A look back at some of the highlights from the first half of 2012:
"Your Ideas, Your NATO" Competition
The first half of the year was marked by the successful completion of our "Your Ideas, Your NATO" competition. The competition produced a successful event here in Berlin as well as feedback from decision makers.
Congratulations to the winners Stephanie Baulig, Geoffrey Levin, and Samuel Erickson on a successful event in Berlin: Insights from the Next Generation: The Presentations
Feedback from Decision Makers
Feedback to the memos included a response from Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence of Canada: Policy Makers Respond to "Your Ideas, Your NATO"
Q&A with NATO's James Apparthurai
We had our biggest Q&A ever with James Appathurai, NATO's Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy. His division is responsible for the Alliance's partnership frameworks and external relations. Below are links to the four part video Q&A with Mr. Appathurai, where he answered 20 questions from atlantic-community.org members.
- James Appathurai's Answers on Global Partnerships and the Arab Spring | March 8
- James Appathurai's Answers on Partnerships in Asia | March 9
- James Appathurai on Central Asia, the Caucasus, and More | March 15
- James Appathurai on the NATO Mission | March 16
So far this year, we have produced five Atlantic Memos with concrete policy recommendations.
- Memo 37: From Escalation to Engagement with Iran: How to Avoid War
Memo 38: One NATO: Strengthening Unity through Transparency and Engagement
- Memo 39: Partners in Democracy, Partners in Security: NATO and the Arab Spring
- Memo 40: Get "Smart": Paving the Way to a More Efficient Alliance
- Memo 41: Looking Beyond Chicago: How to Revitalize NATO
Joerg Wolf, atlantic-community.org's editor-in-chief, took part in a survey from the Atlantic Council and Foreign Policy Magazine. The survey focused on NATO's future. He explained why he answered the survey the way he did: Accepting Our Limits Makes for a Stronger Alliance
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Thank you to all of our members for their contributions and helping us off to a great start this year. We hope to continue that momentum and make the rest of the year even better!
Written by Joshua Clapp