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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How to Strengthen Alliance Cohesion

The recent crisis within the European Union and North Atlantic Alliance arose several question regarding the future of these two organizations. The general perception is that due to lack of leadership, this feeling enhancing exacerbated nationalism and the extend influence of Russian influence, especially over the former soviet satellites. The Alliance must take action and rebuild the trust and cohesion among member states, along with the security and stability in the region. View

Breaking Apart Can Bring Us Closer Together

NATO will need to realign itself if it is to remain viable in the eyes of its members, and credible in the eyes of its adversaries. A resurgent Russia demands that the NATO Alliance take steps to deter adventurism along its eastern boarder, yet transnational and irregular threats along the Mediterranean require NATO to re-orient itself with an eye toward the future. Only a versatile strategy will allow for the Alliance to lead in the 21st century. View

No Increase in Solidarity Without Democratization and the Media

While NATO requires solidarity to guarantee an effective defense of the West, it suffers from a lack in democratic structures. In addition, missions that could serve as examples why NATO is necessary outside its eastern borders are not communicated properly. Without an increase in democratic voting structures and the focus on NATO’s humanitarian efforts, long-term NATO members might lose interest in deploying forces to countries whose interest in détente is low. View

Market Mechanisms to Coordinate Defence Expending

The Austrian School of Economics, through praxeology, tells how to value means to reach ends. This same approach could be applied to assess threats and in order to allocate resources. View

Why NATO Unity is Important and Possible

With the threat of the Soviet Union gone, NATO members must look to the emerging security threats of the 21st century, such as instability in the Middle East and cyber terrorism, in order to create a newfound sense of solidarity. By combining resources and discussing ways to address new threats, NATO members can work to craft solutions for multiple, new threats more efficiently. View

A Common Sense of Solidarity is Needed for Efficiency

The whole point of countries working with each other in NATO is to provide security. Yet, within the Alliance there are so-called “free-riding” member states, who despite contributing little, continue to reap the rewards as much as any other ally. There is little point in maintaining these relationships with no benefit to NATO. Therefore, these free-riding members should face sanctions, or in extreme cases, exclusions. View

NATO's New Solidarity

The world is currently going through many changes and challenges. Existing crises have brought much instability and uncertainties. These challenges require immediate reaction from different actors. NATO – the largest international alliance of our time – shares the duty and responsibility to not merely address the solution, but also to maintain peace, security, and prevent the expansion of current conflicts and crises. It is time to overcome fragmentation by strengthening cooperation among members via means of a clear strategic agenda that produces tangible results in solving common concerns. View

We're Missing the Point

NATO faces two great threats: the Southern and Eastern flank. But more is at stake. There is also an indirect but unavoidable peril. Without achieving two-front Solidarity—the elites and the people, committed solutions from governments and enthusiastic support from the people for them—the people of NATO will go for populists and radicals. Then our countries will be ruined, our Western community will be destroyed, and people globally will suffer as the liberal order dies. View

NATO Unity Dependent Upon Mediterranean Strategy

The long term health of the Alliance is at risk due to Southern members feeling ignored. The current Strategic Concept is six years old and fails to address many of the threats that NATO members currently face. The new Strategic Concept must hold more combined military exercises in the Mediterranean using Eastern European troops, revitalize the Mediterranean Dialogue, and create a Centre of Excellence for Humanitarian Crises in North Africa. View

How Defense Planning Will Reinvigorate NATO

Getting defense planning on track is not only a tactic but a strategy for NATO. For any international organization such as NATO monetary cooperation translates to cooperation at many alternative levels. Therefore, when we see in 2015 that a small percentage of the 28 member states are actually meeting the required 2% GDP contribution it becomes concerning as to how steadfast NATO is in their mission. View

Smart Defence Revisited: Future Specialization and the Framework to Support It

Capability specialization and the division of member states into special compartments for cooperation based on regional interests are the two key pillars of a joint initiative, which NATO can undertake in order to improve the concept of Smart Defence and enhance the output of the NATO Defence Planning Process (NDPP). View

Transatlantic Disunion: How Strained EU-US Relations Can Help NATO Boost European Defense

While discontent over the current state of NATO is growing on both sides of the Atlantic – with the US losing patience with European “free riding”, and Europe weary of US dominance – NATO members strain to demonstrate unity at one summit after another. Instead, NATO should openly address internal fault lines and use them to motivate a stronger role for non-US member states. In particular European NATO member states need to step up to ensure its own defense, and reduce its dependency on the US. View

