Solidarity and Confidence Needed to Sanction Russia

The Ukraine conflict continues to deteriorate, but the EU's major players are still not getting serious. Germany, France and the UK are concerned about their economic interests. They need political pressure from all of us to compromise and share the burden of confronting Russia with an arms embargo and other significant sanctions. The shooting of the Malaysia Airlines fight has to be a wake-up call. View

Should the US Cooperate with its Adversaries in Iraq?

The crisis in Iraq has brought in not only the United States, but also countries often at odds with Western Interests: Iran, Russia and Syria are now all involved against the Islamic State.  Is there room for cooperation between the US and Russia, Syria, or Iran?

We asked two policy experts: Should the West cooperate with these countries in combating the Islamic State? 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

NATO Needs an "American" Reassurance Initiative

Stanley Sloan of the NATO Defense College argues that European members should organize their own defense package for Eastern Europe. The US's "European Reassurance Initiative" asks the US Congress to allocate $1 billion to ramp up the US presence on the territory of NATO allies. A new package funded by the European allies would reassure Americans that Europe is committed to its own defense. View

Focal Points of the TTIP Debate On Atlantic Community

The possibility of negotiating a comprehensive bilateral trade pact has sparked interest and controversy in equal measure. Read here a collection of some of our best members' articles, social media reactions, Atlantic Community reports and event summaries on the future of this important but hotly debated issue. See our TTIP Forum for fresh updates on the topic as negotiations continue. View

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How Germany Should Address the Threat of a Large-Scale Conventional Attack

The 2011 German Defence Policy Guidelines state that “a direct territorial threat to Germany involving conventional military means remains an unlikely event”. Though experts may still disagree on the likelihood of the threat, given recent events in Ukraine, there should be consensus about necessity to consider it as a real rather than a hypothetical factor in national defense planning. Germany, due to its geographic location, should even more so approach this issue from practical rather than theoretical perspective. View

What the West Should Do About the BRICS

Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa (the BRICS) launched the New Development Bank and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement, challenging World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. If transatlantic leaders don't act both decisively and with humility in the years ahead, the institutions they created 70 years ago at Bretton Woods are doomed to lose a lot of their might in international affairs. Giving the BRICS a bigger role in the IMF & World Bank could be a necessary step for preserving these institutions. View

As Fulbright Shrinks, so too Does US Investment in Transatlantic Relations

The Obama administration is pursuing a new approach to public diplomacy that stands to weaken U.S. ties abroad, and delivers its most profound blow to the transatlantic relationship. In March, the administration proposed a 13% cut to the Fulbright fellowship program. Cuts to Fulbright come alongside the expansion of shorter programs that offer less substantive immersion for foreigners, neglect Americans, and shift the diplomatic lens away from Europe during a period that requires greater, not less, transatlantic cooperation. View

How Companies and Consumers Can Benefit from TTIP

During August, we're reposting our favorite articles from 2014. For our third 'summer rerun,' this May 20th Op-Ed argues for the benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). TTIP is a huge opportunity for German Industry, not only from an economic, but also from a strategic and geopolitical perspective. Both companies and consumers can benefit from a high-standard transatlantic trade deal. View

TTIP: It's Not About Trade

This month, we're reposting noteworthy articles from 2014. In his February 12th Op-Ed, Dean Baker argues that with TTIP, not all is as it seems. EU and US officials would have citizens believe promotion of trade is the impetus behind TTIP negotiations. But slashing already-low tariffs is hardly worth the effort. The real goal is the implementation of a new regulatory structure, resulting in an international policing mechanism unlikely to have been approved via normal political processes in each country. View

Group Intelligence and Atlantic Community

During the month of August, we will be highlighting some of our favorite articles form 2014. In this first rerun, the editorial team at Atlantic Community takes a step back to consider the mechanisms behind the analysis our members provide. This exploration of collective or group intelligence reflects on ways in which Atlantic Community harnesses the power of this phenomenon, while avoiding its pitfalls, to produce sound, well-reasoned policy recommendations. View

Why the EU is Ready for the Arctic Council

The EU's application for permanent observer status in the Arctic Council has failed so far. Bilateral policy differences with individual member states, as well as the EU's vision for regional governance, generated unease over its motives. However, recent developments have shown Brussels' position has shifted, and it is now in the interest of the Arctic Council to admit the EU as an observer. Through this role, the EU would better serve as a link between Arctic and European policymaking processes. View

Why NATO Should Buy and Operate France's Mistral Carriers

Delivery of the Mistral carriers to Russia would be a strategic disaster. Given that NATO finds consensus on the purchase and funding of the Mistrals, it would send a strong signal to Putin. Operating the Mistrals would not be difficult for NATO, with its decades of experience with combined and joint operations in common structures and standards. The idea that NATO buys these ships from France and operates them makes perfect sense. Of course, there are many obstacles, especially with concern to funding. View

Expert Q&A: What is the Best Strategy to Decrease EU Energy Dependence on Russia?

The Ukraine crisis highlighted the problems associated with EU dependence on Russian gas, and greater EU energy independence is now a high priority for decision-makers. In our second "Expert Q&A," we posed this question to 3 energy and EU policy experts: What is the most effective way to decrease EU dependence on Russian energy? Importing US gas, developing indigenous shale in the EU, investing more in renewables, or some other strategy? View

Twitter Highlights: July 2014

With over 4,990 followers on Twitter and counting, we're very close to our summer goal of reaching 5,000 followers. continues to use its social media platforms to share stories relevant to transatlantic relations and to promote published member articles while engaging with the community on both sides of the Atlantic. Our July tweets cover a range of issues, from the foundations of the transatlantic partnership, to ISIS, to energy policy and European security. View