Topic of the Month: The Future of Health Care

This August, we will be dealing with the topic of Digitalization and the Future of Health. While the debate around the future of health care has been highly politicized, we would like to look beyond the discussions on Capitol Hill and examine the future of health, as the digitalization of health and medicine promise to change health care as we know it View.

Atlantic Expedition: Modernizing Transatlantic Relations

The Atlantic Expedition, a German-American fellowship program, aims to empower a younger and more diverse generation of leaders in transatlantic relations. Throughout the program, participants from both sides of the Atlantic discuss and implement creative and innovative ideas on how to modernize transatlantic relations. View.

NATO's Biggest Mistake and Lessons Learned

As part of the "Shaping Our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016" competition, 30 students and recent graduates from 13 countries wrote about NATO's mistakes, and how the Alliance can learn from them. Read their thoughts on the Kosovo intervention, NATO's decision not offer Russia membership, and NATO's public relations "failure" here. View

Preparing for NATO 2026

Read about the Battle for Tallinngrad, eco-friendly armies, hybrid warfare, NATO's midlife crisis, trouble in the Arctic, terrorism, the Alliance's preparedness to deal with threats from Space, and more.
These are the ideas 34 students and recent graduates from 12 countries developed to help NATO prepare effectively for 2026. View



TTIP Criticisms: Based on Myths or Reality?

TTIP Forum: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is the most ambitious project of transatlantic cooperation today. While proponents highlight the benefits, certain features are increasingly under public scrutiny, threatening the finalization of the deal. Atlantic Community brings both sides together to host a critical debate on the merits of their respective claims. View

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NATO: Solidarity Through Diversity

To improve cohesion, NATO must accept that consensus will rarely be found at the operational level. While all NATO members must be united in their grand strategic desire for peace and security within the NATO framework, the 21st century presents too many threats at different levels for all member states to share the same intensity of concerns at the same time. NATO must accept that solidarity will come from a willingness to accept diversity. View

How Europe and the US Can Usher in a New Age of Solidarity

Faced with multiple potential threats, NATO allies must ensure they remain united. This is made more problematic by US retrenchment from Europe. To prevent this, European members will have to achieve the 2% target, and deploy some of their forces to the Pacific. In addition, Eastern and Southern members should work alongside each other more frequently in order to foster greater solidarity and friendship. View

Increasing Solidarity: How to Fairly Prioritize the Alliance's Security Threats

The best way to increase solidarity within NATO is to ensure that every nation's voice is heard with equal attention and their security concerns addressed. A sixth committee, answering to the Assembly, would help to prioritize and deal with these concerns fairly. View

A Time Capsule to the Present: Restructure. Recruit. Rebalance

NATO members currently do not have similar priorities. If NATO hopes to strengthen its coalition, it must change its organizational structure to allow different nations to pursue different interests, recruit other nations that share similar goals, and finally, ease the burden of defense from the United States’ shoulders. These practical steps will allow NATO to continue fighting to preserve and spread democratic ideals around the world. View

The Threats Within

NATO may face many divergent threats abroad as its members perceive different areas as more concerning, but the true concern that unites NATO members comes from within. Populist, nationalist movements are rising throughout the West with the intent to withdraw from the economic unions that have ensured peace among Western countries. The changes will not end there as these movements continue to push for the withdrawal of their respective countries from NATO. View

Solidarity Means Involvement

For several years the discussion on NATO was limited to two general issues: the undeniable power of the United States to operate globally and Article V as the best guarantee of safety. In fact, each NATO member should consider its own involvement in common defense policy in order to avoid falling victim to the "waiting for others" strategy. View

Prioritizing Threats to Bring the Alliance Together

With the introduction of a threat level indicator system NATO can prioritize national threats to NATO members. Accordingly it can create coherence as members of the Alliance are confident their concerns are being discussed and an appropriate NATO led response coordinated. View

Creating a Credible Identity Through a Perimeter

NATO has an incredible opportunity to rebrand itself as a new generation – disaffected with trends in globalization – comes of age. By constructing an identity associated with a fixed geographic perimeter, NATO has more ideological tools to convey its objectives to its constituent publics. It will reintroduce NATO’s purpose to a new generation and allow for redefining the organization’s objective in the 21st century's political landscape. View

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: A Recipe for NATO Cohesion

With the diversity of threats that jeopardize European solidarity today, it is critical to consider how the NATO Alliance can bolster its credibility and provide a sense of unity to its members. By re-examining external partnerships, restructuring intelligence mechanisms, and reminding NATO’s key constituents of the Alliance’s capabilities, NATO may rediscover the harmony that is so vital to an effective institution. View

Moving Forward from Crimea: Cohesion for Modern NATO

In the wake of a wave of tension with Russia, NATO now faces new challenges and threats on many fronts. In order to unify its 28 members, the Alliance needs to pursue compromise and coordination, and rally the public will behind itself in the face of nationalist sentiment. View

Strengthening EU Defense Capabilities Could Affect Solidarity Between NATO Members

