Topic of the Month: The Future of Health Care

This August, we will be dealing with the topic of Digitalization and the Future of Health. While the debate around the future of health care has been highly politicized, we would like to look beyond the discussions on Capitol Hill and examine the future of health, as the digitalization of health and medicine promise to change health care as we know it View.

Atlantic Expedition: Modernizing Transatlantic Relations

The Atlantic Expedition, a German-American fellowship program, aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. Throughout the program, participants from both sides of the Atlantic discuss and implement creative and innovative ideas on how to modernize transatlantic relations. View.

NATO's Biggest Mistake and Lessons Learned

As part of the "Shaping Our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016" competition, 30 students and recent graduates from 13 countries wrote about NATO's mistakes, and how the Alliance can learn from them. Read their thoughts on the Kosovo intervention, NATO's decision not offer Russia membership, and NATO's public relations "failure" here. View

Preparing for NATO 2026

Read about the Battle for Tallinngrad, eco-friendly armies, hybrid warfare, NATO's midlife crisis, trouble in the Arctic, terrorism, the Alliance's preparedness to deal with threats from Space, and more.
These are the ideas 34 students and recent graduates from 12 countries developed to help NATO prepare effectively for 2026. 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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A lot has changed since launched as the first online foreign policy think tank in 2007 and we at the Atlantische Initiative e.V. feel the urge to rethink and adapt our online presence and our offers to you, the members of the Atlantic Community. While the current website will be archived, we will work on a new web presence and continue to gladly accept your contributions. View

Towards a More Inclusive Transatlantic Partnership: Update on the 2nd Atlantic Expedition

Fellows of the second Atlantic Expedition join forces to develop new strategies for communicating transatlantic relations to a diverse audience and consequently making the transatlantic relationship a more inclusive endeavor. Stay up to date and listen to what the next generation of transatlanticists has to say. View

Topic of the Month: The Future of Health Care

This August, we dealt with the topic of Digitalization and the Future of Health, kindly supported by IBM Deutschland. While the debate around the future of health care has been highly politicized, we looked beyond the discussions on Capitol Hill and examined the future of health, as the digitalization of health and medicine promise to change health care as we know it. View

Do We Need Data Donations?

In the age of Big Data, do we need new "data ethics" in healthcare? What could be the cornerstones of such ethics? The medical ethicists and chairwoman of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE), Professor Christiane Woopen, Executive Director of the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health (CERES), shares her position. (Foto: Reiner Zensen) View

eHealth - Tele-Monitoring and Tele-Medicine - Digital Innovation in the Life Science Sector in Germany

Dr. Wolfgang Rehmann discusses a wide range of legal topics associated with the tele-medical services offered, ranging from regulatory analysis of the devices used in tele-medicine and questions with respect to data protection and professional law for physicians to liability legislation. View

Digitalisation - Top Priority for the Health Care Industry

Dr. Kai Bindseil from Berlin Partner GmbH provides an overview of developments within the digital healthcare sector in the German capital region Berlin-Brandenburg - one of Europe’s most attractive life science and healthcare locations. While today’s focus is a regional one, it has global implications. View

Improving Elderly Care with Technology

Dr. Oliver Hüfner discusses how sufficient care for the elderly has been a major societal problem for many years. However, with advancements in technology, we have the potential to eliminate this problem. Standard smart home technology can transform an ordinary home into a caring home, helping its elderly inhabitants to stay there longer. View

A Laboratory in Your Pocket

Jennifer M Radin, Eric J Topol, Kristian G Andersen and Steven R Steinhubl discuss how rapid, point-of-care (POC) identification of pathogens could help efforts to control and manage infectious diseases. New techniques have enabled the development of mobile POC genomics-based diagnostic tests, which have the potential to provide faster throughput, simplify use, reduce costs, and improve portability. View

Assistive AI-Technologies Will Help Healthcare Providers Put the Patient First

Florian Bontrup argues that innovation in general and specifically artificial intelligence has the potential to turn the healthcare sector upside down. In his article, he explains how it will make healthcare more individual and personal, enable service providers to help people they have not properly served so far, and improve the lives of millions who suffer every day with new treatments. View

Opinion: Big Data Can Prevent Global Health Crises - It's Time to Make the Most of It

Gary Finnegan, Pratit Samdani, and Kamran Rafiq discuss how the use of wider disease surveillance data can help to build comprehensive pictures of real-time epidemic outbreaks. Every year, more than 1 million people die from vector-borne diseases. Big data and the use of technology can play a vital role in measuring impact and preventing the spread of disease outbreaks. View

The American Healthcare Landscape

Over the last seven years, Americans have debated about whether to keep or repeal the Affordable Care Act, but what are the ins and outs of it? I look to delve into the basis of the US healthcare system, how it compares to Germany’s, and where the controversy lies within Obamacare. View

