Our mission here at atlantic-community.org is to end the exclusivity of foreign policy discourse and give a voice to a new generation of thinkers as well as to strengthen the transatlantic partnership. Therefore, we are proud to feature our top five articles from the second category of the "Your Ideas, Your NATO" policy workshop competition, with ideas for how NATO can support the long term transition process in Arab Spring countries and further regional stability in North Africa and the Middle East.
We encourage all of our members to give their feedback in the comments section and offer their own thoughts on the ideas presented, as well as adding their own policy recommendations. The Atlantic Memo will feature the best of all the proposed ideas, so while the shortlisted authors will write the memo, everyone's ideas could be included. Help us create a great memo and let NATO know what Atlantic Community thinks! UPDATE: The Atlantic Memo has been published and the winners announced!
Also, if you are a citizen of a NATO Member or Partner country 35 years old or younger, you can still participate in category 3, "Smart Defense". Articles are due by April 5 and it still offers the first place prize of 500 EUR and a trip to Berlin, with the runner-up receiving a 250 EUR prize.
Entrants in Category 2: Partnerships after the Arab Spring were asked the following question:
NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue aims to contribute to regional security and stability, achieve better mutual understanding, and dispel misconceptions. In 2011, unprecedented changes occurred in the Middle East with people demanding better living conditions, the protection of human rights, and more accountable and democratic governments. The Arab public awakening has demonstrated that the political landscape in the Mediterranean and the Middle East is fundamentally changing with new electoral processes in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco. The crisis that erupted in Libya in early 2011, at NATO's door step, is just one example of how the security of NATO countries and the security of the Mediterranean and the Middle East are so closely linked.
Question: How should NATO support the long-term transition process underway in regional partner countries and how should NATO work in these changed environments in order to further the goal of regional security and stability?
The articles will be published in the following order:
Tuesday: March 20: Partnerships Should Be Incentivized | Vivien Pertusot
Wednesday, March 21: Mare Nostrum: Building a Stronger Mediterranean Dialogue | Josiah Jason Surface
Thursday, March 22: NATO and the OSCE: Joining Forces to Support the Arab Spring | Gillian Kennedy
We received a fantastic 76 submissions for this category, so there were many outstanding articles that unfortunately did not make the cut. We have published a selection of the best remaining articles, with even more ideas and policy recommendations.
Top image from: European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress