system and seeking closer …More

October 31, 2008 | Heath Kern Gibson, Editor in Chief at DipNote

Heath Kern Gibson graduated from Denison University and received a master’s in public administration from Harvard. She is the director of digital media in the public affairs office of the State Department in Washington, where she …More

October 31, 2008 | The UN: Obama's Money Pit

With its dubiously opaque financial practices, “chronic scandals and tyrant-friendly tilt,” the UN is in dire need of reform. ++ While McCain proposes a League of Democracies to provide competition, Obama wants to impose serious …More

October 30, 2008 | International Middle-Man Fund

International Monetary Fund resources are limited and might not handle all those requests from new, strategically located democracies like Pakistan, Ukraine and Hungary if things get too severe; however, the US, Japan and Europe should still borrow …More

October 30, 2008 | From Tiananmen on: What Have We Learned?

There is a lesson to be learned from the West’s decision to integrate China into its fold following Tiananmen Square. ++ While China is still ruled by the same horrific party responsible for the Cultural Revolution, it is …More

October 30, 2008 | The Rise of the Rest

Wolfgang Nowak: America is no longer up to shouldering the world’s crises. But who is going to take its place? And how do the new global powers imagine the future world order? Foresight, a project of the Alfred Herrhausen Society, asks thinkers and policy makers from the emerging and existing powers for their thoughts and proposals. …More

October 29, 2008 | Lipstick on a Scapegoat

In the final week of the presidential election, Obama is ahead in the polls by a double digit margin. ++ Republicans have started to look for a scapegoat, turning out to be none other than Sarah Palin. ++ Palin has publicly criticized McCain’s …More

October 29, 2008 | But Words Can Never Hurt My Financial System

European financial schadenfreude and finger-pointing directed at the US might be premature crowing. ++ Not all roots to the crisis stem from New York, rather mainly from London and Frankfurt. ++ Blaming the US and calling for a new …More

October 28, 2008 | Strategy for A Renewed Russian Relationship

Obama and McCain’s respective stances on Russia evoke a palpable difference in their demeanor. ++ “McCain is prepped for a new Cold War; Obama is looking for a thaw.” ++ The foundations for McCain’s positions were laid forth by the …More

October 28, 2008 | Expansion Will Save World's Economy from the US

A US recession is inevitable but stopping global downturn should be political leaders’ top priority. ++ Expansionary policies by the surplus economies of Asia and the Middle East could offset demand decline. ++ Coordinated …More

October 27, 2008 | Obama and the Sunset of US Power in the Middle East

Aside from the mystical fluke that Barack Obama’s name fulfils a Shiite Muslim prophesy of the “End of Times,” his proposed talks with Iran are also seen by many there “as a sign that the US is ready to …More

October 24, 2008 | Nationalism Trumps Global Economic Cooperation

Financial turmoil has provoked leading nations to recognize the need for economic cooperation, yet fierce nationalism has reared its head amid the calls for global unity. ++ “Economics and finance may be global, but politics is …More

October 24, 2008 | How to Unfold the New Iron Curtain

Wolfgang Nowak: While security problems around the world cry for the broadest coalition possible, NATO and Russia keep falling back into a Cold War state of mind. Moscow proposes a new European security deal as a long-term solution and has criticized the present system as outdated and US-dominated. A new plan is needed to address modern security threats, including climate change. …More

October 24, 2008 | What We Can Learn From Asia

Financial bailout plans enacted by governments help to revitalize market confidence but do not address the fundamentals of the financial crisis. ++ Governments have failed to closely check banks’ balance sheets  – they should learn a …More

October 23, 2008 | Effete Germany Cozies up to Russia, Scorns NATO

“Old” and “new” Europe parallel the blue and red state split in the US. ++ In old (western) Europe Obama is viewed as a “ray of hope;” new (central and eastern) Europe raises the question, …More

October 22, 2008 | Cries for Change Are Empty Political Platitudes

Crying to re-found democratic capitalism and create a new global economic order, world leaders are simply trying to divert attention away from their own helplessness and cover the confusion they have been thrown into by a crisis …More

October 22, 2008 | "Super-Sarko's Plans for the World"

National governments of the EU have dealt with the financial crisis, ignoring the power of EU institutions. ++ State aid laws have been neglected aiming to “prevent EU governments from subsidising national companies.” ++ …More

October 21, 2008 | Climate Change Threatens Security

Climate change “is not a traditional problem of national security, but one related to our collective security in a fragile and increasingly interdependent world.” ++ The European Commission recently released a report saying that climate change …More

October 21, 2008 | Bretton Woods II

Developing countries are cut off from global prosperity; climate change has decreased the world food supply; and energy shortages often promote environmentally damaging solutions. ++ A Bretton Woods II summit is needed. ++ First, the IMF should have global …More

October 21, 2008 | Defense Industry: New Protectionism on Both Sides of The Pond?

W. Hertel & F. Schöning: The EU is about to adopt a new framework for the defense industry that may hurt the chances of US companies to conduct business in Europe. This new protectionism on both sides of the pond will invariably hurt the EU and US. …More

October 20, 2008 | Lack of Politicial Trust Is the Reason for Market Crisis

The financial crisis is the consequence of a democratic deficit. ++ “Market capitalism only works when it can feed off democratic social capital” and the lack of political trust, which is a form of social …More

October 20, 2008 | "Weblogistan" Key to Democratization in Iran

Sepideh Parsa: The Islamic Republic is strangling the media landscape, crippling the democratic pillar of free speech. Censorship has given rise to the Iranian blogosphere. These blogs pave the way for democratic progress. The West should provide technological expertise to help Weblogistan flourish. …More

October 17, 2008 | Financial Crisis Vindicates the EU

The Brown-Darling rescue package for British banks not only provided a template to follow for the rest of the EU, but was also adopted by the US. ++ The British PM did not rest on his laurels and is leading international action even further by …More

October 16, 2008 | Chinese and Western Economies Increasingly Alike

When it comes to the economy, the West and China are becoming more and more alike. ++ The Chinese are moving towards private ownership and crave the kind of dynamism that only a capitalist system can provide. ++ Western …More

October 16, 2008 | Too Much Political Meddling Will Only Prolong the Financial Crisis

Jens F. Laurson & George A. Pieler: The economic crisis has brought harmony to trans-Atlantic affairs. Europeans might secretly blame the calamity on US “Casino Capitalism,” but they know they are rowing in the same boat and so cooperation is the order of the day. The stock markets treat this as good news now, but it could easily do more harm than good. …More

October 15, 2008 | Non-State Actors in a Westphalian World

Jesse Schwartz: The author seeks to explore the varying degrees of influence – both positive and negative – non-state actors have on their state counterparts and to what extent they have impacted traditional notions of international security. …More

October 14, 2008 | Education: The Solution to the Environmental Crisis

As the captains of industry continue to rake in profits with the help of bailouts from “government cronies” without a care for the environment, the ecosystem is facing disaster. ++ We live in a “culture of wastefulness,” …More

October 13, 2008 | God Save the Queen - She is Saving Us

Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling “have shown us the way through this financial crisis.” ++ The British Prime Minister and his officials lead the world in assessing the financial crisis and quickly enacting an apt solution. ++ The problem: …More

October 13, 2008 | Redefine American Foreign Policy

Joel Kotkin: Presidential candidates concentrate on relations with Pakistan, Russia, China or other troublesome and distant places. Instead, they should first consider building stronger relations with countries who share America’s values as well as demographic vitality, e.g. Canada, Australia and New Zealand. …More

October 9, 2008 | Anti-Americanism Made by Medvedev

Russian President Medvedev continues the wave of anti-US invective of his predecessor. ++ After 9/11, the US failed to spread democracy around the world, choosing to “consolidate its global domination” instead. ++ Europe should …More

October 9, 2008 | Shared Interests

Mark Brzezinski: It is unlikely that there is a Kremlin “master plan” guiding Russia’s actions toward her neighbors - her actions are driven variably by ambition and nostalgia, confusion or misinterpretation, irritation or resentment. The West’s goal should be to make Russia understand that working together with the US and EU will make it more prosperous, secure and free. …More

October 9, 2008 | A Race for the Ages

The US presidential race has been one for the ages. ++ Citizens of the globe have never come so close to seeing an African American become president of the world’s most powerful nation; never again will they see a Vietnam veteran running; never have they …More

October 9, 2008 | US Sneezes, World Catches the Flu

Even those inimical to US policies “have reason not to gloat over America’s comeuppance.” ++  Hugo Chavez has warned of the impending force of “one hundred hurricanes” about to be unleashed on the world’s markets. ++ European nations …More

October 8, 2008 | Financial Crisis Sheds New Light on Russia

The financial crisis stole the spotlight from the Russia-Georgian conflict, but it also sheds new light on the topic. ++ Reasonable attitudes are conquering politics because we are suddenly “all in the same boat.” ++ …More

October 8, 2008 | Global Crisis, Global Solution

With the financial crisis teetering on the verge of global contagion, a coordinated, worldwide effort is needed to avert a further calamity. ++ “There is inherent tension as finance becomes global but its regulation remains national.” ++ …More

October 6, 2008 | Bailout is "Dirty Socialism"

The nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac was “clean socialism.” ++ The Wall St. bailout, on the other hand, has exposed deep divisions in the US. ++ Both sides of Congress had serious doubts when passing the bill. ++ This is dirty …More

October 6, 2008 | US, EU, Russia: Not a Zero-Sum Game

Francisco J. Ruiz: It is time to examine relations between Russia, the US, and the EU. With emerging global threats, there are areas in which these three can cooperate in defense and security. All three actors must change their policies enabling more collaboration on these issues. …More

October 3, 2008 | Bailouts Work, But the Current Paulson Plan Won't

The Laevan and Valencia study of 42 recent bailouts shows they can work, yet the current Paulson plan may not. ++ “Paulson and Bernanke should use bailout money to recapitalize the banks, not buy bad assets.” ++ Furthermore, …More

October 2, 2008 | The Purpose of the Party

Jackson Janes & Tim Stuchtey: Drastic differences exist between the political party systems in the US and Germany. A German might be shocked to learn that many Americans believe the most capable candidates for political office are the ones who make decisions on the basis of high moral integrity. Americans might be taken aback by the German notion of a party program. …More

October 1, 2008 | The US Needs a Global Line of Credit

The US is following a pattern similar to Japan’s financial crisis in the 1990s, but ignoring the principles and method with which to handle it. ++ Unlimited liquidity in the market is needed and the world should help share the burden. …More

September 30, 2008 | Financial Anger the World Over, but Misguided

Anger stemming from the financial mess is ubiquitous; the biggest backlash comes from outside the Anglo-American world and is directed at their unique type of capitalism. ++ The disparity between individualism and solidarity is …More

September 29, 2008 | Empowering International Organizations to Manage Climate Policy

John Mathiason: The Copenhagen Conference will hopefully produce a successor to the Kyoto Protocol; but then the real work begins. Independent organizations will be necessary to tackle adaptation and mitigation requirements, while ensuring, through effective monitoring, that states comply. Self-policing is not an option. …More

September 29, 2008 | Alexander Ochs, Center for Clean Air Policy

Alexander Ochs is director of International Policy at the Center for Clean Air Policy. As such, he provides strategic guidance on all aspects of international climate policy at the center. He oversees CCAP’s international efforts …More

September 29, 2008 | Economics We Don't Understand

We are witnessing the very “bankruptcy of modern economics.” ++ While we have long understood demand-oriented macroeconomics, the current financial crisis does not conform to any previous economic model or known solution. ++ The previous $152 …More

September 26, 2008 | Local Authorities are Key to Transatlantic Climate and Energy Cooperation

Dale Medearis: Following the collapse of a cap-and-trade climate bill in the US, it is evident that any substantive policies will begin at the local and state levels. Fortunately, this also happens to be the level at which the US and Germany can pursue very solid and mutually beneficial cooperation. …More

September 26, 2008 | HOT ISSUE: <br />How to Respond to the Financial Crisis?