From Zuckerberg to Stoltenberg: It's Time for NATO to Act Like a Tech Company

NATO should borrow project management approaches from the tech industry when it comes to defense planning and policy implementation. It’s time for NATO to get serious about freshening up and bringing in truly new ideas that have an integrated impact for member countries. View

NATO Should Increase Civil-Military Co-Operation

NATO ought to increase expenditure on Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) to overcome two major issues with the NATO Defense Planning Process (NDPP): first, difficulties in members meeting the 2% of GDP spending target; and second, more efficiently developing the operational capabilities required for changing security environments. Such encouragement would support the financial and operational objectives of NATO’s ‘Smart Defense’ and ‘Framework Nations Concept’ initiatives. View

Revamping the NATO Response Force

From Prague to Brussels, Brasov to Wales, NATO has haphazardly stumbled through political obstacles to create and fitfully modify the various layers of the NATO Response Force (NRF). To deal with burgeoning threats and shore up NATO’s ability to uphold its Article 5 obligations, the NATO Defense Planning Process needs to prioritize and expedite restructuring and revamping the NRF to reach its full potential as a nimble, effective response force. View

The NDPP: Dreams vs. Reality

The most important matter for the NDPP is setting realistic goals in order to resolve problems with capabilities shortfalls. Due to the emergence of new threats in the global security architecture, NATO must set realistic goals for resolving the problem. A definite answer for new threats lies in NATO’s Defense Planning Process and responding to shrinking defense capabilities. The Alliance must clearly state and persuade members that the level of supposed organizational ambition will only be delivered by increasing the military capabilities of European NATO members. View

The Importance of a Transnational Cyber-Defense Policy for NATO

Most NATO Allies have been experiencing a gap between the identification of the existence of cyber-threats, and the implementation of cyber-defense policies. What is lacking in today's cyber-security landscape is a clear, transnational policy for all members of the Alliance. Yet, through NDPP, NATO can encourage policy harmonization by setting standard requirements, and encouraging inter-state cooperation with those at the forefront of cyber-security, such as Israel. View

No More All You Can Eat Buffet: Coming to Terms with Defense Budget Limitations

In an era of expanded budget limitations and shifting priorities, a new way of doing things is required for the world's military powers. The US must pick and choose and sometimes even cooperate with other nations in the acquisition and production of the massively expensive military equipment required by the world’s police force. It makes sense to do so under the auspices of an already established institutional structure, NATO. View

The Atlantic Alliance Must Undergo a Paradigm Shift for Survival

NATO must reinvent its mission in order to thrive in the twenty-first century. The rise of economic malaise threatens the financial goals of the Atlantic Alliance. In turn, a paradigm shift is necessitated to continue the existence of Europe's security apparatus. View

NATO is Still on Time, But Time is Running Out

We need strong collaboration among all NATO countries to live in a freer and safer world. But something does not work. NATO member states know that they do not have enough money to cover all defense needs that their nations require, but few of them seek real solutions. They believe that national sovereignty will be lost, but if they do not share capabilities, much more than sovereignty can be lost. View

Moving Towards Common Spending, NATO Would Increase Efficiency

In increasing NATO’s total defense expenditures, its members should move towards granting the organization the capability to independently decide its spending. By funding NATO directly and increasing multilateral cooperation in military research and organization, NATO’s capabilities can be strengthened, while its cost efficiency could increase the public’s opinion. View

NATO Must Be Re-Structured

NATO still seems to presuppose a rather small and cohesive membership that communicates effectively, is strongly committed to similar democratic values, and is chiefly designed to counter a formidable foe. However, the current reality rather is one of a quite diverse membership. NATO should, either for all NATO members or for some of them, obtain some internal democratic structures. View

NATO is Synonymous with the US. Europe Must Be Included

People do not see NATO as just a defense organization: people still feel the tension between the US and Russia. The feeling that US soldiers are tantamount to NATO forces is widespread across Eastern Europe, particularly the Czech Republic. Few there feel that NATO represents their interests. Before a sense of unity and cohesion can be achieved, NATO must change. View

NATO's Greatest Mistake was Libya: the Alliance Should Have Nothing to do with R2P

As a collective security organisation for its members NATO overreached its purview and the spirit of its treaty mandate by intervening in Libya. The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle adopted by the UN in 2005 should not partner or utilize with NATO’s operational capability to be able to intervene in states outside of the North Atlantic Treaty. NATO should stay clear of becoming an operational arm for liberal internationalism and re-consider its humanitarian role. View

West in the Middle Earth: Between the UN and NATO

Since 1989, the US has become the world’s policeman. This situation has put NATO in several unnecessary international conflicts as it has often taken the UN’s place internationally. Does the West really need NATO? Which can be a possible solution? View