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Aaron Thomas Walter:
President Obama's handling of the unfolding anti-America protests in the Middle East has been derided as weak. At the same time, the president was criticized for not standing up for that most sacred of ideals, free speech. These arguments miss the point of American foreign policy in the region. ...More
Today marks the first US presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. This article looks back at the foreign policy enacted under Obama's presidency and its differences to the previous administration. Going forward, what foreign policy challenges will the new (or old) occupant face? ...More
Despite its re-conception after the fall of Communism to adapt to the new challenges of an ever-changing world, NATO is facing a new challenge it must master before it's too late: winning the hearts and minds on the social media front. ...More
With summer already over, at least in the northern hemisphere, atlantic-community.org 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
Niklas Anzinger & Ludwig Jung:
Syria’s civil war has left the region’s revolutionary axis vulnerable. Tehran and Hezbollah are pursuing an even more aggressive strategy against their perceived enemies. Apart from putting more pressure on Tehran, designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the EU would help Western powers dry up financial sources in several European countries. ...More
Managing Editor Jonathan Tepperman interviews Professor Alex Cooley on the geopolitical role of Central Asia, and how outside powers - Russia, China, and the United States - are competing for influence in the region, as the British and Russian empires did a century ago. ...More
Arab societies need their own local solutions in creating democratic societies. These solutions can take on a variety of forms. However, some reforms are more likely to bear fruit given the cultural context. Here are some ideas for laying the groundwork for democracy in the Arab world. ...More
The last two years were packed full of great ideas from our community of over 7,000 members. In surveying opinion articles published by our members during the time, Turkey’s foreign policy under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government remains a popular topic on Atlantic Community. ...More
Ambassador Alexander Vershbow has answered your questions! Read his responses on a range of topics covering NATO's post-summit agenda, including Afghanistan, the conflict in Syria, relations with Russia, the operation in Libya, Smart Defense, missile defense, and NATO's role in the Caucasus. ...More
In an attempt to prevent another terrorist attack, the US is faced with many difficult choices in combating an adversary that hides in plain sight, targets noncombatants, and has shown a propensity to sacrifice itself in the name of a cause. No matter how effective these choices may be, one should not forget there is a steep price to pay. ...More