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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.
Governments are often under pressure to place resources in the most visible areas of illegal immigration policy, not least border management, bolstering immigration control in airports and augmenting border patrols. However, they must also address the pool of migrants who have circumvented migration policies, both those who entered illegally and those who arrived legitimately but overstayed the terms of entry (the majority of ...More
Alice Pannier: Spain’s illegal immigration policies, especially those towards boat people, indicate a re-imagination of its borders as the greater EU frontier. These policies underline a rhetorical gap in EU border discourse—a gap full with ethical and legal challenges that must be addressed before effective policies come about.
In the past 20 years, a continuous increase in seaborne migration to Europe has dictated the EU’s approach to its external borders and southern neighbours. With the lifting of internal borders, it has been stressed that the external ones should be reasserted to counter the “threat” of illegal immigration. This paper will examine the impact of border policies in Southern Spain, which, due to its ...More
Bastian Vollmer: The policy domain of irregular migration has reached a new level of politicization. ‘Power politics’ increasingly set the stage for policy-making subject to forces and logics that do not serve the public good but rather political careers. Instead, the high-risk policy domain of irregular migration needs deliberation - a high quality of a well-informed and balanced discourse in the EU and the US.
Public awareness - which regards irregular migration, or ‘illegal immigration', with images of ‘boat people' from Africa on their way to Europe or with media reports about horrific events at the Mexican borders - is growing in the European Union and in the United States alike. Consequently, the policy domain of immigration, and especially forms of irregular migration, has become politicised over the ...More
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.
As global economic disparities remain large, irregular migration pressures continue unabated despite the economic crisis that several EU countries are facing. Current irregular migration policies privilege tougher border controls--often at the expense of human rights obligations (and in violation of the European Chart of Fundamental Rights) while seeking to enlist the cooperation of main origin and transit countries through the so-called ...More
Justin Lau: The unprecedented disunity within ASEAN can be attributed to both internal and external factors. With rising tensions between China and the Philippines, and neighboring states picking one side or the other, the emerging US-Chinese rivalry for regional influence further threatens the institutional cohesion and economic collaboration of ASEAN.
A House Divided?The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held its regional forum in July, with Phnom Penh, Cambodia as this year's host. For the first time in its 45-year existence, the organization and its 10 member states failed to issue a joint statement. What divides the member states is a growing theme that affects everybody: an emerging US-Chinese rivalry for regional influence. In fact, the lack of unity within ASEAN is quite ...More
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.
1. How are Americans reacting to income and wealth inequality?
The income and wealth gap has kept on widening in recent decades, not only in the US but in Germany and the rest of Europe too. Nonetheless, it's true that the disparities in the US are even more extreme than ours - and the negative trend has sped up even more in the last couple of years. What's more, the poor are worse off than they were a few years ago, while the top income ...More
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.
The heads of state and government of the NATO member states had three priorities in Chicago: the mission in Afghanistan, military capabilities and international partnerships. Atlantic Initiative surveyed 32 German experts between May 23rd and June 7th from think thanks like the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, the German Council on Foreign Relations and the European Council on Foreign Relations; from ...More
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.
The first annual Model NATO simulation in Europe ended on July 13th on a high note of met expectations and enthusiasm.
Coming from the North American side of the pond, where Model NATO started, I was impressed with the scale of the event in Brussels. NATO is typically involved in the organization of such simulations through providing sponsorship, organizational and expert capacity, but this is the first time that the Alliance ...More
Editorial Team: Atlantic-community.org 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.
The following article integrates some of the ideas written by our members on the issue in the last two years. It takes a look at the role that the transatlantic alliance can have in balancing Beijing's power in the international arena. If you wish to read the authors' articles in their entirety, click on their hyperlinked names.
This is only representative of a fraction of the cutting edge writing that our members ...More
Patrick Steiner: It is often believed the rise of a superpower threatens the existing world order. In light of China’s increasing superpower status and its recent veto on the Syria Resolution, can it be considered a threat to the international community?
On 4 February 2012, China and Russia vetoed a resolution by the UN Security Council (UNSC) calling Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to stop violence against the Syrian opposition and allow for a peaceful transition to a democratic and pluralist state. The reactions of many Western states to the veto have been very critical - particularly the reaction of the United States, stating that the UNSC has been "neutered" and that they ...More