From the Editorial Team: The current financial crisis has sent economists, politicians, and citizens alike scrambling to find solutions. In the US and Europe, expert opinion is divided on how to revamp the economy. How should the United States, the EU, the private sector, and others respond to this international situation? …More

September 26, 2008 | A New Financial Ethos Needed

The financial crisis evinces the exigent need for a “Global Monetary Authority.” ++ No international framework exists for dealing with such crises; the vacuum is perilous. ++ Financial wealth is shifting to the East; the result will be a …More

September 26, 2008 | US: Still the Global "Beacon of Free Enterprise"

It’s a critical question: Is the financial crisis on Wall Street going to damage the US’s image of good finance and business expertise? ++ Actually, the answer is no. ++ The image of the US from a global perspective is …More

September 25, 2008 | No Bravery When it Comes to Fighting Pirates

Western warships are unable to guarantee the safety of merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden, due to their inability to effectively fight pirates and terrorists there. ++ This is especially noteworthy because the region is a conduit …More

September 24, 2008 | Iran Slips Away - Again

Even if Iran is currently racing toward accumulating enough uranium for a bomb, the financial crisis has reduced the sense of urgency in the US. ++ The UN Security Council and Germany will meet this week, but it’s unlikely that they will agree on …More

September 24, 2008 | The UN and the State of the World

Today’s challenges need to be faced with collaboration. ++ The UN is successfully fighting for democracy and human rights in various countries. ++ However, Darfur shows that mandates are empty if they are not backed by resources. ++ The …More

September 23, 2008 | US Bailouts: Socialism is Not the Answer

Washington is bankrupt, fiscally and morally. ++ Socialism is in full swing, proving the free-market Republicans hypocrites. ++ Paulson wants Congress to grant the Fed $700 billion to buy private assets. ++ Such a move will only create …More

September 23, 2008 | Transatlantic Tension Will Remain

Daniel Korski: While it is likely that transatlantic relations will improve after a new US president is elected, there are still major unsolved issues that are bound to cause disappointment on both sides. Striving for common policies on key issues like Afghanistan, Russia, and China should be a priority. …More

September 22, 2008 | Hard Landing for Eurozone

The demise of the shadow banking system began last week. ++ This is the financial crisis of the century. ++ Shadow banks are not protected from bank runs, as commercial banks are. ++ A run on hedge funds is highly probable. ++ If these institutions are …More

September 22, 2008 | History Repeats its Financial Self

Historically, reformers have always tried to stabilize activity through control of interest rates and money supply, but these are not consistently correlated. ++ The current crisis was foreseeable; booms cannot be eternal. ++ The world’s …More

September 22, 2008 | Questioning Export Led Growth

It has been unchallenged that export-led growth is the way to go for developing countries. ++ In light of the global slowdown, however, it is likely that the EU and US will become less hospitable to developing nations’ exports. ++ South-south …More

September 22, 2008 | EU Should Say No to Syria

The EU’s plan to reward Syria with an “Association Agreement” is worrisome for several reasons. ++ Damascus not only sponsors Hezbollah and Hamas, it also follows Iran’s approach to nuclear weapons in spite of its commitment to the Nuclear …More

September 19, 2008 | Volatile Oil Prices Signal Looming Market Meltdown

Oil prices spiked to US$147 per barrel and then dropped to $90, demonstrating their dangerous volatility. ++ The US approach to oil price regulation is ineffective. ++ Global oil price benchmarks are now largely based on Black …More

September 19, 2008 | Multilateralism - Making the Market Work

This is not the end of capitalism, but “the global financial system will never be the same again.” ++ Those responsible for the mess are now entrusted with cleaning it up. ++ Politicians had little choice: socialize the debt …More

September 19, 2008 | World Hunger Increases Despite More Agriculture

The UN reports that the number of individuals around the world who go hungry has increased by 75 million in the past year to 923 million. ++ The UN attributes this to the rising price of food, fuel, and fertilizers. ++ Hunger has …More

September 17, 2008 | The Time for Government Regulation is Now

Three of the top five Wall Street investment banks are no longer independent or no longer exist. ++ The US financial system is “melting away.” ++ Undue faith in unregulated markets led to dubious risk taking in the US as …More

September 15, 2008 | "Hugo Chávez's Russian Dalliance"

Putin is using Venezuela in reaction to US plans for a missile defense system in Europe. ++ With his economy in shambles and his opposition uniting, Chávez is happy to be used because he wants to rally national support by …More

September 15, 2008 | Carbon Capture Must be Utilized

In reality there are no means by which to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels before 2050. ++ Therefore, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) stations are needed to control the amount of carbon that is emitted into the atmosphere. ++ The Group of …More

September 12, 2008 | Wake up and Smell the Multilateralism

The unipolar moment after the Cold War passed as quickly as it emerged. ++ The new US president will suddenly see some decisions also being made in Beijing, Moscow, and Europe. ++ A league of democracies would be nonsense in the current …More

September 11, 2008 | Presidential Elections Will Not Shape US Foreign Policy This Article contains Flash-Video

David Neil Lebhar: While the race between Obama and McCain is too close to call, US voters and the world must realize that the two candidates’ foreign policy positions are not especially different. Furthermore, due to economic instability, domestic concerns, and a shifting geo-political balance, the next president will have to react to international issues through re-defined multilateralism. …More

September 11, 2008 | Growing Concerns About Russia

A poll revealed that Americans and Europeans were troubled over the growing power of Russia even before the attack on Georgia. ++ Respondents in Europe and the US were united in concern about the Kremlin providing weapons to the Middle East, …More

September 11, 2008 | EU and UN Should Lead International Reform

International organizations are stretched to their limits and need reform. ++ NATO struggles to produce an effective strategy in Afghanistan, UN peacekeepers are dispersed over the globe, and the EU can only offer fledgling military …More

September 10, 2008 | The Shift in Global Power Calls for More Burden Sharing

Anna Wojnilko: Institutions for global governance must become more balanced; the United States and the European Union cannot continue to carry the onus of global decision-making on their own. The emerging economic powers must be given more say in multilateral organizations and also take on more international responsibility. …More

September 10, 2008 | Give the World What it Wants: Obama

A McCain victory could have consequences that reach far beyond party politics. ++ Enormous numbers of young voters support Obama, a generation that could easily become cynical should this seemingly obvious election go sour. ++ Likewise, …More

September 9, 2008 | The EU and the US: Peace Brokers for a Secure Georgia

Stefan Fröhlich: The fighting between Russia and Georgia over the separatist enclave of South Ossetia is turning into a reversion of spheres of influence and a balance of power politics in Europe. The EU and the Euro-Atlantic community must take steps to mediate new developments. …More

September 8, 2008 | Libyan Human Rights Still Not on US Agenda

When Condoleezza Rice had dinner with Libya’s dictator Moammar Gaddafi on Friday, she became the first US secretary of state to visit Libya since 1953. ++ Recently, Libya has worked with the US to end its nuclear weapons program and …More

September 8, 2008 | Exposing the Nation-State Myth

The system of international relations is based on the idea of nation-states, but the concept has deficits: the entity of a cultural community should legitimize a state’s rule, but very often cultural identities do not coincide with a political …More

September 8, 2008 | Russia, the West, and the Make-Believe Strategists

Christoph Bertram: No one should have been surprised at the way in which Russia has treated tiny and weak Georgia. What is surprising, however, is the eagerness with which many western governments continue to pretend that they can wield effective influence on Russia’s behavior in the Caucasus. …More

September 5, 2008 | Whom and Exactly How is McCain Going to Fight?

Meredith L. Nicoll: McCain’s ‘fighting words’ might superficially translate to a hawkish, us-against-them foreign policy declaration. However, specific strategies for foreign policy were almost entirely absent from McCain’s speech. How should the international community take it? …More

September 5, 2008 | EU Should Balance Criticism Toward Russia and Georgia

Leonie Holthaus: The EU should serve as a mediator in the Russian-Georgian dispute. This role requires that the EU does not take sides with one conflicting party but rather balance its criticism. Even if a position like this is perceived as “hesitant” in the US press, it may contribute to resolving the conflict by diplomatic means. …More

September 4, 2008 | Proposal for a United Policy Towards Russia

David Francis: The EU must take a strong yet cooperative stance toward Russia. The next US administration must regain its moral standing in international politics. Ultimately, Moscow must understand that its recent actions in Georgia are unacceptable. …More

September 4, 2008 | Sarkozy Treads in Bush's Absence

Sarkozy’s decision to engage with Syria at the time when the US influence declines is telling. ++ He wants France to play a pivotal role in the negotiations between Syria and Israel. ++ It has been Turkey, however, that served as an …More

September 3, 2008 | China is to Asia What Kaiser's Germany Was to Europe

China’s emergence as a global power bears eerie resemblance to Germany during the Bismarck era. ++ The reaction back then was World War I, but will the world react better this time? ++ China’s military in Asia does not …More

September 3, 2008 | US Has to Adjust To the Shift in Global Power

Whereas the two last US administrations had a chance to assume American hegemony in economics and security, the chief task of the next one will be to adjust to the global shift in power and gracefully manage diminishing American …More

September 2, 2008 | Europe Should Balance US Interests

David P. Calleo: Nowadays, the transatlantic alliance is challenged by differing geopolitical interests of each partner. However, the European side should not get blinded by its forthcoming importance, but rather remember that balancing interests is always necessary, even among friends

September 1, 2008 | International Silence Costs Darfuri Lives

The regime in Khartoum threatens the UN humanitarian and peacekeeping presence in Darfur. ++ If UN Security Council does not take action in the face of such outrageous threats, humanitarian organizations will withdraw from the region, …More

September 1, 2008 | NATO's Georgian Mistake, Not to be Repeated

NATO’s failure to provide Georgia and Ukraine with a concrete Membership Action Plan was a grave mistake, as demonstrated in part by recent events in Georgia. ++ Both NATO and the EU, the latter meeting today to discuss …More

August 29, 2008 | Turkey Must Choose Between NATO and Russia

Will Turkey side with the US, its NATO ally, and give it access to the Black Sea to assist Georgia, or will it choose Russia? ++ Russia is warning Turkey that it will hold it responsible if US ships do not leave. ++ Turkey depends on …More

August 29, 2008 | Obama Stresses Security Policy Differences with McCain This Article contains Flash-Video

From the Editorial Team: In his nomination speech, the Democratic presidential candidate reiterates his commitment to direct diplomacy with Iran and his hawkish position on Pakistan. What do you make of Barack Obama’s security policy positions? …More

August 28, 2008 | Risky Business Needed Between EU, US, and Russia

The agenda for cooperation with Russia looks doubtful but safe havens for cooperation still exist. ++ For instance, the entire civil and military nuclear agenda opens room for diplomacy. ++ However, no single European …More

August 27, 2008 | Russia's Invasion Challenges the World Order

Russia’s invasion is not only a threat to Georgia, it also questions the political order and values of Europe. ++ With American help, the EU has become “one of the greatest strategic achievements of the 20th century.” ++ But …More

August 27, 2008 | Georgia's Recklessness Pays off With NATO

Ulf Gartzke: Mikhail Saakashvili’s reckless military gamble has unfortunately paid off and put him on a fast track to NATO membership. This stunning turnaround demonstrates the problems with the behavior of the Georgian leadership as well as with the West’s response to their actions. …More

August 26, 2008 | West Must Forgo Its Arrogance and Embrace China

Beijing Olympics mark a new era: China is opening up to the world and the Western ignorance and fear of the People’s Republic is declining. ++ Many Atlantic leaders see China’s growth as a threat but it might also be a …More

August 26, 2008 | The US Should Learn From the Byzantine Empire

If America is to continue dominating the world, it must learn from an empire that managed to survive for centuries – Byzantium. ++ Byzantium did not try to annihilate its adversaries but learned from them and skillfully played …More

August 26, 2008 | "Next Steps on Georgia"

The US should use alternative means to accelerate Russia’s withdrawal from Georgia and to stabilize the country. ++ In addition to humanitarian aid, it could initiate a large reconstruction operation to ensure the vitality of Georgia’s economy during …More

August 26, 2008 | US Should Give up on Solving Georgia Crisis

There is little the United States can do to help Georgia. ++ Russia, with its nuclear weapons, oil, dollar reserves and seat on the UN Security Council, has too much leverage on US foreign policy, so banishing Russia from the G8 would …More

August 26, 2008 | Spanish Engagement in Afghanistan: An Undefined Mission

Eva Diez: The Spanish government asserts its soldiers are only involved in humanitarian operations. But in Afghanistan their main mission is to enable the US to realize its own strategic plans. Now is the right time for Spain to define and press for its own interests. …More

August 26, 2008 | Obama Will be Good for Europe

Obama comes from the most ideological and, therefore, most dangerous part of the Democratic party. ++ He supports policies that will aggravate many international problems. ++ Despite all this, he should be president because the probable hiatus of …More

August 25, 2008 | Eastern Europe Can Only Count on Itself

Poles, Czechs and Hungarians should be under no illusion that they can count on the US in case of a crisis. ++ In the past the US used to leave its Eastern European allies in the lurch and its recent reaction to Georgia’s plight was …More

August 25, 2008 | The US Can no Longer be the Importer of Last Resort

At the moment when most of the industrial world is in or near recession, a lot of global economic momentum comes from authoritarian regimes that concentrate on accumulating wealth rather than on raising the standard of life of …More

August 25, 2008 | Ukraine Will Not Cede to Russian Power

The conflict in Georgia has exposed the dangers of ignoring “frozen conflicts” as well as the UN’s lack of helpful precautionary tools. ++ The absence of democracy and free media in breakaway regions breeds corruption and human …More

August 22, 2008 | End of Stalemate in Missile Defence Negotiations

Even though both Washington and Warsaw deny it, it was the Russian attack on Georgia that broke the stalemate in negotiations and pushed Polish government towards signing the missile defence treaty on Wednesday. ++ A garrison …More

August 22, 2008 | NATO Is Losing in Afghanistan

Instead of demonstrating the noble character of NATO, the so called “good war” in Afghanistan is running out of control. ++ The death toll is rising inexorably, the security situation for aid agencies and women deteriorates and the local population …More

August 21, 2008 | A Common US-EU Strategy of Democracy Promotion is Feasible

Christine Otsver: A joint US-EU strategy of external democracy promotion is possible but it has to be clearly segregated in order to be effective. …More

August 21, 2008 | West No Longer Dictates Terms

The Atlantic view that it’s necessary to protect the underdog from its powerful neighbour is isolated; most of the world is bemused at Western double standards and sees Russia as bullied by the West. ++ Events in Georgia show that the West lacks …More

August 21, 2008 | A Security Policy of Free Riding

From the Editorial Team: Former German foreign minister Fischer criticizes the attitude of German politicians who refuse to send troops to the south of Afghanistan. He accuses Germany of conducting a security policy of “free riding.” What do you think? Is he right? …More

August 20, 2008 | NATO Needs to Evolve

NATO will be 60 next year - a retirement age for most under its command. ++ If it does not want to become redundant it needs to rethink its structure and “streamline its command and control systems in conflict zones.” ++ NATO officials must decide if they …More

August 20, 2008 | The Comeback of Autocracies

The reemergence of autocracy and great-power politics questions the stability of the international liberal order. ++ Unfortunately, Europe’s postmodern tools of foreign policy are not able to counter Russia in the latest conflict between liberal …More

August 19, 2008 | Poland is a Fall Guy for US Military Lobbyists

By agreeing to host a US missile defence base Poland, like the UK and Czech Republic, became America’s groundbait and exposed itself to a possiblity of a nuclear attack. ++ In turn, the system is supposed to protect Poland …More

August 18, 2008 | NATO Must Put its Foot Down

NATO foreign ministers are meeting tomorrow in Brussels to decide on further actions regarding the crisis in Georgia. ++ To prevent further instability, they should reassure those members who fear Russia that atlantic mutual-defence commitments are …More

August 15, 2008 | How America Should Respond to Resurgent Russia

Wess Mitchell: The United States should announce its intention to transfer the entire Europe-based American military establishment to new locations in Central Europe, because many of the EU’s largest states are more interested in avoiding a rupture with Moscow than in protecting the vital interests of the Union’s eastern members. …More

August 15, 2008 | The World Needs an "Arctic Authority"

The Arctic Circle contains 13 percent of the world’s untapped oil supplies. ++ But a clash of interests between businesses, NGOs, and the five different governments who claim rights to the region’s energy resources is likely to cause …More

August 15, 2008 | Biased US Media Takes Georgia's Side

US journalism was famous for its independence and professionalism, but recent coverage of the Russia-Georgia conflict is unfair and unbalanced. ++ The so-called free press automatically took Georgia’s side and ignored or distorted …More

August 14, 2008 | Collective Societies Could Prevail After All

The debate between individualism and collectivism seemed closed after the cold war, but if collectivist societies rise economically, the outnumbered individualists won’t continue to dominate. ++ Americans usually value …More

August 14, 2008 | "We Are All Georgians"

Russia claims to protect Ossetians, but its brutal military campaign encompassed the whole of Georgia and therefore a regime change in Georgia seems to be its true aim. ++ In light of these events, Georgia’s reasons for seeking NATO membership are …More

August 14, 2008 | EU and NATO Policies Go Together

The EU’s attempt to develop a European Security and Defense Policy doesn’t mean it will compete with NATO. ++ Instead, NATO and EU complement each other. ++ Some countries in Africa or the Middle East would rather ask the EU for assistance. ++ …More

August 13, 2008 | The Rich Must Get out of the Economic Driver's Seat

The financially emerging world cannot be ignored by rich nations in economic negotiations. ++ Because emerging nations play an increasingly large role in world consumption and growth, the G7/G8 is not the appropriate forum …More

August 12, 2008 | Dr. Jackson Janes, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies

Dr. Jackson Janes has been engaged in German-American and European affairs for more than three decades. He is the executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at …More

August 12, 2008 | "The New Age of Authoritarianism"

After the collapse of the Soviet Union and victory of western liberalism, the world is experiencing a revival of authoritarianism, especially in petro-states in Latin America or the Middle East. ++ Furthermore, Russia has learned its …More

August 12, 2008 | The Transatlantic Divide Over the Caucasus Conflict

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: The Caucasus conflict challenges the Atlantic community, because there is no consensus about resolving it. With regard to Russia, the European countries will have to decide if they want to follow their path of constructive engagement, or keep good ties with the US. …More

August 11, 2008 | Western View on China is Blurred by Eurocentrism

The West not only dominates the issues of the day, it also neglects perspectives other than its own. ++ Human rights and Tibet are in the center of the Western media coverage of China, but not all countries share this critical …More

August 8, 2008 | "The New Transatlantic Stalemate"

In times when there is no overbearing enemy, the transatlantic alliance is challenged by the geopolitical interests of each partner, which differ from one another. ++ For instance, the EU needs good relations with Russia and the Muslim …More

August 7, 2008 | We Musn't Allow a New Rift Between NATO and Russia

Admitting Georgia and Ukraine to NATO could spoil the cooperation between Russia and the West. ++ If NATO decides to take in the two former Soviet republics, Russia might reciprocate by freezing its relations with the …More

August 6, 2008 | Protectionism Can Lead to Global Food Crisis

Food security is increasingly an issue in many parts of the developing world. ++ In countries that are net importers of food, e.g. Egypt or the Philippines, soaring prices lead to economic and political crises. ++ To help solve the …More

August 5, 2008 | The Shadow of Serious Transformation in US Foreign Policy

valentine anatolevich akishkin: The economic downturn and the rise of new centers of power will lead to a shift in US foreign policy doctrine, allowing the country to readjust itself to new world challenges by employing more agreeable and less costly means. …More

August 5, 2008 | Only UN Can Bring Peace to Iraq and Afghanistan

The recent escalation of violence in Afghanistan and the calls to divert the US troops from Iraq make the question of ending these long and costly wars even more urgent. ++ There is only one organisation that can provide the …More

August 5, 2008 | A Transatlantic Learning Community

Because of the transatlantic dispute about the Iraq war, the transatlantic know-how exchange has been neglected. ++ But with the high oil prices it becomes obvious to the US that it can learn from the EU: Europe, due to higher gasoline taxes …More

August 5, 2008 | Opium Trade Finances Extremism in Afghanistan

The Taliban are the most prominent security threat in Afghanistan, but they are not the only one we should worry about. ++ Over the last few years Afghanistan has become a narco-state: it supplies 93 percent of the world’s …More

August 5, 2008 | Chance for a New Momentum in the War Against AIDS

By denigrating the effectiveness of condoms and demonising sex workers, Bush administration inflicted deadly damage to the fight with AIDS both in the US and abroad. ++ Consequently, global policy-making on HIV prevention …More

August 4, 2008 | Turkish Democracy Has a Very Narrow Safety Margin

Last week Turkey narrowly averted a catastrophe when its Constitutional Court turned back state prosecutors’ motion to disband the ruling Justice and Development Party by only one vote. ++ Had the prosecutor succeeded in his …More

August 4, 2008 | Our Wish List for China

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: The rise of China makes the world a different place. Therefore, China should also accept the responsibilities of a global power. Other countries should seek its cooperation, not confrontation. …More

August 4, 2008 | Iran's Strategy is Working

Fabian Martin Lieschke: Iran’s nuclear strategy – one that allows it to buy time and improve its negotiating position – seems to be working. The US policy shift has come too late - Iran has already wrapped Germany, Russia and China around its little finger. The next US President will be faced with a tough choice. …More

August 1, 2008 | Obama Overlooks Existing Alliances

When Obama visited Europe, he spoke eloquently about needing a US-EU partnership to defeat terrorism. ++ The problem is: the US already have a counterterrorism partnership with the EU and it works efficiently, despite the stereotyping media …More

July 31, 2008 | How the Banks Can Win Back Confidence

Common efforts to reform the financial system are on the agenda and one step towards this aim is the wide dissemination of the final report of the Institute of International Finance’s committee on market best practices which contains …More

July 31, 2008 | "The Last Gasps of the Supreme Global Sheriff"

Despite the considerable shift in global power, the default Western mindset is still based on the assumption that might and right are always on the side of the West. ++ However, the authority of this “self-appointed …More

July 30, 2008 | Doha's Demise

The global trade negotiations known as the Doha Round broke up yesterday without an agreement. ++ Despite expectations of a new international plan to cut tariffs, members of the WTO proved themselves unready for such a deal. ++ While the US and the EU had made …More

July 30, 2008 | No Need to Fear Iran

US government has a tendency to “squash mosquitoes with TNT,” which shows in its treatment of Iran. ++ There’s no need to fear Iran: Ahamadinejad is only a figurehead putting on a show of might to gain respect in the Muslim world; the real power is in …More

July 30, 2008 | Prosperity Not Enough to Make China a Democracy

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder stated in his article on China that the economic wealth will advance the democratic transformation of the country ++ But it is not that simple: the Communist party uses the economic …More

July 30, 2008 | "Responsible" Nuclear Ownership is a Fiction

The permanent members of the UN security council condemn Iran, but they are just as guilty of nuclear proliferation. ++ The distinction between their supposedly “responsible” ownership of nuclear weapons and that of Iran, North …More

July 29, 2008 | "The Hour of Europe"

Even if the Bush administration used to neglect it, 2009 can be the “hour of Europe.” ++ If Germany, Great Britain, and France would propose serious new contributions, the new administration would listen and offer the Europeans the “leadership” they …More

July 29, 2008 | Destructive Double Standards

America declares it stands up for human rights; it condemns the regime in Burma and calls for fair democratic elections in Zimbabwe. ++ However, it is doing so only where it is convenient: human rights infringements in China and Saudi Arabia or the …More

July 28, 2008 | By Giving a Speech in Berlin, Obama is Playing with Fire

David Francis: Obama’s popularity should not be interpreted as a shift in German policy towards the United States. Many officials I spoke with while reporting from Berlin earlier this year said Germany will continue to act in its own interests no matter who is in the White House. …More

July 28, 2008 | Obama's European Voters

Matthias Stephan Fifka: Even if Obama enjoys much more sympathy abroad and is being received like a rock star by the public, his foreign policy would not differ essentially from McCain’s. The biggest discrepancy between the candidates are the expectations of the Europeans, who are likely to be disillusioned with Obama as president. …More

July 28, 2008 | A New Political Messiah?

Rüdiger Lentz: Obama’s speech at the Victory Column in Berlin, impressive as it was, contained more empty slogans than substance. This was not the radical change he promised during his primary campaign. His charisma might not be enough to win the elections. …More

July 26, 2008 | Defending Europe in the Future: Revising the European Security Strategy

Daniel Fiott: Any revision of the European Security Strategy later this year should aim to deal with the security threats posed by climate change, energy security, human security, cyber crime and the incoherence of the European Union’s military capabilities. …More

July 25, 2008 | Obama in Europe: Continuity We Can Believe In This Article contains Flash-Video

E. Ben Heine: The majority of Germans support Barack Obama for the US presidency, not because they believe he will radically change US policy, but because he is expected to return it to the familiar pre-Bush trajectory. …More

July 25, 2008 | The Clash of Capitalisms

The ascendancy of Anglo-American capitalism has been an illusion - as proven by the credit crisis which originated in the US. ++ Apart from this model, there are different forms of state capitalism developing in China, Russia, the Middle East, and …More

July 25, 2008 | The Lingering Sound of Obama's Speech

The German government welcomes Obama’s call for a renewal of transatlantic relations. ++ The
reactions of the public are heterogeneous: some expected a key speech and were disappointed afterwards while others liked Obama’s decision to …More

July 25, 2008 | The Limits of the German "Anyone-but-Bush Mania"

With the exception of Germany, all major European goverments seek out US leadership on global issues. ++ Merkel remains inflexible regarding enlarging the NATO contingent in Afghanistan and adopts an indulgent approach to …More

July 25, 2008 | The G8 Leaders Must "Get Their Act Together"

There are four main problems that deepen the world crisis: incoherence of American leadership, lack of global financing, lack of contact between scientific experts and politicians, and finally the fact that the G8 ignores the UN …More

July 24, 2008 | The Hope for Change

The need for a renewal of transatlantic relations is widely felt among the German public and the expectations are high regarding Obama’s stance on climate protection, peace, and shared values. ++ But there will also be delicate issues arising such as …More

July 24, 2008 | Could Obamamania Cloud Over?

Obama has achieved astonishing levels of popularity abroad. ++ Foreigners, however, had better temper their excitement. ++ A “skilled tactician,” Obama tends to shrewdly adapt his discourse to his audience and since, if elected, he would in any …More

July 22, 2008 | Europe Needs to be More Assertive in Transatlantic Relations This Article contains Flash-Video

Wolfgang Ischinger: The transatlantic relationship will benefit from a kind of renaissance when the next US president is elected. Rather than sitting on the sidelines and waiting for US demands, Europe should actively develop strategic initiatives and explain European priorities to the US. …More

July 22, 2008 | US-Iraq Security Arrangement Serves Common Goals

Although the plans for a long-term security arrangement between Iraq and the US have caused a wave of criticism, such an agreement is in the best interest of both countries. ++ The main objectives of Americans and Iraqis are …More

July 21, 2008 | The Most Popular American in Europe Since Elvis

Anne Applebaum: Obama’s visit to Europe signifies a change in America’s political culture – it shows American voters are aware of the damage the current administration has done to America’s image and are not indifferent to how their country is perceived abroad. …More

July 21, 2008 | The USA Needs a Strategy to Rebuild its Image

A study by the Pew Foundation recently
confirmed that the USA
has been suffering from an image problem for years, and this all over the
world. Even in Japan, Argentina, Germany
or Great Britain, all countries
with a …More

July 21, 2008 | US Hopes for a New Accord With Moscow are Dead

Hopes for friendly relations with Russia, running high in the 1990s, were ruined by the Bush administration. ++ NATO membership offer to Georgia and Ukraine and plans to install elements of missile defense shield in Poland and the …More

July 21, 2008 | How to Save Karzai

There is a chorus of America’s closest allies who criticize Karzai because he is not making progress in his fight against militants and corruption in his own government. ++ But he is still the best candidate for the 2009 presidential elections, because …More

July 18, 2008 | Is the US Really Better Off With Sarkozy?