Lack of solidarity has become one of the major barriers for both the further development of common defense capabilities and a better understanding among the members of NATO and the EU. Solutions should be directed at strengthening the bonds between countries and building a common geostrategic approach. Increasing solidarity between EU member states would result in the formation of a solid group in both organizations heading towards the same direction. View

School of Hard Knocks: Lessons from Crises show NATO Path Forwards

A series of different calamities have struck Europe one after the other in recent years from the 2008 recession, to the Ukrainian Crisis, to the migrant crisis. Taking a deeper look at the underlying causes of these issues and how they can help inform future decisions offers NATO the opportunity to formulate a coherent strategy moving forwards. View

Improving Cohesion and Sharing Perspectives

In the light of recent events, members of NATO, especially the European ones are divided into two camps; regarding the threat they perceive to be the most severe. The countries of Western Europe, like France, Great Britain or Germany, who think that the refugee crisis and the situation in the Middle East is the most threatening, and those in Eastern Europe, like Poland, Romania, and the Baltic states, who fear Russia. View

Opening the Discourse: How to Strengthen Alliance Cohesion

NATO’s 2014 Readiness Action Plan is representative for the Alliance’s focus on its challenge at the Eastern front. However, not all allies perceive Russia as the major threat to their individual security. Political fragmentation and a lack of cohesion among the members is the result. To reverse this trend, the states’ individual perspectives need to be taken into account. A broader security dialogue replacing a mainly one-sided focus may be the answer. View

A New Funding Mechanism for NATO: Pro-cyclical Spending Targets to Improve Cohesion

Free-riding is undermining the solidarity of NATO and diminishing its capacity for consensus. In the midst of austerity policies, more flexibility is needed to enable members to realise the ambition of 2% of GDP spending on defence. Pro-cyclical spending targets may offer the path. View

NATO is Not Only About Security, but Also About Values

It is hard if not impossible to sustain the life of any collective organization without shared values and moral authority. NATO needs not only military and institutional modernization but foremost the re-invocation of the principles and values upon which it has been built. The enhancement and promotion of the shared values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law, is the only way to increase solidarity and unity among the member states. View

No To Anymore NATO Bases: Military Presence Only Goes So Far

Through "learning summits", it is time the Alliance took heed of the rising sophistication of global terrorism and other issues that pose existential threats to NATO's members and their populations, such as global warming. View

The Key to NATO Solidarity: an Open Door Policy

The new crises and threats from Russia and East would be an opportunity to increase the solidarity of NATO. The solidarity of NATO will be strengthened by consolidating the transatlantic links between Europe and the US – particularly in terms of their open door policy – thereby tightening the solidarity and security not only within borders, but also by enriching western identity with Georgia and Ukraine that account themselves as European. The importance of Turkey rises with its new period of relations with Russia. View

Political Unity: the New Defense Doctrine?

With the new threat of hybrid warfare and increasingly complicated interventions abroad it is clear that Cold War static defense is not enough to address the threats of today. A form of greater unity politically is needed in order to present a united front to new threats. View

Lessons from Europe: We Must Accept Multi-Speed NATO

At the end of the Cold War, NATO was not the only organization which faced a crisis of purpose. The European Community was on the verge of a fundamental shift in its nature, and faced the daunting choice of how to maintain its core values while embracing expansion into a truly united Europe. From the way in which it solved that problem, and the mistakes that have undermined that system today, NATO can learn much. View

NATO: Protecting Our Way of Life

To effectively address a wide range of security threats and challenges, allied leaders must overcome their differences, reconcile divergent threat perceptions and make an effort to re-establish the founding narrative of NATO. Referring to the Alliance's main raison d'être can help increase solidarity between NATO’s member countries. View

Homogeneity at Home, Security in the World

Nowadays, NATO is in a difficult crossroad due to the complex issues that it should deal with. The crucial decision that should be taken is whether to become more homogeneous and coherent, or to end up as an à la carte alliance, a useless forum full of divergences and impediments. Yet, we must ask what the role of Turkey in the whole process is? Is it facilitating deeper integration, or does it function as a destabilizing and disintegrating factor? View

NATO and the Promise of Disharmony

Perhaps at no other point in its post-Cold War history has the Alliance been faced with so many different threats to the security of its member states. But, in all likelihood, the greatest menace to the internal cohesion of the Alliance, the one factor that might paralyse any effective military and political action does not come from the outside: rather, it is the very lack of internal cohesion and the declining solidarity among its member states. View

Social Media Is the Answer to Increasing Solidarity

Social media plays an important role in today’s society. Via social media it’s possible to reach not only decision makers but also wide sectors of the population. It’s important to strengthen the unity between NATO member states. By learning about each other’s history, culture, and possible threats, it is possible to make the Alliance more united and decrease the problem with decision making that is hampered by divergent threat perception. View

A Look in the Mirror: How NATO Has Created its Own Divisions

Strife within NATO is a result of the Alliance’s relentless enlargement and lack of purpose. If NATO is to endure, it should find a way to become relevant again. NATO members have two options. First, they could disband NATO. Doing so would give countries a chance to rebuild alliances to defend against specific threats. Second, if member countries wish to retain the Alliance, they must first end the Open Door Policy espoused in Article 10 of the North Atlantic Treaty, and close NATO to any further expansion. View