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.

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

NATO Does Not Want Ukraine to Apply for Membership

Ira Straus writes: Now that Ukraine has voted to drop its non-aligned status, we are hearing an official story from Russia that "NATO has pushed Ukraine to do this." Until recently every poll indicated that a plurality of Ukrainians was opposed to joining NATO -- the only qualification that Ukraine was lacking. NATO, however, still does not want Ukraine to apply. View

What is Security Worth to us Today?

The Atlantic Initiative held a public event in Berlin in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to discuss Germany's defense budget and security alliances. Panelists debated Germany's responsibilities in regional and global security along with Germany's defense attitude regarding the situation in Libya and whether development assistance is a better use of Germany's funds than increased defense spending. View

TTIP Criticisms: Based on Myths or Reality?

TTIP Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the most ambitious project of transatlantic cooperation today. While proponents highlight the benefits, certain features are increasingly under public scrutiny, threatening the finalization of the deal. Atlantic Community brings both sides together to host a critical debate on the merits of their respective claims. View

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The Patriot: The German Military's Best Option

Germany risks isolating itself from its fellow NATO allies, at the same time as spending considerable additional money, were it to purchase the MEADS missile defence system. Given the recent history of military intervention, a lacklustre position on defence spending is understandable and perfectly legitimate. But MEADS fails on both strategic and financial fronts and therefore should no longer be under consideration; Germany should, instead, choose the Patriot. View

Divide and Conquer: European IT Regulation is Antiquated

The EU regulatory structures have not kept pace with the rapidly evolving IT industry, amounting to “regulatory madness”. Regulation has its place in monitoring the gathering of information and the provision of services via novel platforms, but not in probing into hugely popular businesses as a covert way to reclaim space for European firms. The EU should instead turn its attention to fostering a clean and clear playground, reassuring entrants of their safety from out-of-nowhere persecution. 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. There are obstacles that will make this process difficult, but the opportunity should not be overlooked. 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. While the country in question is not one you may expect, there is a dire need to boost deterrence capabilities via permanently stationed forces in member states with exterior borders. 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 to be established in Poland or the Baltics. View

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

Are China and the US Doomed to Conflict?

The former prime minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is a longtime student of China with a unique vantage point to watch its power rise in the past few decades. In this TED video he asks whether the growing ambition of China will inevitably lead to conflict with other major powers — and suggests another narrative. Rudd published "China under Xi Jinping: Alternative Futures for U.S.-China Relations," a series of three addresses on American and Chinese perceptions and strategic intentions. View

The Lesser Evil in Syria

It is impossible to defeat both ISIS and Bashar al Assad at the same time. Despite being a brutal tyrant, Assad is a necessary partner in the war on ISIS. The defeat of ISIS, not Assad, is now the primary goal of the international community in Syria. The United States and its partners must negotiate with Assad as a first step towards restoring stability in Syria and defeating ISIS, the main enemy of both Syria and the international community. View

The EU's Peter Pan Syndrome

The EU's refusal of Indian Prime Minister Modi's request for a summit level meeting in Brussels has damaged the relationship between India and the EU. If the EU hopes to build upon its strategic partnership with Modi's reform minded government, it must stop treating the relationship as being of secondary importance. To convince New Delhi of its commitment to their continued partnership, Brussels should seek out high level talks and be more receptive to Indian interests. View

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Briefing with Peter Chase (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

A joint event with Atlantische Intitiative, Aspen Institute, and Young Transatlantic Inititative featured speaker Peter Chase of the US Chamber of Commerce on the issue of TTIP and regulatory cooperation. Discussions concluded with ideas on ways to better inform the debate on TTIP, as well as insights into the differences between US and EU regulatory systems currently, such as the auditing and oversight capabilties of both trading blocs, and ways of currently measuring compliance within an industry. View