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: Despite the proclaimed cooperative approach, Franco-American tensions could grow bigger than under Chirac. Sarkozy’s Euro-Atlantic, yet independent, foreign policy moves could well be at odds with the next US president’s understanding of multilateralism. …More

July 18, 2008 | Victoria Nuland, US Ambassador to NATO

This position is Nuland’s second post in the Atlantic alliance. She was sworn in as the 18th United States Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on July 13, 2005. As US NATO Deputy between July …More

July 18, 2008 | Peace in the Middle East Still Needs the Americans

President Sarkozy invited many political leaders of the Middle East to help establish the Union for the Mediterranean. ++ But even if the French president likes to pride himself as a peacemaker, the exchange of bodies and …More

July 18, 2008 | The G8 is Losing Relevance

We live in a global economy, yet we have no effective system to manage a global economy. ++ The G8 leaders like to think they can handle global challenges such as global warming. ++ Yet, the dispute between industrial and emerging market economies …More

July 18, 2008 | The Syrians Take Paris

Syria is back in style. ++ The invitation to Paris is ostensibly a reward for the start of indirect peace talks between Syria and Israel. ++ But it also reveals that the West needs Syria to resolve the biggest problems in the Middle East. ++ The US and …More

July 18, 2008 | Controversial Address at the Brandenburg Gate

Although countless events and demonstrations have taken place at the gate, Obama’s intention to hold a speech divides the German political elite. ++ Merkel’s disapproval is thought to be due to her closer ties to the conservatives …More

July 17, 2008 | US Decline is a Golden Chance for Russia

With a military budget larger than the rest of the world’s combined, the US is still undeniably world’s greatest superpower. ++ However, there are clear signs that its empire is overreaching itself and the whole system starting to …More

July 17, 2008 | Poles Will No Longer Blindly Follow America

Failing missile shield negotiations with Poland are a symbol of decline of American influence and attractiveness under Bush. ++ Too much bad blood has been spilled between Washington and Warsaw, and the Poles are no longer prepared …More

July 17, 2008 | Steinmeier on "Responsible Sovereignty"

Responsibility and cooperation are key terms in the 21st century. ++ “Responsible Sovereignty” means members of the international community should share responsibilities, maximize the opportunities, and minimize the risks brought …More

July 17, 2008 | Does the G8 Need a Redesign?

Anna Wojnilko: Changing economic and political realities are forcing the G8 to rethink its goals, mandate, and membership. The debate on the shape of a potential G8 reform divides the political world. Should the G8 be enlarged to include new major international players or contracted to ensure effectiveness? We invite you to vote. …More

July 16, 2008 | Helpless Multilateralism

In the era of globalization, there is no alternative to multilateralism. ++ But multilateralism can only function with an accepted leadership and within institutions which are capable of acting. ++ Both the G8 and the security council do not include all …More

July 15, 2008 | Clean Technology Fund to Tackle Climate Change

The Clean Technology Fund - a multilateral initiative developed by the G8 and the World Bank -, would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by financing the use of clean technology in developing countries. ++ CO2 emissions of …More

July 14, 2008 | John McCloy Journalism Fellowship Report: Energy Insecurity in the EU

David Francis: Germany is not only comfortable with Russia as an energy partner, it is comfortable with Russia as a strategic partner. This is at odds with the Bush administration, which views Russia with suspicion. Germany’s position has exposed an ideologically divide in Europe. …More

July 14, 2008 | Europe Should Lead Global Financial Reform

Outperforming the dollar and the yen, the euro is a resounding success. ++ Still, Eurozone policymakers should allow for more economic freedom and encourage competition. ++ Europe should stop supporting national enterprises and give …More

July 14, 2008 | America Votes, but Europe Decides on the Future of Transatlantic Relations

Jan Techau: Europe’s approach to the US will be decisive for the future of transatlantic relations. Though Bush will leave, the US will not be in a position to radically change its foreign policy. It is time for Europeans to become more American and acknowledge that the era of justifiable disagreement with America is over. …More

July 11, 2008 | Berlin's Provincial Farce

The planned speech of Presidential candidate Barack Obama in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin threatens to turn into a provincial farce. ++ Unlike Washington D.C., where the US federal government decides who can speak at the nation’s political …More

July 11, 2008 | G8 on Climate Change: Promises Are Not Enough

G8 group agreed to cut green house emission by 50 percent. ++ But the final agreement establishes no interim goals that would require prompt and meaningful investments in cleaner energy. ++ China and India made clear that it is …More

July 11, 2008 | Does the World Need a 'League of Democracies'?

Uncertainty in an emerging “new world order” has brought with it new approaches to the provision of multilateral responses. One concept gaining attention in the US is a ‘league of democracies’, an institutionalized body …More

July 10, 2008 | G8 Meeting: No Progress at All

The G-8 summit seemed more interested in harmony than in making progress on pressing issues. ++ G8 agreed to cut emissions by “at least” 50 percent, but the old conflict regarding the question who should start retained. ++ Farming subsidies in …More

July 9, 2008 | Bush Will go but "Same Old Problems" Will Remain

Bush’s departure will not facilitate addressing global problems. ++ The complex issues of peace in the Middle East and nuclear proliferation will continue to dominate the diplomatic debate. ++ In addition, American and …More

July 8, 2008 | Dead End in Sight for Poland's Missile Defense Site

Marek Swierczynski: Commotion and despair are in the air after Poland rejected the US bid to host ballistic defence system. The government is evasive in public statements and sends opposing signals in diplomacy. The MD project, once regarded as a unique historic opportunity, seems to be drifting away. …More

July 8, 2008 | We Need a Transatlantic Exchange of Best Integration Practices

Crystal Oswald-Herold: Rather than using the differences that divide North America and Europe to avoid discussing contemporary successes and failures of immigration, the US and Europe should recognize that they share many commonalities and interests in this field and should work collaboratively to improve integration practices on both sides of the Atlantic. …More

July 7, 2008 | G8 Should Grant China and India Full Membership

Leaders who will gather in Hokkaido are ill-positioned to address the challenges of climate change and global economic slowdown. ++ G8 meetings will remain inadequate as long as China and India are not granted full membership. ++ …More

July 7, 2008 | Let's Make it the G3

The G8 format is unwieldy, ineffective, and unable to deal with global challenges. ++ The G8 has proven bigger does not necessarily mean better; admitting new countries has turned the meetings into a “giant public relations exercise with little real …More

July 7, 2008 | Further Deterioration Of Relations With Russia

valentine anatolevich akishkin: Tilt and mistrust are ruling European politics making the EU an ineffective and politically feeble conglomerate of countries incapable of working out joint foreign and defense policies. World challenges grow while EU member states sit brawling on the roadside of events. …More

July 6, 2008 | The Amerikafest and more

From the Editorial Team: Read about the Amerikafest and watch and listen to reactions from the crowd. Find out what the people interviewed in Berlin think of America and expect from future of transatlantic relations. …More

July 1, 2008 | NATO Burden-Sharing: Not a Lost Cause

Rather than focusing on force levels, debates about burden-sharing within NATO should look at “defense transformation, operations, and the wider context of the international community’s efforts.” ++ While burden-sharing faces many …More

July 1, 2008 | Averting Secessionism in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus

Hall Gardner: NATO’s Bucharest Summit in April 2008 did not fully address the question of how to create a viable system of security for the volatile region of eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. As eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Caucasus are all riddled with secessionist and irredentist movements since Soviet collapse, it will require concerted US, EU, and Russian attention if a major crisis is to be averted. …More

July 1, 2008 | Axiology and the Treaty on a Constitution for Europe

Dawid Sebastian Bunikowski: The Treaty on a Constitution for Europe in a version presented by d’Estaing is not only a result of a legal and institutional aspect of deeper European integration but also a result of an axiological compromise. …More

June 30, 2008 | Meet the Editorial Team at the Amerikafest!

From the Editorial Team: On July 5th, Berlin celebrates Independence Day and the return of the American Embassy to the famous Pariser Platz with the grand Amerikafest 2008. This is your chance to meet the Atlantic Community editorial team face to face and find out more about our commitment to transatlantic exchange! …More

June 30, 2008 | The Danger of a League of Democracies

Senator McCain’s call for a “League of Democracies” would be a danger rather than an aid to world peace. ++ With both Russia and China excluded, the league would be unable to combat the most pressing global matters: terrorism, climate …More

June 27, 2008 | Atlantic Community Wins "New Media Award"

From the Editorial Team: The 2008 RIAS New Media Prize was awarded to Dr. Johannes Bohnen and Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen for publishing the online think tank …More

June 26, 2008 | Protectionism is Hampering Foreign Investments

Foreign direct investment is slowing down worldwide due to nations’ fears of losing control of what they call “critical infrastructure.” ++ Markets have recently experienced FDI coming from non-traditional sources such as …More

June 26, 2008 | The Troubling Role of Europe in Rendition

European States have been quick to criticize America’s practices but have themselves played a role in many renditions and secret detentions. ++ European airports and airspace have repeatedly been used by CIA flights headed for rendition …More

June 24, 2008 | Europe's "Obama Honeymoon" Could be Shortlived

Obama enjoys astonishing and unprecedented support in Europe. ++ The anti-Americanism fueled by Bush may have subsided, but this international popularity is not necessarily beneficial for a candidate who primarily needs to …More

June 23, 2008 | Afghanistan Needs a New Plan

Despite the presence of over 50,000 NATO troops and some 140,000 Afghan troops and police, the Taliban and al-Qaeda have gotten stronger over the past two years. ++ The Pentagon invested about US$16.5 billion in Afghanistan, but it still lacks a …More

June 20, 2008 | France Adopts a Multilateral Defense Policy

Transatlantic Press Round-up: The 2008 White Paper sets the tone for the next decade of French defense policy. Although France’s “loss of independence” is controversial, many welcome the progress towards synchronization of the French, European, and transatlantic security and defense strategies. …More

June 20, 2008 | It is Not Only Bush Who Was the Wrong Guy

Most people overlook that it was not one man alone who widened the gap between the two sides of the Atlantic, and that the bogeyman Bush often either approved or facilitated Europe’s own decisions. ++ The dramatic transformation of the …More

June 19, 2008 | Brown and Bush are Similarly Fated

For most Europeans, including the British journalist who said that he will “be remembered as a blithering idiot,” Bush’s legacy is the Iraq war. ++ On Bush’s last visit to the UK, however, Brown emphasized the president’s accomplishments and …More

June 18, 2008 | EU Defense Policy: Progress on Paper Only

France issued a White Paper on military reforms to meet the new challenges of transnational terrorism and nuclear proliferation. ++ Alongside the modernization and rationalization of its armed forces, France seeks to return to the …More

June 18, 2008 | EU Should Let Reason Triumph Over Fears

Europe has come a long way since the Middle Ages and especially over the last 50 years. ++ The Lisbon Treaty merged all treaties and conventions of the long European construction into a single body, defining and rationalizing the Union …More

June 17, 2008 | Deep Ideological Forces Cause the Transatlantic Rift

Whereas Europeans believe strong national or religious identities are detrimental to democracy, for Americans, expression of identity is a fundamental right. ++ This conflicting understanding of identity and democracy …More

June 16, 2008 | Democrats Good, Republicans Bad?

Thomas Speckmann: Examining the foreign policy of US presidents since Kennedy reveals that Germany is generally better off with the conservatives and that German military involvement will always be expected, regardless of who is elected. …More

June 16, 2008 | The French Could Help EU-Alliance Communication

While the US and Germany would welcome full French participation in NATO, Sarkozy faces stiff resistance to the notion domestically. ++ The fact that French military representation in NATO “far exceeds” analogous French efforts in …More

June 13, 2008 | Regional Cooperation Better Than NATO/EU Enlargement

Hall Gardner: A move towards Ukrainian NATO membership would strain relations with Russia and have serious consequences. In the short-term, Ukraine should remain “neutral”, while the EU introduces new, and expands existing confidence building economic and political areas of cooperation with Kiev and Moscow. In the long-term, Europe should seek to develop a confederal relationship with both Ukraine and Russia. …More

June 13, 2008 | Bush Leaving Means no More Teasing

It did not take Iraq to spur dislike for Bush. ++ Yet by overstating his mistakes and cropping his successes, Germans acquired a sense of ease and superiority which they will lose when he goes. ++ The president’s catastrophic image made it …More

June 12, 2008 | Expansion Does Not Solve NATO's Dilemma

Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler: NATO is trying to expand its military wing to more countries, which used to be “the enemy,” in its effort to secure its future. However, Europe’s reliance on imported oil should be considered before alienating exporters like Russia in the attempt of reinventing NATO’s aging alliance. …More

June 12, 2008 | Bush Slowly Fades, as New Presidency Nears

On both sides of the Atlantic, politicians are certain that a new US President will mean big change on a broad range of issues, from climate change to Iraq. ++ In gearing up for a more “enlightened” era of transatlantic relations, …More

June 11, 2008 | HOT ISSUE: How Long is Bush's Shadow?

From the Editorial Team: President Bush’s last official visit to Germany has sparked a vivid debate about the legacy of his presidency and the image of the US abroad. Will Europe forget about Bush soon after the elections and consider the US once again as a partner and friend? Or will the next president have to fight with America’s tainted image for years to come? …More

June 11, 2008 | Farewell to Bush, a Friend in the End

Marek Swierczynski: The farewell trip of the 43rd US president shows who and what really matters for America in Europe. George Bush visits America’s traditional allies and friends but emphasizes the role of the EU as the main transatlantic link and one that may play an important role during the next presidency. …More

June 11, 2008 | Americans Should Vote "McBama"

Official US presidential candidates have been selected but voters now face the difficult task of distinguishing between “the politics of winning”, which shore up popularity, and “the politics of governing”, which focus on ability. ++ Obama’s …More

June 11, 2008 | "The New American Realism" Fairs Well in the EU

Some may be tempted to ignore Bush during his final tour of Europe, a US President on his way out does not need the same attention as one on his way in. ++ Bush’s presidency, however, has marked an epoch-making …More

June 10, 2008 | A Lame Duck and Chickens Cramp EU/US Dialog

US President George W. Bush’s final visit to Europe is likely to be only ceremonial and of little real substance. ++ The EU and the US are deeply divided over issues of trade, especially the import ban on American poultry. ++ …More

June 10, 2008 | Say Farewell to Bush, not to Cooperation

The vital partnership of the EU and the US should be continued through the end of Bush’s term. ++ Issues such as the economy, Iran, Iraq, and climate change require the joint policy of financial and executive bodies. ++ The West also …More

June 10, 2008 | Canada and the EU: From Transatlantic Economic Dialogue to Monologue

C. Deblock & M. Rioux: Canadians want to develop closer economic ties with Europe in order to reduce their dependence on the United States. However this new “European” policy is motivated by the wrong reasons and political and structural differences could prove insurmountable. …More

June 9, 2008 | What Good is a "League of Democracies?"

