Another Reset? The Iran Nuclear Deal and Its Consequences

The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has consequences not only for the Middle East, but also for Central and Eastern Europe. While it offers a chance to break free from the Russian near monopoly on natural gas supplies for the region, it could also lead to US and Russia cooperation that sacrifices the interests of America's regional allies in other spheres. View

The Russian Social Contract: An Emblem of Illegitimacy

Regimes typically legitimize themselves either through provision of transparent institutions that protect civil liberties or through rising living standards. A closer look at the socio-economic indicators in Russia shows that Putin's regime fails on both of these fronts, and therefore the "Russian Social Contract" with which he came to power in 1999 should be discarded. View


The Emergence of a New Reality: NATO and Ukraine

While Ukrainians used to be heavily pro-Russian, the situation has transformed over the last few years. Now, the West must decide how best to respond to Ukraine's NATO bid. Discover the pros and cons of various scenarios from the past and current situation, as well as looking forward in an essay written for the Atlantic Community by one of our members, Ira Louis Straus. View

TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, first proposed in 2013, is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom.

Memo: Creating Cloud Norms While Keeping Innovation Alive

Transatlantic Digital Dialogue: The surge in cloud computing to manage Big Data has also meant a greater need to revisit existing data protection regulation.  How the EU approaches this subject will be critical for the coming years, and steps taken now can serve as guideposts for larger regulatory philosophy in the future. Read our Atlantic Memo 49 on the subject.

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Armament and Sanctions: Hard Power Versus Soft Power

The options on arming Ukraine and on sanctions against Russia, and how they relate to the options on NATO membership must also be given ample consideration in this situation, as well as all of the leftover in-between options experts have to offer. The necessity of choice is certainly important considering the amount of time that has lapsed since this conflict began. This choice is equally as difficult as it is important, because the wrong choice could have dire, and even violent, consequences. View

TTIP Bibliography

Interested in thoughtful analyses on TTIP? Here are our recommendations for informative articles published within the last year or so. Learn about various TTIP Analyses and Economic Projections, read Official Statements and Geo-Strategic arguments about TTIP, and know more about the controversy over ISDS, Democracy and Transparency, Standards and Regulatory Cooperation and conflicting opinions about the effects of TTIP on SMEs. View

Europe's Migration Crisis May Have Spillover Effects for NATO

In the past few months, a hitherto unseen influx of migrants* has caused societal and political upheaval in Europe. Responses are debated on a European Union and an individual member-state level with NATO mainly left out of this conversation, but in light of current events the potential role of NATO will come under increased scrutiny. Migration, which has until now mainly been seen as a socioeconomic question, is quickly becoming a securitized, and in certain cases, militarized, issue. View

Ukrainian NATO Membership as a Bargaining Chip with Russia

There are two ways of using the NATO membership question in negotiations with Russia: soft-line and hardline. Both aim at a deal for peace in Ukraine, but on different terms; one would refuse Ukraine membership in return for a deal, the other would not grant membership unless Russia agreed to a good enough deal. The former would need a compromise formulation, to avoid alienation of Ukrainians and help ensure compliance, while the latter is simply unlikely to materialize given recent hostility. View

TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? A quick google search might inform you that the prospective Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the most far-reaching free trade agreement that the United States and the European Union have ever seen. TTIP is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom. View

Diverging Policies on Iraq/Syria Threaten Peace and Stability

Europe is currently witnessing the highest number of refugees at its borders since the end of WWII. Lacking common borders, the US is widely untouched by this mass exodus from war-prone countries. However, since the US is vastly responsible for the chaos in the region and thus the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, it bares most responsibility for the consequences. Its NATO allies of the EU should claim solidarity, but they must be a lot more committed to forging a common military-political strategy. View

The Emergence of a New Reality

In the last two years, out of the four options on Ukraine, Russia, and NATO, one that in the past had seemed the least likely, has suddenly materialized: Russia treated Ukraine so badly that it has driven Ukrainians into NATO's arms. This option came second on the list, but last on expectations. It depended on two failures: the failure of the two countries moving toward joining NATO together, and the failure of Ukraine’s balancing between East and West in the face of pressures to choose sides. View

Why the Syrian Refugee Crisis Requires a German-Polish Initiative

The refugee crisis is dividing Europe, and media coverage seems to be exacerbating this division. Sharing not only a border, but also historical experiences of displaced persons in wars previously, Germany and Poland should come together to offer a common solution for the crisis, thus demonstrating the strength, sustainability and, most importantly, the solidarity of the European Union. View

Western European Humanity or Eastern European Egoism

Mankind has an immense capability to create but it equally possesses a great capability to destroy. Looking how Europe deals with its latest crisis of a massive influx of migrants, intuition strikes one's mind that the European Union is going to face a number of challenges which might destroy the Union we once knew and believed in. The migrant crisis reveals the deep divisions in policies between various EU countries as well as their political cultures on which their respective decision making is based. View

Has Mama Merkel Met Her Maggie Moment?

In light of recent events, some Germans and Europeans are truly questioning Angela Merkel’s decisions. The migrants that are coming in crowds to Europe, however, have praised her actions. Yet Merkel’s actions are reminiscent, to some, of Margaret Thatcher and the actions that led to her dismissal from the position of Britain’s Prime Minister after eleven years in power. In Merkel’s case, only time will tell if she will meet the same fate as Thatcher did after particularly controversial actions. View