On Joining NATO: The Day I Changed Colour

NATO has a lot to celebrate in 2014. It is the 65th anniversary of the Alliance and the 15th, 10th, and 5th anniversaries of membership for the countries that have joined since the end of the Cold War. Marcela Zelníčková, the first Czech citizen employed by NATO, offers her personal recollections on why joining the Alliance was so momentous. NATO Review takes a look at what it means to be a member of the Alliance. View

How Central and Eastern Europe Can Grow a Strong Civil Society

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Atlantic Memo #47 summarizes the results from our most recent theme month. Atlantic Community members argue that civil society in Central and Eastern Europe must continue to focus on holding governments accountable. NGOs have to achieve impartiality through fiscal independence from the state. Youth engagement and a mentality of innovation are also key. View

EU Needs Greater TTIP Transparency

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Monique Goyens, the Director General of The European Consumer Organization (BEUC) argues that the EU's negotiating texts must be made public so that elected parliamentarians, stakeholders, and informed citizens can provide meaningful input. This is the best way for negotiators to ensure that the resulting agreement credibly serves the interest of Europeans. View

Transatlantic Trade and Investment

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the most ambitious project of European-American economic cooperation yet.
Atlantic-community.org's new section "TTIP-FORUM" features analyses, commentary and debate from all stakeholders, including NGOs, business, think tanks, academics, journalists as well as atlantic-community.org members. View

Crisis in Ukraine

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From the protests in Maidan to Russian military mobilization and movement into Crimea, Atlantic Community members have provided an array of perspectives and policy recommendations from the viewpoint of Western powers, the new Kiev leadership, and Moscow. The Ukrainian crisis not only poses serious geopolitical questions, but also provides important foreign policy lessons. View

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TTIP Undermines Democratic Norms

Ska Keller, Member of the European Parliament, is the top Green candidate for the upcoming European elections. Here she answers questions from Atlantic Community on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Ska Keller argues that TTIP is likely to circumvent democratic accountability, to undermine regulations and to benefit primarily big companies rather than smaller companies and ordinary citizens on both sides of the Atlantic. View

Resurgence of Populism Threatens Stability of European Union

European populism is enjoying a steady return to prominence after a long absence in domestic politics. With parliamentary elections fast approaching, far-right nationalism may again rear its ugly head. Should this happen, however, much must be done to prevent neo-conservatism from undermining not only European integration but also the legitimacy of the Union. A failure to do so will threaten the very stability that has made the EU so successful to date. View

NATO on Duty

NATO on Duty illustrates where the Alliance is working around the clock and around the world, to keep our citizens free and safe now and for the future. From the skies of Iceland to the waters of the Indian Ocean, and from Afghanistan to the Atlantic, men and women from across the Alliance are engaged in military operations and missions to keep our countries safe and make our world more secure. View

Back to Square One for TTIP: a Green Agenda for Free Trade

Dieter Janecek, the Green Party's Spokesperson for Economic Policy in the German parliament, describes an alternative TTIP agenda. A free trade agreement based on high ecological and social standards, and informed by the values the USA and the EU share in common, could have an influential impact on global trade. The interest of the common good should be a prominent part of any agreement of this kind, with as many stakeholders as possible being involved. View

Germany Must Take Baltic Security Concerns More Seriously

All NATO member countries have to demonstrate that Baltic freedom and security are not less valuable than Germany's or any other member state's security. Moscow will interpret any sign of hesitation as weakness and act accordingly, argues Dr. Artis Pabriks, member of Latvia's parliament and defense minister until January. In this exclusive article for atlantic-community.org, he asks what would happen if Germany faced the need to go to war for the Baltics as Article 5 of the NATO Treaty requires? View

NATO is Back: The Need for Forward Presence in Eastern Europe

There is no doubt, NATO is back! With the annexation of Crimea, Russia broke with the post-Cold War consensus not to alter any borders by force. These sad new facts will surely bolster NATO’s role as a regional defense alliance. Before thinking about the new geopolitical circumstances, the first step must be assuring eastern NATO members that we are committed to their defense. Commitment, however, must go beyond mere verbal assurances. View

On the Need Not to Overlook "Boring Jordan"

Western media coverage that focuses on Syria, Egypt, and other hotspots, excluding less tumultuous countries all together, paints an incomplete picture of the Middle East. Not only does it do the region a discredit by depicting it as universally violent, it also in effect hides the very real problems in seemingly calm states like Jordan. If the West wants “boring Jordan” to stay that way, it would do well to afford more attention to the country and its social, economic, and political problems. View

Top 3 Reasons Why US Should Oppose TTIP

American critics of TTIP worry striking a free trade agreement with the EU could prove devastating to the fragile US economic recovery. By opening American shale gas to European markets, eliminating "Buy American" clauses in government procurement contracts, and weakening post-financial crisis regulations, TTIP would invite economic turbulence, costing jobs and market stability. If Washington wants to secure a brighter future for America, it must shield the country from transatlantic free trade. View

Top 3 Reasons Why US Should Support TTIP

American TTIP proponents believe no OECD nation stands to benefit more from a transatlantic free trade agreement than the United States. Free trade, long a cornerstone of American economic policy, will restore economic growth, create jobs and wealth, and strengthen Western influence abroad. The windfall from TTIP would offer a welcome distraction from political uncertainty and the country's tepid post-2008 financial recovery, helping to instill faith in the United States once again. View

On Joining NATO: The Day I Changed Colour

2014 is a year when NATO—and its members—have a lot to celebrate. It is the 65th anniversary of the Alliance and the 15th, 10th, and fifth anniversaries of membership for those countries that have joined since the end of the Cold War. In this narrative, Marcela Zelníčková, the first Czech citizen employed by NATO, offers her personal recollections of the day her country's membership took effect and reflects on why joining the Alliance was so momentous. View