A look back at some of the highlights from 2011 at Atlantic Community:
The past year has seen the publication of seven Atlantic Memos:
The Editorial Team organized online dialogues between our members and two senior NATO representatives:
We concluded two major op-ed and policy workshop competitions:
The mission of the open think tank atlantic-community.org is to broaden the foreign policy debate, give a voice to a new generation of thinkers and to contribute to a more diverse transatlantic strategic community. Since women are still underrepresented in positions of power and political leadership, a key part of this mission is providing publishing and networking opportunities to encourage more young women to share their own ideas on international security issues with senior experts. This coincides with the goals of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for increasing the influence of women in all aspects of peace and security and was passed on October 30, 2000.
To mark the 10th anniversary of this landmark UN Resolution and help realize its aims, we organized the op-ed competition "Women on Transatlantic Security," sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the United States Mission to NATO.
We concluded this competition for students at German universities with a dialogue between the US Ambassador Philip D. Murphy, CDU/CSU Foreign Policy Spokesperson Philipp Mißfelder and the winners of our student competition, who presented their teams' policy recommendations regarding Iran’s nuclear program, Russia and the West, and climate change.
The competition encouraged students to develop policy recommendations for pressing issues that have continuously seen deadlock in the international community, yet also offer new opportunities for increased transatlantic cooperation: The policy workshop had two components: a) an opinion article written by students in one of three categories and b) an online debate among the shortlisted authors, who had to collaborate to develop a memorandum for policy makers.
You can watch a video of the presentations and the feedback from the decision makers.
Joerg Wolf & Victoria Naselskaya: Russia’s strategic community strongly supports Moscow’s cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan and considers missile defense the cornerstone of NATO-Russia relations. While the experts are surprisingly optimistic regarding the success of this ambitious project, they are also concerned by the lack of trust and equality in the partnership.
How You Can Get Involved at Atlantic-Community.org
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And One More Thing...
Thank you to all our members for your contributions this year. We will rejoin you in the New Year with new articles starting January 9th.
Joerg and the Atlantic Community Editorial Team