Another Reset? The Iran Nuclear Deal and Its Consequences

The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has consequences not only for the Middle East, but also for Central and Eastern Europe. While it offers a chance to break free from the Russian near monopoly on natural gas supplies for the region, it could also lead to US and Russia cooperation that sacrifices the interests of America's regional allies in other spheres. View

The Russian Social Contract: An Emblem of Illegitimacy

Regimes typically legitimize themselves either through provision of transparent institutions that protect civil liberties or through rising living standards. A closer look at the socio-economic indicators in Russia shows that Putin's regime fails on both of these fronts, and therefore the "Russian Social Contract" with which he came to power in 1999 should be discarded. 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

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

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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Western Balkans Migrants Challenge EU Priorities

While the North African and Syrian refugees are vivid and easy to capture in the media, the migrants from the western Balkans represent a steady stream just under the radar. This migrant issue is critically important because by not addressing it with serious policy measures the EU may be ignoring the main stimulus, which is bad governance in the western Balkan countries. View

The Chemical Industry and TTIP

The chemical industry is one of the biggest sectors of both the EU and US's economies. With hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake, it is important to analyze the potential effects of TTIP. A German chemical industry association and an environmental NGO disagree about TTIP's effects on standards.'s Katherine Shea has created this infographic to show what both sides have to say about some of TTIP's key issues. View

Is Turkey Going Rogue?

Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. View

Lessons from Europe: Civic Engagement Among Youth

The United States would do well to see how EU countries encourage civic engagement among youth. It is essential for the future of democracy to have youth involved in the process. They should understand the policymaking processes and they should have their voices heard by our elected leaders and government officials. Why don't we have an American Youth Congress that gathers in Washington, DC, for three or four days, discussing issues and presenting ideas? View

Iran: An Enemy to Fear or a Powerful Ally to Acquire?

The Iran nuclear deal is portrayed as weak by many Republican presidential candidates, but in reality the deal allows for the US to gain a new ally in the fight against Daesh. As previous US involvements in the Middle East have shown, there needs to be regional cooperation in order to erect change. Iran has the incentive and the means to destroy Daesh in the region and by securing the nuclear deal, the US and others have given Iran the green light to proceed. View

Another Reset? The Iran Nuclear Deal and Its Consequences for NATO

The recent nuclear agreement with Iran has consequences not only for the Middle East, but also for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The deal changes the energy landscape and offers a chance to break free from the Russian near monopoly on natural gas supplies for this region, but Russian help in shepherding the agreement may prompt President Obama to cooperate with Moscow on other security issues. However, the price for such cooperation may require sacrificing interests of America’s regional allies. View

A New Narrative

Transatlantic relations have been entrenched in two different values for the past century: a cohesion of values and perception of a common external threat. However, this narrative of two dimensions can no longer be the only glue holding Western Europe’s and the United States’ transatlantic relationship together. Instead, the new transatlantic relationship should be based on reinvention as the ability to adjust and reimagine is what makes the relationship unique. View

TPA and Inherent Discrimination Drive US Regional Trade Agreements

The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) was enacted for the completion of a US-backed ambitious regional trade pact with 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific. The TPA grants the US President the power to negotiate trade agreements, limiting Congress to vote only up or down on them. This proposed Transpacific Partnership (TPP) puts pressure on countries to join or face greater costs from being left out. These two factors,TPA and the costs of not joining, are what make US Regional Trade Agreements pass. View

The Gulf's Cold War: The Return of Guerrilla Warfare?

Iran and Saudi Arabia’s competition for influence in the Middle East is shaping civil wars in the region. At the same time, radical Islamist ideology’s global character provides disparate insurgencies with access to transnational funding and recruitment networks. Both of these factors have the potential to increase the number of irregular civil conflicts and extend their duration in ways similar to the superpower competition of the Cold War. View

Marriage Referendum: Catalyst for a New Ireland

The Irish marriage referendum passed with unprecedented levels of support in a country often linked with a traditional Catholic Church doctrine. A surprise to all involved, with larger than expected voter turnout from the younger generations helped spur on this measure of societal equality. But the Irish youth cannot just stop there, there is still much work to be done in Ireland in regards to income inequality, unfair housing practices, and women’s rights. View