Solidarity and Confidence Needed to Sanction Russia

The Ukraine conflict continues to deteriorate, but the EU's major players are still not getting serious. Germany, France and the UK are concerned about their economic interests. They need political pressure from all of us to compromise and share the burden of confronting Russia with an arms embargo and other significant sanctions. The shooting of the Malaysia Airlines fight has to be a wake-up call. View

Should the US Cooperate with its Adversaries in Iraq?

The crisis in Iraq has brought in not only the United States, but also countries often at odds with Western Interests: Iran, Russia and Syria are now all involved against the Islamic State.  Is there room for cooperation between the US and Russia, Syria, or Iran?

We asked two policy experts: Should the West cooperate with these countries in combating the Islamic State? View

What is Security Worth to us Today?

The Atlantic Initiative held a public event in Berlin in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation to discuss Germany's defense budget and security alliances. Panelists debated Germany's responsibilities in regional and global security along with Germany's defense attitude regarding the situation in Libya and whether development assistance is a better use of Germany's funds than increased defense spending. View

NATO Needs an "American" Reassurance Initiative

Stanley Sloan of the NATO Defense College argues that European members should organize their own defense package for Eastern Europe. The US's "European Reassurance Initiative" asks the US Congress to allocate $1 billion to ramp up the US presence on the territory of NATO allies. A new package funded by the European allies would reassure Americans that Europe is committed to its own defense. View

Focal Points of the TTIP Debate On Atlantic Community

The possibility of negotiating a comprehensive bilateral trade pact has sparked interest and controversy in equal measure. Read here a collection of some of our best members' articles, social media reactions, Atlantic Community reports and event summaries on the future of this important but hotly debated issue. See our TTIP Forum for fresh updates on the topic as negotiations continue. View

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Germany's International Security Role: With or Without Military?

Today's international situation suggests that the need for some form of military intervention in Europe's near-abroad is only likely to increase. The German public remains stubbornly opposed to overseas military "adventures." But if Germany is to follow through on its desire to take on more responsibility for international security, can it do so without developing a more active military profile? Like it or not, Germany may be unable to avoid future military entanglements. View
 

Rebuilding the Foundations of German-American Relations

The foundations of US-German relations need to be revisited. Following the NSA scandal in Germany, the prevailing mindset towards US politics became dominated by doubt, heading towards whether America can still be seen as a sincere partner. What makes the current German negativity towards the US so dangerous is that for the first time it bridges the political divide between the left and bourgeois center-right. Aggravating matters is that the Trans-Atlanticists in Germany today lack renowned public figureheads and leadership. View
 

Educating Future Generations of Atlanticists

The under-40 generation do not seem to appreciate the transatlantic relationship as much as their parents’ or grandparents’ generations. While politicians, economists, and other government officials are surely important for the transatlantic renaissance, we must ask ourselves how we are going to ensure future generations see the benefits and understand the special relationship. One of the most important ways to accomplish this is through education. View
 

Solidarity and Confidence Needed to Sanction Russia

The Ukraine conflict continues to deteriorate, but the EU's major players are still not getting serious towards Russia. Germany, France and the UK are concerned about their immediate economic interests and point fingers at each other. They need political pressure from all of us to compromise and share the burden of confronting Russia with an arms embargo and other significant sanctions. The shooting of the Malaysia Airlines fight should have been a wake-up call. View
 

Administrating Atlanticism Is Not Enough for Preserving It

The political project linking America and Europe is missing. During its remarkable history, NATO has arguably only thrived when there was a unifying positive purpose that could be linked to the very values on which our democracies rest. Every successful transformation of the Alliance relied on the idea of NATO being a value-based community of liberal democracies. A re-commitment to the fundamental values of the liberal democracies at home is a prerequisite for their successful promotion abroad. View
 

Expert Q&A: Should the US Cooperate with its Adversaries in Iraq?

The crisis in Iraq has brought in not only the United States, but also countries often at odds with Western Interests: Iran, Russia and Syria are now all involved against the Islamic State (formerly ISIS). Is there room for cooperation between the US and Russia, Syria, or Iran? To get a better handle on this question, we asked two policy experts: Should the West cooperate with these countries in combating the Islamic State? View
 

Are LNG Exports Good for America?

The US Department of Energy has 33 applications for permits to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), only seven of which have been approved. LNG exports carry economic, energy security, and environmental benefits for the US and its allies. But while the US mulls approval of the remaining 26, other nations are moving to capitalize on growth in demand for natural gas. US policymakers should thus support fast-tracking approval of the remaining permits to take advantage of these opportunities and benefits. View
 

Poland Speeds Up Deterrence Weapons Procurement

With Russian military conducting aggressive operations, Poland, which has been apprehensive about NATO’s reaction in case of a low intensity conflict, decided to speed up some of its planned military procurement in order to deter potential aggression and retaliate with force in case of attack. In a few years’ time, NATO's largest east flank country wants to field long range missile systems, modern attack helicopters, three-tier anti-missile shield, and even cruise-missile capable submarines. View
 

How NGOs Can Help Syria through Russia

Russia has been the greatest hurdle for humanitarian actors in Syria. The United National Security Council was not able to manage any headway on aid access and safety for healthcare workers, until Russia's acquiescence. Instead of waiting for policy-makers to finally reach a solution, non-government organizations should look for other creative ways to bring aid into Syria. One solution would be to reach out to humanitarian entities in Russia and work with them directly. View
 

Should Finland Join NATO?

The Ukrainian crisis has focused the attention of the international community and global mass media on the region. The annexation of Crimea and the possibility of several regions in eastern Ukraine seceding have been rightly seen as major changes to the post-Cold War geopolitical situation in Eastern Europe. At the same time, these events may have an impact on the strategically and geopolitically important country of Finland. Is NATO membership a viable option for the Nordic country? View
 
         

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