The “League of Democracies” has existed as a concept discussed by American political experts for years now. This spring, the idea transferred from the domain of relevant professional journals to that of the US presidential election …More

June 6, 2008 | Europe's Hope for Obama Presidency Likely to be Dashed This Article contains Flash-Video

Rüdiger Lentz: In US presidential elections, Europeans tend to overwhelmingly support the Democratic candidate. Yet, Europe misplaced its bets in both 2000 and 2004. The qualities that Europeans value in a US president are not the same ones that matter to Americans. Europe should tone down its expectations, and come to terms with the possibility of another GOP presidency. …More

June 5, 2008 | Ukraine's Future Lies in the EU, not NATO

Heinrich Bonnenberg: Germany and the EU must give stronger credit to Ukraine’s emergence as an independent democracy in the tradition of Europe’s historic liberal movements. The EU should quickly enable Ukrainian accession, but NATO membership should not be pursued, as this would likely exasperate tensions with Russia. …More

June 5, 2008 | The Primaries are Over so the Race Can Begin

Striking differences between McCain and Obama on issues such as Iraq, the economy, global warming, energy, and the international standing of the US, mean the real debate can now begin. ++ Clinton should rally behind Obama and he …More

June 5, 2008 | McCain: We Should Not be Scared but Prepared

The personality of the US election winner will fundamentally shape transatlantic relations, but the fact remains that today the priorities of the EU and US differ more than ever before. ++ In the multipolar world that has …More

June 5, 2008 | For Victory, Obama Needs Clinton

In order to win the presidency Obama must quickly readjust his strategy. ++ The long and fierce battle between the two democratic candidates has alienated supporters from both sides. ++ In the May 20 Kentucky primary, 2/3 of Clinton …More

June 4, 2008 | On Iraq, it's Time to Call Europe

D. Korski & R. Gowan: In Europe, a consensus is emerging that more should be done for Iraq. If Europeans satisfactorily align with US policies in the region and if the US makes the most of this opportunity, this could significantly revitalize transatlantic relations. …More

June 4, 2008 | Obama Won but Clinton is Still Important

Obama has claimed the Democratic nomination, but Clinton will remain an important figure over the next months. ++ Clinton “did well among working-class whites, older voters and women” so her eventual endorsement of Obama will be crucial. …More

June 3, 2008 | Renewed Alliances: How to Face Today's Threats

Mark Brzezinski : President George W. Bush travels to Europe this month to participate in the US-European Union Summit and to visit key partners, including France, Germany, Italy and Britain. These summits are likely to produce joint declarations of “bon amie” and official statements that the drift in the trans-Atlantic relationship is diminished. …More

June 3, 2008 | The West Must Help Prevent War in Georgia

Western calls for restraint are ineffective as tensions rise in Georgia over Abkhazia, the region where Russia supports separatist aspirations that threaten Georgia’s national unity. ++ “Moscow seems determined to provoke Tbilisi to …More

June 2, 2008 | High Hopes for an US-EU led International Climate Change Policy

Axel Berg: After the elections in the US, Europeans are expecting to forge ahead with transatlantic cooperation on climate policy. Whoever is in the White House, expectations are high, especially among the Germans who want to set precedents and increase pressure on the international community. …More

June 2, 2008 | The Future of the G8: From "Library Group" to G13?

Over the last few years, the annual G8 summits have attracted more attention than ever before in the history of this group of states originally known as the “Library Group.” The rise in power of Brazil, China or India …More

June 2, 2008 | McCain Seeks Old Friends and New Enemies

Bush’s unilateralism has created a rift in transatlantic relations that is unlikely to be fixed by the next US president, unless the EU and the US share a common threat. ++ McCain frames the authoritarian capitalism of China and Russia …More

May 30, 2008 | US Must Lead the Global Climate Change Initiative

The climate change bill currently being debated in the US Senate is paramount for actual, sustainable improvement. ++ Not only for the sake of the environment, economies have recently experienced that innovation and emissions …More

May 29, 2008 | G8 Adopts a Cooperative Approach to Climate Change

At this year’s G8 summit, the focus will be convincing big emitters (China, US) and developing countries to commit to the Kyoto protocol. ++ Making attractive proposals to encourage emission cuts and highlighting their benefits …More

May 27, 2008 | The Paranoia Card: A comment on Tsygankov's "The Russophobia Card"

Andreas Umland: US “anti-Russian” rhetoric is not that particular. One can hear similar voices in both Western and Eastern Europe. In the unlikely case that Russia becomes a truly democratic country, much of what Andrei Tsygankov laments in his recent article in “The Moscow Times” would simply disappear. …More

May 22, 2008 | UN Peacekeeping - Struggling to Define 'Business as Usual'

Ethan Christian Arrow: Raising the issue of UN legitimacy in matters of hard and soft power, a panel of speakers have recommended tailoring operations according to local needs. Perhaps running the UN more like a business and less like a Western power would produce better results for all concerned. …More

May 21, 2008 | Europe Becomes Increasingly Secure, and Irrelevant

While enjoying a security the post-Cold War period has afforded it, Europeans are becoming rhetorically more critical of their American protectors and militarily less willing to engage security threats around the globe. ++ A …More

May 20, 2008 | Rebalancing Britain's Foreign Policy

UK Foreign Secretary Miliband believes Britain should no longer be “the bridge” speaking for the US in the EU, and in the name of its European neighbors in Washington. ++ Even if the US remains Britain’s most important bilateral partner, …More

May 20, 2008 | US-Polish Missile Negotiations Reach a Stalemate

US diplomats will not exceed their offer - worth billions - to modernize Poland’s armed forces in exchange for the hosting of the anti-missile shield base on Polish soil. ++ Poland’s expectations are higher than what the US is …More

May 20, 2008 | A Transatlantic Energy Security Strategy is Essential

Richard G. Lugar: We must forge a more productive relationship with Russia. The absence of a collective energy security strategy and the lack of supply diversification will lead to greater fragmentation among European nations and across the Atlantic. …More

May 15, 2008 | Why NATO Slowly Fades Away

Peter van Ham: NATO is slowly losing its significance as the central platform to manage transatlantic security challenges. In view of the different reasons for the Alliance’s declining relevance, its resilience, rather than its demise should surprise us. …More

May 14, 2008 | Bolstering the West With a League of Democracies

With new ideological competition in global politics, the formation of a ‘League of Democracies’ could prove pivotal in continuing the West’s export of value systems and developmental models. ++ Some fear that a …More

May 9, 2008 | Poland-US: Drifting Apart on Missile Shield

Marek Swierczynski: The NATO-isation of missile defense at the Bucharest summit paradoxically carried away the Poland-US agreement on the issue. The once all-uniting idea of placing the interceptors on Poland’s Baltic coast is losing political support and negotiations are reported to be close to a stall. The current round of the talks is not expected to push things forward. …More

May 8, 2008 | The Right NATO for the Right Afghanistan

Péter Marton: Afghanistan needs an external security guarantee for the long term. NATO should provide that guarantee against clashing external influence-seeking endeavours, but it can only do so it if it sheds its geopolitical identity for the Afghan mission. That is how a neutral strategic identity could be secured for Afghanistan. …More

May 7, 2008 | What Will Follow US Dominance?

The end of the unipolar world is approaching. The unipolar world emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union when the bipolar era of the cold war came to an end. Yet just after one decade and a half of US supremacy, the international system …More

May 7, 2008 | Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, US Inst. of Peace

Prior to joining the United States Institute of Peace, Dr. de Jonge Oudraat served as co-director of the Managing Global Issues project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C, and worked as a senior …More

May 7, 2008 | Crisis of Democracy Jeopardizes US-Turkish Relations

While Turkey’s judiciary, with support from its bureaucratic and military elite, threatens to disband the AKP, the US remains reluctant to take sides. ++ The US should realize that these anti-democratic groups are not …More

May 7, 2008 | Dire Consequences of Ukraine and Georgia Joining NATO

valentine anatolevich akishkin: The issue of NATO enlargement and membership to NATO divides the Ukrainian people. The split reflects the countries division along ethnical and geographical lines. Integrating Ukraine into the Alliance would more likely lead to confusion and conflict than democracy. …More

May 6, 2008 | The Dangers of a League of Unwilling Democracies

Mc Cain aspires to redefining the US’s global role by creating a US-led “League of Democracies.” ++ Besides antagonizing Russia and China and ignoring the significance of their cooperation on environmental and nuclear …More

May 2, 2008 | The Return of the Ideological Competition

Russia and China are autocracies by conviction. ++ They believe in the virtues of strong central government and despise the weaknesses of the democratic system. ++ Autocracy was thought to be less successful in aggregating national …More

May 2, 2008 | The European Invasion of the US Market

The US market is experiencing the unprecedented inflow of large- and medium-size European investors. ++ Because of the extremely cheap US dollar, it became affordable for many European companies to relocate their production to the much …More

May 2, 2008 | Rethinking European Defense Policy

Daniel Rackowski: With Sarkozy contemplating bringing France back into the NATO fold, the need for a strong European defense force is at the forefront, writes Daniel Rackowski for ISN Security Watch. …More

April 30, 2008 | Sarkozy l' Américain?

The election of Nicolas Sarkozy was a source of hope for the future of Franco-American and transatlantic relations. Sarkozy made no secret of his intention to kick start a new era of French foreign policy and effect a radical break away from a forty …More

April 29, 2008 | Afghanistan: Chances are High That NATO Will Fail

T. Noetzel & B. Schreer: Despite a theoretically clear strategy, NATO is both politically and militarily ill-prepared to execute the required counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan. An Afghan disaster might not be a death sentence for the Alliance, but would certainly have major repercussions. …More

April 28, 2008 | "McCain Turned Into a Foreign Policy Schizophrenic"

While the world is looking at Clinton and Obama, Senator McCain’s speech of 03/26 remained unnoticed. ++ McCain suggested expelling Russia from the G8 and excluding China as well. ++ His most radical foreign policy idea …More

April 28, 2008 | American Power: Hegemonic Due to Lack of Options

In the prospect of US presidential elections all three candidates distance themselves from President Bush and promise more multilateralism in foreign policy and therefore burden sharing. ++ They forget that the US is the only …More

April 27, 2008 | Between the Weimar and Bonn Scenarios: On Russia's Rising Anti-Americanism

Andreas Umland: A conspirological form of anti-Americanism has become Russia’s new foreign policy doctrine. Paradoxically, the Russian elite, at the same time, wants to build closer relations with the US’s major partner in continental Europe - Germany. …More

April 25, 2008 | The US Presidential Campaign is Full of Flam

Although the US’s economic and political difficulties have rarely been so acute, all of the candidates for president are selling simple answers that don’t exist. ++ Neither McCain’s version of military victory in Iraq …More

April 24, 2008 | Networked Security Needed in the Transatlantic Context This Article contains Flash-Video

Jackson Janes: The common threats which Europe and the United States are facing call for immediate collaborative action. Given the interconnectedness of the world today, it is important to apply the lessons learned through transatlantic successes to other regions as well. …More

April 22, 2008 | The West is Not a Strict Geographical Concept

NATO is threatened by growing protectionism, fear of terrorism, and the loss of faith of Europeans in values and institutions. ++ Its weakness prevents it from reforming. ++ Enlargement would enable promotion of western ideals the …More

April 19, 2008 | Ukraine, NATO, and German Foreign Policy

Andreas Umland: Don’t overestimate Berlin’s statements concerning Russian interests in the former USSR …More

April 18, 2008 | Yes, We Can! Our New Transatlantic Agenda in a Changing World

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: For the past 60 years the transatlantic relationship has been the world’s transformative partnership. America’s relationship with Europe - more than with any other part of the world - enables both of us to achieve goals that neither of us could achieve alone. …More

April 17, 2008 | Atlantic Relations Should be Renewed

Anglo-American relations have deeper roots than just common interests, history and language. ++ To revive them, cooperation between universities, enterprises, charities, and health and environmental research should be strengthened. ++ The …More

April 15, 2008 | Atlantic Alliance is an Alliance à la Carte

The traditional role of the state in Europe is diminished, therefore the capacity of EU governments to ask their people for sacrifices is reduced. ++ As the debate over using NATO forces in Afghanistan showed, EU governments are not able to live up to their obligations. ++ The European disillusionment with US policies has structural reasons and will continue after Bush’s presidency.

April 14, 2008 | Supporting Ukraine, but Worrying About Russia

Atlantic Community SURVEY: 23 European and US policy analysts and our members express stronger support for Ukraine’s NATO aspirations than witnessed at the Bucharest Summit. Advocacy for fast NATO enlargement correlates with geographic proximity to Russia. …More

April 10, 2008 | Understanding homeland security's transatlantic challenges

Atlantic Community SURVEY: If U.S. and European leaders are going to protect their respective homelands together, they need to understand each other’s current strengths and weaknesses. This paper addresses them. …More

April 8, 2008 | Opinion Survey: Germany and US More Popular.

17,000 respondents in 34 countries perceived Germany as the country that has the most “positive influence” on world affairs. ++ 18 percent gave a negative assessment of Germany, the lowest disapproval figure for any of the 23 …More

April 8, 2008 | NATO and Russia Need a Shared Vision

Andre Kelleners: NATO membership states should consult with Russia to determine a common understanding of NATO’s role. Selected Partnership-for-Peace countries should eventually join the alliance as full members together with and at the same time as Russia. …More

April 7, 2008 | NATO Primacy is Necessary

By duplicating rather than completing the alliance’s functions, the Lisbon Treaty proposals on European defense integration damage NATO. ++ Since supranationalism would only further the EU’s democratic deficit, existing intergovernmental …More

April 7, 2008 | Empty Rhetoric Hides Cracks in the Alliance

Few members at the Bucharest Summit acted to present the strongest military alliance in the world as “purposeful, tough and cohesive.” ++ “The Atlantic Caucus” is left to shoulder the biggest burden in Afghanistan and fill the …More

April 7, 2008 | US and Europe at Odds Over Russia's Resources

Europe needs Russia for its oil and natural gas and Russia needs Europe for revenue from these resources. ++ This reciprocal relationship explains Europe’s opposition to granting Ukraine and Georgia NATO membership. ++ The issue of energy security is one of the few issues where central and eastern European countries agree with the US and are in conflict with Germany and France.