Russia, Germany, and the European Order

For a large part of their history, the destiny of the peoples living in Europe has been shaped by the interests of the great powers. This is still a reality of international politics. Yet, a reliable and sustainable order in Europe can only be achieved if states, both large and small, are prepared to establish a fair balance of interests and influence. View

Happy birthday, EU NATO Declaration! All the best for your future

Saturday, July 8th, 2017 marked the first anniversary of the Joint Declaration by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary General of NATO. The signing of this joint declaration between the EU and the Atlantic Alliance called for a new era of their relationship. But is the Joint Declaration really such a milestone that everybody in Brussels talks about? Or, is it just another act of nothing? View

Nationalism may bring Turkey back to its course

Nationalism, once again, will play the most crucial role in Turkish politics regarding the forthcoming presidential elections. While Erdogan and Russia seem to be investing in it, NATO's stance is on the contrary, which may result in losing Turkey forever. View

NATO Members Owe Money. To Themselves, Not the U.S.

Since the decision was made in 2006 to require NATO members to spend 2% of their GDP on defense, only five countries have lived up to that promise. President Trump is correct in drawing attention to NATO members’ chronically underfunded militaries. He is absolutely incorrect, however, in stating that NATO members owe any amount to the US for services rendered. View

Montenegro is in NATO. What's next for the western Balkans?

On June 5th, Montenegro has become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This is the only success story coming from the Western Balkans in a long time. As such, it gains a particular importance beyond the reach of the small country of 620,000 inhabitants in the Southern part of Europe and has multiple implications. View

The White Stream Pipeline Project: Transcaspian Energy for the European Union

White Stream is a proposed pipeline network designed to transfer natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe through Georgia and Ukraine. Eastern members of the European Union should consider pursuing the full development of the White Stream pipeline network as an alternative to Russian natural gas imports. View

How Germany and the United States Can Strengthen Cooperation

“Federal governments should no longer be viewed as the sole source for action and solutions both because of the current administration in the US and a continued power shift towards NGOs and local actors. Engagement at the subnational level is ever more critical.” This is one of the key conclusions from the first “Atlantic Expedition”. View

EU's Litmus Test in the Western Balkans

Moscow's meddling in the western Balkans has increased, while the West's attention has focused on Russian activities in Ukraine and in the Baltic region. With the exception of Serbia, all the other countries in the western Balkans have indicated their desire to be part of the NATO alliance (Albania and Croatia are NATO members). Each of them have EU integration as their main foreign policy goal. In an attempt to weaken the region's ties to the West, Russia´s main objective is the creating of a "non- alignment zone". View

It's the State of our Democracy, Stupid! Why Transatlantic Relations are in Trouble

The transatlantic relationship is in trouble mainly because both the US and Germany struggle with domestic political problems. This is evident particularly in light of the current populism – more and more people do not feel represented any longer by political elites. In order to revitalize transatlantic relations, domestic homework needs to be done first. This is a summarized and updated version of a Key Note at the Harvard Council Forum, Soho-Haus Berlin, October 22, 2016. View

The Reverse Trump Effect: EU Populist Movements After Trump Took Office

Germany's state elections in Saarland and the Dutch general elections show that the fear of right-wing populism was, if not unfounded, certainly slightly unreasonable. Even more so, polls suggest that after gaining momentum through the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, Europe's right-wing populist movements have actually lost their attraction after he took office. View

Smaller and Larger Nations: Concert of Big Powers or Fair Balance of Interests?

The destiny of the people living in Europe has been shaped for many years by the interests of the great powers. For centuries, the Russian, Ottoman and Habsburg empires, as well as France and Britain, have dominated the European continent. From the nineteenth century until the end of World War II, first Prussia and then Germany—directly and indirectly—joined this competition for influence. Indeed, during the Yalta Conference, the great powers of the time shaped the European political landscape for decades to come. View

The Trump-Merkel Summit: After the Storm, a Vital Trans-Atlantic Agenda

Dr. Ariel Cohen, Atlantic Council US, consider the massive snowstorm that postponed Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House as symbolic of the chill in the US-German relations: President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Frau Merkel’s open borders policy, which has brought over 1,250,000 refugees to Germany since 2015. Merkel has responded with a strong defense of freedom of movement, refugee rights, and freedom of the press. View

Americans as Soviets: The Problems of Washington Postmodernism

Dmitry Shlapentokh, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University South Bend, argues that the United States has serious economic problems. Instead of addressing these issues, the Washington elite blames Russian propaganda and Trumpism. They look quite similar to those in the Soviet Kremlin, but unlike most Soviets they are true believer. They assume that smooth transition to improved “normality” would take place after Trump’s departure, but can be wrong like Gorbachev. View

Alternative Pipeline Facts

According to the Commission the EU remains well on track to reach its 2020 targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewables. It is, however, high time the European Commission lives up to its responsibility as guardian of the Treaties and provides for an encompassing assessment of the implications of Nord Stream 2 in legal, environmental and economic terms. Nord Stream 2 is 100% controlled by Gazprom View