TTIP for Beginners

What is TTIP? The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, first proposed in 2013, is meant to open market access for businesses across the Atlantic, enhance regulatory cooperation and set international standards. TTIP was introduced as being a progressive partnership, but many skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic see it as a race to the bottom.

The Emergence of a New Reality: NATO and Ukraine

While Ukrainians used to be heavily pro-Russian, the situation has transformed over the last few years. Now, the West must decide how best to respond to Ukraine's NATO bid. Discover the pros and cons of various scenarios from the past and current situation, as well as looking forward in an essay written for the Atlantic Community by one of our members, Ira Louis Straus. View

TTIP Review

Check out our latest project, TTIP Review, which serves as a clearinghouse for some of the most important analyses on the prospective trade and investment partnership.

Similar to our former TTIP projects, this review is meant to provide all interested citizens with diverse information about the benefits, challenges, myths and facts surrounding the proposed partnership. View

In Syria, Russia is Certainly not an Ally

It is almost a common refrain these days. With Russia's intervention in Syria, is there not a chance to build a new coalition with the Kremlin against a common foe? The Kremlin and the Islamic State share a vested interest in upending the existing international order. But the danger these actors pose vary and prudent foreign policy demands that we set the right priorities and do not fall for false choices. View

 

A Modest TTIP Deal Not an Option for the US

A modest TTIP deal will provide limited value added for the US, while the prospects of upgrading the deal once it's passed look infeasible. Furthermore, it will set a wrong precedent and will signal to potential US trade partners that it will compromise on issues it has been pushing for ever since the NAFTA negotiations. This would contradict the trade policy the US has been pursuing for the last quarter century. View

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NATO: The State of the Alliance

Jens Stoltenberg has just released his second annual report as NATO Secretary General. The report describes NATO’s responses to a security environment “of complex challenges and unpredictable threats.“ Atlantic-community.org is highlighting a few key statistics and interesting graphics about defense spending, military exercises and other topics to promote informed debate about NATO’s achievements, shortcomings and challenges. View
 

Political Risks Threaten the Global Economy

Political risks have increased in recent years, while policy makers, including central banks, have less power to mitigate those risks. Global stock prices, however, do not reflect these developments as the markets have been distracted by cheap and abundant liquidity. "Great Power Sclerosis" and the weakness of Pax Americana have created a vacuum in global governance. The bank Citi raises awareness about the "new convergence between geopolitical and vox populi risks". View
 

Corporate Political Responsibility: Why Companies Should Get more Political

Citizens expect companies to prove that they are good corporate citizens. While Corporate Social Responsibility is a nice-to-have, Corporate Political Responsibility means that companies meet societal expectations. It’s not just about looking good, but rather engaging with one’s own community – on one hand, to positively and transparently influence the framework conditions for the company, and on the other to strengthen the structural constitution of the community. View
 

Nimr Al-Nimr: Victim of Saudi Anger over Iran's Nuclear Deal

The execution of Shiite cleric Nimr Al-Nimr is a symptom of growing Saudi anger over the Iran‘s nuclear deal. Saudi-Iranian tensions following the execution are not a result of Sunni-Shiite division but an indicator of the increasing Saudi-Iranian fight for dominance in the region. Both Saudis and Iranians use Sunni-Shiite factors as a tool. The US needs to make sure that its closest ally in the Gulf behaves responsibly. Otherwise, the situation may grow into a serious conflict. View
 

Nuclear Sharing is Caring

Russia constitutes a real threat for NATO’s easternmost nations. The unpredictable Kremlin seems to be willing to use tactical nuclear weapons even against non-nuclear neighbors. While Russia’s saber-rattling is reaching new heights, NATO’s nuclear deterrence policy seems to be stuck in a bygone era. Unsurprisingly, one of the Alliance’s frontier members seems to be considering strengthening regional deterrence possibly via participation in Nuclear Sharing. View
 

TTIP from a Liberal Perspective

The European Liberal Forum invited atlantic-community.org’s editor Jörg Wolf to Helsinki to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He argued that TTIP is more important for geo-strategic than for economic reasons. A modest TTIP agreement that gets ratified soon is better than long negotiations for a comprehensive agreement that might never get ratified. More information and transparency will not convince TTIP opponents to change their mind. View
 

Labeling Israel: The Power of Grandstanding

The European Union is righteous but hypocritical to decide that goods produced in Israeli settlements occupied since 1967 no longer be labeled “Made in Israel” or “Product of Israel.” This will not help Palestinians, many of them work for settlement businesses. As the EU is negotiating a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, this signals that Europe sees trade as an avenue for meaningless political posturing. View
 

Navigating the Post-Safe Harbor Waters

A month after the European Court of Justice handed down its ruling invalidating the EU-US Safe Harbor framework, the German Marshall Fund of the United States's Berlin office invited US Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill to address data privacy to kick off a newly relaunched series of discussions the institution is calling Transatlantic Talks. She argued that Europeans had missed the resulting "robust conversation" that took place over data privacy in the US. View
 

Modernity Versus Archaics

In the latest years globalization has made great progress, having left critically little space for archaics. The scared archaic societies have demonstrated an aggressive reaction, considering (not without reason) the current state of affairs in the world as a threat to their existence. This situation is particularly exemplified by Russia and the West, further triggered by events in Ukraine. It's time to decide which side we shall take in the struggle of modernity and archaics. View
 

In Syria, Russia is Certainly not an Ally

It is almost a common refrain these days. With Russia’s intervention in Syria, is there not a chance to build a new coalition with the Kremlin against a common foe? Such arguments take attention away from an important reality. The Kremlin and the Islamic State share a vested interest in upending the existing international order. But the danger these actors pose vary and prudent foreign policy demands that we set the right priorities and do not fall for false choices. View
 
         

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