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William C. Fleeson: President Obama won a second term one month ago this week. Transatlantic security experts have predicted everything from the dismal to the miraculous. Here’s a cautiously pessimistic assessment of what the next four years could hold for defense in the Atlantic sphere.
For starters, Obama's foreign policy will not be centered, or even very much
related, to the North Atlantic security partnership. His first administration's
"pivot to Asia" -- even if he has since disavowed the expression -- has refocused US
interests and attention toward Pacific powers.
He suggested as much through his November visit to Cambodia, Myanmar and
Thailand, his first since winning a second ...More
Ahmad Rashid Jamal: This research analyzes the role of Police and Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2012. It intends to answer two questions: How do international and local actors contribute to the success or failure of the Security Sector and Police Reform? How do actors, leadership, and policies within a synchronized mission fail to build professional police?
This MA thesis will argue that a lack of shared vision among
international actors and an absence of leadership and capacity in Afghanistan
government are critical factors for the failures of post-conflict
reconstruction.This study develops process tracing and
case study method of research. It explains donors' efforts within a
synchronized mission to reform the security sector and police. The theory
postulates that ...More
NATO: For many of the soldiers injured in Afghanistan their war is over, some of them will make a full recovery while others require round-the-clock care. The dedicated team of staff and volunteers at the Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility, or CASF, work tirelessly to make sure these soldiers return to their families.
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Andrea Valencia: The purpose of this research project is to describe the factors that have led the children in Cartagena, Colombia to get involved in the booming industry of sex-tourism, including the methodology to be used as well as the literature review.
As the literature reviews demonstrates the gap in research
regarding child sex tourism in the Cartagena and as there are no scholarly articles
written in English or Spanish. It thus, becomes crucial to undergo scholarly
research in the area to determine the factors causing the encouragement of
children to the market. The research will be qualitative in nature, requiring
the researcher to travel to the city and use snowball sampling to gather ...More
Editorial Team: We would like to thank all atlantic-community.org members for your contributions and to remind you of the standout achievements of our open think tank this year. Your ideas are making an impact, and we look forward to your contributions in the months and years to come.
A look back at some of the highlights from 2012:
Four Q&As with senior NATO representatives
Read and watch the opening statements, questions and answers from the past sessions:
James Appathurai, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs, on the partnerships and regional initiatives: Call for questions, video answers on global partnerships and the Arab Spring, on partnerships with Asia, on Central Asia and the Caucasus, and on the NATO ...More
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US Ambassador to Germany Philip Murphy
Ambassador Murphy in German
NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General Dr. Stefanie ...More
Reza Kateb: This MSc dissertation at the Public Policy School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol examined the effects of networked politics at the High Peace Council (HPC) of Afghanistan by evaluating the related policies and experiences of political elites who were involved in the political and policy process of this institution.
The study seeks to examine networked politics and the policy process at the High Peace Council (HPC) of Afghanistan. Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted to gain understanding of the experiences and perceptions of being in networked politics. The aim of the dissertation is to address the question: What network of contact the HPC of Afghanistan is using to strike a peace deal with the Taliban and other ...More
Alyson JK Bailes: Logically, one of the best ways to get more bang for fewer bucks - while also deepening cooperation - should be for nations to specialize further in their defence roles on a basis of comparative advantage. Yet there are many obstacles.
Both NATO, and the European Union in the context of
CSDP, are focusing hard on the need to combine effectiveness with austerity in
defence. The EU Foreign Ministers'
conclusions of 19 November on defence issues emphasize the need ‘to maximise the effectiveness of Europe's defence
expenditure in times of financial austerity' and to that end, ‘to enhance
European cooperation including through the ...More
Richard Weitz: The Obama administration has yet to find a robust balance between deterring without alarming Beijing, or assuring its allies and friends that the United States would neither abandon them to China’s growing might nor entrap them in an unwanted confrontation with Beijing.
President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta are all making high-profile visits to the Asia-Pacific region this month in order to advance and refine the administration’s "Asia Pivot" for the next four years. As a result, now is a good time to assess what the administration’s strategic rebalancing toward East Asia has accomplished in its first term and what challenges and unmet ...More
Stewart Rowles: All I see is a country using NATO to get to the Golden Goose of the EU. What benefits are there for NATO when the majority of the FYROM’s Slav population detests NATO for kicking the fellow Slavic Serbs out and bringing the ethnic Albanians power in neighboring Kosovo?
Jahja Esli and Boneva Boyka make the case on atlantic-community.org for Macedonia
(FYROM) to join NATO. They argue that NATO's Open Door Policy was reaffirmed
at the last Chicago Summit, but its doors remain firmly closed for Macedonia
which has been aspiring membership since 1999 and continues to contribute more
than its fair share to missions. The article reads like a case of victim orientated opinion; the usual ...More