April 4, 2008 | Bush in Bucharest: Failure on Timing and Execution

Mark Burgess: Afghanistan is NATO’s most pressing crisis, but President Bush distracted the Alliance with his push for NATO enlargement. Georgia and Ukraine can wait. Afghanistan cannot. …More

April 4, 2008 | Enlargement Delay is Okay if Progress in Afghanistan

Marek Swierczynski: NATO’s decision to delay a major enlargement should only be viewed in a positive light if it results in better management of the Afghan mission, and the Alliance keeps up the pace to relaunch negotiations with Ukraine and Georgia. …More

April 4, 2008 | Division Hampers Progress in Afghanistan

Troops in Afghanistan amount to a mere 10% of the contingent needed. ++ Quarrelling over NATO policy issues is preventing gathering the necessary means to effectively tackle terrorism and the Taliban. ++ While French, German and Greek …More

April 4, 2008 | The Outcome of Bucharest

For the sake of NATO credibility, the decision against MAPs for Ukraine and Georgia
needs to be reviewed within the year. ++ If Europeans give in, Russia may be able to prevent former Soviet republics from democratizing and westernizing. ++ But …More

April 3, 2008 | US Elections: What Should Europe Hope for?

Still depending on US hard power, Europe has found a new role in the soft power balance to the US. ++ Europe can’t continue in this role with a new President Obama. ++ Obama’s US would gain international reputation and call in …More

April 3, 2008 | Surrealistic Debate Over NATO Membership for Ukraine

Andreas Umland: It’s accepted by all Ukrainian political forces that the country’s entry into NATO will have to be decided by a referendum. Thus, no serious application for membership will be put forward within the next years. The current debate about its NATO membership is in actual fact surrealistic. …More

April 3, 2008 | A Grand Plan for NATO Will Have to Wait

Stanley R. Sloan: Besides agreeing on devoting more military and non-military resources to the mission in Afghanistan, NATO leaders at the Bucharest Summit should start drafting a new strategic concept and a contemporary Atlantic Charter for the new American administration to tackle in 2009. …More

April 2, 2008 | Afghanistan at the Top of Bucharest Agenda

The first territorial war of NATO history in Afghanistan will be the hot topic at the Bucharest Summit. ++ NATO’s credibility seems tied to success in Afghanistan, therefore NATO governments should reach a consensus on new criteria for measuring success and failure. ++ Democratization and stabilization can be difficult to achieve and should not be measured on an all-or-nothing basis.

April 2, 2008 | Divide on Ukrainian and Georgian NATO Membership

NATO enlargement is dividing the Euro-Alantic community into old and new Europe. ++ Representing old Europe, Germany, France and Austria only want to offer an “Enhanced Agreement” instead of Membership Action Plans to Ukraine and Georgia, one reason being not to provoke Russia. ++ To offer anything less than MAPs to Ukraine and Georgia would question NATO’s open-door policy.

April 1, 2008 | NATO Needs to Self-Reinvent, Like Madonna

Without a new strategic concept and comprehensive reform, NATO will continue to decline. ++ Allies need consensus on the use of non-self-defense military force and the meaning of “collective defense.” ++ NATO should be a functioning political organization and bring its relationship with global partners to a new level. ++ NATO members need to be willing to make difficult compromises.

March 31, 2008 | NATO and EU Need an Open-door Policy

Bucharest is the ideal opportunity to extend the NATO membership action plan to Georgia and Ukraine and further negotiations with Balkan states. ++ While rewarding and encouraging their effort of reform, this would enhance the stability, …More

March 31, 2008 | Divides Inside the Alliance

Rüdiger Lentz: Increasing debates within the Alliance about the inequity of risk- and burden-sharing among its members overshadow the upcoming summit in Bucharest. Especially, the Germans are being pressured by Washington and their Western allies to send more fighting troops to Afghanistan. …More

March 31, 2008 | Rising US Isolationism: Europe Needs to Fill the Void

The US is historically isolationist at heart - this has only been interrupted by
events such as WWII and 9/11. ++ The toll of the war in Iraq is leading many Americans to again turn to isolationism. ++ No matter who becomes president, they will begin the withdrawal of America from the world, leaving Europe to fill its role and face the responsibility of containing radical Islam alone.

March 28, 2008 | NATO's Unhappy Warriors

Wess Mitchell: While the United States has been prodding the alliance’s second-tier members, newcomers have stepped up in Afghanistan. …More

March 27, 2008 | After Bali: A Shift in Climate Policy Leadership

Sascha Müller-Kraenner: The EU and the US have the responsibility as well as the financial and technological means to address the climate challenge. Yet their approach needs to be internationally orientated so that it also offers a platform to the new assertive voices of China, India, Russia and others. …More

March 26, 2008 | The Fed and the ECB Face Different Dilemmas

The differences in transatlantic mortgage systems are causing the Fed and the ECB to deal with housing crisis in contrasting ways. ++ While the Fed keeps cutting interest rates to make up for the huge losses in capital of US banks, …More

March 26, 2008 | What Europe Could Expect from an Obama Presidency

Julianne Smith: If elected, Obama will attempt to reestablish a strong partnership with Europe. He should come closer to his European partners on issues such as climate change and international law, but will expect greater cooperation and support for US policies in the Middle East and Afghanistan. …More

March 25, 2008 | Rethinking the Status Quo

Lukas Vitalijus: The absence of a dominating trend in foreign relations today reveals how complex the world has become since the end of the cold war. With global matters overriding national ones, and priorities in international relations changing faster and more unpredictably than ever before, a single doctrine is no longer able to provide an explanation. …More

March 25, 2008 | Bringing NATO and the ESDP Closer Together

British skepticism towards EU defense and opposition to “operational headquarters” for EU military missions may jeopardize Sarkozy’s plan to simultaneously increase the EU’s military role and obtain approval at home for full membership …More

March 25, 2008 | Sustaining Western Leadership

The fact that the US and the EU are now responsible for under 30% of world exports indicates a decline of primacy. ++ Discussions held by the elites at the Brussels Forum highlighted the need for a closer transatlantic partnership when dealing with new global “state and nonstate threats”. ++ Internal discord in the EU and the US is hindering the focus on external common interests.

March 24, 2008 | Success in Afghanistan Depends on Coordination

Most important task for the UN secretary general’s new special representative for Afghanistan, Kai Eide, is to form a relationship with President Karzai. ++ UN must be the primary coordinator for all organizations in Afghanistan. ++ Military and civilian efforts need to be coordinated, Afghanistan Compact needs to be supported, and Afghanistan’s neighbors need to help stabilize.

March 24, 2008 | A Window of Opportunity in Cuba

With Fidel Castro gone, the US has the chance to lift the embargo on Cuba, but should only do so in exchange for an independent and democratic Cuba. ++ The new ruler of Cuba should have a clear choice: hold free and fair elections, or be responsible for prolonging Cuba’s suffering. ++ History proves that neither tourism nor open trade are enough to democratize a country.

March 23, 2008 | Rapid Reaction: Moving NATO Forward

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: Secretary-General De Hoop Scheffer must find a compromise between NATO members: those who don’t want to anger Russia and those pushing to include Eastern European states. …More

March 20, 2008 | Building Peace Through a Global Democratic Alliance

The 100 plus democratic nations need to come together as a “League of Democracies.” ++ NATO and the EU must build an effective military. ++ A strong NATO and EU are in the interest of the United States. ++ Global warming and vulnerability to autocracies are the next international challenges. ++ The US must be a model country, leading the world while listening to and respecting its allies.

March 19, 2008 | Strengthening the EU to Strengthen NATO

Ambassador Victoria Nuland: “Europe needs, the United States needs, NATO needs, the democratic world needs – a stronger, more capable European defense capacity.” …More

March 19, 2008 | The End of NATO Would Leave the EU Powerless

With unilateral pull-outs of the Afghan mission threatening NATO’s existence, Europe’s security is also at risk. ++ EU members lack consensus both on matters of foreign policy and regarding a role for NATO in the future. ++ As a global security actor, the EU should bolster its military capabilities, drop its idealism, and commit itself to real objectives in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Kosovo.

March 17, 2008 | NATO Needs a New Strategic Concept

To remain a relevant alliance, NATO needs to adapt to both changes in the international order and evolving threats. ++ NATO requires a comprehensive approach, enhanced coordination with other civilian actors, and cooperation with the UN and …More

March 14, 2008 | Proceeding Without Moscow on Missile Defense

Energy exports are enabling Russia to be increasingly assertive and object to the US’ deployment of 10 missiles near its borders. ++ If it is possible concerning terrorism and nuclear energy, cooperation between the two countries may spread to more areas, but regarding European missile defense, the US should stand its ground. ++ Giving in would only lead to
greater intransigence from the Kremlin.

March 14, 2008 | NATO at a Crossroad

Marek Swierczynski: Just before the NATO summit in Bucharest, the differences on what and how the Alliance should do in the future seem all but rising on both sides of the Atlantic. The Warsaw conference on NATO’s Transformation made fundamental divides clearly visible. …More

March 10, 2008 | A New Era for EU-US Relations?

Daniel Rackowski: As many Europeans ponder about the putative blessings of the post-Bush era, it is only opportune to ask how the at-times strained transatlantic relationship might evolve in the future. …More

March 7, 2008 | No Hope for Transatlantic Relations?

A. Pölking & S. de Jong: The European public hopes for a shift in American policy. Many look forward to Bush leaving office and a return to the “good old days” of transatlantic relations. While Cold War normalcy was all but normal, and while relations should remain difficult, there is no doubt the gut feeling is improving. …More

March 7, 2008 | America Should Not Try to be Liked

The assertion that a Democratic president will have to repair the damage done to the country’s reputation overseas underrates the complexity of feelings towards America. ++ Anti-Americanism is less the result of policies than natural tension …More

March 6, 2008 | Providing NATO with a New Strategic Concept

Currently, NATO’s means are solely military. ++ Yet today’s most urgent task is to prevent crises by eliminating reasons for armed conflict, so force should be the ultimate resort. ++ To avoid becoming a hollow transatlantic alliance, …More

March 5, 2008 | Polish PM Due In DC: Managing Image and Expectations

Anna Nadgrodkiewicz: When in Washington, Tusk will need to address the role of Polish troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the necessity of easing visa requirements, and the proposed missile defense shield. Most importantly, Tusk should use his visit to build name recognition and focus on issues important to Poland. …More

March 4, 2008 | The United States and Europe: Partners in Mistrust?

Adam Hyams: 232 years have elapsed, and lingering suspicions continue to lurk in both the United States and Europe about the intentions and responsibilities that each side holds. …More

February 27, 2008 | Recognition of Kosovo Punishes Serbian Democracy

Kosovo’s illegal declaration of independence has destabilized the international system. ++ Recognizing Kosovo legitimizes imposed solutions to ethnic conflicts, unilateral secession by a non-state actor, and forced partition to sovereign states. ++ “Recognizing Kosovo means saying, in effect, that Serbian democracy must be punished because [Milosevic] was left unpunished.”

February 26, 2008 | The Berlin Airlift: A Contemporary Message

Mathias Döpfner: 2008 will be an American year. In America the race to elect a presidential candidate is on, in Berlin a new US embassy is to open, but above all we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. …More

February 25, 2008 | Rethinking the Efficacy of International Organizations

Kosovo’s independence weakens international institutions, which have been waning in influence since end of Cold War. ++ UN and NATO unable to regulate international conflicts. ++ Weaker countries most likely to support …More

February 22, 2008 | Transatlantic Security Agenda 2008

Benjamin Lucas Schoo: Vote now on what prominent security related issue the governments on both sides of the Atlantic should focus their attention on! We have identified 4 major tasks for 2008 and ask you to select which of these should be at the top of the transatlantic agenda. You can vote now on the right side. …More

February 21, 2008 | The End of NATO and the Threat of US Unilateralism

D. Korski & M. Williams: NATO’s members need to take action if the 60 year old alliance is to survive as a useful organization. …More

February 20, 2008 | Putinism: Good or Bad for the West?

With the world’s attention now focusing on the unpredictable outcome of the American elections, it is easy to forget about their more predictable, but equally important equivalent in Russia. Recently named Time’s “Person of the …More

February 18, 2008 | Jan Neutze, German Marshall Fund of the United States

As a program officer in the foreign policy program at the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC, Jan Neutze works on a range of transatlantic foreign policy issues both by managing relationships with GMF’s partner …More

February 15, 2008 | Demands on Europe Will Not Abate

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger: George W. Bush’s successor will make demands of the Europeans, and Europeans would do well to take note of this fact. Key areas of contention will remain between Europe and America especially when it comes to Russia, Afghanistan, and democracy promotion. …More

February 11, 2008 | Troops in Afghanistan: A Catch-22 for German Leaders

Jan Techau and Alexander Skiba of the German Council on Foreign Relations criticize the German Government’s rejection of the US request for more German combat forces in south Afghanistan. There are at least three …More

February 7, 2008 | How do European and US Think Tanks Measure Up?

