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June 5, 2012 | NATO Engagement with Arab Elites: A Critique of "The Dangers of Stability"

Alexander Corbeil: The Arab Spring presents an opportunity for the West to re-engage Arab polities and allow for democratic transition. For this to occur, Arab elites, the “kingmakers” in any transitional process, must be provided assurances that their interests will be respected, a crucial aspect of Memo 39.

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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.

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

Philip Murphy: The US Ambassador to Germany spoke at atlantic-community.org’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.

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

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

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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.

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April 23, 2012 | Get "Smart": Paving the Way to a More Efficient Alliance

Memo 40: NATO’s Smart Defense initiative aims to provide more security for less money. The Alliance can reach this goal by facilitating more cooperation, providing efficiency mechanisms, encouraging cooperation amongst like-minded states, and including non-NATO actors.

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March 30, 2012 | March's Top 3 Highlights

Editorial Team: March was filled with a number of special segments at atlantic-community.org. 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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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February 26, 2012 | Establishing a Unified NATO: The Case for Georgia

Ian Clarke Hansen: The best way to promote a communal NATO is to provide a meaningful purpose that draws upon transnational concerns and interests. The clearest and most deserving case for this is establishing a timeline of admittance for the Republic of Georgia.

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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.

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February 26, 2012 | Improving Public Opinion of NATO in Russia

S Williams: In order to improve its public approval in Russia, NATO must analyze anti-NATO sentiment, specifically amongst youths, and identify possible methods of remediation.

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February 26, 2012 | Operation Unified Protector: A New Division of Labor

Anita Rebecca Sundarajan: A new division of labor as seen in Operation Unified Protector will allow the alliance to take on increased responsibilities in the peacekeeping arena because the U.S. is no longer forced to assume the majority of the risks, costs, and burdens associated with wars of choice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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February 26, 2012 | NATO Youth Camps and Summer Schools in the Name of Mutual Understanding

Julika Peschau: I advocate joint NATO youth camps and NATO based summer schools for adolescents of NATO member countries and its partners in Eastern Europe. NATO will find it easier to expand democratic values and its other normative values in former authoritarian regimes by getting in touch with future generations.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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