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

Putin' the NATO-Russia Founding Act to Rest

The United States is renegotiating its temporary military presence into a permanent arrangement with a NATO member state. The member state in question is not what you may expect, but with Putin on the loose in Ukraine, the time has come for the NATO-Russia Founding Act to be put to rest and a permanent military presence in Poland or the Baltics. View

Towards a European Energy Union

The European Union needs to diversify its energy dependency. Since the renewal of Russian aggression, it is less safe to rely on imported Russian energy and less advisable to negotiate with Moscow unilaterally. The creation of an Energy Union could help to solve these problems and be an opportunity for the EU to make further progress on other energy goals. 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

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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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

A Greek Exit Means a Chinese Entrance

The never ending Greek crisis threatens to spell disaster. The Eurozone's leaders need to realize that if Greece rejects further austerity negotiations, Athens will turn to Beijing for financing their debts. With China standing to gain from a Grexit, it is clear that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande must settle amicably and quickly with Prime Minister Tsipras or risk losing power to a player outside of Europe. View

Solidarity Vouchers for Greece

Previous attempts to generate interest in Greek bonds from expats have failed as investors deemed it too risky. Instead, a voucher system should be established that would pre-pay for a range of services. These vouchers would be accessible to Greek expats, international tourists, and business visitors. The voucher scheme would not completely solve the crisis but it would alleviate deficits and cuts in key sectors like social services and education. View

The Russian Social Contract: An Emblem of Illegitimacy

Regimes typically legitimize themselves one of two ways; either through provision and protection of transparent institutions that enshrine liberty, rights, democracy, and the rule of law – often seen as vaguely Western ambitions – or through broad-based rising living standards – what could be seen as the Chinese or Singaporean route. Putin's regime fails on both of these fronts, and therefore the "Russian Social Contract" with which he came to power should be discarded. View

A Turning Point in the Turkey-EU Relationship

The people of Turkey have voted for change. On June 7, they ended an absolute majority power which had lasted for 13 years, and called for a new era of coalition governments in Turkish politics. This increase in democracy means that accession talks with the European Union can now be reinvigorated with Turkey, giving the EU a chance to grow not shrink, and helping the Turkish people solidify the power of their voices. View

How To Fix The Afghan Peace Talks

The Afghan government has been struggling for peace for a decade, but the current talks are doomed to fail again if the process is not amended. These changes need to happen at multiple levels in order for there to be a real chance for peace including negotiating with insurgents. All players must be willing to work with each other, not against, to see peace have a chance in Afghanistan. View