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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. ...More

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

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

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 13, 2012 | The Last Shall Be First: German Bonds and the Euro Crisis

Christian Fahrholz & Gernot Pehnelt: Investors with exposure to Euro-denominated German bonds should consider switching to more defensive plays than aggressive bets. In the end, Germany's status as a 'safe haven' within the Eurozone might just disappear. What happens then? ...More

August 10, 2012 | Conflicting Allegiances: NATO, EU or Sovereignty?

Rhys Ashvin Merrett: Recent activity by the EU High Representative and Secretary General of NATO reflect the surge of interest in the Asia-Pacific. However, the extent of NATO and EU strategic involvement in the region is dependent upon a group of 21 European states that are members of both institutions. ...More

August 8, 2012 | Does Ukraine Stand a Chance in TANAP?

Ilqar Fuad Qurbanov: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that his country is open to participate in the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline Consortium (TANAP). Given the political and geographical conditions of TANAP, how plausible is Ukraine's participation and what costs would it incur? ...More

August 6, 2012 | Why Eastern Islamic Societies Cannot be Role Models to the Arabs

Vikas Kumar: Moderate Eastern Muslim societies cannot serve as role models to the Arab world, given the ethno-linguistic rootedness and demographic diversity, as well as the cross-cutting ethnic affiliations of these societies. It is for this reason that the Arabs must rely on themselves for guidance. ...More

August 3, 2012 | A Leaner, More Affordable NATO This Article contains Flash-Video

NATO: During the Lisbon Summit in 2010, Alliance leaders agreed they wanted a leaner NATO Command Structure that is more affordable and more deployable on operations. The new structure represents a significant reduction in the number of military headquarters and a manpower savings of about 30 percent. ...More


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