Ted R. Bromund of Yale University explains that liberal US think tanks (and their budgets) are expanding rapidly and notes that the Brookings Institution “has grown by 50 percent over the past two years.” Conservative American …More

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

January 25, 2008 | 2008: Remaking Transatlantic Relations

Andrew Moravcsik of Princeton University says that 2008 could be a “year of destiny for transatlantic relations”. Regardless of the outcome, the American elections are likely to spark a change in US foreign policy and the European Union …More

January 24, 2008 | Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the World Economic Forum

Despite climate change being among the chief topics of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, hundreds of participants have landed in private planes as large as Boeing 767s and traveled to the secluded winter …More

January 22, 2008 | Don't Forget America

James Cricks: The key to the future of the West is respect and cooperation. The US and Europe still have much to learn from one another. …More

January 21, 2008 | Democracy: On the Decline?

Freedom House’s annual review revealed that 2007 was yet another year in which worldwide freedom declined. While this report is discouraging, too much weight must not be placed on the events of a single year and there are still reasons to remain …More

January 15, 2008 | Should the Polluter Pay?

One of the policy recommendations of the Shadow G-8 was to establish the framework for a more equitable system of dealing with climate change. Among the aspects of this suggested framework was the incorporation of the so-called polluter pays …More

January 15, 2008 | Germany's Foreign Policy is Dangerous

Dr. Dimitrios Argirakos: Angela Merkel subordinates German international relations to US geopolitical objectives, something that Bismarck and Adenauer would not understand. …More

January 10, 2008 | Edouard Balladur's "Union of the West"

The time has come for the United States and Europe to formally unite, postulates John Vinocur of the International Herald Tribune. Referring to former French prime minister Edouard Balladur’s recent essay on a “Union of the …More

January 3, 2008 | The $100 Barrel is a Blessing

Thomas Straubhaar: The oil price’s rise towards $100 per barrel is not a cause for concern over economic growth, but has many positive implications for the economy and the climate. …More

January 1, 2008 | Shared Recognition of al-Qaeda's Strategy is Vital

Natasha Doff: Those acting in the name of al-Qaeda are energized by a particular strategy which America and Europe must recognize in order to overcome the growing threat of terrorism. …More

December 31, 2007 | Economist: Only 13% of World's Population Live in Full Democracies

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s index of Democracy measures the current state of democracy worldwide based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, the functioning of …More

December 24, 2007 | NATO Marks New Stage in Civil-Military Cooperation

Improved cooperation between NATO and other organizations is necessary in view of new security requirements, says David Yost, professor at the US Naval Postgraduate School.

A more productive joint performance is needed to …More

December 19, 2007 | The US Must Show Its Commitment to International Law

Scott T. Paul: The Senate’s ratification of the Law of the Sea is essential in showing US commitment to international law, especially as the treaty is supported by business, the military, and the White House. …More

December 18, 2007 | Europe and Missile Defense: A Risky Nap

Alexander Bernhard Bitter: Missile defense for Europe is coterminous with NATO’s mission. The European policy of waiting for a new US administration is flawed, as the financial burden of the endeavor could shift heavily toward Europe. …More

December 5, 2007 | Europeans and Americans Favor More Extensive Transatlantic Commerce

A new survey by the German Marshall Fund finds that further transatlantic trade and investment are seen by majorities on both sides of the Atlantic as crucial to the economic stability of the region. While …More

December 4, 2007 | Will NATO's Prodigal Son Return?

Dominique Moisi: I considers how likely it is that France will return to NATO’s military command. Regardless of Sarkozy’s decision, the issue represents a new strategy: “to link progress in building a common European defense and security structure with a redefinition of NATO. …More

November 29, 2007 | Restrain, Modesty, and Multilateralism: A New American Grand Strategy

The last 16 years provide valuable hindsight into the grand strategic approach of the United States and highlight the need to reshape American foreign policy around the principle of restraint, argues …More

November 23, 2007 | Twelve Years after Dayton: Europe and the Western Balkans

Marco Overhaus: 2007 and 2008 could be decisive years for the region. A difficult balance must be struck, between a renewed and robust EU engagement in the Western Balkans and the need to make reform efforts locally self-supporting. …More

November 19, 2007 | Western Woes and Rogue Pride

Christian E. Rieck: Western “rogue state” rhetoric is creating unlikely partnerships among the outcasts of the international community. The unity possible under the rogue state banner provides a welcome chance to mimic international legitimacy, and an opportunity to further erode democracy and consolidate domestic power—without Western admonitions to the contrary. …More

November 16, 2007 | Weak America = Weakened Europe

Christoph Bertram: If European governments today distance themselves from America, they will both antagonize and further weaken the US. This will in turn undermine European foreign policy influence around the world. …More

November 14, 2007 | EU Dependence on Russian Energy Could Jeopardize Transatlantic Relations

Europe has become heavily reliant on Russia to meet its energy needs. This trend undermines Europe’s self-confidence and jeopardizes its geopolitical position as well as that of the United States, says …More

November 14, 2007 | A Shared Mission in Afghanistan?

Nanne Zwagerman: The European participants in Afghanistan need to have more say in the future of the mission. Dutch forces cannot work in isolation, but rather must be part of a coalition in which strategic decisions are made cooperatively. …More

November 13, 2007 | France's Return to NATO is Key for the Future Success of the Alliance

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reached out to the United States and is willing to bring France back into NATO, an offer America should seize, writes Dr. Ronald Asmus from the German Marshall Fund of …More

November 12, 2007 | Rising Geopolitical Paradigms Require a Strong and United Western Alliance

As a community based on values, the West must strengthen its cohesiveness in order to grapple with the pace of globalization, and face a geopolitical axis actively shifting toward Asia, argues Stephen …More

November 9, 2007 | Time for Frank Talk on US-EU Relations

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: I ask whether the alliance across the Atlantic can “endure in the face of disagreements.” A new way forward is needed in US foreign policy, one which does not take European cooperation for granted. …More

November 6, 2007 | State Department Video Podcast on Transatlantic Relations This Article contains Flash-Video

Kurt Volker, Prinicipal Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs discusses the status of the U.S.-NATO relationship and other transatlantic issues with State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack on October 29, 2007.

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November 1, 2007 | Blogosphere to Europe: No Free Rides on US Blood

The Atlantic Community interviewed 14 policy analysts from ten European countries on Iraq. The results were published in three parts:

1. “European Analysts Want America to Stay in …More

October 29, 2007 | US/EU Relations: It's Not About the Values

Niklas Keller: of the Atlantic Initiative calls utility, power and control the fundamental pillars of the transatlantic relationship. Slight differences in values should not overshadow the immense benefits that both Europe and the US gain from their alliance. …More

October 25, 2007 | Asia's International Order

Henrik Schmiegelow: I warn that Asia is building pillars to support a future international order. Reacting to the functional integration and regional community-building led by ASEAN and the big three—China, Japan, and India—will be “the West’s greatest challenge.” …More

October 23, 2007 | Germany and US: Models of Environmental Policy

Sub-national units — namely states or regions — are playing an increasing role in environmental policy-creation find R. Andreas Kraemer and Miranda A. Schreurs in “Federalism and Environmentalism in the United States and …More

October 18, 2007 | "The Axis of Good": Iran and Venezuela

Christian Rieck and Dustin Dehez: We argue that the growing public relationship between Iran and Venezuela is more a game of smoke and mirrors than a substantial threat. The US and EU must avoid rising to propaganda’s bait and continue dealing with Ahmadinejad and Chavez individually, bearing in mind that “if pushed too hard, even unlikely bedfellows can become a happy couple.” …More

October 17, 2007 | Why Europe Needs a Hard Power Reality Check

Soeren Kern: I argue that the soft power of Europe requires US hard power behind it to be effective. A strong America and a strong transatlantic relationship will increase—not decrease—Europe’s position on the global stage. …More

October 9, 2007 | Afghanistan Mission: A Hard Sell in Germany

Memo 3: Members of the Atlantic Community question German participation in OEF, support ISAF and want increased emphasis on social issues in Afghanistan. In this Executive Summary, Annette Poelking of the Atlantic Initiative has more on members’ ideas for Afghanistan and an update on the ongoing debate. …More

October 8, 2007 | The Dangers of a New American Isolationism

Rejecting liberal immigration policy and condemning free trade are two stances that certain US politicians — both Democrat and Republican — share with the European far-right, suggests Carlos Alberto Montaner in the Miami Herald. This …More

October 5, 2007 | Key to Successful Migration Policy is Integration

Sergio Marchi: A policy of integration is crucial to shaping the lives of migrants and finding the appropriate accommodation between them and their fellow citizens. …More

September 28, 2007 | Europe Should Help Iraq, But Not Follow US Lead This Article contains Flash-Video

Joerg Wolf: Noting the high stakes for the continent and its limited capabilities, European analysts suggest that Europe should pursue different policies than the US or make support dependent on more involvement in the decision-making process. …More

September 27, 2007 | Europe + America = Geopolitical Sense: Europeans Rebuilding Transatlantic Bridges

Anti-Americanism in Europe has had its day, writes Stryker McGuire of Newsweek International. With Bush’s departure in sight and the gradual fading of contentions over Iraq, an …More

September 25, 2007 | Europeans Want America to Stay in Iraq

Joerg Wolf: We asked European policy experts for their opinions on proposed ways forward in Iraq. Respondents from ten different countries provided some surprising results.

September 24, 2007 | What Is France's Place In The World?

Dominique Moisi: France should come to terms with the present century and come back into Europe. I have a few answers to the question that went unasked in the recent French presidential election campaign, and seems to have gone unconsidered by the French people. …More

September 14, 2007 | Afghanistan: The Way Ahead This Article contains Flash-Video

Atlantic Happy Hour: NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer came to Berlin on a mission to get more German troops into the south of Afghanistan. As the guest of honor at an event run by the Atlantic Initiative, publisher of the Atlantic Community, Scheffer appeared with representatives from five of Germany’s political parties to respond to questions on the future of operations in Afghanistan. …More

September 13, 2007 | Philippe Cayla, Chairman and CEO of Euronews This Article contains Flash-Video

The United States and the European Union must work together on Middle East according to Philippe Cayla, who has been Chairman and CEO of Euronews since April 24, 2003. Prior to joining the European cable news channel, Cayla worked …More

September 12, 2007 | US and EU "Focused Like a Laser Beam" on Global Challenges

John Koenig: The transatlantic relationship is more complex—and more vital—than ever before. Responding to Egon Bahr’s article, I note that NATO is and should remain rooted in the transatlantic community. …More

September 7, 2007 | For Transatlantic Future, Look Beyond Heads of State

Casey S Butterfield: The German foreign minister’s recent visit to California illustrates an important trend: the Atlantic Community as we know it is expanding. Today’s global challenges call for more cooperation between cities, states, civil societies, and citizens. …More

September 6, 2007 | Transatlantic Trends 2007

The 2007 Transatlantic Trends Report, the German Marshall Fund’s annual survey of public opinion from 12 European countries and the United States, has been released today. The authors caution against blanket optimism for new transatlantic …More

September 4, 2007 | Europe Must Say No to Globalizing NATO This Article contains Flash-Video

Egon Bahr: Europe must emancipate itself from the United States and take a stand for multilateralism. I see NATO expansion as an invitation for the US to continue to dominate the alliance—Europe should oppose it. …More

September 3, 2007 | Addressing the Security Consequences of Climate Change

Josh Busby: I offer solutions on how countries can get from concern about the security consequences of climate change to action on its effects. Expanded support for adaptation and disaster response is needed, with continuing focus on emissions reductions. …More

August 31, 2007 | Transatlantic Relationship Is More Than Godless Europe vs. God-Fearing America

Karsten Voigt: There is a need for deeper dialogue between Europe and America. Misconceptions on both sides about each other’s point of view on religion have led to more separation than necessary. …More

August 30, 2007 | Afghanistan Is Testing German-Canadian Ties

David G. Haglund: I blame disagreement over Afghanistan for the disappearance of the golden relationship between Berlin and Ottawa. Canada’s “perfect peacekeepers” want Germans to shoulder their fair share of the NATO burden. …More

August 24, 2007 | Why America Should Reconsider Its Alliance Policy

The US should reconsider alliances with countries whose populations are vastly anti-American, suggests Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Hanson calls for “comprehensive surveys” of American opinions …More

August 17, 2007 | Burying Carbon Underground - Solution for the Future

With hundreds of tons of CO2 pumped into the sandstone of Ketzin, Germany, project manager and professor for mineral and rock physics Frank Schilling believes he has found a way to store carbon dioxide for generations. As …More

August 15, 2007 | Rocky Road Ahead For Turkish-American Relations

Irem Köker: I identify the issues to watch for between Turkey and the United States. Although the majority party remains in power, new developments on the Kurds, the Armenian genocide question and Turkey’s energy deal with Iran could have lasting consequences. …More

August 13, 2007 | Will Kosovo End the Transatlantic Honeymoon?

Nikolas Kirrill Gvosdev: The US course of action on statehood for Kosovo will be a major test for the newly fortified transatlantic relationship. …More

August 9, 2007 | Chinese Migration Goes Global

With his study for the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Peter Kwong draws attention to the growing problem of illegal Chinese migrants and the exploitative conditions in which most of these workers must live. …More

August 1, 2007 | Come Together, Right Now

Margarita Mathiopoulos: The West cannot afford a globally weak or inept United States. The recent political changes in France, Japan, Britain and Germany present an opportunity to start fresh with a new US administration in 2008. …More

July 31, 2007 | Germany's EU Presidency: Internal Leadership and External Neglect

Marco Overhaus: and Hanns Maull of the University of Trier: We argue that the German EU presidency failed to raise the EU’s profile as a foreign policy actor. Though successful in internal reform, Gemany’s tenure at Europe’s helm failed to provide real progress in Kosovo, Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iran.

