Join the Debate! We Are Seeking Your Analysis on TTIP
Atlantic Community will be hosting three different theme weeks from the end of September through November in order to promote constructive debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). We will feature thoughtful articles for and against the proposed trade agreement. We would like to cordially invite you to participate and share your expertise on TTIP, either by submitting articles or simply taking part in the discussion.
Atlantic-Community.org is a member driven open think tank, and is primarily focused on issues affecting transatlantic relations. Since 2007, our more than 8,000 members from around the world have contributed articles and taken part in conversations about a number of interesting and important topics. Our mission is to encourage open and democratic dialogue on the challenges facing Europe and North America.
Among current transatlantic issues, TTIP is one of the largest and potentially most important. Considering that trade between the US and EU comprises nearly half of world trade, consequences of any potential trade agreement between these two economic areas would have far-reaching consequences. Therefore dynamic, thoughtful discussion and critical analysis is a clear necessity. To this end, Atlantic Community is excited to introduce our new project titled "TTIP: Myths vs. Reality".
We will be hosting a discussion about the potential trade agreement over the course of three theme weeks in September, October, and November designed to give proponents and critics a chance to address and debate their ideas and concerns, as well as clearing away the myths that can be found on both sides.
The schedule is as follows:
- Addressing Concerns about TTIP (September 29 – October 3): This week will give opponents of TTIP the opportunity to voice their main concerns about the proposed treaty. Proponents will also have the chance to respond to criticisms of TTIP that they think are misguided or outweighed by the benefits. Potential topics falling under this theme could be concerns about investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), transparency in negotiations, or effects on financial regulations.
Deadline for submissions: September 24.
- Discussing the Economic Effects of TTIP (October 20 – October 26): During this week we will be publishing articles concerning the effects of TTIP on national economies that will be affected by TTIP. Potential topics include claims about economic growth, jobs and effects on major industries.
Deadline for submissions: October 8.
- Evaluating Impacts of TTIP on Individual Consumers & Households (November 10 – November 14): Discussion will be about the effects of TTIP on individual consumers and households. Potential topics under this theme include concerns about food and safety standards, data security, and environmental consequences.
Deadline for submissions: October 22.
Members interested in any of these topics are welcome to contribute by submitting articles for publication or participating in discussion via the comments section. The more people who participate, the more the discussion will benefit!
A general outline of what we look for in the op-eds that we publish is provided here. In short, we appreciate well-reasoned, interesting articles of 500-700 words in length. If English is your second language, don't worry! Our editors are eager to help. When your article is finished, you can send it to us by using our submission form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Examples of articles can be found in our TTIP Forum, which already contains a number of interesting articles explaining or arguing for or against various aspects of TTIP. If you would like to participate in the debate, but you are not very familiar with TTIP, here is a quick overview article written by the editorial team about the top five concerns and criticisms. Additionally there are some articles that provide overviews relating specifically to Americans (here and here) and Germans (here and here).
During the discussion our editorial team will be moderating and ensuring that contributions are constructive. Afterwards we will compile the main arguments, recommendations, and factual information. We will distribute this documentation to as wide an audience as possible.
This project is sponsored by the United States Diplomatic Mission to Germany, however atlantic-community.org is an impartial moderator with editorial independence, encouraging discussion rather than advocating for a particular position on the issue. Our coverage of TTIP precedes the funding received for this particular series, and we intend to maintain the balanced presentation that already exists in our backlog of articles on the subject.
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