TTIP: How to Minimize Risks For Third Countries

The implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership for the EU and the US have been widely discussed, but the effects of the deal on third party countries have received less attention. The risks it carries for those left out could be significant and contrary to global multilateral trade objectives. In light of these risks, TTIP should seek to be as open as possible. View

Putin' the NATO-Russia Founding Act to Rest

The United States is renegotiating its temporary military presence into a permanent arrangement with a NATO member state. The member state in question is not what you may expect, but with Putin on the loose in Ukraine, the time has come for the NATO-Russia Founding Act to be put to rest and a permanent military presence in Poland or the Baltics. View

Towards a European Energy Union

The European Union needs to diversify its energy dependency. Since the renewal of Russian aggression, it is less safe to rely on imported Russian energy and less advisable to negotiate with Moscow unilaterally. The creation of an Energy Union could help to solve these problems and be an opportunity for the EU to make further progress on other energy goals. View

New Atlantic Memo: How to Save TTIP

TTIP Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership has the potential to rejuvenate a historic alliance, but also faces strong opposition. In order to raise the level of debate and increase public support for TTIP, the US, the EU and its member states should increase transparency, reform or remove the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism and stress geostrategic benefits. View

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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A Turning Point in the Turkey-EU Relationship

The people of Turkey have voted for change. On June 7, they ended an absolute majority power which had lasted for 13 years, and called for a new era of coalition governments in Turkish politics. This increase in democracy means that accession talks with the European Union can now be reinvigorated with Turkey, giving the EU a chance to grow not shrink, and helping the Turkish people solidify the power of their voices. View

How To Fix The Afghan Peace Talks

The Afghan government has been struggling for peace for a decade, but the current talks are doomed to fail again if the process is not amended. These changes need to happen at multiple levels in order for there to be a real chance for peace including negotiating with insurgents. All players must be willing to work with each other, not against, to see peace have a chance in Afghanistan. View

The Dismantling of Iraq

History shows that people fight the hardest for their own independence and Iraq should utilize this fact to their advantage. The fight against Daesh (IS) is only intensifying and as the Western Allies do not have a concrete strategy, it's time for Iraq to start trying unconventional stategies. The solution lies in dividing the country into three sovereign states so they can unite in the battle against Daesh and ultimately win while upholding their commitment to reform. View

Germany's Fateful Missile Defence Choice Damages NATO

Germany’s recent pursuit of the MEADS missile defence system is illogical and misguided, but reveals a greater malaise at the heart of NATO; Germany is drifting towards isolationism and is failing to acknowledge where its rightful place in the world is. If a country decides to arm itself with sticks, it better hope the world is populated with rabbits. But since this is not, and never will be, the case, pursuing MEADS represents a turning away from reality. View

NATO Solidarity: Atlantic Community is a Vision, not yet a Reality

The Pew Research Center’s new transatlantic survey indicates a high degree of security complacency and a lack of solidarity across NATO member publics. Evidently, the Atlantic Community is still a distant future, with this vision being marred by an absence of real unity. We must encourage more policy dialogue between citizens throughout Europe and across the Atlantic and in consequence create empathy and a shared identity. View

Career Perspectives: Striving in a Harsh Environment

Continuing our new series at Atlantic Community of asking established professionals to give some advice to our younger members, Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam shares some of his early experiences in working life and how he established himself professionally despite difficult circumstances. Mohammad Shafiq is the chairman of the Afghan Anti-Corruption Network and has worked closely with NATO, the UN, as well as many other national and international organizations campaigning against corruption. View

Intervention in Syria & Iraq is Hopeless

As the Islamic State took the Syrian town of Palmyra, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Frederica Mogherini informed them that destroying Palmyra’s archaeological treasures would constitute a war crime. Mogherini’s words, however, are as irrelevant as they are true. The sad truth is that following an ineffective nine month military intervention by a US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq, her warning is representative of the powerlessness of the West in combatting the Islamic State. View

EU-Latin American Cooperation: An Affair of One?

The European Union portrays itself as a global actor, but there are still regions in which EU policymakers have not created strong partnerships. Latin America is one of these neglected regions. Progress on the relationship between Latin America and the EU has gotten lost somewhere in all of the rhetoric, and concrete objectives have fallen by the wayside. A summit of EU and Latin American leaders in Brussels is an opportunity for the EU to renew its efforts and get a seat at the Latin American table. View

Career Perspectives: Resilience, Determination, and Creativity

As part of a new series at Atlantic Community, we asked established professionals to share some advice with our young members who are just starting their careers. To kick off this series, Lukasz Albinski shared some of his insights about early successes, failures, and the importance of resilience. Lukasz is a Managing Partner at Vantage Capital in Johannesburg, South Africa and a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. View

Thomas Friedman on the World's Most Disruptive Forces

The Market, Moore’s Law and Mother Nature are the three biggest forces shaping the world today. That was Thomas Friedman’s central thesis at a recent event hosted by the American Academy in Berlin. He described how the expansion and speed of globalization (the market), the exponential acceleration of computing power (Moore’s Law), and climate change, the extinction of biodiversity, and population growth (Mother Nature) affect individual careers, national economies, and entire civilizations. View