July 26, 2007 | All Gain, No Pain with Sustainable Banking

Rewards For A New Way of Doing Business
More and more banks are embracing sustainable banking as a strategy to gain a competitive advantage, reports Williams. This is no mere Western phenomenon – the FT Sustainable Banking …More

July 23, 2007 | Time For a Transatlantic Consensus on International Law

William H. Taft and Frances G. Burwell from the Atlantic Council advise the EU and US to coordinate their positions before the ICC review conference in 2009. The transatlantic partners must set an example for the rest of …More

July 20, 2007 | US Power Propagation Endangers EU Democracy Promotion

David Mathieson and Richard Youngs of Madrid’s FRIDE connect the European left’s declining commitment to democratization with perception of American foreign policy. For Mathieson and …More

July 18, 2007 | Bruegel on The Global Accounting Experiment

Rising financial and economic interdependence across the globe has generated new opportunities and challenges that exceed the limits of individual nation states and traditional treaties. Six years ago the International Accounting …More

July 18, 2007 | Will the Euro Dethrone the Dollar?

William L. Silber: I find that the “currency without a country” may owe much of its rise to serendipity. Past experience, however, shows that the dollar has further to fall. …More

July 17, 2007 | Will Brown's Dinner With Merkel Leave Bush Hungry?

Dear readers:, what do you make of Gordon Brown’s decision to take his first trip as prime minister to Berlin, rather than to Washington? Is Great Britain moving closer to Germany (and the EU), while the “special relationship” with the US takes a dive? …More

July 12, 2007 | The Next US President: Democratic Foreign Policy

Casey S Butterfield: reveals what to expect on foreign policy from the US presidential hopefuls for 2008. In this installment, Nuland introduces the top Democratic contenders and finds that all of them promise to get the US out of Iraq—it’s just a question of how. …More

July 5, 2007 | The Next US President: Republican Foreign Policy

Niklas Keller: reveals what to expect on foreign policy from the US presidential hopefuls for 2008. In this first installment, Nuland introduces the top Republican contenders and finds that what plays to the people now is just the tip of the iceberg. …More

July 3, 2007 | Kosovo: The Next Transatlantic Clash?

Ulf Gartzke: I warn of a looming “nightmare scenario” when EU member states could split from the US and each other over independent status for Kosovo. Results from the latest Bush-Putin summit could raise the stakes. …More

June 29, 2007 | The Case for a New Atlantic Community Treaty

Stanley R. Sloan: NATO cannot meet the security needs of the United States and Europe. I propose a new cooperation framework among all NATO and EU states, with a focus on non-military teamwork. …More

June 28, 2007 | Bertelsmann Study Finds Europeans and Americans Want More Transatlantic Cooperation

The period of transatlantic discord over the Iraq war has given way to pragmatic rapprochement, a Bertelsmann study found earlier this year. The poll was conducted among 12,000 people on both …More

June 26, 2007 | Merkel's Momentum: Grading the German EU Presidency

Wess Mitchell: I give stellar marks to Merkel in three key areas. I conclude that a strong German-Polish connection would sustain the progress made on transatlantic relations, Russian diplomacy and EU integration during her 6-month tenure. …More

June 18, 2007 | 4 Myths About America-Bashing in Europe

William Drozdiak: I call on the United States and Europe to realize that conventional anti-Americanism is grounded in a few basic myths. Jan Ross called the growing tide of Anti-Americanism a new global ideology, but a closer look reveals that things are not as dire as they may seem. …More

June 14, 2007 | Blair's Farewell Breathes New Life Into G8

John Kirton: I report on the diplomatic victories of the 2007 G8 Summit. And I praise Tony Blair for helping to finally bring Bush “into the transatlantic club” on climate change. This year’s achievements on emissions reductions, Africa and security should help to boost the G8’s relevance in a globalized world. …More

June 13, 2007 | US and EU Should Cooperate on New Energy Technology

Katherina Reiche: I remind you that the G8 agreement on emission reductions means that all nations will have a part to play in reducing greenhouse gases. The transatlantic partners must work together now - on energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energies - to ensure market leadership in the future. …More

June 12, 2007 | Flawed G8 Still "Best Show In Town"

Marco Overhaus: I find that the Summit remains a crucial forum for global leadership in a field of few alternatives. How to strengthen the process? More dialogue with NGOs, more accountability, and a streamlined agenda. …More

June 11, 2007 | What Bloggers Are Saying About The G8 Summit

Much talk and too few results has been the most common G8 criticism in the blogosphere. Open Democracy describes last week’s G8 summit as the “latest …More

June 8, 2007 | G8 Criticism: Scattered and Hollow

Sylke Tempel: I look at the ever-present globalization bogeyman at the top of this year’s G8 protest agenda. But are concerns justified? Many of the more fuzzy arguments of globalization critics can be easily discarded. …More

June 7, 2007 | Horne Points Out How Globalization Has Taken a Bite Out of Wall Street

J. Paul Horne of the European Institute reports that, after decades of US financial dominance, economic developments in Asia have driven down American GDP’s percentage scale of the global market. He …More

June 7, 2007 | Roland Berger Report on Top European and American Managers on Transatlantic Relations

A Roland Berger Strategy Consultants’ survey offers perspectives on transatlantic relations from senior European and American business managers. The survey indicates that while European …More

June 7, 2007 | Paul Martin, Joseph Stiglitz Question Relevance of G8 Summit

Four months before today’s G8 summit, the Shadow G8 held the first of two meetings to consider which issues should be most important to the representatives in Heiligendamm. The Atlantic Community editorial team has …More

June 6, 2007 | Bush on Missile Defense, Energy and the War On Terror: "We have nothing to hide"

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger: of the Atlantic Initiative Advisory Board interviews President George W. Bush just prior to the G8 Summit. The President speaks on US-Russia relations, domestic energy policy, and the criticism he has received from around the world. …More

June 5, 2007 | Der Spiegel Assesses Merkel's Unprecedented Commitment to the US

Der Spiegel writes that Angela Merkel has aligned herself with the US more closely than any previous German Chancellor. However, due to public skepticism and the SPD’s general mistrust of the Bush …More

June 5, 2007 | Transatlantic "Climate War" Threatens G8 Summit

Ulf Gartzke: Bush’s last-minute climate change proposal threatens the historic consensus that was to be Merkel’s crowning achievement as G8 president. Is Bush serious about reducing greenhouse gases, or could this be an attempt to sabotage the Summit? …More

June 4, 2007 | FT Reports That India Will Double Diplomatic Corps

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs announced that it plans to double its diplomatic corps within the next five years, reports Jo Johnson of the Financial Times. During a decade in which India joined 13 multilateral …More

May 31, 2007 | IPCC Spells Out Course of Action on Climate Change

All regions can contribute to the mitigation of climate change, concludes the third part of the latest IPPC report, and there may be positive effects on some inter-related issues such as energy security. Efforts in only some …More

May 29, 2007 | Julianne Smith Briefs Congress on Rendition's Toll on Transatlantic Relations

Julianne Smith, Director of the Europe Program at CSIS and Member of the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Initiative, warns the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs that America’s liberal use …More

May 25, 2007 | Leave Your Comments in This Open Forum

Members of the Atlantic Community:, today’s topic is all about you. While we work on bringing a forum to the Community section of the site, we want you to make this thread your own: make suggestions, start debates, discuss the subjects you most want to see in the Policy Workshop. Tell us your ideas on transatlantic and global policy: this is your open forum. …More

May 21, 2007 | Pro & Con: Climate Change

The Bush government still refuses to commit the United States to the multilateral climate change regime set up under the Kyoto Protocol. Although transatlantic action on climate change was discussed at the recent “(external)US-EU …More

May 21, 2007 | How Anti-Americanism Is Conquering the World

Jan Ross: Anti-Americanism is the new global ideology, and it runs deeper than mere policy disputes. The urge to brand the US as moral and cultural scapegoat is driving Europe and the Atlantic alliance apart. …More

May 16, 2007 | The Russia Conundrum: EU and US Should Cooperate with the "Imitation Democracy"

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff: I find that Russia must be encouraged to participate in European democracy. The EU and US must realize that interdependence with Russia can offer benefits beyond status quo diplomacy. …More

May 15, 2007 | Jeffrey D. Sachs on the Climate Change Revolution

The time is ripe for international action on global warming, argues Columbia Economist Jeffrey Sachs. Scientists have clearly identified the causes of the problem, as well as affordable solutions, and recommendations must be …More

May 10, 2007 | Missile Defense Means Common Security for Russia Too

Eckart von Klaeden: Europe will soon be vulnerable to medium-range ballistic missiles. The time to act is now. Europe, Germany and NATO must agree on an anti-missile shield to protect against threats from Iran and others. …More

May 8, 2007 | What Is Today's Most Important Transatlantic Issue?

Atlantic Initiative Advisory Board: members discuss the most important issue facing the transatlantic relationship today. Rudolf G. Adam, Christoph Bertram, Philip von Boehm-Bezing, John Hulsman, Eckart von Klaeden, Hans-Ulrich Klose, and Norbert Otten find that the West continues to be a political power player. …More

May 7, 2007 | Missile Defense: Putin Steps Up the Pressure

Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger: I find that Putin should be no match for NATO cohesion on missile defense. And I urge the West not to let itself be pulled apart by a man who celebrates authoritarianism and perhaps a return to Soviet empire. …More

May 4, 2007 | US Missile Defense Will Enhance German Security

Jan-Friedrich Kallmorgen and Andreas Beckmann: Germany should support the proposed US missile defense plan and broaden the plan through NATO. Though this issue is rarely understood in Germany, it is evident that the world faces a massive security problem as a result of Iran’s developing nuclear program. …More

April 30, 2007 | Brussels Forum 2007: Frank Talk on Transatlantic Relations

Eberhard Sandschneider: The conference from the German Marshall Fund closes a strategic gap between Davos and Munich. The transatlantic discussion forum should improve relations between Europe and the United States. …More

April 30, 2007 | GMFUS Foreign Policy Director Glenn Briefs Congress on Transatlantic Relations

German Marshall Fund Director of Foreign Policy John K. Glenn testifies before the US House of Representatives subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, drawing from …More

April 30, 2007 | Ray Suarez on Religion and the American Vote

Religion, and religious voters, have an increased influence in the electoral process in the US, says Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for the Jim Lehrer NewsHour. The author of The Holy Vote, was hosted by the German Marshall Fund …More

April 26, 2007 | Recasting the Euro-Atlantic Partnership

The Euro-Atlantic Partnership lacks an effective venue for cooperative policy discussion. The NATO summit has therefore become the default forum for taking inventory of transatlantic outlooks. Franklin D. Kramer and Simon Serfaty of CSIS …More

April 26, 2007 | The Rise of China: A Brief Review of the Implications on the Transatlantic Partnership

China’s ascent as a global economic power has met with mounting alarm on both sides of the Atlantic. Many argue that China’s voracious demand for natural resources to support …More

April 25, 2007 | Ronald Asmus on Healing Transatlantic Relations Through Missile Defense

The creation of a legitimate US missile defense system requires a NATO framework, bipartisan support within the US, and Russian participation, argues Ronald Asmus of the German Marshall Fund. The Atlantic …More

April 22, 2007 | Missile Defense: Washington's Deal with Prague

Wess Mitchell: I recommend a security agreement with Prague now to set precedent for missile defense negotiations with other NATO members later, starting with Poland. Bilateral agreements with Eastern European countries would reinforce Washington’s strategic commitment to the region and would not undermine NATO in the least. …More

April 19, 2007 | Rosemary Righter on America's Pampered Godchild

With the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome approaching, journalist Rosemary Righter suggests that Angela Merkel stop worrying about the EU constitution and instead help Europe stimulate growth by “joining forces” with the …More

April 17, 2007 | Daalder and Goldgeier Call For A Global NATO

Today’s security threats demand global military capability, argue Ivo Daalder of Brookings and James Goldgeier of George Washington University. International alliances should incorporate new partners that can share the increasing …More

April 16, 2007 | Radek Sikorski on Taking Poland for Granted

Former Polish Secretary of Defense Radek Sikorski vows that Poland will not comply unconditionally with the proposed US missile defense system in Central Europe. Russia’s recent deployment of missile batteries along the Polish border …More

April 16, 2007 | Guillemette Faure on Old European France

In the upcoming 2008 US presidential elections, it appears as though accusing one’s opponent of being French will remain an effective strategy. Guillemette Faure, author of La France Made in the USA, reports that four years after de …More

April 12, 2007 | Lionel Beehner Sees a Fire Lit Under Cold-War Tensions

The US-Russian relationship during President Putin’s tenure has seesawed between mutual cooperation and confrontation, says Lionel Beehner of the US Council on Foreign Relations. The three main reasons for these recent …More

April 12, 2007 | Eric Heymann Sees Wasted Energy in the Airbus-Boeing Trial

If an agreement can be reached in the WTO dispute between Airbus and Boeing, it will be achieved only after a long and costly process, writes Eric Heymann of Deutsche Bank Research. Since the original agreement of 1979, …More

April 12, 2007 | Claus Leggewie on US Environmental Leadership

Europeans should look to the United States as an emerging global leader in energy policy, says Claus Leggewie of Giessen University. The Director of the Center for Media and Interactivity describes a “greening” of the US political …More

April 2, 2007 | Andrew Moravcsik on the EU's 50th:

Fifty years after the Treaty of Rome, Europe is in better shape than ever, says Princeton’s Andrew Moravcsik. The economy in the EU zone is booming and growing stronger compared to that of the United States. The EU leads the world in …More

April 2, 2007 | Cornell and Jonsson on Kosovo's Uncertain Future

SAIS researchers Cornell and Jonsson emphasize the threat of organized crime to Kosovo’s fragile stability. Kosovo began sliding toward state failure after the reestablishment of the Kosovo Liberation Army (PDK) as a political …More


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