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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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

The EU Eastern Partnership Needs More Attention to Security

On March 6-7, 2015, the EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs reached the conclusion that the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) requires transformation and further development. The current situation in the EaP Region, frozen conflicts, and aggression against Ukraine demands more attention to the security dimension of the EU initiative and it is very important for the Eastern partner-countries to find ways to meet these key challenges. View

Holding Putin over a Barrel

Authors Sijbren de Jong, Willem Th. Oosterveld, Willem Auping and Daniel Fiott write that the collapse of the price of oil has masked the fact that Europe's response to the Ukraine crisis has been vacillating, slow, and toothless. Yet worsening economic conditions in Russia should not tempt Europeans to consider prematurely easing sanctions. Rather, European states should remain vigilant in their military preparedness and mindful of the dangers of internal divisions with regard to Russia. View

Russia's Policy Toolbox

The current diplomatic disconnect between Russia and US-EU is monumental. Having returned from the Munich Security Conference former German Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger stated at the Hertie School of Governance, "Trust between the two sides is virtually at zero." With the recent crisis in Ukraine it is vital that the Atlantic community assess Russia's policy toolbox on the European continent. Thus, it is necessary to plan and familiarize ourselves to the tools at Putin's disposal. View

Kosovo Migrants and the Road to European Accession

The surge of economic asylum seekers, particularly Kosovars, is not welcome in Europe, as many countries have stretched resources. The accession path to the EU (a long process for Kosovo) might be called into question because of this issue. If Kosovo is to remain as the symbol of Western idealism then more focus on economic aid and less attention to diplomatic troubleshooting is needed. View

EU Should Cooperate with Eurasian Union: Putin's Legacy

Both in democratic countries, and especially in more authoritarian ones, leaders approaching the end of their political careers focus on their legacy. If the European Neighbourhood Policy is to promote dialogue in EU-Russia relations, the revised ENP needs to seriously take into account Putin's desired legacy. Through this policy officials from the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union could negotiate a free trade agreement. View