Join the Debate! We Are Seeking Your Analysis on TTIP

Atlantic Community will be hosting three theme weeks from the end of September through November in order to promote debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We will feature articles for and against the proposed trade agreement, and would like to invite you to participate and share your expertise on TTIP, either by submitting articles or simply taking part in the discussion. View

The Myth that NATO Committed to Having No Permanent Troops in Eastern Europe

It is widely believed that NATO cannot station forces permanently in Eastern Europe without violating a pledge it gave to Russia in 1997, in the NATO-Russia Founding Act. The belief is accepted even in articles that favor stationing troops in Eastern Europe. Yet, as we shall see, a simple cursory examination of the 1997 document reveals that it is not the case. 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

Op-eds from the German Delegation to the Y20 Summit

This week, we will publish four op-eds written by members of the German Delegation to the Y20 summit, the official G20 youth event. The summit is organized by a collective of twenty national youth organizations, and focused on three key themes: growth and jobs creation, global citizenship and sustainable development. View

Setting the Agenda for Global Climate Negotiations

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will host the UN Climate Summit at the UN headquarters in New York later this month. Given the goal of the summit to promote action and set the agenda for a global agreement to be reached at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, Wael Hmaidan explores the changes in the political landscape ever since the 2009 Copenhagen Summit. View

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Education: the Key to Truly Global Citizenship

Education is the key to a globally competitive and knowledge-based society. Until today, outmoded curricula and a flawed focus on regional values have prevented the empowerment of ethical global citizens. Easier access to educational mobility would allow for valuable exchange of knowledge, technology transfer and intercultural understanding. Additionally, the flow of highly-skilled professionals could be increased by resolving issues regarding the transferrability of educational degrees. View
 

Speeding up the Transition to Sustainable Energy Production

A transition to sustainable means of energy production is crucial for maintaining long-term economic development while mitigating climate change and its future consequences. The G20 should take leadership on this challenging topic by establishing consensus on investments in renewable energy, stimulating energy efficiency, awareness raising, reducing harmful subsidies and addressing energy poverty. View
 

Policy Proposals from the German Delegation to the Y20 Summit

This week, we will publish four op-eds written by members of the German Delegation to the Y20 summit, the official G20 youth event. The summit is organized by a collective of twenty national youth organizations, which recruit and prepare the national delegations. It focused on three key themes, which will be covered in this week's op-eds: Growth and jobs creation, global citizenship and sustainable development. View
 

Growing Green: Latin America's Economic Powerhouses and Climate Change

Tuesday’s climate summit in New York is designed as a call for action on climate change – in order to keep global warming under control, all countries need to contribute. With the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) looming in December at Peru the world’s attention will be directed towards Latin America, which is still exempt from emissions reductions. This is an important chance, given the region's development in the last 20 years. Yet, the policies of its two biggest economies are far less ambitious than what transatlantic leaders are probably hoping for. View
 

Why the West Should Help Develop Leaders in Troubled Regions

Attempts at nation building often fail in the absence of competent indigenous leaders who can take over leadership, as do efforts that rely on external efforts to prop up figureheads or costly military actions. The West should take a view of the long term by helping troubled regions to raise future leaders, taking lessons from similar, if misguided, attempts of the past. An online community could also help to develop resources for aspiring young leaders. View
 

Join the Debate! We Are Seeking Your Analysis on TTIP

Atlantic Community will be hosting three different theme weeks from the end of September through November in order to promote constructive debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We will feature thoughtful articles for and against the proposed trade agreement. We would like to cordially invite you to participate and share your expertise on TTIP, either by submitting articles or simply taking part in the discussion. View
 

After Wales: Further Steps for NATO

The NATO summit in Wales last week didn’t do enough to meet its responsibilities in the external world. Its next steps should include taking meaningful steps in Ukraine, placing permanent troops in Eastern Europe, hitting its spending targets, and more. NATO cannot just take care of itself; it has to actively work towards solutions to problems that will inevitably have an effect on the alliance. View
 

The Myth that NATO Committed to Having No Permanent Troops in Eastern Europe

It is widely believed that NATO cannot station forces permanently in Eastern Europe without violating a pledge it gave to Russia in 1997, in the NATO-Russia Founding Act. The belief is accepted even in articles that favor stationing troops in Eastern Europe. Yet, as we shall see, a simple cursory examination of the 1997 document reveals that it is not the case. View
 

The Myth that Ukraine Cannot Join NATO While Russia Occupies Some of its Territory

There is the perception that NATO’s treaty prohibits it from granting membership to Ukraine given that it is currently involved in a territorial dispute. This is, however, a myth, as demonstrated by the historical example of Germany’s entrance into NATO amid territorial disputes with the Soviet Union. Though it cannot be claimed that Russia has stirred up disputes solely for this reason, this misconception contributes to making such actions more attractive. View
 

NATO: American Contribution in Response to Russia Falls Flat

The United Kingdom, joined by several other concerned NATO members, has taken a leadership role in the response to Russian aggression in Ukraine in order to form a new joint expeditionary force. By neglecting to commit support to the endeavor, the US reduces its part to one that fails to live up to historical precedent as a leader in the Atlantic Alliance. Meanwhile, the UK decision to take charge in the absence of American support deserves credit. View
 
         

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